Sight Seen : Simply Singapore With Flight - Gardens by the Bay

Singapore - Gardens by the Bay

Singapore's 21st-century botanic garden is a S$1 billion, 101-hectare fantasy land of space-age bio-domes, high-tech Supertrees and whimsical sculptures. The Flower Dome replicates the dry Mediterranean climates found across the world, while the even more astounding Cloud Forest is a tropical montane affair, complete with waterfall. Connecting two of the Supertrees is the OCBC Skyway, with knockout views of the gardens, city and South China Sea. At 7.45pm and 8.45pm, the Supertrees twinkle and glow for the spectacular Garden Rhapsody show.

OCBC Skyway tickets can only be purchased at Supertree Grove. Directly west of Supertree Grove are the Heritage Gardens, four themed spaces inspired by the cultures of Singapore's three main ethnic groups – Chinese, Malay and Indian – as well as its former colonial ruler. South of the Supertree Grove is British artist Marc Quinn's extraordinary sculpture, Planet, a 7-tonne infant seemingly floating above the lawn. It's one of several artworks gracing the grounds. If you have kids in tow, head to the Children's Garden, which features a water playground (with shower and changing facilities), as well as a huge tree-house and adventure playground. The Visitor Centres offer stroller hire (S$2), lockers (S$1 to S$3 depending on size) and audio guides (S$4), or if you prefer jump on the outdoor gardens tour bus (adult/child under 13yr S$8/3) for a whiz around the garden to an audio commentary. Regular shuttle bus (9am to 9pm, first Monday of the month from 12.30pm; unlimited rides S$3) runs between Dragonfly Bridge at Bayfront MRT and the domed conservatories.