Gardens By The Bay is 101 hectares of pristine flora located in central Singapore. If you’re a plant lover, this place is Heaven (or Mecca) – It’s wall-to-wall, turn-after-turn of plants – literally everywhere. I initially visited on a late-night, short stop-over in 2015 but had the chance to return recently to spend plenty of time exploring.
Gardens By The Bay showcases different areas of the world with local plant life that thrive in Singapore’s super-tropical climate. The park is free and sort-of open 24-hours a day. You can easily walk through the various areas any time of day or night, but lighting is minimal. Accessing the park is a breeze with a footbridge connecting Gardens By The Bay to the Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands – a wildly cool upscale shopping mall, casino, restaurant-mecca that has a badass nightclub — oh, did I mention, they have boat rides inside the mall too?
The Super Tree Garden is the central “showpiece” of Gardens By The Bay with massive human-made trees that each holds hundreds of plants and color changing lights choreographed to dance to the music shortly after dark. During the day, visitors can walk the catwalk between two of the most massive super trees to get a birds-eye view of the park for a mere 8 SGD.