Greeted by an indoor waterfall is going to mesmerize you in Singapore’s Cloud Forest. It’s a cool-moist conservatory that makes you feel like you fell down a portal that leads you to a tropical paradise. The Cloud Forest lets you explore the highlands that are surrounded by different kinds of plants and flowers. They have various kinds and colors of orchids, pitcher plants and ferns that are from the Tropical Montane region. The indoor waterfall is 30 meters high and the water descends through the mist-filled Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk that you can access as well.
When plants are in the tropical highlands or areas, they absorb the mist and rainfall and that lets them release water slowly to the grounds they are planted in and that results in a long-lasting supply of water for the land which then helps support more plants to grow. There are also different kinds of beautiful plants that are planted on the walls of the Cloud Forest and this symbolizes that mountains are planted with various kinds of ferns, begonias, orchids, carnivorous pitcher plants and many more. To educate the people who visit the Cloud Forest that these kinds of plants actually live on top of other plants. There are also ferns, specifically Tassel Fern, that you can find in the Cloud Forest that is known for producing spores that are easily carried away by the wind and therefore, has more chances of reproducing. And the unique, pitcher plants are actually carnivorous and their appearance can actually deceive you to think otherwise. The leaves of the Pitcher Plant are shaped like a cup and the plant itself looks completely safe and harmless but in reality, the plant actually attracts to kill and then digest insects and small animals it eats that goes inside its leaves. It actually is as amazing as a Venus Flytrap!
Operating Hours of the Cloud Forest
The Cloud Forest is located in Gardens by the Bay and is one of the must-visit areas in the place as it boasts the beauty of the huge indoor waterfall. The Cloud Forest is open starting from 9 AM until 9 PM every day and their last ticket sale and their last admission is at 8 PM. If you want to enjoy the place with less people inside, avoid their peak hours that start from 4 PM to 7 PM every day because there are a lot of people who go at those hours.
There are also time intervals for the mist to show and it would be nice to have your visit during the mist to be able to fully experience the Cloud Forest and make yourself feel like you’re in a tropical paradise. Time your visits during 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM 6 PM and 8 PM and don’t worry, because they do it every day. When you are exploring the Cloud Forest, it would be nice and recommended to actually stay there and enjoy the place for a minimum of 1 hour so you can maximize the experience and beauty.
As you enter the Cloud Forest’s entrance, you most probably will experience the gust of air that is made from the gigantic indoor waterfalls. So be sure to have a light hoodie, light sweater or cardigan with you because it might be cold inside because the Cloud Forest maintains a cool temperature inside to keep the species cooled, alive and healthy. Upon entering the Cloud Forest, you’ll more likely pause and find yourself breathless of how wonderful the place.
There is an elevator that takes you to the top of the indoor waterfall and gives you a chance to see everything from above. On each floor you go up in, the plants differ to show how it would look like in different altitudes. At the top, there is a lotus pond in a lost world vibe and is covered with moss, in another floor is a stalagmites and stalactites display, in another, is an educational theater. There is also a wide range of lilies, tassel ferns, sunflowers, orchids and the carnivorous pitcher plants.
Cloud Forest is a must-see destination even when you are not a fan of flowers and plants because it’s really an amazing sight to see. The dome’s beautiful architecture will also amaze you. The glass panels that cover the dome are in different shapes and sizes that will actually look like a massive jigsaw puzzle. The Cloud Forest is actually bigger than the Flower Dome which is right beside it.
When you are into photography, please have some anti-fog spray and a clean smooth cloth ready when you’re going inside the Cloud Forest because the temperature of the dome will affect the photos. There might be mist and fog in your camera lens and it would be best to have an anti-fog spray ready and to wipe your camera lens with a smooth cloth to avoid the scratches.
Be sure to take some time to enjoy the Cloud Forest and don’t be in a rush. Enjoy the serene beauty and walk around. Explore the Cloud Forest’s Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk to look the dome from above. Also, it would be nice to be careful of where you are walking and not to destroy the plants when you are taking some photos. Enjoy Singapore’s Cloud Forest and walk through its wonderful beauty.