Where do you want to go?

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

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

Flickr Tag Error: Bad call to display set '72157633454402601'

Error state follows:

  • stat: fail
  • code: 1
  • message: Photoset not found

Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, or Kew Gardens, are huge! At 121 hectares, they hold the world’s largest collection of living plants, featuring over 30,000 species from all over the world. There’s also a Chinese Pagoda, Japanese Rock Garden, small aquarium, and multiple climate-controlled conservatories. There’s even a Peacock or two walking around. To see everything you really need most of the day.

Open every day except Dec 24/25. Entry costs £13.90, discounts for groups of 10+. Walk from Kew Gardens Tube station.
09:30 ~ 17:00