After our visit to the Flower Dome, we continued on to the Cloud Forest, which is conveniently situated in the same area. The entrance to this captivating indoor forest is located directly across from the Flower Dome, so we didn't have to walk far to reach it.
The Cloud Forest is a greenhouse teeming with a diverse range of plant species from around the world. As the name suggests, it is a replica of a natural cloud forest habitat, and the plants within are typically found in such environments.
We purchased a bundled ticket for both the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome for SGD 28. The tickets were bought online several days in advance. If you prefer to buy tickets in person, they are available at the ticket counter near the entrance of Gardens by the Bay.
The Cloud Forest is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. To avoid any inconvenience, we recommend checking the website for any scheduled closures due to maintenance.
As our tickets were purchased online, we easily gained access by scanning the barcode. In contrast to the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest did not feature a vibrant hallway leading to its main area, so we entered it directly. Now, let's take a closer look at the various attractions inside.
Upon entering the Cloud Forest, we were immediately greeted by a stunning 35-meter high waterfall known as The Falls. It is considered one of the tallest indoor waterfalls globally.
Unfortunately, due to the crowded conditions, it was challenging to capture good photos. To get the best view and angle, we recommend visiting this early in the morning.
As we strolled among the verdant trees and plants, we noticed that although the weather outside was hot, the air inside the Cloud Forest was pleasantly cool, much like the Flower Dome.
At the end of the pathway, we arrived at Orchid Haven, a display of various orchid species. Some of the flowers are permanent exhibits, while others rotate periodically.
After seeing the Orchid Haven, we headed to the main building to climb to the Cloud Forest's highest point. With no line for the elevator, a staff member quickly guided us to board. Once we reached the summit, we were greeted by a stunning, albeit not very extensive, view of the garden.
This garden, known as the Lost World, houses plants that generally thrive at elevations of 2000 meters. Among the fascinating specimens is the Nepenthes, an insect-eating plant.
Another eye-catching feature is a pond adorned with white sculptures resembling a collection of flowers, named Ethereal White Persian. This spot is ideal for capturing photos, particularly with the impressive spider statue in the background.
Next stop is Cloud Walk, a descending bridge that wraps around the Cloud Forest's central structure. From the Cloud Walk, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the lush vegetation, diverse plant species, and even catch glimpses of the Marina Bay area.
It also provides a vantage point to appreciate the various levels of the Cloud Forest, giving visitors a sense of the vertical layers that are characteristic of a natural cloud forest habitat.
The Cloud Walk is particularly mesmerizing during the misting hours, which occur every two hours starting from 10 am. The mist creates a captivating atmosphere that mimics the conditions found in actual cloud forests, adding to the overall experience for visitors. Regrettably, we did not visit this during the misting hours
Following the Cloud Walk, we entered The Cavern, an area covered in unique flora. Additionally, there is a Waterfall View, providing an aerial perspective of the waterfall. However, this small area is often crowded with visitors.
One level below The Cavern, we arrived at Crystal Mountain, a fascinating exhibit of various fossils and rocks. Here, we learned about Earth's geological history, from its formation to the present day.
One thing that invites our interest within Crystal Mountain was the replicas of amethyst stones covered in coins, despite signs requesting visitors not to throw money.
We then ventured onto the Tree Top Walk, a pathway similar to the Cloud Walk, with the main distinction being the view it offers. Here, we could observe the greenery enveloping the central structure of the Cloud Forest.
The Tree Top Walk led us back to the base area of the Cloud Forest, where the Cloud Forest Gallery and Cloud Forest Theater are located. Unfortunately, these areas were undergoing renovations during our visit, so we proceeded directly to the next attraction, the Secret Garden.
The Secret Garden is the final section within the Cloud Forest, a part of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. This enchanting area showcases over 135 types of unique plants, providing visitors with an opportunity to discover rare and unusual flora. You definitely can take good pictures here.
The plants in the Secret Garden are displayed amid cave-like decorations, creating a captivating atmosphere that is perfect for photography. One of the highlights of this area is an incredibly small orchid flower, which is so tiny that magnifying glasses are provided for visitors to see it up close.
Our journey through one of Singapore's top attractions had come to an end. Overall, the Cloud Forest offers an enjoyable and educational experience.
As you explore the various sections, from the mesmerizing Lost World to the enchanting Secret Garden, you'll be inspired by the breathtaking beauty of nature. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the splendor of the Cloud Forest during your next visit to Singapore.
Upon leaving the Cloud Forest, we took a moment to relax along the Marina Bay waterfront, savoring the afternoon breeze. We then continued our stroll around Gardens by the Bay, anticipating the light show scheduled to take place later in the evening.