If you only have one day in Singapore and would like a cheap way to explore the city, go for the Singapore Trolley Bus Trail. Cost is S$9 (includes a free riverboat tour and unlimited hop-on day pass).
Visit the website so that you know where to board the bus. They have a pop-up schedule.
Suggested must see during the hop-on bus ride:
* Roti Prata at Congress at Suntec City Convention Hall
* Visit National Orchid Garden
* Riverboat Tour
* Lunch at Chinatown Haker Centre
* Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel
* Shopping at Orchard Road
* Stroll down the Esplande and Merlion Walk at nite
I've been to the Botanical Gardens a couple of times and each time, I feel refreshed and renewed. There's always something about breathing in clean air, feasting my eyes on the greens and enjoying a quiet, calm place.
This is a place for nature lovers, for photographers and for budget fun.
The only place in here (so far as I know) that charges is the Orchid Garden and that's just S$5! Is it worth it? Yes. Everything else is FREE.
And way in advance on my second trip, I checked to see when there is a concert in the park. It was fun to spread out a blanket, and have a picnic while listening to the brass orchestra that was showing there at the time (they played the Star Wars Darth Vader theme!).
There are several statues hidden and scattered all over the park. It became a game with me and my boyfriend to walk all over looking for them and at the same time, take LOADS of pictures. There's the (again) Orchid garden which gives you the perfect backdrop for pictures it has a totem statue inside, the Ginger garden has a pond which has a resident Kingfisher bird that looks for fish to eat... I also was lucky enough to spot 2 squirrels there!. There's the statue of the swans in the swan lake (bring bread for the fishies and veggie leaves for the swans). The bonsai garden and the lily pond! (MUST for macro shot lovers). There's also the cactus garden with it's wire statues. Try looking for the girl on the swing, girl on the bike and woman in the hammock (they're all near each other). And have a peaceful moment at the bandstand.
By the way, the CASA VERDE resto near the entrance of the Botanicals has KILLER spaghetti! AND, if you come early enough in the morning, you can watch/join/take pictures of the different people doing Tai Chi. :D
Check their website for concerts so you can plan a picnic there!
A trip to the Botanical Gardens is not complete without paying a small fee to see the Orchards. This is well worth it. They are beautiful. A new display and new colour around every corner. It's not hard to do heaps of oooing and arring here!!
Located in the Singapore Botanical Gardens, this collection of beautiful flowers and lush green vegetation along perfectly manicured paths is truly an escape from the city life. The cost is $2 SGD for adults, and is completely worth it. Every imaginable flower native to this area is contained within its confines.
This offers the largest display of orchids in the world.Over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids are now found in the gardens' collection, and every year more vibrant and enduring hybrids will be added on.
Chosen to be the national flower of Singapore, the Orchid was discovered by Miss Agnee Joaquim in her garden in 1893.
Opens at 8.30 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m.(last ticket sales at 6p.m.)
admission fee for adults -- 5 dollars and 1 dollar for students,senior citizens;free for children below 12 years.
Thanks to fellow VT members, I learned about the Botanic Gardens. Well, it is true, you may read about it somewhere but I overlooked it or did not pay much attention as there was so much to see in Singapore and I thought I have seen so many gardens anyway. VT members who have been there highly recommended a visit to the Botanic Gardens and I made it a point to visit it and am I glad I did!
My father and I took the taxi on our way there. One can enjoy the landscape, the trees for free but please go to the Orchid Gardens because it's worth every Sing dollars. Ticket for Adults cost Sing $ 5 each and senior citizens pay Sing $ 1 only (that's great isn't it!). The senior citizen has to show an I.D.
Singapore Botanic Gardens is open earlier than you think (please check with your concierge). I think it opens at 5:30 a.m.
Even though it says just about everywhere the Orchid garden is S$2 it is now S$5. I think it is still worth the price considering you can see the rest of the park for free. I was just kind of miffed when I found out.
I am not necessarily a huge flower lover but I thought the orchids were still very beautiful, and the landscaping was well worth an afternoon walk.
It might just be me, but I tend to get lost easily (the welcome center seems to be my last stop and I am always the one with out a map). But I would suggest doing the botanical gardens after you have a feel for the bus system or take a taxi. The stops (or at least the ones I found) are not right at the entrance, plus after walking all day you don't want to backtrack to go to the same stop you got off at.
Sentosa Orchid Gardens might not be as grand as the one found in Botanical Gardens but it provides a welcome respite after all the exploring in Sentosa. It has a small gazebo for us to take a seat and rest. There's a small pond that adds beauty to the place. Not so much orchids can be found though.
Part of the Botanic Gardens of Singapore is the National Orchid Garden. The orchid is by far my favourite flower, so if I get the chance to visit an orchid garden I take it. You will find many species of orchids in this garden. There is a seperate entrance fee, for this part of the Botanic Gardens, but it's worth your 2 S$. The National Orchid Garden is one of world's biggest orchid displays and there are over 60,000 flowers featured!!
An absolutely beautiful, breathtaking tour. It's a must if you've ever wondered about flowers and more specifically, orchids.
Inside the greenhouse is a thorough explanation of how orchids can be genetically altered and there is a special section highlighting unique orchids created for an honorary Singaporean guest.
National Orchid Garden is found within the Singapore Botanic Gardens. If orchids fascinate you, visit this spectacular garden and be amazed by the varieties and colours of orchids on display. The newest exhibit, Cool House, simulates a tropical montane forest, and houses spectacular orchids and carnivorous plants.
Opening times: 8:30am-7pm
Admission: SGD 5.00 (Adult), SGD 1.00 (Student & Senior)
This is located within the Botanical Garden. I've been soaked here watching the many sorts of orchids. The varieties are amazing. So if you love flowers, take time to stop here. The garden has a sprawling orchid displays, water features, and an exotic collections from Central and South America.
8.30 am - 7.00 pm (daily)
Children and seniors above 60 years old SGD 1
free for children of 12 years and below
You can walk the botanical gardens for free this is a nice day if you enjoy a day with flowers and plants or just a quiet day away from the city life. Alot of locals come here to relax as couples. I would pay for the orchid gardens as they are lovely worth a look for sure.
Nice place for a walk in the morning, the hightlights for me were the orchid garden (admission 5 dollars), and the huge kapok tree with weird roots. Wanted to look at the bonsai garden but couldn't find it ! Thought the 'swan lake' was a bit of a misnomer as there was only one swan on it !
This part of the National Orchid Garden highlights the various hybrids created & named after head of states, dignitaries & VIPs who had visited the garden in the past.
Some of the very famous people are:
Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko of Japan.
Baroness Margaret Thatcher, 1st President of Singapore - Yusof bin Ishak, Mei-Tsuang - wife of former Prime MInister of Rep. of China Yu Kuo Hwa, Ibu Tien - wife of former President Suharto.
The accompanying pix is that of Dendobrium Margaret Thatcher named after the former Prime Minister of UK when she visited the garden back in 1985.
I like this one best in the VIP Orchid Garden. It portrays the strength & determination of the "Iron Lady" very well & the color is very pleasant, very unique...
Parentage: Dendrobium Concham X Dendrobium lasianthera.