We spent a lovely afternoon exploring the Botanic Gardens in Singapore with my cousin. The guidebook told us it is said to be one of the ‘finest botanical gardens in southeast Asia‘ and boy can I believe that. Established in 1859 the park combines lush tropical areas showcasing local plants as well as manicured gardens and lawns, lakes and specialist gardens including a healing and a fragrant garden. Entry to the park is free which for me makes this a ‘have to do’ if you’re visiting Singapore. Not only is it beautiful but it is such a tranquil place to get away from the city.
The National Orchid Garden is the only part of the park you have to pay to enter, but this was only $5 for adults. Here there is over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchid, cultivated over 80 years; many are named after royals from around the world, or celebrities. The orchids are just incredible; every size, colour and shape imaginable!
We wandered around for at least 3 hours visiting different parts of the Botanic Gardens and stopped every now and then for an Iced Tea. We saw Monitor Lizards and even walked through the ‘jungle’! It was a really lovely way to wind away an afternoon.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road