After visiting Haji Lane, Kampong Glam and Arab Street, we decided to recharge ourselves by going back to our hostel in 5footway.inn at Boat Quay. Since our hostel was strategically located near Marina Bay Sands, we wanted to make the day productive and spend the rest of the day by going to Gardens by the Bay, as it was a must in our itinerary.
Unfortunately, we took off at the wrong station which is Marina Bay Sands Station instead of Bayfront Station. In result, we had to walk far. Lesson learned, do your research!
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is an urban park that spans about 100 hectares, showcasing a variety of plant species and flowers. It’s located near Marina Bay Sands. The park consists of three waterfront gardens; Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. It’s a family-friends-couple-friendly recreational place.
Ok, let’s start off by the moment we enter the area!
To give you a better picture of how LARGE Gardens by the Bay is, here is a map photo I’ve taken;
(Enlarge picture for better zoom)
Some areas are free but some are paid. In this visit, we want to explore Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.
Before heading to Cloud Forest and Flowed Dome, come see the Supertree Groove
Even before you enter Gardens by the Bay area, of course this icon will catch your attention. When walking to Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, we passed by Supertree groove has a vertical garden with heights ranging from 25 meters to 50 meters tall.
This place is beautiful to take shots of at day or at night, so the best time to come here around 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM so you can take day shots as well as the night shots. If you want to walk on the skyway like the little people I’ve took in my picture below, you can go to OCBC Skyway for an extra 8 SGD.
Potrait of Gardens by the Bay at night:
For Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, we booked our tickets from an OTA site (Traveloka) to attain better price and avoid queueing. It was true that by the time we get there, we really did cut off the line and entered the attraction just by scanning the barcode through our phone. Ticket from the link only includes attractions limited to Cloud Forest and Flower Dome only (not including OCBC Skywalk).
Cloud Forest: The Misty Tropical Atmosphere
World’s largest indoor waterfall
Once we’ve entered Cloud Forest, we were greeted with the huge misty waterfall that stands as tall as 35 meters, known as the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. It was misty and rather cold, if you take a picture in front of the waterfall you will face the water splash, and it feels so good especially when you’ve had a LONG WALK under the sun’s heat… Haha!
We walked down the pathway to see more of the plants and flowers it showcased. You can either ride an elevator or take the stairs to get upstairs or downstairs.
Enter the Lost World
On the highest floor, we reached the edge of the mountain where we can see Marina bay Sands view from here. Now that I think of it, it may be cool to see sunset or the Marina Bay Sands lights at night from here.
We found some artificial plants made out of LEGO, which is actually kinda cute.
Make your way down to Cloud Walk to see a mixture of beautiful architecture and vertical garden. So. Much. Perspective.
Moving downstairs, we found the Crystal Mountain Cave that shows shapes of real stalactites and stalagmites. If you’re into geology, this may be the place for you as they tell stories about understanding our planet’s past—how the continents formed until the age of earth.
Next stop: Flower Dome!
Flower Dome showcases plants from around the world, from Californian Garden, South American Garden, South African Garden, Australian Garden, until Baobabs and Succulent Garden. Basically flowers and plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions.
By the way, did you know that Flower Dome was considered as the largest glass greenhouse in the world as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records?
Well, just like the name itself, in Flower Dome you will see LOADS of flowers along your way. It was mostly filled with families and children.
Although both was OK, I personally liked the experience in Cloud Forest compared to Flower Dome.
Sunset at Gardens by the Bay
While exiting Gardens by the Bay, we walked towards the direction of Marina Bay Sands while seeing the sun sets and the sky’s getting darker… After that, we sought out to eat a decent dinner near Marina Bay Sands that’s on a budget, which is Makansutra Gluttons bay, that has a view directly to the lake in front of Marina Bay Sands.
Other attractions in Gardens by the Bay
As stated at the beginning of this post, Gardens by the Bay is a large area. Other places includes Bay East Garden, Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, Heritage Gardens, Sun Pavilion, The Canyon, World of Plants, Art Sculptures, and Far East Ogranization Children’s Gardens.
All in all, I hope to visit Gardens by the Bay during the night time someday!
How to get there
- By MRT
You can stop at Bayfront Station (Exit B), then follow the underground linkway by walking for around 10-15 minutes.
- By Bus
You can ride a bus to Bayfront Ave – Marina Bay Sands MICE (03511) bus stop, then walk to Gardens by the bay for around 15 minutes.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
For Cloud Forest and Flower Dome
9.00 AM – 9.00 PM
Last ticket sale: 8.00 PM
Last admission: 8.00 PM
For Gardens by the Bay
5.00 AM – 2.00 AM
Budget (on the spot)
Standard Rate – Two Conservatories (Cloud Forest and Flower Dome)
Adult: 28 SGD
Child (3-12 years old): 15 SGD
OCBC Skywalk: 8 SGD
Note: We managed to get slightly cheaper tickets from booking through OTA
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