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Do you want to go for a run or walk in Singapore?
Check out the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This place is beautiful.
It’s a very green and peaceful place. You can get there easy and fast also by public transportation. It’s suitable for families with kids and elderly. The park is accessible both with a stroller and wheelchair. There are also several cafes at botanic gardens, and many more in the area, making it a great place for a friends or family outings.
1. The Singapore Botanic Gardens: Basics
STARTING POINT: there’s no one starting point.
There are several entrances. You can enter the park from all of them. If you’ll be coming by metro, there is an entrance right next to the metro station.
TIME: 1-2 hours.
That’s if you just want to walk around the park and that’s it. If you’ll be visiting the National Orchid Garden, or having a lunch there, you can also spend half a day in the park.
It’s mostly flat, and you can also fully avoid the stairs. That makes this park accessible both with a stroller and wheelchair.
SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS TICKET PRICE: free.
You have to pay only if you’re visiting the orchid garden.
2. How to Get to the Singapore Botanic Gardens
You can go by car, bus or metro.
The easiest way in my opinion is by metro.
Take a metro (MRT) to Botanic Gardens station, exit A.
3. Singapore Botanic Gardens vs Treetop Walk vs Gardens by the Bay vs Henderson Waves
Singapore is a very green city.
Even though it’s a small island, there are quite a few walking trails in Singapore to choose from.
There is the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay.
Then there are hiking trails in MacRitchie and Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Most of tourists know the area mostly because of the TreeTop Walk. And let’s not forget about The Henderson Waves Trail and The Southern Ridges.
The Botanic Gardens are accessible both with a stroller and wheelchair.
These are just few of the most popular ones. Which one to choose?
If you’re short on time – Singapore Botanic Gardens or Gardens by the Bay.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens has more different plants and trees, while Gardens by the Bay is closer to top Singapore attractions and is more futuristic, more Singapore-like.
If you want to go on a long walk – TreeTop Walk and nearby trails.
It’s more out of the city, and the area is significantly bigger than of the other parks. And you also feel more like out of the city, more in the nature there.
Something in between – The Henderson Waves Trail and The Southern Ridges.
It’s both futuristic and wild at parts, and easy to get to.
4. Botanical Garden of Singapore: My Experience
I went to the Singapore Botanic Gardens on weekday afternoon.
I went all the way across the gardens and back.
The place felt very peaceful and quiet.
I didn’t visit the National Orchid Garden, because it was already too late. The orchid garden closes at 7 pm.
Here are a few photos from my late afternoon walk.
Can you go cycling in the botanical garden of Singapore? No.
But there are many other places where you can be cycling in Singapore.
Where to Stay in Singapore
VALUE FOR MONEY – CapsulePod@Aljunied
A very nice hostel a few stops away from the city center.
The hostel is situated right next to the metro station – Aljunied. There are several restaurants and shops only a short walk away. It’s not the cheapest hostel, but it’s the best I have stayed at in Singapore. There are only a few rooms, meaning that it doesn’t get crowded. The breakfast is better than in cheaper alternatives.
The beds are very comfy, clean. A/C is on all day long.
There are medium size lockers for your stuff, and you can do your laundry for free.
The breakfast is included in the price.
Have you been to Singapore? Have you done some walks in Singapore? Did you go to the Singapore Botanic Gardens?
Book Your Trip Like a PRO
1. Book Your Flight
2. Book Your Accommodation
Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!
3. Buy Your Travel Insurance
World Nomads and SafetyWings are two companies I can recommend. World Nomads offers some extra benefits, that will be important for those doing some higher risk activities, while SafetyWings is significantly cheaper. SafetyWings is only $9.25 / week.