The Marina Bay Sands hotel is a key feature of the Singapore skyline. Just beneath the towering futuristic structure sits an equally impressive sight – Gardens by the Bay. This is quite a unique attraction on our travels as we never really do parks and gardens enough. The Gardens here though are not your average plot of land – huge tree’s connected by a rope bridge which host a nightly light show, a dome dedicated to flowers and exotic plants and an urban rainforest.
Reaching the gardens is simple enough. Take the metro to Bayfront station and follow the signs for exit B. Once out of the MRT we found ourselves walking straight out into the greenery with the Marina Bay Sands standing tall in the distance. The pathway leads to the ticket office where you can purchase admission to the dome and urban rainforest. A combined ticket for those costs $18-20 SGD (£10.07 – 11.19) with the skywalk around the supertrees costing an extra $8 SGD (£4.47) which you can buy from the ticket office at the attraction itself.
The area is signposted very well and is a pleasure to stroll around taking in the sights of the lake, super tree’s and structures in the distance of the domes containing the urban rainforest. We headed for the flower dome first and straight into the air conditioning – a welcome break from the sweaty heat of the outdoors. Inside the dome is an array of plants both tropical and native with incredible displays dedicated to the artist Vincent Van Gogh. One of Van Gogh’s most famous works – starry night – is recreated using flowers in a spectacular display.
Other works include cacti and desert plants but for me they weren’t of much interest. The middle exhibits including Van Gogh’s work stood out and were definitely worth the entry fee. All in all we spent around 45 minutes in the dome before heading back out into the heat in search of the urban rainforest.
This exhibit is well worth paying for, a huge greenhouse of large trees and waterfalls with a skywalk above to give you a view across the entire indoor complex. It’s a real feat for Singapore that this can even be possible in an indoor space on this scale. The skywalk allowed for some superb pictures and a closer look at the giant waterfall.
If you happen to be hungry during your trip there are outlets around the gardens that serve food, typically snacks such as chicken satay were prominent around the time of our visit for a fair price. We decided to hang on for lunch while we headed over to the centre of the gardens to take on our final experience – the supertree skywalk.
It’s only when you get close to the trees in the Supertree Grove that you realise the scale of the climb. It’s incredibly high and requires a lift to get you to the skywalk level. Once up though the view is just amazing, you can see all the way over to the harbour area and across to the Marina Bay Sands complex. The bridge is a steady walkway so any fears you may have of a rickety bridge can be put at rest.
Other features of the gardens include sculptures, in particular one of a giant baby completely carved out of bronze named ‘Planet’. This was handily placed on our route back to the Bayfront MRT station as our visit to the garden’s reached its conclusion. This is a really unique experience which also happens to be affordable and fun for people of all ages. We would highly recommend the Gardens by the Bay as an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in Singapore.
Opening times: Daily 0900-2100
Nearest MRT: Bayfront