A day in the magnificent Gardens by the BayJune 18, 2018
Gardens by the Bay has been one of my bucket list items for the longest time and it’s not difficult to see why millions visit this spectacular garden each year. Below is a list of the places within the garden which you should not miss.
The Cloud forest is located near the ticket booth and is truly special. It is a 35 metre man-made mountain with a waterfall which visitors get to walk around from top to bottom. The plants covering the mountain consists of ferns, orchids and carnivorous plants from Africa, America, and Southeast Asia. To get a picture of the waterfall without other people in your photo, be sure to get here as soon as it opens.
Across from the Cloud Forest is the Flower Dome. It’s the largest glass greenhouse in the world and consists of an amazing section of various cacti and succulents as well as giant Baobabs. I really could have spent all day here. The bottom section of the greenhouse has plants from across the world and is divided into sections such as South America, South Africa, and others.
If you love cacti as much as I do, head to the Sun Pavilion where you’ll see interesting Euphorbias and tall cacti. Most of the tall cacti have been reinforced by metal pieces but it’s still lovely to see.
Many people would have seen images of Supertree Grove before visiting the Garden but it just doesn’t do it justice to seeing it in person. These tall structures have various plants growing vertically along the ‘trunks’ such as beautiful air plants, ferns, and orchids. What’s even better is the spectacular light and sound show which happens every night at 19:45 and 20:45. It really is a sight you cannot miss and it’s free to watch.
Look up at the Supertree Grove and you’ll see the 22-metre-high bridge called the OCBC Skyway. The bridge offers visitors panoramic views of the Gardens, Marina Bay Sands and Singapore’s skyline which is particularly nice at sunset. Visitors who purchase tickets to the OCBC Skyway should keep in mind that tickets are only valid for one entry of 15 minutes and that there will be a queue for sunset so choose your moment wisely.
Dragonfly Lake can also be seen from the OCBC Skyway. Not only is it a pretty lake with large dragonfly sculptures, but it is also an important part of the garden as it is used to irrigate a lot of the plants. To really enjoy the lake, take a walk along the boardwalk or grab some lunch and enjoy it next to the lake.
This world-class horticultural attraction offers plenty of things to intrigue the avid gardener as well as the tourist ticking off Singapore’s top sights which makes spending an entire day in the Gardens one of the easiest things you could do on your next trip to Singapore.
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