Easy day today . Time for a break….walked 22000 steps in the last couple of days. Finally familiar with the Metro…easy ride to the Botanical Gardens.
As a garden fanatic, this is a highlight of my trip. These gardens date back to the 1800’s, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Top on my list, the Orchid Gardens…largest collection in the world. That’s a definite Wow! Along the way there tons of spectacular gardens…variety of trees, shrubs , perennials. I have never seen such a huge collection of Bamboo. Many unusual varieties.
Before reaching the Orchid Garden we are now in the Rain Forest, actually older than Singapore. 6-hectare tropical forest. Take a short stroll seeing many butterflies, birds, and unusual vegetation once covering most of Singapore. To save our energy for the Orchid Garden, we turn around and head back.
This tree is a show stopper. Towering over 40 meters high commonly known as West Indian Locust. The heavy seed pods are protected here from falling and injuring visitors. Hard to get a photo due to its height.
National Orchid Garden
I wondered if the National Orchid Garden would be as spectacular as was advertised. Another WOW! 1000 astounding varieties on display. I have seen so many areas in the world growing orchids in the wild….this wins hands down. Colors, arrangements designs, impossible to stop taking pictures. Our choice location to view some of the rarest varieties, Tan Siang Mist House. Roamed around here for over an hour. Had it not been so brutally hot, I would still be there. Ha!
Starving! Decide to have lunch here. I had a chicken sandwich and Pat a burger. $58.00. That’s Singapore!