Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay Singapore is a phenomenal structure that has fascinating plant varieties and equally stunning architecture. The Cloud Forest houses one of the tallest indoor waterfalls in the world which cascades down from a majestic height of over 30 meters. The temperature inside is kept low to mimic the cool and moist environment of tropical mountains making it one of the best places to visit during hot summer days.
Your journey into this unique glasshouse begins with an elevator ride to the top. As you descend down the winding paths you will notice the change in vegetation at various altitudes. There is the Lotus pond in the moss covered Lost World section at the top, and as you go lower, you will find stalactites and stalagmites showcasing the geological part of the Earth. Below this is the Cloud Forest gallery and theater which are educational sites. The flower collection includes varieties of lilies, rare orchids, carnivorous plants, tassel ferns and many more.
The Cloud Forest not only houses the rare epiphytes but it is also a stunning piece of architectural wonder. It is made up of huge glass panes set on equally large steel grids that support the whole structure without any concrete columns. The idea behind a column-free greenhouse was to avoid any kind of shadow to fall on the plants.
Cloud Forest is a spectacular structure that houses some of the most unique flora known as the Epiphytes. These plants do not grow in the soil but use other plants for their growth. The Cloud Forest has a unique aerial walkway, spectacular views, a temperature controlled environment to replicate the moisture laden environment of the tropical mountains where the cloud forests thrive.
The Cloud Walk in the Cloud Forest offers a stunning view of the unique Epiphytes growing on the mountainside and the change in vegetation with the change in altitude. The Cloud Walk itself is a fascinating cantilevered pathway that takes you down the mountain. The pathway also gives you a panoramic view of the Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay waterfront nearby.
The pathway of the Cloud Walk takes you to the Cavern which is an educational site, where you can learn about the cloud forests around the world and the characteristics of their inhabitants. Learn how the epiphytes do not need soil to grow but rather thrive on the support of other plants.
This section showcases the Earth's fresh water sources and its significance to the survival and developmental of the cloud forests in the world. In this section, you can take a look at how the epiphytes take in the water droplets from the mist and fog present in this kind of environment to thrive and grow.
The Crystal Mountain is also an educational site that features the geological part of the Earth. It showcases the several stalactites and stalagmites, how continents were formed and how fossils help us understand so much about the Earth and human existence. Occasionally, exhibitions are held here that showcases graphics and pictures that helps visitors truly grasp the beauty of these flora.
The Tree Top Walk is a stunning walkway that gives a bird's-eye view of the entire Cloud Forest below. You can take in an aerial view of the different sections on the mountain side. The walkway has an other world feel being so close to the tree tops which acts as a sprawling canopy over the path.
The Secret Garden houses over 7000 plants belonging to over 135 different species and a wide variety of hybrids. The most fascinating inhabitants of the Secret Garden are the miniature orchids, some of which are so tiny that they are visible only with the help of a magnifying glass.
The Cloud Forest Gallery showcases several interactive exhibitions about the different types of plants that make up these unique habitats around the world. The section also runs a short film that talks about these plants and how the excessive use of their resources by humans is harming the natural habitat in which the epiphytes thrive.
This section has a holographic display and features several short films that shows how climate change and human interference is affecting and harming several types of flora and their natural habitats. These films also talk about how we can use eco-friendly ways to help and support the various causes that work at conserving these regions and ensure a sustainable future.
The Lost World section takes you to the top of the mountain where you can take a closer look at these unusual plants that inhabit the cloud forests habitats at 2000 meters above sea level. Against the lush green moss and ferns, you will also find carnivorous plants such as the Venus Flytrap and the pitcher plants.
The Orchid Heaven is the latest addition to the Cloud Forest and it features a cooled conservatory that houses changing as well as permanent orchids displays. The 280 sq m space houses over 1000 varieties of orchids from the diverse collection of orchids in the Gardens by the Bay.
Gardens by the Bay is a unique attraction in Singapore where flowers bloom all year round. This is where you can find rare exotic plants from around the world. What makes it even more special is the setting of each attraction that makes the Garden one of the most unique attractions in the world. For instance, the unique structures of the Supertrees, the breathtaking aerial skywalks, massive temperature controlled glass domes that house the rare vegetation, the shows and so much more makes this attraction one of the most unique in the world.
The Flower Dome is one of the most iconic attractions of the Gardens by the Bay and it also holds the Guinness World Record as the largest greenhouse in the world. The sprawling greenhouse holds rare species of various types of Flora from the Mediterranean to the South African Desert. The flowers here bloom throughout the year due to the state-of-the-art temperature control mechanism that it uses. Get a fantastic deal with your Gardens by the Bay Cloud ticket price that includes a visit to the Flower Dome.
Floral Fantasy is a magical land of suspended blooms and floral arrangements. Here you get to explore diverse garden landscapes that blend into each other along winding paths. Amidst the meandering space, there is a vivarium which houses a multitude of tiny poison dart frogs. Hanging from the ceiling, there are over 15,000 freshly cut blooms that are dried and preserved.
The OCBC Skyway is a 128m long aerial walkway that offers the most stunning views of the Garden by the Bay's landscape. The OCBC Skyway is set at 22m above the ground and supported by two of the giant 15 meters high Supertrees. It offers a panoramic view of the Marina Bay Skyline. At night, this beautiful aerial walkway is lit up with psychedelic lights that shimmer in the night sky.
The Supertrees are futuristic structures that house vertical gardens showcasing over 162,900 plants of over 200 species. The Supertree Grove is one of the most unique attractions of Singapore and at nightfall, these gigantic structures come alive with a spectacular light show that takes place twice every evening. The Supertrees is a delight for any plant lover as it showcases a diverse selection of flora including ferns and a massive variety of orchids.
At 50m above the ground, the Supertree Observatory is perched on top of the tallest Supertree of the Supertree grove. The Observatory has two main areas, an open air circular rooftop deck which is the highest point in the Gardens by the Bay and offers an unobstructed 360 degree view of the gardens and the Marina Bay view.
The best time to visit the Cloud Forest is between late afternoon or early evening between 4pm to 7pm. This will give you enough time to visit all the attractions as well as see the lighting which is truly a treat for the eyes.
9am to 9pm daily
Cloud Forest, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
2. How to Reach Cloud Forest:
By Bus/Train: The nearest station is the MRT station from where you can take the route of Exit B, cross the Meadow Bridge or Dragonfly Bridge to get to the Gardens by the Bay.
By Cab/Taxi: If you're taking a cab you can get a cab booked directly to the Gardens by the Bay from any part of the city.
What is so special about Gardens by the Bay?
The Gardens by the Bay is a massive, colorful, futuristic, and unique attraction of Singapore. Some of the most iconic attractions of the Gardens by the Bay are the famous Supertree structures, impressive skywalk over the garden, large greenhouses with state-of-the-art temperature control technology that recreates the cold mountain climates.
How long does it take to explore the Cloud Forest?
It takes approximately 2 hours to explore all the levels of Cloud Forest. If you are in a hurry then with your Cloud Forest tickets you can also join a guided tour which lasts about 15 minutes.
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Which is better, Cloud Forest or Flower Dome?
Cloud Forest is better in terms of the mist covered landscape garden that houses unique and rare Flora from around the world. It also houses the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. However the Flower Dome too is equally fascinating with its colorful blooms and rare plants from 6 different continents. It also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest glass greenhouse. You can view both with the Gardens by the Bay Cloud Forest ticket.
What are the opening hours of Cloud Forest ?
Opening hours of Cloud Forest are 9am to 9pm, last admission at 8: 30 am.