Finally, we visited Gardens By The Bay last Saturday. The idea just came up suddenly. We were confused of where to go last weekend, but finally made a decision to go to Cloud Forest and Flower Dome in Gardens By The Bay. After visiting Bay South Garden in Gardens By The Bay, lil boy got very curious about what is inside Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, and since the entrance fee is quite expensive (in my opinion but perhaps not for other people because the place was super crowded when we came), we decided to postpone the visit a few times.
This place is opened from 9 am to 9 pm. We packed our lunch and cupcakes for snacks and headed from home at 12 am. I read some information that it will be slightly cold in Cloud Forest, so we brought our jackets along with us. To get here, board the MRT and alight at Bayfront Station, than follow the signs (they are everywhere and very clear). If you come from Marina Bay MRT, than take bus number 400 and alight at Gardens By The Bay.
When we arrived at the ticketing counter at 1 am, there was already a long queue, but there were many ticketing counters so the line moved very fast. Lil boy got confused of where to go first, so I suggested that we go to Cloud Forest first, and he agreed, and it was a good decision…..I’ll explain later about this.
Ticket price for both conservatories is $20 for adults and $12 for children (for local residence including EP and DP Pass Holder). Ticket price for foreigner is $28. 10% discount is applied for NTUC Card Member. After the discount, we paid $74…….I still think this is expensive…..but it was pretty inside…..so never mind and let’s just enjoy the day.
Toilets and drinking water can be found almost everywhere. When we went there, the toilets were in good and clean condition. There are some restaurants outside and inside the Flower Dome. We found many big chairs near the ticketing counter, where people just sat and children roamed around here. We had our picnic lunch here, since we couldn’t eat and drink inside. There is a small stall selling drinking water and ice cream near the exit door of Cloud Forest….and it was very crowded with people buying ice cream. Of course lil boy asked for ice cream at the end of the day……..
It is quite cold inside the Cloud Forest, so please bring your jackets. Cloud Forest is like a big miniature of rain forest with it’s waterfall, artificial rain, trees, birds sounds, artificial stalactites, and animal sculptures. This is a seven storeys place, so this is how you visit this place……first you come through the third floor, that queuing for the elevator to go up to level 6, take the escalator one level up to seventh floor, and take the escalator down to sixth floor, fifth floor, and so on until you reach the Secret Garden in first floor. Then you go out from first floor, and if you one to re-enter, you can ask for a stamp in your hand. In that way you can re-enter again and again for the same day.
People seemed to go to Flower Dome first, since it is located in front of the Cloud Forest. My suggestion is, go to Cloud Forest first. When we arrived here, there weren’t many people here so we didn’t have to queue to go up with the elevator. When we came back in the afternoon around 6 pm, the queue was super long (seriously……..) that some people decided to go up to the sixth floor by the stairs. Lil boy only wanted to visit the Secret Garden, so it was easy for us to just take one level down with the stairs.
Although the Cloud Forest is so big, but the hall is not to wide to cater so many people in the afternoon). Yes, you can still walk and do the sightseeing properly, but it will be so difficult to take decent photos and stop in one spot for a long time since people are waiting behind you). This is what happened to us when we came back in the afternoon……I didn’t take any photos again that afternoon since it was almost impossible to stop and take good photos. It was so difficult to even walk in the Secret Garden, and when some people stopped for quite a long time, the people behind them would say: “Excuse me, can you walk….”. People were queuing to take photos in some good spots.It wasn’t too comfortable in the evening, which was every different when we came a few hours before.
So, my suggestion is to visit Cloud Forest too before entering the Flower Dome. Flower Dome was also very crowded when we came, but it is a big and huge hall and very wide too…..so it was still very comfortable although in some good spots we found it very difficult to take pictures without other people around us. There are many big wooden chairs inside the Flower Dome, lil boy even tried to sleep in one of those chairs for a few minutes. Lil boy run around here and there excitedly because there are big free spaces everywhere. I think it is just like having you own backyard garden here.
So now, let me take you to a journey to the Cloud Forest….from the Lost World to the Secret Garden………
It is rather gloomy, wet, and cold here. I kept throwing the idea of having a camp wit a real tent here….but lil boy kept refusing because he was afraid of the dark, hahaha……It was nice because we felt that the cold didn’t come from the air con but from the trees and waterfalls (just our imagination of course…….). There are some wooden chairs too here (not too many), but I didn’t see many people sat here actually. Of course we’d rather go and walk than sit here. These are the pictures surrounding The Water Falls.
Next, we went up to the LOST WORLD
I imagined that The Lost World was something like a hidden place among the river, big trees, strange flowers, and big caves. A very old fashioned place, rather gloomy and dark, with twigs hanging around everywhere, and quite spooky. Well, since I had no other explanation about why they call this place “a lost world”, then let’s just rely on my imagination……Well, it is not 100% wrong, but this place isn’t dark at all, it is bright and shiny, and not spooky at all. But yes, there are river, artificial crocodile, flowers, stones, etc. This place is connected to the sixth floor (Cavern) with a long bridge. I didn’t even notice where the cavern was, and I can’t identify the cavern in my pictures, so I just put them (The Lost World and The Cavern) in all these pictures together.
Up next is the Crystal Mountain, connected with the treetop walk, and continue to the Waterfall View
After this, we went to the dark room called THE EARTH CHECK
This is a place where we can learn many things about our earth…..from the climate changes, forest, the journey of out water, etc. There is also a big screen which playing the movie about our earth. People seemed to show high interest in here (including watching the movie about our loving earth).
From here, there is an exit door to the SECRET GARDEN
We went out and find a nice spot to have our lunch in one of the long wooden chairs. This place was full with people (just sitting outside and not going inside the garden).
With our tummies full, we headed to the next direction, which was The Flower Dome……