If you’re in Singapore, then Gardens by the Bay is probably one of the MUST-DO attractions. It’s one of the most surreal man-made gardens I’ve ever seen, almost hard to believe that someone built something like that, and especially in an already over-condensed, an expensive and real-estate hungry city like Singapore. But, a strong government that cares about public spaces and incoming tourism can pull off some pretty remarkable things.
Gardens by the Bay starts off with the very impressive Super Trees Grove and Skyway but then there are two gigantic domes with world class attractions inside. One is the ‘flower dome’ and the second is ‘cloud forest’. I only had time to visit one of those, and since I’ve seen my fair share of botanical gardens I gambled on the forest.
What’s it about? The official website writes:
Step out of the concrete jungle into a realm high in the mountains where you can learn about rare plants and their fast-disappearing environment.
Take in breathtaking mountain views surrounded by diverse vegetation and hidden floral gems that disappear into the clouds.
Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist; entirely different from the Flower Dome. A 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000-metres above sea level.
Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.
Here’s what you can find inside:
Let’s have a look…
As you can see, it’s quite impressive. The Singaporeans do know how to pull off top notch tourist attractions.
Be sure to combine this with the super trees, and if you have time also check out the flower dome.