Singapore is a city where the future arrived a long time ago, just look out of the plane window before landing at Changi International Airport – voted the best in the world – and see the beautiful buildings, the incredible Marina Bay and, of course, the super trees that appear to have come from another planet and landed at Gardens By The Bay.
The Gardens is a botanical garden that occupies an immense green area of more than 100 hectares, opened in 2012, it is part of the city-state government’s project to transform Singapore into a kind of “garden city”.
But what attracts thousands of people every day to Gardens By The Bay are the so-called “super trees”. These structures that reach up to 50 meters high, built in concrete and metal, form a futuristic garden, so otherworldly that the latest Star Wars movie was released there.
The entire Garden By The Bay was built with sustainability in mind and the flagship of this whole concept are the 18 super trees. They have photovoltaic cells in their cups that capture energy during the day to light up at night. They also function as gigantic collectors of water that is used to irrigate the plants in the gardens.
The trees are covered with natural plants and with many rare species. Some trees are connected by a suspended walkway, an unmissable walk that offers an even nicer view of Gardens By The Bay. In the top of the biggest tree there is still a bar and restaurant.
The most awaited moment is when it gets dark and the trees transform, giving a show of lights and special effects. The show still has a soundtrack and when I was there, the Star Wars soundtrack was played in sync with the lights. Visitors go wild with the show. A truly unique and unforgettable moment.
Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest
Inside Gardens By The Bay there are still two gigantic greenhouses, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. I didn’t visit the Flower Dome because of the short time, but it creates the cool, dry climate ideal for the plant species grown inside.
Cloud Forest simulates the coldest and most humid environment. Inside, an immense forest was recreated, with a mountain and a huge waterfall that already draws attention at the entrance. The tour starts from top to bottom, in the so-called “Lost World”.
Inside the greenhouses there are more than 220,000 species of plants and just like the super trees, they are sustainable, capturing energy from the sun and rainwater to help maintain themselves.
The glass structure also helps to control the light that enters through them to create the perfect environment for the conservation of the plants that live there.
How to visit Gardens by the bay and the super trees?
Getting there is super easy, Gardens by the bay is served by the blue line of the subway, Bayfront station. Once there, just follow the signs and take the exit between Gardens by the bay and Marina Bay Sands, that set of towers that has the most famous infinity pool in the world at the top.
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The good news is that to visit the garden and see the light show we pay nothing, to visit the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest the entrance costs 16 SGD (R$38.00) and the combined purchase for the two attractions costs 28 SGD (R$66.00). If you, like me, have limited time, it’s worth visiting Cloud Forest, that’s what the people there recommended.
To walk on the walkway that connects the trees, entrance costs 8.00 SGD (R$19.00).
Another tip is that buying online the price is much better and there are always promotions. the website is this one.
For those with mobility difficulties, inside there is a kind of little train that goes from the stop near the subway exit to the greenhouse area.
Gardens by the bay is open from 5 am to 2 am and the greenhouses from 9 am to 9 pm.
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When we talk about places to stay in Singapore, the first image that comes to mind is the spectacular Marina Bay Sands, one of the most famous and desirable hotels in the world. And its fame is due to its luxury and its swimming pool, which is nothing less than the largest infinity pool on top of a building in the world.
In this same region is The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, an incredible five-star hotel that has one of the best locations in Singapore.
Across Marina Bay is The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore and in addition to all the luxury of a Hilton, it has one of the best views in Singapore.
If you don’t want to spend so much at the Hilton, right next to it is the Marina Mandarin Singapore, which has an equally good view.
Chinatown, as the name implies, is Singapore’s Chinatown. It is right next to Marina Bay and has hotels that are equally excellent and cheaper. In this region is the excellent Orchid Hotel, a super comfortable four-star hotel with a delightful pool.
Close by is the Amara Singapore, I’ve stayed at the Amara in Bangkok and it’s wonderful. A five star with a 3 star price.
For those who want to stay in a hostel, capsules are the best option as they guarantee more comfort and privacy than hostels. The most famous of these is MET A Space Pod, which has branches in Boat Quay, Chinatown and Arab Street. It is worth mentioning that all of them have a great location, although I think Boat Quay is better located.
In Chinatown there is a very famous capsule hotel, the Galaxy Pod and the cool thing is that it has capsules for couples from R$190.00. Not bad, huh?
Arriving in Singapore: Visa, Immigration and Transport
How to use the Singapore Metro
Singapore rules and laws, be careful not to get fined
Where to stay in Singapore
What to do in Singapore
Gardens by the bay and Singapore’s super trees
Singapore’s Arab Quarter
Little India, Singapore’s Indian Quarter
Singapore Flyer, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world
Marina Barrage Park
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