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Singapore Half-Day City Tour
"You will start from Little India - a haven of Indian culture and ethnicity that embodies the vibrant and colourful pulse of the Indian community in Singapore.Next drive to the mouth of the Singapore River. The Merlion a national icon representing Singapore’s humble beginning as a fishing village is located here. The Merlion Park set against the City as backdrop is a sight not to be missed.Drive past the Financial District to Chinatown and discover the rich her the Chinese first settled here and yet right in its midst you’ll find one of our oldest and picturesque Hindu Temple.Last stop is the Singapore Botanic Gardens the 'green lung' of our city. Experience the calm and serenity of this 52 hectares garden. Located within the grounds is the National Orchid Garden where you can marvel at the wide and colorful variety of Orchids on display."""
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Singapore City Tour
"Your orientation tour of Singapore begins with a drive around the Civic District passing by the Padang Singapore Cricket Club historic Parliament House and the National Gallery Singapore. The Gallery consists of two national monuments – the former Supreme Court Building and the City Hall. Make a photo stop here and view these magnificent buildings up close (weather permitting). stop at the famous Merlion Park and enjoy the stunning views of Marina Bay. Take advantage of this picture-taking opportunity with The Merlion Singapore’s mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples
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City Sightseeing Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Discover Singapore on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. See the rich ethnic cultural and historical heritage through the sights and sounds of the bustling ethnic enclaves and travel along the streets of China Town Kampong Glam and Little India where religious monuments nestle amidst quaint shophouses. Contrasting with the modern shopping malls such as the Suntec City there are serene gardens and sleek skyscrapers.Visit the 'colonial heart' for a view of the Parliament House
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Enjoying the Flowers

A sight seeing visit to the National Orchid Garden was really delightful. It is located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Enjoy over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, with about 600 species and hybrids on display in this carefully landscaped slopes of three hectares land.
The differnet shades of colours are focused in different zones "spring" zone- bright and lively shades of gold, yellow and creams., "summer" zone - reds and pinks
"autumn" zone - matured shades and the "winter" zone - whites and cool violet shades

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ushar
Oct 06, 2015

colourfull, big and interesting

We went by metro to the botanical garden. Entrance is free accpet for the orchid garden. I am not interested in orchids, but I liked it anyway. It is so big and nice. There is a restaurant in the middle. A lot of shade and places to sit down.

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AnnaHermans
Oct 21, 2014

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Apart from the National Orchid Garden (see separate tip) admission to the Botanical Gardens is free, and they are well worth a visit. Established in 1859, the gardens are one of the most visited botanic gardens in the world.

There are a number of separate themed gardens, including the Ginger Garden (you will be amazed at how many different species belong to the ginger family), the Healing Garden, the Fragrant Garden, The Foliage Garden, and the Evolution Garden.

There are also several lakes. Symphony Lake, which is overlooked by a statue of Chopin, has a concert stage in the middle of it. Also in the middle of this lake is the 'Greenwich Arrow', which , marks the spot where scientists from the Royal Observatory conducted experiments into the Earth's magnetic field.

Swan Lake has a sculpture of swans in it, as well as live ones. There is also a notice requesting visitors not to dump aquatic animals in the water. I later noticed a number of terrapins in the lake.

Another landmark is the Prisoner-of-War brick steps, which were constructed during the Japanese occupation.

There are a number of food and beverage outlets in the gardens, but we didn't try them (other than buying a soft drink at a kiosk). The gardens are open from 5.00 a.m. to midnight.

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SallyM
Aug 16, 2014

Beautiful gardens in a bustling city

The Singapore Botanical Gardens is a delight, a breath of fresh air in a crowded city. Located not far from the touristy Orchard Road (a good walk if you are up to it), it's a pleasant break from the push and shove of downtown Singapore. Take a picnic (as many locals do) and a book and share a few hours 'holiday' break with someone.

The gardens also contain the National Orchid Garden, a pay per visit addition, but well worth it if you are into orchids.

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Phildy
Mar 19, 2014
 
 
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Picnic in Botanical Gardens

If you want or need a break from the frenetic pace of shopping and sightseeing in Singapore, its a good idea to make up a picnic basket, and head for the beautiful Botanical Gardens.
Founded in 1822 by Sir Stamford Raffles originally. The Gardens were relocated to present site in 1859 by the Horticultral Society in 1859.

The lawns are lush and green, with towering trees giving welcome shade. Pathways are well marked, leading to specified areas such as the Ginger Garden (which houses a large selection of plants from the Ginger family), Orchid House, English Garden, Symphony Lake,which houses an amphitheatre where outdoor concerts are held, Bromiliad Garden, Rainforest Gardens with its misty atmosphere, and many more.

There are various statues dotted around the Gardens- my favourite being Mr & Mrs Frederick Chopin, near Symphony Lake.
A restuarant is situated next to the Ginger Gardens, offering a wide selection of tasty snacks and meals- enjoy an outdoor meal while you watch the fountains and abundant birdlife.

At the Visitors Centre there are free maps of the Gardens available, and a shop that sells souveniers and orchids, and other plants.

Allow yourself a few hours to wander around, and drink plenty of fluids. Its very humid and hot , and dehydration is a danger.

Getting to the Botanical Gardens is easy- taxis are cheap and will drop you at the entrance.
Buses: there are buses which pick up on Orchard Road- we caught bus 105 which went via Holland Road, but there are a few that go also along Bukit Timah Road.
MRT - alight at Botanic Gardens stop- a short walk to Gardens.

Opening hours are 7.30am till Midnight
Entrance in free (however, there is a S$5.00 fee , children free, to enter Orchid House)

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lynnehamman
Nov 25, 2011

Beautiful gardens

This must be one of the best value things to do in Singapore as it is free apart from a small fee to gain entry to the orchid garden. We unfortunately had enough time to walk around the southern end of the gardens up as far as the orchid garden which is well worth a visit.

We travelled there on the SIA tour bus and got off just by The Tanglin Mall which is close to the western end of Orchard Road.

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Tricky_Dicky69
Apr 04, 2011

Beautiful gardens

This must be one of the best value things to do in Singapore as it is free apart from a small fee to gain entry to the orchid garden. We unfortunately had enough time to walk around the southern end of the gardens up as far as the orchid garden which is well worth a visit.

We travelled there on the SIA tour bus and got off just by The Tanglin Mall which is close to the western end of Orchard Road.

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Tricky_Dicky69
Apr 04, 2011

The beautiful garden

The Botanic Garden of Singapore celebrate its 150th birthday in 2009, although it doesn't look a day older than 79. The garden is very popular, but without getting too crowded.
We spent almost a whole day here, just wandering around in the park. First location was the Tangling Core, where we took thousands (well...) of photos of the fishes, the birds and the so cute turtles. For those of you who are into photographing, this is really good place.

After slowly walking around the pound we drove our shoes to the Central Core, where we laid down and had a picnic on the grass, while watching people strolling by, playing football or just sitting down in the grass like us.

Don't miss the huge eagle who flies around above you. And don't either miss the amazing sunset that gives you a great show between the trees.

No matter what you like this is the place to relax in. Even if there are a lot of people around it still feels very calm. Can also imagine that it would be great to look at a concert here, at the stage in the middle.

All in all a very nice place both for kids and adults. And also for dogs and their walkers. Think we stopped counting after the first 27 dogs...

The park is open 5am to midnight every day, although I wouldn't recommened anyone to stay there after dark arrives. And remember it gets dark pretty quickly here.
Although, if it's somewhere in the world where you should stay in a park when it's night it's probably in safe Singapore.

Entrance is free, although there is a fee of S$5 to enter the National Orchid Garden.

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Apr 04, 2011

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Botanic Gardens

Absolutely lovely way to spend a day - the paths, gardens, ponds, picnic areas - unbelieavable range & varieties of plants - let your senses take over to guide you

Like everything in Singapore - a very cheap taxi ride from anywhere

sarah_m1
Apr 04, 2011

fish feeeding

singapore botanical garden is superb an extra ordinary colection of deffirent types of flowers and orchids...just dont forget to drop by and bring some loaf of bread when u come because u can feed fish in the fish fond inside its verry good and fun especially when have kids with you....

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junefer
Apr 04, 2011

Botanical Gardens

On Sunday after, I would visit this place. It has a nice pond where there are swans swimming. I love walking around the garden and just look at the trees and the orchids. I love orchids! Singapore has the most beautiful orchids I have seen!

I had a picture taken with the century tree but the picture I have is already very old and it is with my grandmother! She refused to give it to me so I can scan it! But anyway, it's been over 22 years now since I last visited Singapore. At that time, they were building the underground subway.

To go back with this century tree! There are flowers on its roots! And, the roots bear fruits, too! It was an interesting tree to see!

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joiwatani
Apr 04, 2011

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Take a leisurely stroll through the oldest public park in Singapore and the birthplace of the rubber industry in the region. Walk through a section of the primary forest and listen to the rhythmic sounds of crickets all around you. If orchids fascinate you, visit the spectacular National Orchid 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: 5am to midnight daily (National Orchid Garden opens from 8:30am-7pm)
Admission: Free (National Orchid Garden: SGD 5.00 (Adult), SGD 1.00 (Student & Senior)

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Apr 04, 2011

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