Check any travel guide about Singapore, and the Botanic Gardens would certainly be among the top recommended attractions–and rightly so. It’s pretty much free to go around (except for the minimal fee to get to the National Orchid Garden), and yet it’s very rich in nature and history.
The gardens are a vast sanctuary in the heart of the city. There’s so much to explore, it’ll take literally a whole day or maybe even two to fully experience what the gardens have to offer.
My plan was to get there early, but being the nocturnal creature that I am, I woke up pretty late and got to the gardens at around 11 am. I started my looooong stroll from Bukit Timah Gate, where I took some shots of the Eco Lake:
After a brief stop and looking at the map several times, I decided to make National Orchid Garden my priority, then the small tropical rainforest. I’d then check out the other gardens if I still had the energy to do so.
And stuck to the plan I did. Here’s a mini-gallery of the different sections of the National Orchid Garden:
And choice shots from the rainforest:
A must when going to the Botanic Gardens is plenty of time, fully charged camera battery and enough space in your SD card, comfortable shoes, and a bottle of water. (There are drinking fountains throughout the garden where you can refill the bottle, too.)
When I do go back to Singapore, I’ll definitely check out the Botanic Gardens again and visit the rest of the sections I wasn’t able to explore as much as I wanted to. Besides, there are upcoming attractions to this newly inaugurated World Heritage Site 🙂
Singapore Botanic Gardens is open every day of the year from 5 am – 12 mn, although certain sections have their own schedules. It is also very accessible via bus or train, and tourist shuttle services are available as well.
‘Til next time!