Singapore's Gardens by the Bay are as unique as they are amazing.
There are three types of tourists you'll come across when you visit the famous garden.
Firstly, there are the fans of the movie Crazy Rich Asians. One of the key scenes from the film was filmed within the gardens.
Secondly, the people visiting Singapore and the gardens for the first time. Their faces reflect their sense of amazement as they walk around the park.
And thirdly, the people who have been to the gardens before, but jump at any opportunity to visit again. That's the group I belong to.
My favourite section of the park is Cloud Forest. Beginning at the base of its waterfall, your journey to the top includes a viewing deck from behind the falling water, where a gentle cooling mist floats across your pathway like a massive manmade cloud.
Those who suffer vertigo may worry about walking up the 35m high structure in the middle of the dome on seemingly floating walkways, but the experience is well worth it.
Humidity inside the Cloud Forest is set to around 90 percent, but it still provides a refreshing break from the heat of the outdoors in Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay facts:
- There are 2000 exotic species within Gardens by the Bay
- The tallest of the supertrees is 50m high
- There's over 160,000 types of flora and fauna planted within the supertrees
- It spans 101 hectares (250 acres)
- It's located at Marina Bay and spans of reclaimed land which is also home to the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel
- The park is open from 9am until 9pm, but ticket sales close off at 8pm
- If you want to catch the 'Garden Rhapsody', the award-winning light and sound display, you'll need to get a spot early. It's a collaboration between lighting designer Adrian Tan, and music composer, Bang Wenfu
- There's also a Gardens by the Bay app which will not only guide you through the park, it will also tell you about the types of plants you're looking at
Gardens by the Bay is the perfect place to spend a few hours if you have a stopover in Singapore. Its also included in Singapore Airlines stopover package if you are staying for a bit longer, and is part of all the city bus tour routes.
There are so many areas you can spend few hours at, taking in the bright natural colours of plants from around the world. Make sure you check their website before you go there as there are new additions and exhibitions being added throughout the year.
Entry to the park is $28 in local currency, which is approximately NZ$30.
Newshub Travel experienced Gardens by the Bay as guests of Singapore Airlines and Singapore Tourism.