The botanical gardens were established in 1859 and since 1875 it has been an important center for science, research and the conservation of plant species. When you take a walk through these gardens, you will understand why. In the Singapore Botanic Gardens, you will find more than 60,000 plants and orchids. A morning, or in my case a hot afternoon, is not enough to see the whole park.
Every year, around 4.5 million visitors visit this huge park, which can be visited for free. Except for hiking, you can also go mountain biking and to the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum, where the park’s director used to work. In the south of the gardens, there is also a large swan lake where you can actually feed the swans. This is quite unusual as many things are forbidden here, such as feeding pigeons. The park also offers plenty of opportunities for a bite to eat and a drink and a souvenir to bring home. For only $5 (around €3,25) and $1 for students, you have access to the National Orchid Garden. A large garden with countless orchids with the most special names. The botanic gardens have a very relaxed atmosphere until a huge cricket disturbs the peace and quiet and you have to get away as soon as possible before those insects get you in its sights. At least I did.