The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the world’s only tropical garden designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being Asia’s top park, so says TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards.
Conceived by Sir Stamford Raffles, the gardens are the epicentre of Singapore’s commitment to greenery. Here you’ll find beautiful flora and fauna, the Heritage Museum that takes visitors on an interactive journey through the gardens’ rich history as well as the first dedicated children’s garden, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
Arguably the star of the show is the National Orchid Garden sitting atop the gardens’ highest hill. The beautifully landscaped slopes are home to 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids with about 600 on display. They are even colour-coded according to the seasons!
There are nine restaurants ranging from snack bars to fine dining so you won’t go hungry when you’re here as well as the usual gift shops selling all sorts of garden-related goodies including live plants!
Lastly, if you find yourself in the middle of Lawn E looking at a fenced-off 170-year old Tembusu tree, pull out a S$5 bill from your pocket. It’s the same tree!