It was a humid day in Singapore. I forgot how hot the little country could get. But that didn’t stop me to wander at this humongous park that goes with the name of Gardens by the Bay. I got to say that even though it was Sunday, I didn’t feel so much suffocated by the crowd. Can you believe it’s 101-hectare wide?
Located at Marina Bay, the park is noticeably close to other landmarks of the Lion City such as Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands. It comprises waterfront promenade, conservatories, tree-like structures, children’s garden, as well as dining areas. It is so vast, that I believe you have to spare one full day to explore every corner of the park.
How I Got There
I took the MRT, the easiest and cheapest way to get to the park. Coming from Indonesia where public transportation is still not well established enough, taking an MRT can be troubling sometimes. I’m not used to walk a lot, and using the trains pushes you to do so. Or even the bus. But nevertheless, it’s cheap and fast, so it’s your best option. You should alight at Bayfront station and there will be signs to inform you which way to take to get to Gardens by the Bay.
Most of the attractions have free admissions. Those tree-like structures? Free. But if you want to walk on the OCBC Skyway (which is 22 metres above the ground!), you have to pay $8. The conservatories that include Cloud Forest and Flower Dome require a ticket. They sell single and double admissions, $12 and $28 respectively for adults. I got my ticket from the hotel I was staying at (Kam Leng Hotel) for $25 only.
I didn’t realize that they sell a single ticket. Had I known, I probably would have got the Cloud Forest ticket only. I was super tired by the time I was about to enter the Cloud Forest conservatory. The humid was draining my energy! I didn’t see much of the Flower Dome. I was also planning to see the Supertree Grove (those tree-like structures) at night because they would light up and produce some sounds. But my body was already begging to lie down. I didn’t even get up on the skyway 🙁 I am indeed such a wimp, LOL.
- Entering Cloud Forest with cool air hitting my face. Okay, not just my face. Compared to the temperature outside, entering this dome felt like heaven. Like I mentioned before, I was dying due to the humidity of Singapore. Getting welcomed by the cool breeze from both the aircon and 35-metre waterfall(!!!) was more than I ever hoped for.
- Honestly, seeing so much green made everything feel better. Clean and fresh greenery. We don’t often see that in Jakarta, which is a huge pity. I’ve always loved Singapore due to its cleanliness and neat infrastructure.
- Being able to appreciate the grandeur of Marina Bay Sands up close. I’ve seen way too many pictures of the resort, so seeing it in person was quite a surreal moment.
- It all felt like a different world, what with those outlandish tree structures and super tall waterfall. It felt like an escape. I read a review from a travel blogger (read it here) where she said the night scenes at the Supertree Grove made her feel like she was in Avatar. Although I didn’t stay until the sunset, I truly understood what she meant.
It had been 7 years since last time I visited Singapore, and this short trip was not enough! (I was there to see Coldplay, which is another story. All I have to say is they were PERFECTLY amazing. I was so grateful that I could check “see Coldplay live” off my list.) Let’s hope I can visit it again in the near future.
For more information of Gardens by the Bay, kindly visit their website at http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/
Have you visited Gardens by the Bay? Did you visit or see all the attractions? Any tips you’d like to share to enjoy the park more? Let me know in the comments!
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