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Fountain in the National Orchid Garden | Image via flickr

A Handy Guide to the Singapore Botanic Gardens

An Idyllic Escape Amidst Nature

Amongst the best things to do in Singapore is to explore its Botanic Gardens and here is what you need to know before heading to this awe-inspiring attraction.

Planning a Visit

This site is in central Singapore within easy reach of Orchard Road and ‘SG Clean’ certified hotels like PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore. Since it spans around 82-hectares, there are multiple entrance zones; check the official website for ways to get there (https://www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg/visit-us). Though it’s open free to the public daily from 5:00 am to midnight, there’s an entrance fee for its National Orchid Garden.

What to Expect

The nation’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, this expansive attraction has much to offer; for those based at a Pickering hotel, Singapore Botanic Gardens is easy to explore and one will find various sections with flora from around the world. From horticultural and botanical features to rainforests and wetlands, each area has something new to discover.

Orchids & Children’s Garden

National Orchid Garden | Image via flickr

One of the key sites is the National Orchid Garden home to the biggest display of orchids on the planet. There are over 1,000 species here, not to mention 2,000 hybrids; some orchids have even been named after celebrities including Jackie Chan! Also, of interest is the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, a wonderful site for young adventurers; they can look forward to learning about the environment while also enjoying fun activities in areas that feature a farm, tree houses, a suspension bridge, a flying fox, and a maze.

Other Highlights

A great spot to gain first-hand insights into the country’s rainforests, the Learning Forest has varied sections and landscapes to visit. You can additionally enjoy blooming flora along the Flower Trail, walk amidst a six-hectare jungle at the Rainforest Trek and watch the swans at Swan Lake. You also get the Ethnobotany Garden, SBG Heritage Museum, Keppel Discovery Wetlands, Botanical Art Gallery and more, so plan multiple visits to enjoy all this site has to offer!