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Singapore Botanic Gardens

The 74-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens started back in 1859. The park consists of a Rainforest, Evolution Garden, Ginger Garden, Botany Centre, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, and the National Orchid Garden which has more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids!

Through the park you can spot people practicing Tai Chi, joggers, people playing, catfish and turtles in the lake, a variety of plant life including giant lily pads, and even Monitor Lizards.

General Park entry is FREE, Orchard Garden is S$5.
Main entrance at Botanic Gardens MRT Station, other gates around the park and its possible to walk from Orchard Road.

Park, Daily 05:00 ~ 00:00
Orchard Garden, Daily 08:30 ~ 19:00
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Tue – Sun – 08:00 ~ 19:00

Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa is a bizzare, crazy, interesting & unique sight in Singapore. It is a very traditional part of Singapore and has a lot of history. The Park was built by the Haw Brothers (of Tiger Balm fame) in 1937 as a way of teaching Chinese values. In 1988, Singaporean Tourism took control, turned it into a theme park, and charged a high entrance fee. Poorly managed, it took huge losses, over $30million, and was eventually closed and later reopened to the public as a park without the rides and with free admission.

There are over 1000 statues and figures in the park, based on the stories of Chinese Folk Lore and important figures. Singaporean parents used to take their kids to see the “10 Courts of Hell” section, which depicts the punishment one would receive in hell after committing certain crimes in life. They are brutal to say the least, for the “crime” of ‘Misuse of books, posession of pronographic material, Breaking written rules & regulations, wasting food’ the punishment is ‘Body sawn into two’!

While some of the figures are a little worn, this park is definitely worth a visit, if not just for the weird factor! It’s free, will take you 1 or 2 hours to walk around if you read the information, and right by the MRT.

Free admission
Right at Haw Par Villa MRT station.
Daily 09:00 ~ 19:00

Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, at 36m above Henderson Road, and is 274m long, connecting Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. The bridge has a wave-like appearance from ribs undulating above and below the main bridge (so what you actually walk on is flat).

Its a popular spot at night with groups of friends, couples and families sitting on and walking across the bridge. It offers a decent panoramic view of the city too.

How you get there really depends on how much you want to walk. It is part of the Southern Ridges, a 10km trail connecting various parks in the south of Singapore, so you can start at Mt Faber or Hort Park and just make it part of your walk, or get as close as possible via public transport and just walk the bridge.

Telok Blangah MRT is about a 20min walk, Red Hill MRT about 30min. Buses 131, 145, 176 or 648 will get you on or close to Henderson Road, walk towards the bridge and head up the stairs.

Lights on from 19:00 ~ 02:00

Gardens By the Bay

This enormous high-tech garden started with an international design competition in 2006, and opened to the public in 20011. At just over 100ha, the gardens feature the two World’s Largest climate-controlled Greenhouses, a group of “Supertrees”, and 3 waterfront gardens.

Of the two domes, I preferred the Cloud Forest. You get a cool mist from the waterfall as soon you enter, perfect after walking around on a hot day. Inside you go up the levels that simulate different altitudes and habitats around the world, with information on the plants and wildlife that live there. The Flower Dome is a little dull unless you are really in to plants and flowers, but still is laid out well and features species from around the globe.

The Supertrees are quite a sight and you can take the Skywalk (a bridge running between a few of the Supertrees) for a view over the park. There’s also a light show at night.

The entire park was designed to be eco-friendly, despite the amount of power required to run the two dome’s climates and the light show. For example, the shape of the domes maximize light, catch rain water, collect excess heat and disperse it via the Supertrees that also generate electricity through solar power. Water is filtered via plants within the park, and there’s even an on-site biomass boiler!

There is a branch of Indochine up the main Supertree with a good view and a decent range of vegan options, but is a little pricey. There are other restaurants in the park but not as vegan friendly, so its a good idea to bring your own food and have a picnic!

Light Shows on the Super Trees are at 19:45 and 20:45 and last about 10min.
General entry to the park is free, Skywalk is S$5.
For the conservatories, tourist visitors can only buy tickets to both domes at S$28, while residents (including EP holders) can buy one dome at S$12 or both for $20.

Bayfront MRT station has an exit right into the park, or walk from Marina Bay through MBS.

Open Daily
Outdoor Areas 05:00 ~ 02:00
Skywalk 09:00 ~ 21:00
Conservatories 09:00 ~ 21:00

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