Singapore is city-state that is able to combine both the western and eastern cultures exquisitely. For a traveler who only speaks English, you would have no trouble getting around. After all, Mandarin Chinese and English are the most commonly spoken languages here.
Gardens by the Bay
This park is a MUST VISIT in Singapore. The moment you enter the park, you are surrounded by all kinds of plants, flowers, and trees. The park is divided into several sections - two giant indoor domes, outdoor gardens, and other green space areas. Click HERE to see the map. The two indoor domes have air conditioning to protect and nurture the plants AND to cool off visitors from Singapore's heat and humidity. Upon entering the Flower Dome, I was mesmerized by the vivid colors and structures. The layout of the dome is creative - they utilize spaces from floor to ceiling.
Upon entering the dome, you will be mesmerized by the vivid colors and structures. The layout of the dome is creative - they utilize spaces from floor to ceiling.
From time to time, they also have special exhibits. Click HERE to see their calendar of events. The award-winning orchids were displayed and featured during my visit.
They also hang cotton from the ceiling to create the cloud effect. The Chinese word for flower is "花 (huā)," and the last syllable of cotton in Chinese also ends in "花 (huā)." Coincidence? I don't believe so.
Look! They set up the Alice in Wonderland scene with their fungi display.
As you exit the Flower Dome, you would end up in their gift shop. This is a great souvenir shopping opportunity as many of their products are flower themed. Once you exit the gift shop, the entrance to the Cloud Forest is just right around the corner.
The Cloud Forest has a whole different vibe comparing to the Flower Dome. It is mysterious and calming. As you walk in, the humidity of the area suddenly overwhelms you. The giant waterfall is also there to greet its guests. You are constantly surrounded by many lush green plants.
There is an option to take an elevator to the top of this waterfall structure and after that, spiral your way down on skywalk with some unique exhibit on each level.
By the end of this visit, you will feel utterly refreshed and feel like your lungs stored plenty of clean and purify air from this impressive nature production . Right before you exit, there is a media room that shows the importance of protecting our Earth. The videos and messages are truly empowering.
Singapore is committed to protect the environment. You will see greenery around this metropolitan city. This garden shows the actions that Singaporeans have taken. It takes every single one of us to sustain this development, and it is never too late.
An admission ticket to both Flower Dome and Cloud Forest through the website is $20.69 US dollars. However, if you book through HERE, which is what I did, you only have to pay $17 per person! Klook is a great money saving website for travelers. Take a look at what else they offer.
Admission to Super Grove is free! If you would like to stroll along the OCBC Skyway and view the Marina Bay skyline, a $6 US dollar is charged.
Finally, the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at Supertree Grove is performed twice daily at 7:45 and 8:45. See the video above for a glimpse of it.
If you are interested in visiting Gardens by the Bay, click HERE to see their full website. Keep in mind all the prices on the page are in Singaporean dollars. Exchange rate right now is about 1 USD to 1.35 SGD.