After two days of pounding the pavement we decided it was time for some greenery. We hoped on the metro to the Singapore Botanical Gardens (SBG). Established in 1859, SBG the only garden in the world to be designated a UNESCO world heritage site.
There are several themed gardens, Ginger, Healing, Fragrant, Foliage and - most novel - Evolution. The Evolution garden purports to present the eras of life on Earth. You begin in a rocky & lifeless surface and follow a path that leads you from mosses to ferns to evergreens and from dinosaurs to mammals with educational markers along the way. It was super fun.
The SBG overall is free to enter, with the exception being the NationOrchid Garden, which costs just $5 per person (the best bargain in Singapore from what I have seen). Home to an orchid breeding program that began in 1928 the garden includes over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. It is the largest display of orchids in the world and makes me appreciate the wee wonders of the Lady Slipper orchids I have found in Hidden Valley, Jasper National Park all the more.
With several hours left in the day, we decided to move on to the MacRitchie Reservoir Park. I’d read about the 11km loop trail that includes access to a treetop canopy walk and a stellar suspension bridge. After navigating our way from the metro for about 1 km to the park entry it was easy to find the well-marked 4km path to the Tree Top Walk Trail. Unfortunately, it was not until the 3.5 km marker that there was other signage which informed us that the Tree Top activities are closed on Monday’s. We were sorely disappointed, to say the least.
Not long after turning back to retrace our steps we met two lovely young gals who suggested an alternate way out. It was a bit shorter and got us to a bus stop. Once again the kindness of strangers saved the day for between those girls, helpful bus drivers and a friendly fellow passenger we were back on the MRT headed to our hotel. 16 km walking hotel to hotel
Today in Singapore +32 but “feels like +37 due to humidity. Quite the opposite of Canada’s windchill effect.