Gardens by the Bay Part (III) – Cloud Forest
Cloud Forest Introduction
We visited Cloud Forest right after the Flower Dome (entrances just situates right beside each other) which marks the end of our Gardens of the Bay series in Singapore.
Cloud Forest was awarded the Traveller’s Choice Top 25 Parks in 2014 by TripAdvisor. It replicates the cool, moist climate of the tropical highlands of Southeast Asia, Tropical America and Africa, and showcases many of the plants from these regions – you can expect different types of plants species while we ascend from multiple heights during this journey. 😉
*Right after you enter Cloud Forest, it is advised to take a selfie (best photo shot) with the indoor waterfall cascading from a 35-meter tall man-made mountain.
Forest & Cloud Walk Trail
Along the way, there are tons of luscious tropical highlands amidst orchids, pitcher plants, and ferns from the cool-moist Tropical Montane region.
Orchids belong to the family Orchidaceae, one of the largest families of flowering plants in the world. There are most approximately 28,000 species of orchids, which is more than twice the numbers of bird species and almost four times the number of mammal species!
While enjoying the scenic floral view in the Cloud Forest, be sure to wait for the “Forest Misting Time” which occurs once every two hours.
- 10.00 am, 12.00 pm, 14.00 pm, 16.00 pm, 18.00 pm, 20.00 pm
Lost World Trail
Situated at the peak is the Lost World section which showcases plants species which survives at low humidity level such as; rafflesia, pitcher plant, butterwort, venus flytrap and many more – most plants have a rough similarity (a lot of hairy strands) helps in trapping more moisture in the air.
Most plants in this level are consists of carnivorous plants which use their modified leaves to attract, trap and digest insects and even small vertebrates, then breaks them down into nutrients that feed the plant.
Crystal Mountain Formation
While exploring further down from the peak is the crystal mountain section – the time lost cavern that features the formation of stalactites and stalagmites.
How to differentiate stalactites and stalagmites? Stalactites hang tightly to the ceiling while on the other hand stalagmites, growing up from the floor would eventually reach the ceiling.
The Secret Garden
Along the passageway leads to the cloud forest exit is the secret garden, where you can see tons of tiny moisture-loving plants which grows at the bottom level thanks to the splash from the waterfall.
This part of the forest is deemed to have the heaviest mist (most chilling and coldest) during occurrence due to its heavy moist and oxygen level.
Garden of the Bay Emporium
Well in case you might get interested, there is also a conservatory gift shop situated right in between Cloud Forest and Flower Dome exit.
The gift shop generally sells everything from T-shirt, mug, sculpture, flower seeds, and etc which engraves with Gardens of the Bay logo which is great to buy as a gift or souvenirs.
Conservatory gift shop operating hours:
- 9.00am – 9.00pm daily
The admission fees for Cloud Forest
Single Adult and Senior
Children aged 3 to 12 years
*Local Singapore Resident ticketing rates might be different (cheaper) compared to foreigners.
- Gardens by the Bay
- Alight at Bayfront Station
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore.
Contact: +65 6420 6848
Open Hour: 9.00am – 9.00pm daily (last ticket sale at 8.00pm)
Gardens of the Bay Travel Series:
- Gardens by the Bay Part (I) – OCBC Skyway and Supertree Grove
- Gardens by the Bay Part (II) – Flower Dome
- Gardens by the Bay Part (III) – Cloud Forest