Before going to Singapore, I knew exactly four things about the city: 1–I knew it was a famous port city; 2–I knew gum was illegal; 3–I knew of the city’s reputation as being squeaky clean, and 4–I knew there was a giant boat-shaped restaurant on top of two skyscrapers. This “boat” is part of Singapore’s famous waterfront skyline, a new-ish development that’s been built up around Marina Bay. Nearly every part of the waterfront is new or newly renovated, and the development isn’t over. Every part of this neighborhood oozes money and luxury.
While wandering through the Marina Bay area, we kept seeing and hearing things about Gardens by the Bay, a garden that we were told was simply spectacular, and not to be missed. Our curiosity piqued, we made our way up to the garden. Yes, you read that right. Up. Getting to the garden required going into the famous mall (part of the “boat” building), up a very, very steep and long escalator, and then over a sky bridge. Once we found this garden in the sky, we were not disappointed. I believe my first words were something like “This looks like Avatar!”
The gardens are definitely unique, and evocative of something less than earthly. They were so, so beautiful, and I wish I could tell you how much we enjoyed our time wandering through them, but the truth is, it was unbearably hot. We were there in the afternoon, and the sun was direct and quite brutal that day. We spent most of the time ducking into the small pockets of shade and downing our water as if it were the last water we’d ever see. Other than the heat though, the gardens were fantastic. However, hit them up in the morning before it’s too hot, or do it up Asian style and carry an umbrella to block the sun!
To get to Singapore’s waterfront, take the North-South line on the MRT to Marina Bay.