Gardens of Singapore, the Garden City

Singapore is surrounded by beautiful gardens. So much so, it is also called the “Garden City.” Here are some gardens of Singapore you shouldn’t miss.

Exterior of Marina Bay Sands Hotel at night; gardens of Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Hotel from Gardens By The Bay ©MDHarding

Gardens By The Bay

While in Singapore don’t miss the incredible Gardens By The Bay. There is lots to see and explore. Here’s what not to miss!

Supertree Grove

Voted one of the top five attractions to visit by Tripadvisor, I can totally see why! The 18 supertrees range in height between 25 and 50 metres tall. During the day, stroll along these incredible structures on the 22-metre high OCBC Skyway. Then, in the evening, don’t miss the light show choreographed to some of the world’s most popular and powerful songs.

Supertree Grove at night; gardens of Singapore
Supertree Grove ©MDHarding

Cloud Forest

See the tallest indoor waterfall, an ever-changing orchid display and learn about the world’s endangered species. The impressive dome stands 35 metres high with varying levels, each with a different perspective. Highly recommended among the gardens of Singapore!

Inside the Cloud Forest; gardens of Singapore
Inside The Cloud Forest ©MDHarding

Flower Dome

We visited the Flower Dome at the start of the year when it was still adorned in festive decor and delightful poinsettia displays. The world’s largest greenhouse has an ever-changing floral display. Currently, it’s delightful dahlias until the 24th February. Don’t dismay, I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy your visit no matter the time of year!

Gardens By The Bay is free to enter but entrance to the OCBC Skyway, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest tickets can be pre-purchased or bought on arrival. Arrive early, as you can easily spend the whole day here!

Inside the Flower Dome; gardens of Singapore
Flower Dome, Singapore ©MDHarding

The Southern Ridges

Walk through the jungle without ever leaving the city at The Southern Ridges. The Southern Ridges is a 10-kilometre stretch of green open spaces spanning the hills of some of Singapore’s most popular parks and gardens, connected by picturesque ridges and pathways. Imagine walking across a bridge 36-metres above the road connecting two hilltops.

You can perform this exhilarating high-wire act at Henderson Waves, a distinctive wave-like structure consisting of a series of undulating curved “ribs.” It’s also Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge.

The Southern Ridges is also made up of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park, Labrador Nature Reserve and Forest Walk, an elevated walkway. You can walk among the tree canopies to observe a wide variety of flora and fauna in their natural habitat.

Kayaking in Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is a boomerang-shaped 1,020-hectare island that is one of the best-hidden gardens of Singapore. However, it offers an abundance of wildlife and exciting water activities for adventure seekers.

Pulau Ubin sits off the north-eastern corner of mainland Singapore, in the Straits of Johor just a 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Pulau Ubin is a living showcase of what Singapore was like in the 1960s, with around 38 villagers living life at their own leisurely pace here.

Kayaking the mangrove forests of Pulau Ubin promises a challenging and beautiful journey with tons of wildlife sightings. The Ubin Bisect adventure is possibly the most exciting and longest pure mangrove kayaking expedition in Singapore, covering a total of 8.27km.

During the 4-hour kayak journey from the north to the south of the island, visitors will go through stunning mangrove habitats that are unique to this part of Asia. You can spot some of the most beautiful birds here, including kingfishers, eagles, hornbills, herons and egrets. There’s also marine wildlife like water monitors and maybe even pink dolphins.

Close-up of a hornbill; gardens of Singapore
Hornbill, Jurong Bird Park ©MDHarding

Hiking in MacRitchie Reservoir Park

Take in the Panoramic views of the forest and the thrill of walking at 25 metres above ground while you traverse the TreeTop Walk, a 250-metre-long freestanding suspension bridge. See first-hand the layers of the rainforest, from the ground all the way to the canopy.

From the carpark at Venus Drive, the three- to four-hour hike to the bridge is a scenic 7km roundtrip. Bird-watchers can take the path that leads to the seven-story-tall Jelutong Tower. From atop, look out for the chestnut-bellied malkoha or the orange-bellied flowerpecker, two of the wide variety of birds that reside in the MacRitchie area.

There is also the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Chinese Garden, National Orchid Garden, Ginger Garden, a beautiful Butterfly Garden at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3 and a Cactus Garden in Terminal 1 as well as many more!

Close-up of purple and white orchids; gardens of Singapore
Cloud Forest Orchids ©MDHarding

The city has lots of accommodation to choose from but can be expensive, get the best rates and availability before you travel.

I hope you enjoyed reading and are inspired to visit the Garden City. As always, I would love to hear from you with any comments or questions you may have. Until next time … Happy Travels 🙂 x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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