Gardens by the Bay Singapore

Friday, October 02, 2015

Walk with ChaMike at Gardens by the Bay.

One of world's largest futuristic gardens can be found in Singapore. Gardens by the Bay is a humungous 101 hectare land adjacent Marina Bay Sands. It is also one of the newly built attractions in Singapore.

Gardens by the Bay, opened last 2011, serves as the premier urban outdoor recreation space in Singapore which offers numerous attractions of diverse range of plant life. Key attractions include the Supertrees Grove, Flower Dome & Cloud Forest.

How to go to Gardens by the Bay
We went here via Bayfront MRT. Take Exit B and follow the underground link way. Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge.

Opening Hours
Outdoor garden is from 5:00 am - 2:00 am daily

I must say I mismanaged the time of visit here. This was included in our first day itinerary but because we took so much time adoring the DC themed food and merchandise at the DC Comic Superheroes Cafe we arrived here a bit late- around 5:30 pm that should be 4:00 pm. Despite the tight schedule, I squeezed in all the three attractions to fit in our itinerary. I really wanted to visit the three areas - Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertrees Grove unaware that I'd compromise our experience in the best attraction in the garden. You'll find out as you read further.

Entrance Fees
Flower Dome & Cloud Forests | S$28 (P920)
OCBC Skyway | S$5 (P165)

You can also avail of an audio tour for a corresponding fee but you might not need it if you are just here to appreciate the garden's aesthetic features.

For us we availed the combo ticket of the two conservatories since I was curious about the famous Greenhouses. Didn't avail the OCBC Skyway as Mike is afraid of heights so I assumed he might not enjoy walking along the hanging bridge on top of the Supertrees.

Flower Dome
The Flower Dome is one of the world's largest column-less Greenhouses. The temperature is cool compared to SG's temperature recreating the climate of places like California and the Mediterranean. Here you'll find different types of flowers from semi-arid tropical regions such as Australia, South America and South Africa.

Singapore Outfit
Wore something comfy, a cotton terno plus a white cape for the air-conditioned parts of the garden.

Black and white terno | Mura Shop (@murashopph)
Cape | Get Spotted (@getspottedshop)
Sunnies | Georgina Sasha (@georginasasha)
Hat | Soak Swimwear (@soakswimwear)

Cloud Forest
Another greenhouse conservatory beside the Flower Dome. The shell-shaped building is also cooler from inside. It replicates the moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions. The replication includes a manmade waterfall that illuminates at night. The Cloud Forest may be smaller than the Flower Dome but it's higher featuring a 42 meter Cloud Mountain where visitors can walk around it giving you a great view. An elevator is available too.

Supertrees Grove
a 16-story high tree-like structures each filled with living plants that boasts with illuminated lights at night. 

Staring at this man made structure is for free but a fee of S$5 (P165) is charge if you want to walk at the OCBC Skyway. We skipped the walk but instead waited for the light and sounds show at 7:45pm. There is also a second show at 8:45 pm just in case you missed the first one.

People flock in the area so be sure to be there early. The light and sound show was fascinating! Each tree bursted with illumination of different colors in-sync together with the music. The lights and sound show in Gardens by the Bay SHOULD NOT be missed when in SG.

If only we had more time, we should have witnessed the Supertrees during daytime, which is also pretty during the day. I should have skipped the conservatories and instead should've roamed around the Supertree and availed of the OCBC Skyway for a cheap entrance fee.

My tip: If you only have a few hours to spare and don't want to splurge skip the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest and instead roam around the Supertrees from daytime till nighttime to catch the majestic light show at the Supertrees Grove.

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Telephone Number: +65 64206848

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