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