Are you looking for a place for fun, thrill, and happiness in the air? Then Singapore is an option for you. Famous for its theme parks, nightlife, cuisine, and tourist attractions, Singapore has enough to explore and experience. The incredible shopping malls, classy boutiques, departmental stores in Orchard Road; places like Chinatown and Little India; and a plethora of options for entertainment like Sentosa Island, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Botanic Garden, and Marina Bay Sands.
With a picture-perfect skyline and city center bustling with crowds of people, Singapore is one of the most popular travel destinations and attracts tourists every year. Singapore Changi Airport is an attraction for tourists and transit travelers from all over the world. A Singapore tourist visa allows the holder to enter a Singaporean point of entry after being checked by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers. If you meet all the requirements, you will receive a Pass that allows you to enter Singapore and stay for the duration mentioned in the pass. A Singapore tourist visa will allow you to stay in Singapore for fourteen to thirty days, extendable for forty days. Whereas, with a Singapore visit visa, you can stay in Singapore for ninety days.
While there are numerous places to see in Singapore, the Gardens by the Bay is a major attraction. Here is everything you need to know about the spectacular Gardens by the Bay.
Gardens by the Bay
Are you a nature lover? And are you intrigued by magnificent architecture and grand technology? Get the best of both worlds in the Gardens by the Bay Singapore. This park is the city’s attempt to transform into a garden while teaching people more about the plant kingdom. From cooled conservatories and towering Supertrees to family-friendly parks and facilities, there are many things to explore in Gardens by the Bay, a unique nature park in Singapore. The Gardens by the Bay is spread across 101 hectares and encompasses three waterfront gardens – Bay Central, Bay South, and Bay East, featuring over one million plants from 19,000 species. The design of this garden takes its inspiration from the national flower of Singapore, the orchid. Let us discover the horticultural wonders of the Gardens by the Bay that is on the bucket list of every tourist visiting Singapore.
Visit Flower Dome, where spring is constant
Step inside Flower Dome, the world’s largest glass greenhouse, and feel like you are in an arid Mediterranean country. The Flower Dome conservatory has eight gardens: Californian Garden, Olive Grove, South American Garden, Australian Garden, South African Garden, Succulent Garden, Baobabs, and Mediterranean Garden. With a splendid array of exotic plants, from Amsterdam’s tulip fields to Japan’s Sakura or Cherry Blossom trees and from South Africa’s Baobab trees to diverse succulents, there is a feeling of perpetual spring with its exotic collection of flowers.
Discover mist at the Cloud Forest
This magnificent glass dome, the climate-controlled greenhouse, has spiraling walkways and the tallest indoor waterfall that rains down from 30 meters above. Jets of cool vapor and the gush of air created by the enormous manmade Singapore waterfalls will greet you as you set foot inside the Cloud Forest. The mountain inside replicates the cool and moist conditions on top of tropical mountains. An elevator to the top level takes you to the mossy, ferny ‘lost world’ garden at the top. Halfway down, at the Crystal mountain cave, stalactites and stalagmites are seen, along with orchids, lilies, pitcher plants, and tassel fern.
Walk among gigantic trees at Supertree Groves
Enter the beautiful gardens, and you will be in awe of Supertree Groves. There are eighteen Supertrees in the Gardens by the Bay, and twelve are at the Supertree Grove. These Supertrees are spaced perfectly and have four components: the trunk, the concrete core, a canopy, and the planting panels. Each Supertree is a vertical garden supporting a range of ferns, orchids, vines, and other plants that creep over the 25 and 50 m tall purple skeletal structures. Each Supertree mimics the function of a real tree, with photovoltaic cells to echo photosynthesis and contribute energy to the park. The trees collect water during Singapore’s heavy rains and channel throughout the park wherever fountains or irrigation are needed.
See the Supertrees on OCBC Skyway
OCBC Sky is a 128-meter-long aerial walkway offering close views of the vertical gardens at Supertree Grove. Take an elevator up to a short skywalk suspended between two of the larger Supertrees, at 22 meters in height, which offer awe-inspiring spectacular views of the Gardens and Marina Bay skyline. The Supertrees come to life when the day ends, and it becomes night when the Garden Rhapsody light show takes place daily from 7.45 pm to 8.45 pm. Capture some beautiful Instagram-worthy pictures of the magical Supertrees from the OCBC Skywalk.
Lose in the charm at Floral Fantasy
See beautiful floral artistry of cut flowers, foliage, live plants, and preserved flowers at Floral Fantasy. There are four concepts in Floral Fantasy: Dance (a collection that shows more than fifteen thousand combinations of fresh, cut, dried, and preserved flowers); Float (admire hundreds of hanging fuchsias and calming sounds from bubbly brooks); Waltz (stroll through a rainforest oasis and spot more than hundred species of pitcher plants, orchids, and bromeliads); and Drift (more than fifty species of exotic Central and South American plants, ferns, begonias on rock surfaces).
There are many other attractions apart from the above mentioned in the Gardens by the Bay that makes it a must-visit place for tourists. They are The Heritage Garden; Far East Children’s Garden; Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes, which bring you closer to aquatic life; Marina Barrage, where you can watch the sunset; Art Sculptures; and Sun Pavilion, where you get amazed with the collection of cacti and succulents. Expect to spend between three to four hours on a visit to the Gardens by the Bay. Visit this Garden with your family and friends, and see man and nature at their harmonious best. Picnics in most parts of the Garden are permitted, except in the Conservatories. Do make sure to keep all pets on a leash and clean up after walking them along the concrete pathways.