Gardens by the Bay - Cloud Forest - Alvinology

Gardens by the Bay – Cloud Forest

Thanks to the folks from URA and Gardens by the Bay, I was invited on a guided tour to visit the Flower DomeCloud Forest and Supertree Grove, three of the gardens that form  Gardens by the Bay.

This is my second blog post on Gardens by the Bay, following my previous post on my visit to the Flower Dome with my wife and son.

Family photo by the Cloud Forest waterfall
Family photo by the Cloud Forest waterfall

After leaving the Flower Dome, we crossed over to the nearby Cloud Forest dome. Like the Flower Dome, temperature is kept at a cool and comfortable to emulate high altitude conditions. The difference is that the atmosphere is kept moist here instead of dry like in the Flower Dome.

Entering the Cloud Forest
Entering the Cloud Forest

Nonetheless, the cool-moist environment is still very cosy for Singaporeans to escape from the relentless heat in tropical Singapore.

Comprising a 35-metre tall mountain complete with the tallest indoor waterfall covered in lush vegetation, the Cloud Forest portrays plant life from about 2,000-metres above sea level at the top of the mountain to around 1,000-metres at the bottom of the ravine.

Upon stepping into the Cloud Forest dome, you will be immediately awestricken by the magnificent sight and sound of the large waterfall. Even my son Asher perked up and could not take his eyes off the waterfall once we entered!

Magnificent giant waterfall
Magnificent giant waterfall
Hanging plants on the wall
Hanging plants on the wall
Close-up on some of the wall plants
Close-up on some of the wall plants
Decorative statues
Decorative statues
Two of the statue with wall plants
Two of the statue with wall plants
Top-down view of the lower walkways and gardens
Top-down view of the lower walkways and gardens
Secret Forest featuring low ravine at the bottom of the waterfall
Secret Forest featuring low ravine at the bottom of the waterfall
Reverse waterfall
Reverse waterfall
Lion's mouth
Lion’s mouth
Leaves with white spots
Leaves with white spots
Giant snail statue
Giant snail statue
Looking down the bridge
Looking down the bridge
Small transparent potted plants
Small transparent potted plants
Mushroom shaped salt crystal
Mushroom shaped salt crystal
Salt crystals gallery
Salt crystals gallery
Ceiling mirror image of my family and I
Ceiling mirror image of my family and I
Mirror reflection
Mirror reflection
Large rock of crystal
Large rock of crystal

The best way to experience the Cloud Forest is to take the lift up to the top floor and descend slowly through the two walkways. Alternatively, you can also walk up and take the lift down, but that will be much more tiring.

Sky walkway
Sky walkway
Bottom-up view of the sky walkways
Bottom-up view of the sky walkways
From a side angle
From a side angle
People strolling along the walkway
People strolling along the walkway
Reverse waterfall at the top
Reverse waterfall at the top
Rachel and Asher admiring the waterfall from behind
Rachel and Asher admiring the waterfall from behind
View of the wall plants from the top floor
View of the wall plants from the top floor
You can see the Supertree Grove outside
You can see the Supertree Grove outside
Rachel and Asher on the walkway
Rachel and Asher on the walkway
View of the walkway from above
View of the walkway from above

Highlights in the Cloud Forest (via the official website):

Waterfall

Treat your senses to the freshness and the soothing sounds of the waterfall. Cloud forests form in the high mountains where they can benefit by absorbing abundant rainfall. Plants, including trees, shrubs, ferns and moss absorb the water, releasing it gradually and creating a constant, long lasting water supply for the land beneath them.

Planted Walls

The sides of the mountain are planted with a dense mixture of moisture-loving plants, including fascinating orchids, delicate ferns, colourful bromeliads, gesneriads and the carnivourous pitcher plants. Most of the plants grown here are epiphytes, as they can live on top of other plants and not on the soil, and are suited for growing on vertical walls.

Medusa plants
Medusa plants
Pretty red flowers
Pretty red flowers
Pretty white flowers
Pretty white flowers
Pale yellow flower
Pale yellow flower
See this plant a lot in flower shops
See this plant a lot in flower shops
Prickly plants
Prickly plants
An orchid
An orchid
Many orchids
Many orchids
An orchid with interesting pattern on its pedal
An orchid with interesting pattern on its pedal
Lantern like flowers
Lantern like flowers
Curvy drooping wall plants
Curvy drooping wall plants
Small plants growing on the top wall
Small plants growing on the top wall
Lovely pink-white flowers
Lovely pink-white flowers
A lovely red-yellow flower
A lovely red-yellow flower
Big fat pitcher plant
Big fat pitcher plant
A group of three pitcher plants
A group of three pitcher plants
Happy Rachel and Asher
Happy Rachel and Asher
Small islet of flowers
Small islet of flowers
Another islet
Another islet
Flowers on a boat
Flowers on a boat
Purplish plant
Purplish plant
Close-up on the flowers
Close-up on the flowers
Venus Flytrap
Venus Flytrap
Red lanterns
Red lanterns
Large willowy trees
Large willowy trees
View of the Supertree Grove which will be our last stop at  Gardens by the Bay
View of the Supertree Grove which will be our last stop at Gardens by the Bay

Pardon me for not getting the names of most of the flowers and plants. I love looking at them and enjoying their beauty, but I am not a botanist hobbyist. If you know the names of any of the flowers or plants below, do drop me a comment to share and I will amend them accordingly.

Rachel, Asher and I enjoyed ourselves in the Cloud Forest as much as the Flower Dome. Visit to both the two domes are highly recommended for a visit to Gardens by the Bay. The ticket prices are well worth their value. The two domes are vastly different in appeals and attractions, hence for Singaporeans, getting the joint admission bundle to both domes is recommended as it will save you S$2 in admission prices for each dome. 🙂

Cloud Forest Hours & Admission Fees:

Hours:
Opens 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily
Last ticket sale at 8:00 PM daily
Last admission at 8:30 PM daily

Local Resident Admission:
Adult $12
Senior Citizen* $8
Child** $8

Local Resident Admission
(includes entry to Flower Dome):
Adult $20
Senior Citizen* $15
Child** $12

Standard Admission
(includes entry to Flower Dome):
Adult $28
Senior Citizen* $28
Child** $15

* Senior Citizen (≥ 60 years old)
** Child (3 – 12 years old)

Ticketing Hub:
Opens 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily

4 comments
  1. You did a great job to show the flowers of the 2 domes. Your pictures are amazing. Remember to go round the whole garden as I have done so. Still plenty of wonderful plants that flourish without the cool temperature.

  2. Best time to go is from 6pm when the shadow of the Marina Bay Sands cools the Gardens by the Bay. Coming from the bridge and turning left towards the meadows got lesser crowd but still many plants for all to see.

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