Singapore Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay and its two Domes – Flower and Cloud Forest, with Supertrees on the right.
Gardens by the Bay Exterior
Singapore Gardens by the Bay were a huge surprise to us, massive, interesting, easy to walk around, no mosquitoes, quirky and free! (apart from the dome zones). That attraction alone is almost worth going to Singapore for and certainly one to encourage visitors to spend longer than the standard two days in the country.
One entry to Gardens by the Bay via Marina Bay Sands hotel and Dragonfly Bridge. Dragonfly lake and its 440m boardwalk is apparently vital for the Gardens ecosystem.
Supertrees and 22m high OCB Skyway (pay-to-enter) in Gardens by the Bay, between the Sands Hotel and the Singapore Barrage (dam), in other words on the opposite side to Marina Bay.
The gardens are free and offer plenty of odd touches even before the nightly Supertree sound and light show goes into action.
After a long day exploring the Gardens, the Domes and perhaps the Barrage, with a fast food burger or great gourmet lunch, lying under the colour-changing and musical Supertrees at 7.45pm/8.45pm is a pretty good alternative to hitting the psychedelics (which you wouldn’t want to be doing in Singapore where drug penalties are draconian).
Gardens by the Bay Domes Interior – Cloud Forest
The 35m high Cloud Forest dome waterfall is one of the two domes in the Gardens by the Bay.
The domes are the only pay-to-enter attraction in the Gardens area, costing about $S28 for the two or $15 for a child (2016). We were less interested in the Flower Dome, where the carved wood animal sculptures were the best part, but we loved the Cloud Forest Dome arrangement and spectacular elevated walkway
The Domes are open 9am-9pm daily. Get there via MRT or bus to Bayfront station. Take exit B and head along the underground linkway which will lead you into the Gardens by the Bay.
Alternatively walk via the Helix Bridge onto the waterfront footpath that leads into the Gardens or enter Marina Bay Sands hotel complex, take the lift/elevator to level 6 and cross the Lion Bridge to the Gardens. Taxis can also take you to right next to the domes but then you would miss the lovely approach trails.
There is a mass of eating/drinking options in the Gardens ranging from McDonalds and a food court to Pollen (very upmarket British cuisine in the Flower Dome), the Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant and Indochine, 50metres up a Supertree.
Beautifully carved ‘ethnic’ Southeast Asian canoes, orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants in the Cloud Forest Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay Domes Interior – Flower Dome
The Flower Dome gives a feel for the scale of ambition – baoab trees from Senegal, Madagascar and Australia overlook 500 to 600 year old olive trees imported from Italy.