Singapore is something out of a science fiction book. I remember telling my friends that the only thing missing is flying cars! Singapore is an alluring and peculiar utopia compared to other cities: it is ranked the #2 safest country to do business in, is one of the most diverse city-states in the world, has transformed itself from a third-world country to a first-class modern city in just 50 years, it is home to an astonishing number of millionaires (1 in 6 individuals are worth >$1 million), and is a place where chewing gum is banned (unless you have a medical prescription!)
Last summer, I decided to spend my last week in Southeast Asia exploring this enchanting city-state. I stayed a week in a hostel right outside of Little India and near City Square Mall. It was a great location for access to all underground transportation and main lines.
The first night I spent in Singapore I went to see the Gardens by the Bay light show. It was an amazing event where the solar-powered Supertrees lit up to classical music pieces. I had not seen anything like this before and it was breathtaking!
The Supertrees are home to an array of exotic orchids, ferns, vines, and other plants by mimicking the function of trees. The two largest Supertrees are bridged by a ‘Skyway’ where you can enjoy unbelievable views of the gardens and the Singapore Skyline from above.
The Gardens by the Bay consist of about 250 acres of land in central Singapore and are home to a few of my favorite conservatories: The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.
The Flower Dome features seven different gardens each displaying various plants and flowers from different parts of the world. My favorite flower, and one of Singapore’s most common, is the Orchid. The Flower Dome boasted an astonishing number of different types of Orchids! They even have a separate garden allocated to solely orchids called the National Orchid Garden. That set aside, the Flower Dome was one of the most magnificent experience for the senses! It is also home to an olive grove and a bistro if you fancy a change of scenery.
The Cloud Forest takes you through a different journey up the mountain from about 3,300 feet (1,000 meters) to 9,800 feet (3,000 meters), displaying the different plans and ecological systems that occur at each level. It is definitely worth experiencing and reading about if you are in the area.
If you are ever travelling to Southeast Asia, you most likely have a layover or easy access (a quick plan ride!) to Singapore and I would highly recommend it. The city-state is a gorgeous metropolitan melting pot of different food, cultures, sites, and experiences.