The Cloud Forest Dome, housed in Gardens by the Bay is a greenhouse-like structure, re-creating the tropical montane climate found between 1500m and 3000m. The centrepiece attraction of this conservatory is a 35m high mountain with the world's tallest indoor waterfall.
Cloud forest welcomes its visitors to take a tour through the forest and explore its mind-blowing beauty through 9 different mist-filled levels: Lost World, Cloud Walk, The Cavern, Waterfall View, Crystal Mountain, Tree Top Walk, Secret Garden, Cloud Forest Gallery, and Cloud Forest Theatre. All these levels abound in beauty and magnificence alike and have their awe-inspiring charm. Once here, take a walk and relish the escapade into a tropical rainforest in the middle of skyscrapers and grey buildings of a metro city. The temperature inside the Cloud Forest is regulated to vary between 23 to 25 degrees Celsius to allow the tropical plants from Montane (orchids, pitcher plants and ferns) to thrive and flourish.
Entry Fee varies, depending on whether one wants to purchase a single conservatory ticket or a double-entry which allows one to enter the Flower Dome which is located next door.
Singapore Resident Rate - One Conservatory Adult: SGD 12 Senior Citizen (>60 years old): SGD 8 Child (3-12 years old): SGD 8
Singapore Resident Rate - Two Conservatories Adult: SGD 20 Senior Citizen (>60 years old): SGD 15 Child (3-12 years old): SGD 12
Standard Rate - Two Conservatories Adult/Senior: SGD 28 Child (3-12 years old): SGD 15
Exploring Cloud Forest
Lost World Situated in the highest level of the mountain, the plants in the Lost World are typically those found in an elevation of around 2000 metres above the sea level. Mosses and ferns thrive here along with carnivorous plants such as Venus flytrap and Pitcher Plant. This area also provides a fantastic view of the Marina Bay waterfront.
Cloud Walk The Cloud Walk is a cantilevered walkway from the Lost World to the world below it. This is the perfect place to have a close-up of the various Epiphytes growing on the extensive mountainside. Counted among their ranks are mosses and orchids, commonly found growing in the moist environments.
The Cavern The descent from the Cloud Walk takes one into the Cavern which is an educational site for the visitors. One can get more information about the various cloud forests around the world and the different life forms found in them.
Waterfall View The Cavern leads one to the back of the Waterfall. This is the coldest part of the conservatory where the visitors are prompted to consider the importance of freshwater in a rainforest, and learn how the epiphytes absorb water from the mist.
Crystal Mountain In the Crystal Mountain, one is surrounded by various Stalactites and Stalagmites- a typical feature found in caves. Another educational section, this area helps one understand the geology of our planet, like how the continents were formed, and why fossils are essential as a means of rediscovering the earth's past.
Tree Top View As the name suggests, Tree Top View is a walkway which takes its visitors closer to the canopy of trees for a mesmerising bird's eye view of the forest below.
Secret Garden Secret Garden is a gentle ravine walk at the foot of the mountain through a narrow gorge that provides visitors with the opportunity to discover more than 7,000 plants of more than 135 species and hybrids in a representation of limestone forests and caves. Most of these plants were once abundant, but are now rare. There is also an instalment of tiny orchids only visible with a magnifying glass!
Cloud Forest Gallery Enhanced with modular graphics, the Cloud Forest Gallery is an educational section where one can learn about the impact of population growth and the subsequent overuse of natural resources on the environment, and how these factors are causing the rapid extinction of species across the planet. Short films aimed towards the introduction of sustainable energy and environmental preservation are also shown here.
Cloud Forest Theatre One can discover how the Gardens by the Bay were built with a carefully planned approach keeping the environment in mind. A short film with a strong message is shown in the auditorium as well. Named "+5 Degrees", this shows how climate change could affect the planet if the temperature increases by just around 5 degrees.
Free Guided Tour
A free "Ask Me" guided tour is conducted of the selected areas of Cloud Forest Conservatory describing the fund and importance facts about the plants on display. The tour lasts for 15 minutes and is conducted on a first-come-first-serve basis, as soon as a group of 5 or more visitors is assembled.
The tour starts from the "Ask Me" poster at meeting point A (the waterfall) and the meeting point B (Tree Top Walk).
The temperature is maintained at 23-25 degrees Celsius, but it gets freezing because of the mist from the waterfall. Recommended to carry a jumper.
Buying tickets from the official website Gardens by the Bay seems advantageous as the queues may be long sometimes.
Don't worry about walking all the way to the top. Take the elevator and go straight up to the sixth floor to reach the Lost World.
How to Reach Cloud Forest
The closest MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is the Bayfront MRT Station via the Circle Line or the Downtown Line. Once here, take exit B and follow the underground linkway. On exiting, take the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay. It is also recommended to alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15) via the East-West Line and take a taxi to the Gardens by the Bay.