Knowing that the two domes are giant greenhouses, we entered the Cloud Forest Dome thinking we will see flowers, trees, plants and all, in which we did, but it was much more spectacular than that where all the plants were growing on a little “mountain”.
Even more remarkably, there was a waterfall, pouring down from the mountain; definitely not something I was expecting from this giant dome ! The waterfall was so close to the entrance we could feel flickers of water droplets on our skin.
The mountain isn’t a solid one with mud and rocks, but a man-made cement building with built-in plant pots to create a plant wall – though it was still impressive to see. After all, mountains are not something that you would expect to see in a greenhouse.
The plants that you see here are specifically the ones growing in tropical rainforests at the height of 1000m to 2000m. The climate too is reproduced to match the temperature, moisture and humidity at this height. It is no coincidence that the place feels like a mini Cameron Highland because Cameron Highlands is in this height category and blanketed with tropical rain forests.
As you ascend the mountain, there are different things to explore on each level. Level 4 is “Crystal Mountain”, showcasing various types of crystals and stalactites; it is also where you do the “Tree Top Walk”, which is set to be 30 m above the rainforest floor.
Aerial view of Tree Top Walk.
The Cloud Walk is also on Level 5 where you get really close to the waterfalls and glass panels – I remember reading somewhere that these panels are coated with special material to prevent too much heat from entering.
You get fantastic views of Supertree Grove and Marina Bay Sands on this level too.
Finally. on the highest level, mimicking conditions at 2000m above sea level is where the “Lost World” is.
More Info on Gardens By the Bay
Gardens by the Bay Official Website
Cloud Forest Website
Opening Hours : Daily 9 am – 9 am
Entry Fee For Local Resident : (Includes Entry to Flower Dome)
Adult: $20, Senior Citizen $15, Child $12.
Standard Entry Fee : (Includes Entry to Flower Dome)
Adult: $28, Senior Citizen $28, Child $15