As far as I am concerned, Singapore has many highlights, and the fairly new Gardens by the Bay behind the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel is one of them! It only opened in 2012 and I think it’s an incredible place. I hope to convince you in this blog post with my words and photos!
You can walk into the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and find the escalator to the top level, which will then allow you to walk in the open air towards the Gardens by the Bay. It can also be accessed by the Bayfront MRT station. However, I chose the way through the Shoppes and the hotel and experienced the sight shown in the photo above.
As with all good gardens, the more you look, the more you will be rewarded. Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay has a multitude of hidden gems, and all of these can be explored by taking some of the walkways and paths around the area. The landscape is well-manicured around here, and you can tell a lot of time and effort has gone into making it look so beautiful. Gardens by the Bay is easily the equal of Singapore’s Botanic Garden, in my opinion.
The main focal point of Gardens by the Bay is the group of so-called SuperTrees, the design of which reminds me of the famous Baobab Trees in Madagascar. At night, these SuperTrees come to life with music and a light show. All around the SuperTrees, however, is dense foliage and manicured lawns, with butterflies and dragonflies flying around at a whim.
There are two special domes in the vicinity. Although it is free to walk around Gardens by the Bay on the outside, the Cloud Forest Dome, and the Flower Dome require separate admission, although the Cloud Forest Dome in particular is really worth the price, and could be highlight of your trip to Gardens by the Bay. It is themed to resemble a cloud forest, much like the one you may see over at Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia, or many of the famous ones in Costa Rica, such as Monteverde. You can see from the photo below that as soon as you walk into the dome, you are greeted by a huge waterfall, which will get you very wet if you get close enough!
There are many walkways in the Cloud Forest Dome, which are elevated above the ground level. It is interesting to walk around and take in the views from up here, and it also provides good photo opportunities of objects inside and outside the dome.
The other dome at Gardens by the Bay is the Flower Dome, which houses many plants and flower exhibitions from the around the world. In my opinion, this was not quite as impressive as the Cloud Forest Dome, but nonetheless, it was amazing to see the effort that had gone into manicuring the exhibitions. As you can see from the photo below, I visited during Halloween celebrations late in 2013, and there were pumpkins all over the place!
Back to the SuperTrees, and there is also the OCBC Skyway, which is an outdoor elevated bridge which snakes its way around the SuperTree grove. This Skyway also requires a separate admission ticket, but the views are amazing from up there. It gives you a good impression, as you look down at the project, of the scale and scope of what the designers have accomplished here at Singapore’s marvellous Gardens by the Bay!
Have you been to Gardens by the Bay? Tell me about your experience in the comments section below!