Ever since it was open, Gardens by The Bay always tops my list of place to visit in Singapore. Back then I would certainly won’t think of gardens when thinking about this city. A concrete jungle and high skyscrapers are more like it. But they were not joking around when they said they want to become a “City in a Garden”. Go big or go home!
Gardens by The Bay opened in 2012 spanning over 101 hectares area adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. They are massive indeed. It is free of charge to enter the area but they do have couples of paid attractions, like conservatories and the skyway. You can just walk around and enjoy the garden, but let me tell you why you should enter one if not all of them.
This is for me, hands down the most bizarre-looking structure I have ever seen. It looks like something that aliens would make. Or maybe this is how trees will look like in the future. Anyway, you got the point, it is cool and weird and that’s why people like it soo much.
These are vertical gardens shape like a tree with heights that range between 25 to 50 meters high. They also have other “green” functions other than just for the looks, like photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy. I think who ever come with the name is a genius, it seriously a groove looking supertree.
It looks even cooler at nighttime with all the lights on. They also have daily shows at 7.45pm, 8.45pm called Garden Rhapsody when all the lights dance along with the music. This show is free but even if you missed it, the night view of this place is still incredible.
Not for you who afraid of height, but this is the elevated walkway between the Supertrees. Hanging 22 meters above the ground, it provides quite an aerial view of the whole gardens. On the other side is a view of the famous Marina Bay. To get up there is an elevator on one side and another one on the other side to get down, it’s a one-way walk.
Even though I was not doubting the strength of the walkway itself but since it is suspended, you can feel it move slightly especially when there are people walking. It also featured in 2015 movie, Hitman: Agent 47. I can’t really say much about the movie, not a movie reviewer at all, but it’s a good conversation starter. “Hey, remember that scene when…”
The walkway is 128 meters long, so it can take quite some time to reach the end. Especially with photo-stopping, selfie, ootd shots, etc. And they do limit the number of people that can be on the walkway at the same time. So, it could take quite some time waiting.
You need to buy the ticket at the ticket booth near the entrance and then go to the elevator to wait for your turn. Buying tickets online could actually save your time (and money) which I should have known beforehand. But it was quite an experience and I do recommend you to try for yourself.
This is one of the two conservatories they have here. We didn’t plan on spending the entire day in Gardens by The Bay so we only opted for one conservatory. The Cloud Forest sounds cooler than the Flower Dome, but if we have more time we would have visited both of them. Another reason to come back here, eh?
Cloud Forest is a conservatory that showcases plants from tropical highlands and 2000 meters above sea level. Hence why they set temperature inside around 23ºC – 25ºC with 80% – 90% humidity. It’s a pleasant feeling after sweating our ass off on the outside heat of Singapore and come inside to this refreshing environment. It was cool, indeed.
The moment we entered the conservatory, we were greeted by this massive waterfall which is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Then we just follow the pathway, leading us to leisurely stroll down the conservatory. Then there are elevators to get up to the Cloud Mountain.
There are several floors to this 35 meters “mountain”. The top is called Lost World which is the highest point of the mountain. This is where they showcase vegetation that found on the higher grounds.
Then we head over to the Cloud Walk, a pathway circling the mountain. Everyone just took their time walking and enjoying the view of the contrast lush greenery and the steel structure surrounding this place.
Another reason why we pick the cloud forest was because we want to experience the mist. As this is a conservatory that designed to replicate the climate in higher grounds, including the mist. They have scheduled mist timings, once every 2 hours. This whole conservatory already looks amazing but with the mist, it adds such a mysterious feels to it. It’s like having a haze filter, a good one not the bad haze.
Down is The Cavern and the Crystal Mountain is more like an exhibition area where you can learn more about stalactites and stalagmites. Nearing the bottom is the Tree Top Walk which basically same like Cloud Walk but in the lower grounds and covered more extensive area.
Then we walked past the Earth Check which is an exhibition area about the current earth condition. There are numbers, statistic, and facts about earth. It’s educational, I guess if you stay longer and truly read.
After that was the +5 Degrees which is a short documentary film. This documentary is talking about the global warming and what will happen if our earth temperature goes up 5 degrees. It’s kinda scary and eye-opening about the condition of our earth nowadays. Then the last section is the Secret Garden which also showcases plants that becoming much rarer these days.
Strolling the Gardens by The Bay
Other than two attraction, we were just strolling around the area and stumble across this Children’s Garden. There are interactive playgrounds and educational programs for children. But what caught my eyes was the Water Play. I was tempted to just run across, imagine how refreshing that would be. But it was only for 6 to 12 years old, too bad.
We also walk outside the Flower Dome. Basically, the whole area is an amazing place to have your morning/afternoon/night walks. It felt really peaceful and calm. It also provides incredible views of the city, both day and night time.
Buy Ticket Online (Smart Move)
This is more like a tip from us. It’s pretty common to do nowadays but somehow we didn’t do that time. Maybe because last time we didn’t actually plan to get inside the conservatory, just strolling around. But if you plan to get inside the conservatory or to walk the OCBC skywalk then better buy your tickets online.
There are couples of spots/ticketing booth where you can buy the tickets to all the attractions in the gardens. But it took us more than 15 minutes waiting in line just to buy the tickets as the line was pretty long. Some site also has discounted price sometimes, what we use most of the times is Klook. You can click here to see if they currently have any promotion for Garden by The Bay.
That’s all for our experience in the Garden Bay the Bay. I loved this place and highly recommended you guys to visit! Also, read our review for the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore and our Singapore Travel Journal. Until next time, keep exploring!
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