Just when we were feeling the humidity despite the drizzle when we were at Gardens by the Bay, my daughter and I stepped into the Cloud Forest Dome and found our jaws practically dropping when we saw the magnificent 35-metre man-made mountain with the tallest indoor waterfall covered in lush greenery…. it was as if we had stepped into a totally different world, one that was cool and very misty.
Immediately, the fairytales and enchanted lands I read about as a kid sprang to life in my imagination… I could just imagine fairyland in a place like this…mysterious, magical and covered in mist.
The best way to start would be to slowly walk round the area until you see the entrance to the mountain… then take the elevator right to the top where will have to climb some stairs until you reach the Lost World, and then to the Cloud Walk and then follow the trail down and to the Tree Top Walk via the spiraling walkways that wind down, finally ending your journey at the Secret Garden located at the foot of the mountain.
You can see lovely views of the Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Eye and some of Singapore’s skyline from the Cloud Walk…
It would be great taking a leisure walk there if there was not too many people but I was there in the evening on a slightly rainy day so the domes were kind of packed with people and so were the walkways which actually did make me pretty nervous as to how much weight the walkways can actually hold as there were like quite a large number of people around.. but thank goodness it held up and is pretty safe…
The temperature inside the Cloud Forest is supposedly kept around 23 to 25 degree Celsius and may drop as low as 15 degree Celsius in the evening and yes, it was kinda cold then and reminded me of the damp summer in England…
The walkways are wheelchair and stroller friendly, so no trouble if you want to bring your elderly parents or your very young kids
And so when you are there in the Lost World and Cloud Walk, be sure to explore the highlands and check out the glorious and amazing varieties of orchids, pitcher plants and ferns from the cool-moist Tropical Montane region…
The Tree Top Walk, which is built 30 meters above the rain forest floor is slightly lower then the Cloud Walk, but if you look over the railing, you will still feel your breath catch a bit from knowing you are still high above…this level offers us a spectacular and interesting bird’s eye view of the treetops.
From the Treetop Walk trail you will find yourself at the Secret Garden located at foot of the mountain. This also marks the near end of your at the Cloud Forest. You will be walking through a narrow gorge where visitors can get close to plants that belong to families that are once abundant on Earth, yet are becoming increasingly rare today and enter “caves” …
Walking through the Secret Garden makes my enchanted forest even more of a reality when my daughter and I spotted dragons, strange creatures, giant snails and so on around the place….
I might not be surprise should an elf or a fairy suddenly waltz out from behind some plants or play peek a boo with me at the pond there as it was just such a fascinating place I really could not get enough of…..
Although the entrance fee might seem a little pricey, I can assure you it is definitely worth it… and well, do not forget your camera and maybe a light jacket….and I am sure it would be best to visit early in the morning when it is opening, before the crowd arrives
Standard Rate – Double Conservatories
Child (3-12 years old): $15
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
- Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16) via the Circle or Downtown MRT line
- Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway
- Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay