When I told my friends that I was going to visit Singapore for the third time, many were puzzled. They told me that Singapore can be covered in a day and all the attractions are pricey. I disagree. I am of the view that in Singapore, even expensive attractions can be done free of charge. One of the free things that I did in Singapore was to visit Gardens by the Bay.
The last time I visited Singapore back in 2012, Gardens by the Bay was yet to be developed. So, during my visit in January 2015, I made it a point to visit this new attraction. I did not regret visiting this place at all.
Before my visit, I made a research on this place. It turned out that Gardens by the Bay is one of the expensive attractions, if we decide to enter the Cloud Forest that is. So, I scrapped Cloud Forest from my to-visit list. So, what can we do for free at Gardens by the Bay?
The Garden is a vast garden consisting of several sub-gardens (Bay Central Garden, Bay East Garden, Bay South Garden, to name a few), supertrees and a conservatory. It has an artificial lake which also flows under the bridges available there. It was so relaxing standing on the bridge overlooking the lake and the Singapore Flyers .
When I was there, I walked along the garden, looking at the flowers and plants available there. When I was tired, I stood beside a koi pond, looking at the gigantic kois available in the pond.
As for the supertrees, it was so huge and suit its name. They are located at the Supertree Groves. Although the supertrees were made out of concrete, the plants creeping the walls have a cooling effects to their surroundings.
One of the supertrees are dedicated as a fine-dining restaurant which offers view of downtown Singapore. As for me, I decided to try the OCBC Skywalk for just SGD 5. Yes, it was not free but still cheap, right?
The OCBC Skywalk was awesome. The ticket can be bought near the entrance. I was then taken into an elevator which will stopped on the higher floor. Walking on the skywalk was a bit scary initially with the wind brushes against my cheeks but slowly, it turned out to be a fun experience. I could see the Singapore skylines from here. Even the cranes at the port was visible from the Skywalk. If one is to visit Gardens by the Bay, I would say the OCBC Skywalk is a must.
I spent a few minutes on the skywalk as the sun set on the horizon. One by one, the lights of the supertrees were switched on. I walked towards Marina Bay Sand and waited a few minutes. Once the sky turned dark… “Zing!”, a light and music show started at the Gardens by the Bay.
It was magical to see the synchronization of the lights and the music. I left Gardens by the Bay with a smile. There you go. Who said you can’t enjoy Singapore free-of-charge?
Gardens by the Bay is accessible by the MRT. Take the MRT and alight at Bayfront MRT Station.