After a couple of days of walking around the busy and urban streets of Singapore city, we needed a green break and some nature and fresh air, so we headed to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It was so relaxing and peaceful to wander around the big garden, among huge trees, big lawns, small lakes and an ocean of beautiful orchids! Just what we needed!

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The green and lush Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens, dated back to 1859, is pretty big (740 000 m²) and is divided into different sections as you can see on the map below:

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Map of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The garden is open from 5 in the morning to midnight and is the only botanic garden in the world that has this long opening hours every day the whole year around. It is also free to enter, except for the Orchid Garden. 

Attractions in the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Rainforest

The Botanic Gardens has a small tropical rainforest which is older than the gardens themselves. Singapore is one of the only two major cities in the world with a tropical rainforest within its city limits, the other being Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro.

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Some extremely tall palm trees!

Evolution Garden

Located within the Central Core area of the Gardens, is the “Evolution Garden” which tells the story of plant life on Earth throughout the ages. Very interesting and educational!

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A huge lizard sunbathing on the lawn.

Ginger Garden

Located next to the National Orchid Garden, this garden houses a restaurant called Halia Restaurant and a waterfall. It is one of the newer parts of the garden, opened in 2003.

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The Lakes

Botanic Garden has three lakes; Symphony Lake, Eco Lake and Swan Lake.
In the middle of the Symphony lake there is a big arrow on a rock, with quite a story. The stone has been there since 1914, and this was the place where a temporary station for observing the Earth`s magnetism was located. Wow, pretty cool if you ask me! The arrow actually points towards Greenwich in London, as this is where the Prime Meridian is located.

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The lake with the Greenwich Arrow that points towards London.

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The history of the Greenwich Arrow.

National Orchid Garden

This part of the garden was the most beautiful and spectacular part of the Botanical Garden in my opinion. Well worth a visit, even though you have to pay to get in, as you will find an impressive collection of exotic orchids in colourful bloom. I loved it, it was soooo beautiful! I have to admit though, I simply LOVE orchids! Our apartment at home has plenty of them. 🙂

Here are some pictures from the National Orchid Garden:

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Me at the entrance to the Orchid Garden

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I am jumping of joy to see all these beautiful orchids, my favourite flowers of all!

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A Strange Palm Tree

This tree (“palm” below) was in bloom while we visited the gardens (the big white “stuff” on the top of the tree is apparently it`s flower….). And according to the people who were experts on this, this tree does not bloom very often. Decades pass between each time it blooms!!  Wow!

So all the guided tour groups stopped at this tree to admire it. Well, it`s flower is not THAT impressive in my opinion. I liked the orchids better. 🙂

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A strange palm-looking tree that very seldom blooms, but it did while we visited. And we were apparently super lucky to witness it`s unique feather-like flower. Uhuu lucky us! Well….eh… 🙂

Our walk through the Botanic Gardens in Singapore was nice and peaceful, we really enjoyed it! The Orchid Garden was the best part, with an incredible collection of beautiful orchids in all kinds of colors, sizes, and variations. Loved it! 🙂


Where To Stay In Singapore

Singapore is an expensive city when it comes to accommodation, so it`s difficult to find cheap hotels. We have done a lot of research, and here are our recommendations for top-range, mid-range and budget hotels:

Top-range

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is the huge building that looks like it is a stranded ship on top of three poles. It is an icon, and you will see it from all over Singapore. It is not only a hotel but also a super cool shopping mall. Best of all, it has an amazing infinity pool on the top with awesome view over Singapore.
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Raffles Hotel
The legendary Raffles Singapore is a beauty that has housed big celebrities and famous people from all over the world for decades. This is a hotel with amazing service.
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Mid-range

The Forest by Wangz
This beautiful hotel has everything, a swimming pool on the roof, great and modern rooms, and a fully-equipped kitchenette and refrigerator in each room. All rooms also have free wi-fi.
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8 on Claymore Serviced Residences
If you want more space, this is the place to book an apartment. Each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen. The hotel is perfectly located only a couple of minutes from the shopping street in Singapore, Orchard Road. After a long day of walking, shopping and exploring Singapore, going for a swim in the swimming pool at this hotel is the perfect end of the day.
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Village Hotel Albert Court by Far East Hospitality
We have also stayed at the Village Hotel Albert Court in Little India. This is a mid-range hotel, with great service and nice big rooms.
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Hotel Bencoolen - Hong Kong Street
This is a new and modern hotel perfectly located. You can easily walk to Chinatown, Little India, and the Clarke Quay area. Very nice rooms, breakfast is included, and the hotel has a rooftop swimming pool. Very good value for your money.
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Budget

Kam Leng Hotel
We stayed at Kam Leng Hotel, which is a cool and funky little hotel in Little India. Singapore is a tricky city to find good hotels in at a decent price as the hotel prices here are crazy! After a lot of research, this was the cheapest and best hotel we could find in Singapore. We liked it. The staff is extremely helpful, the rooms are clean and chick, although a bit small. Next door is a really nice and cool breakfast place. There is only a short walk to the nearest metro station.
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Dream Lodge
This is a cool, modern, very clean, and super fresh hostel with great location. It has a shared kitchen where you can do your own cooking. You can also book your accommodation with breakfast.
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Travel Guides

We used the Lonely Planet`s Singapore travel guide on our trip. You can get that and other great books by clicking on the pictures below:

Singapore Lonely Planet   Singapore Pocket Travel Guide   Singapore Rough Guide   Singapore Top 10 Travel Guide


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Have you been to the Botanic Gardens in Singapore? Or any other Botanic Gardens somewhere in the world? What is your favourite flower? Please leave a comment in the comment area below! Thank you! 🙂

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