Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

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Did you know, Gardens by the Bay, has been rated as the World’s Second best Garden to visit right after Keukenhof in Amsterdam…

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And why not… Because a visit to the Gardens by the Bay always leaves you astounded as you rediscover your sense of wonder at nature’s beauty..

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The Flower Dome is the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse as listed in the 2015 Guinness Book of Records…

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This amazing world of perpetual spring features 30,000 plants of over 700 species in 9 different gardens from the 5 continents of the world Australia, America, Africa, Asia and Europe….

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It is so wondrous entering the Flower Dome because it is cool and dry, replicating Mediterranean climate, definitely blissful to escape the punishing humidity of Singapore on a hot day… And your eyes can feast on a myriad of colours and amazing sights, for there are very few places you can get to wander amongst thousand year old olive trees and interesting baobab and bottle trees…

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The permanent exhibits are complemented by monthly different themed floral displays in the Flower Field to mark different seasons and festivals.. However when I was there they were just in the midst of changing the theme so I was in-between Orchid Extravaganza and Rhodendron Radiance…

There was a beautiful glamping area in a fabulous forest of Rhodendron and we saw some of the 30 gorgeous varieties brought in from. New Zealand while at the same time enjoying some of the leftover orchids from the Orchid Extravaganza..

My best friends had never been inside the Flower Dome and they were definitely mesmerized by the different types of cacti at the Succulent Garden as well as the fascinating Baobab trees…

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We also see dragon sculpture made out of driftwood soaring high above at the topmost part of the Flower Dome was also equally fascinating…

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We were definitely kind of reluctant to leave the Flower Dome but we still had the next stop… The even more impressive Cloud Forest…

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My besties were once again in awe at the mesmerising sight of the world’s tallest indoor waterfall cascading down from over 35 metres above… And if you think Flower Dome was cooling.. The temperature in the Cloud Forest dips further more, pretty much that it feels like London in Summer with drizzles or perhaps a cool day in Cameron Highlands or Kundasang…

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Thanks to air-conditioning, jets of cool vapour, and the waterfall, temperatures inside the Cloud Forest replicate the moist, damp conditions found on misty tropical mountains from 900 to 2,700 metres above sea level… If you are not one to withstand cold, you might like to bring a jacket for this…

The mist of water droplets created by the enormous waterfall welcomes you as you step foot inside… Dont stand too close or you probably can get wet…

Just take your pictures, as who can resist taking pictures here… And then move on until you find the way to the elevator/lift…

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Take the elevator/lift up to the Lost World where orchids, pitcher plants and so on are interwoven with lego figurines and there is also a gorgeous Lotus pond there….

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Then head to surreal misty Cloud Walk to begin your descent on the ramps that wind down to the Tree Top Walk, while you encounter amazing epiphytes like orchids, ferns and anthuriums which are normally found on the mountainside while circling in and out of the main central column with crystal limestone with sparkly stalactites and stalagmites on display….

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Head to the Cloud Forest Gallery and sobering Theatre before exiting through a truly mesmerising secret garden…

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There are 18 Supertrees in the Gardens by the Bay, and 12 of them can be found at Supertree Grove, with the tallest tree standing 16 storeys in height….

But what is more amazing is these vertical gardens are actually home to over 150,000 plants from more than 200 species!!!

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Head up the 22 metre high OCBC Skyway and admire the panoramic views of the Gardens and the surrounding Marina Bay area…

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And of course be sure not to miss out on the free light and sound show at 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily… It is an amazing exhilarating visual and audio effects spectacle which is not always the same.. They will change the theme from time to time…

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Of course, do not miss out on visiting the retail outlets for your souvenirs for yourself or your loved ones…

By the way, Gardens by the Bay has a new cool conservatory attraction as well called the Floral Fantasy but I did not have enough time to check. It out as it was at the other side of the Gardens by The Bay… Hopefully I will visit Singapore again and visit that lovely picturesque place…

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
Tel: +65 6420 6848
Website: gardensbythebay.com.sg

Operating Hours: 9AM-9PM daily

HOW TO GET THERE:
Take the MRT to Bayfront station. Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway. Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay.

Photos here are mine as well as from my besties http://www.instagram.com/mr_arrogant84 and http://www.instagram.com/shahevanddy 

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