Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay is up there with Singapore’s most impressive attractions. This staggering greenhouse-like glass dome can be seen from miles away, and is just as stunning inside as it is from out.
Its smaller brother, Flower Dome, also makes up the pair of giant man-made structures, but it is the larger, climate controlled Cloud Forest that attracts the most visitors with its jaw-dropping architecture, spiralling walkways from the top and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall that rains down from over 100 feet above.
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Singapore is a hot country all year round. People are always looking for ways to cool-off, be it by escaping to the air-conditioned haven of a restaurant or going for a dip in a swimming pool. So, the initial thought of visiting a giant glass dome that is bathed in the strong midday sun might sound like a sweaty disaster. However, as soon you enter the sealed doors at Cloud Forest, you’ll more likely need to reach for a jacket rather than a fan. The gush of air created by the enormous waterfall hits you first, making the crowds gasp in awe as soon as they step foot inside.
Thanks to air-conditioning, jets of cool vapour, and that refreshing waterfall, temperatures inside Cloud Forest Singapore are kept low to replicate the moist, damp conditions found on tropical mountains ranging from 3,000-9,000 feet above sea level. Take the elevator up to the top of Cloud Forest to begin your decent on the ramps that wind down, circling in and out of the main central column. You’ll discover the flowers and tropical vegetation changes as you make your way down, mimicking the way it would at different altitudes on a full scale mountain.
At the top there is the moss-covered ‘lost world’ complete with a lotus pond, and along the way there is also a stalactites and stalagmites display, an educational theatre and a plethora of flowers and vegetation, including lilies, orchids, pitcher plants, sunflowers and tassel fern.
Even if you’re not an avid flower-enthusiast, a visit to the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay is simply a must - purely to admire the stunning architecture, which is comprised of huge panes of glass set within a massive steel grids – with no concrete columns in sight (the neighbouring Flower Dome is actually the world’s largest columnless greenhouse).
Entrance into the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay is a very sensible S$16 (S$S12 for kids) or if you want access to both the Cloud Forest and adjacent Flower Dome, tickets are available for S$28.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00 Daily
- Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore
- Tel: +65 (0)6420 6848