When you are in Singapore, dont forget to explore the enchanting Gardens by the Bay, in the heart of Singapore, which features more than a million plants. It’s a must destination to explore. Cloud Forest, Flower Dome or the main site of the supertree grove and surrounding 250 acres areas of the park.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The following attractions: The Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, OCBC Skyway, Supertree Grove, Heritage Gardens, Sun Pavillion, Children’s garden and Bay East Garden to mention the most notable spots.
My recommendation is to starting with the Cloud Forest since that’s the most popular place to visit at Gardens by the Bay. When entering the Cloud Forest you’ll be met by the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. Yes i am serious about this and good spot for you instagram material. On top of that, the Cloud Forest is also the biggest glass greenhouse in the world, impressive right?
There are several levels to stroll around and each will offer spectacular views, plants, and kind of a feeling that you’re walking in a movie. It’s huge glass greenhouse.
HOW LONG TIME DO YOU NEED IN THE CLOUD FOREST?
I recommend yo to spend about 1-2 hours. If you do it quickly it can be done in 20-30 minutes, but on the other hand, you won’t enjoy it as much if you’re just stressing through it. Take your time to enjoy the view in here.
Another popular spot here is the Flower Dome, and as you can guess from the name, this place is all about flowers from all over the world. If you’re into flower photography this place will probably be somewhat of a haven, and the same goes if you just like to see beautiful flowers. You will love it.
HOW LONG TIME DO YOU NEED IN THE FLOWER DOME?
If you’re a solo traveller like me and just enjoy watching some beautiful flowers and move on quite quickly, I would say 30-60 minutes. If you’re into flower photography I can imagine that you could spend few hours in here. Just a quick tip if you want to avoid big crowds, try to visit on weekdays or early morning in the weekend.
OCBC SKYWAY + SUPERTREE GROVE
Another activity you can try here is the famous OCBC Skyway, where you get to walk among the supertrees and enjoy amazing views. It’s a little scary if you’re afraid of heights, but it’s safe and you don’t have to worries as it’s quite stable. The total height is 22 meters and the whole aerial walkway is about 128 meters long. It’s an amazing experience that you can buy for SGD8 per person and i can assure you its worth for your instagram material.
HOW LONG TIME DO YOU NEED FOR THE OCBC SKYWAY AND SUPERTREE GROVE?
The skyway is walkable in 5 minutes, but most people stay for about 20-30 minutes to take photos. It’s a great experience in itself and it’s pretty cool to walk 22 meters up in the air with an open surface. But if your visit here is during the weekend, you may need to spend some time to line up for your turn.
For the supertree grove, you can walk the entire place in about 10- 15 minutes, but again, there are a few spots where you will want to take photos. So, in total, I would recommend setting aside 30-60 minutes for the OCBC Skyway and Supertree Grove together.
Visit one of Singapore’s most popular indoor and outdoor attractions
Walk 22 meters up in the air and enjoy beautiful views
Amazing photo spots
Lots of beautiful flowers and plants
Explore three unique gardens
Wander around in the world’s largest glass greenhouse – the Flower Dome
Admire the world’s tallest indoor Waterfall in the Cloud Forest
Learn about each geographical environment and how climate change affects the plant’s life
The ticket itself include entrance to the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. As mentioned before, the Supertree Grove is always open to the public, and the extra ticket for OCBC Skyway is 8 Singaporean dollars, or 5 SGD for children 3-12 years.
HOW TO GET HERE
It’s easy to get to Gardens by the Bay with both car/taxi and public transport. Unless you stay close to Marina Bay Sands, I wouldn’t recommend walking. Grab is cheap to use in Singapore, but there is also a convenient train stop at one of the entrances.
There is also a shuttle from the entrance when you walk here from the Helix Bridge.
Via the Circle Line or Downtown Line
Alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16)
Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway
Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay
Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15)
Take Exit C and head towards bus stop no. 03223 located at International Plaza, Anson Road
Hop onto bus no. 400 and alight at bus stop no. 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive
From the Helix Bridge Towards the Art Science Museum
Follow the footpath which leads under the East Coast Parkway (ECP), which will bring you directly into Bay South Garden along the waterfront.
Walk across the overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel (open daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm), or take the underground linkway via Bayfront MRT Station (Exit B).
SUMMARY OF MY EXPERIENCE OF GARDENS BY THE BAY:
This was my third visit to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. I’ve always want to come back to this beautiful gardens.
All in all, I would definitely recommend everyone to visit the Gardens by the Bay if you go to Singapore. Even if you are a solo traveller, i assure you this is not an ordinary garden, it is Gardens by The Bay.
Yes, it’s touristy, but this tourist attraction is one of those touristy places you really like and enjoy. It doesn’t matter that it gets crowded later during the day, it’s still very enjoyable and the area is huge, so it hardly gets congested.
My favorite part of the Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest, and no visit will be complete without it. My second favorite is the OCBC Skywalk, the view from here is amazing and memorable.