Next Stop: Ho Chi Minh City!

Image from wikipedia, credit to calflier001

Image from wikipedia, credit to calflier001

Capri by Fraser has expanded from Singapore to the Vietnamese city, Ho Chi Minh City! In honour of that, today we’ll introduce you to the city and show you the amazing sites you can visit there.

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, and boasts a population of 9 million citizens. You may also know it by its former (and still commonly used today) name, Saigon. It was officially renamed in 1975, after the communist takeover of South Vietnam. The provisional government named it after Ho Chi Minh, the late Vietnamese revolutionary leader.

If you visit the city, you will find that it is a dynamic urban area, with modern skyscrapers mixed with Chinese-style pagodas and food stalls along its streets.  Indeed, the city’s lifestyle and architecture can be said to be a fusion of Western and Asian influences with Vietnamese traits, and is as historical as it is modern.

And you will find that there are lots of things to do here, with Ho Chi Minh City considered to be the most entertaining place in Vietnam! With amusement parks, historical sites, great food and a booming night life, you will never get bored.

Below are some of Ho Chi Minh City’s tourist spots… Check them out if you can!

 

Reunification Palace

Image from wikipedia, credit to Mahen Bala

Image from wikipedia, credit to Mahen Bala

 

Formerly known as the Independence Palace, it used to be the home of the president of South Vietnam and is a landmark of Ho Chi Minh City today.

The building has a lot of historical sentiment attached to it. It was constructed at the site of the old Norodom Palace which had been witness to two world wars. In 1962, two rebel pilots bombed the palace and destroyed the entire left wing. As it was impossible to restore, the president ordered it demolished and commissioned a new building in its place.

It now functions as a museum where visitors can view important moments of Vietnam’s past.

The Reunification Palace is located at 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street on District 1.

 

Saigon Opera House

Image from wikipedia, credit to Jorge Lascar

Image from wikipedia, credit to Jorge Lascar

The Saigon Opera House (also known as The Municipal Theatre) is an example of Vietnam’s French Colonial architecture. All the furnishings and décor used inside were drawn by a French artist and sent by France.

It was designed by French architect Ferret Eugene and was built in 1897 as a classical opera house to entertain French Colonists. After 1956, the theatre was used as the Lower House Assembly for Southern Vietnam, and was only converted back to its original purpose in 1975.

In 1998, to celebrate the 300th birthday of Saigon, the municipal government invited several famous architects and artists to restore the place.

The Saigon Opera House is located at Le Loi Avenue in District 1.

 

Giác Lâm Pagoda

Image from wikipedia, credit to DoktorMax

Image from wikipedia, credit to DoktorMax

Built in 1744, this Buddhist pagoda is one of the oldest temples in the city, and is an official historical landmark.

Its name came about after the Monk Thich Lam Quang of the Lam Te Zen lineage arrived to become the Abbott of the temple.

Giac Lam Pagoda consists of three buildings – main ceremonial hall, dharma preaching hall and meal hall. Many Buddhas are worshipped here, such as bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Gautama Buddha and Quan Am. The moment you enter, you will see a big Bodhi tree, which was a gift from the Sri Lankan Great Monk Narada in 1953.

Giac Lam Pagoda is located at 118 Lạc Long Quân Street in the Tan Binh District.

 

If you planning on a holiday to Vietnam, do check out this amazing city!

Book a stay with us at Capri by Fraser, Ho Chi Minh City/Vietnam today!

Food Tasting Sessions

We recently held an in-house food tasting session for the dishes we serve at Capri by Fraser.

Below are some of the dishes we tried:

Chocolate pralines

Duck spaghetti

Hokkien mee

Laksa

Sambal fish (available for Seafoodlicious)

Pork knuckles (available for Meatilicious)

Mini wagyu burgers

 

Paddle Away to Fitness!

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to PD-AUTHOR

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to PD-AUTHOR

After all the feasting  and indulgence over the festive season, it’s time now to kick start one of the fitness programs!

And if you are the people who cannot stick to a regular regime of going to gym because of  travel or erratic work schedule then cycling is one of the good options. One can cycle almost anywhere, be it the great outdoors or the streets. It works all parts of the body  – good for  the posture, the pedaling motion works the quadriceps and hamstrings, helps to strengthen the back, arms and legs and is a full cardiovascular workout and there  is little pressure on the joints when riding a bike.

Cycling is one of the most energy-efficient means of transportation known to man. The same amount of energy “burnt” by the car to travel 100 meters can power the proficient cyclist (and his bicycle) for 5 kilometers or more!

Cycling regularly is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, just like in any sport or exercise, there are right and wrong ways to do cycling.  Keeping a few things in mind would help you make sure that you are riding your bike correctly.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, credit to ProfDEH

1. Body position
Depending on the bicycle, position your hands on top of the bars at a comfortable 3-5 inches away (or where the handgrips are). Ensure that they are wide enough so that your breathing is not restricted. Drop your elbows and relax your upper body, keeping it still. Finally, sit back on the saddle to gain a bit of weight leverage on your pedals.

2. Stretch & strengthen those calves and quads
Although our quadriceps and hamstrings do most of the work, the calf muscles can become quite tight and cramp up sometimes. You can stretch your calves and train the quads at the same time by elevating your heels on some weighted plates, and doing deep squats with your back straightened.

3. Don’t neglect your core muscles
During off-cycling periods, train your core muscles to ensure good posture and better balance while riding. Lying face down on the floor, lift your arms and legs up from the ground and reach forward with your hands while keeping your back straight for as long as you can. Consider doing other compound exercises like burpees, and Russian twists for your abs and sides.

4. Watch that weight
One of the obstacles many cyclists have difficulty in is climbing. The amount of effort needed to cycle uphill exponentially increases as your body weight increases, so be sure to watch the calorie intake, and also the amount of gear you carry on the bike.

Bikes for Rent at Capri by Fraser Changi City Singapore

While staying at Capri by Fraser Changi City, Singapore, you’ll find that the location of our studio residences to have access to one of the best cycling areas in Singapore. And to explore the cycle circuits, you can rent a bike for free  from Capri by Fraser everyday from 7 am to 7pm. Take a short ride to the Park Connector Network,  paddle and explore the smooth roads and cycling pathways around Changi Business Park.

For more details please visit the Capri by Fraser Changi City  website.

Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice

In a country where eating is considered a national pastime, the variety of local cuisine can be rather mindboggling for first time visitors to Singapore. Here’s a Singaporean dish you can whip up in the comfort of your studio apartment in Capri by Fraser, Changi City Singapore.

Taken from Wikipedia (Credit to Terence Ong)

Hainanese Chicken Rice
This succulent dish originated in Hainan, China, and is a regular fixture in every Singaporean’s diet. The dish comprises of pieces of steamed white chicken and rice accompanied by condiments of light or dark soy sauce, and a savory ground chilli and ginger paste. Don’t be fooled by this seemingly simple dish, a lot of hard work goes into the preparation of this local delicacy.

Ingredients:
1 Whole chicken
4 cloves of garlic
2 spring onions
1 piece of fresh ginger, sliced
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of salt (for cooking)
1 tablespoon of salt (to remove hairs on the chicken)
4 to 5 cups of chicken stock

Sprinkle the tablespoon of salt on the chicken and rub the skin of the chicken vigorously. Rinse away the dirty, hair and residue. Stuff the cavity of the whole chicken with the crushed garlic, spring onions and sliced ginger before placing it in a pot of boiling water. ½ table spoon of salt goes in here.

To cook the rice, first fry finely chopped ginger and garlic in vegetable and sesame oil before adding the drained rice. Stir well, add in the chicken stock with water, and let it cook for 15 minutes.

When the chicken is done cooking, place under cold running water to tighten the skin, chop into pieces, add sesame oil, and serve it with the fragrant rice!

If you are feeling lazy and don’t really fancy cooking, just head on down to our restaurant or 24-hour deli just by the lobby for a scrumptious meal or simply a tasty night snack, whichever your prefer! We recommend trying the Nasi Padang! We’ve been told it’s delicious!

Capri by Fraser Deli (Credit to Albino Chua)

Credit to Albino Chua

Kitchenette (Credit to Albino Chua)

Capri by Fraser’s studio residences offer a range of studios that all come with fully-equipped kitchenettes: Everything from, from cutting edge induction stoves to the utensils you’ll need to make that perfect dish. Our kitchenette’s utensils, fridge, and microwave oven are all stylishly tucked away, to maximize the living space in your studio residence.

So the next time you travel, whether for business or leisure, consider staying at Capri by Fraser, Changi City Singapore and experience all the benefits of staying in a full serviced residence, with all facilities to suit your lifestyle needs.

Local Foodie Delights: Singapore Curry Laksa!

Singaporean cuisine is indicative of the ethnic diversity of the culture of Singapore. With its rich multicultural heritage, the city serves up a true melting pot of flavours and foods. We take a look today at Laksa, or Curry Laksa. This particular dish is one of the staple dishes in the Singaporean diet and is a crowd favorite. This original Peranakan creation is an amazing blend of regional cultural influences with quite a bit of history. Although there are many variations of this spicy number, with each region having its own interpretation, the Singapore Curry Laksa remains the preferred option for many.

Curry Laksa comprises of thick rice noodles, prawns, fishcakes, hard boiled eggs, chopped beansprouts, and cockles served in a spicy orangey coconut cream based soup. The dish is commonly served with a generous serving of sambal chilli (chili-based sauce made from a variety of chili peppers) and garnished with a sprinkling of chopped Vietnamese coriander leaves.

It is said that the best Curry Laksa originated in the Katong region of Singapore during the 1950s and 60s. Today, every other Laksa vendor claims that they sell the real “Katong Laksa” but no one really knows for sure – and while we don’t claim to know which version the real Katong Laksa is, we’ve compiled a list of some of the popular Laksa stalls in the eastern region of Singapore!

  • Katong Laksa (from the Market-Hawker Center)
    1 Telok Kurau Road
  • 328 Katong Laksa
    53 East Coast Road
  • 48 Roxy Laksa
    East Coast Lagoon Food Village, East Coast Park
  • Marine Parade Laksa (its sign reads “Katong Laksa”, however!)
    Blk 128 Bedok North St 2, #01-02

Thinking of putting those culinary skills to the test? With Capri by Fraser’s fully equipped kitchenette and a huge supermarket (NTUC FairPrice) next door, you can try your hand at cooking this local culinary delight. Here’s a few awesome recipes that you can follow:

Miles Collins’ Singapore Prawn Laksa Recipe 

For your next business trip to Singapore, stay with us at Capri by Fraser, Changi City Singapore and experience our relaxing rooms and heart warming service. At Capri by Fraser, you get the facilities of a smart hotel and the space & informality of home.

Book a stay with us today!

Why staying in serviced apartments is better for you and your wallet

Fraser Suites Shanghai apartment

When it comes to finding an accommodation for a short or long stay, there are a wide range of options available to choose from, with the  most preferred options being hotels and the serviced apartments. Both of these accommodations are vastly different and unique in their own ways. Serviced apartments are not a new thing, in fact these sort of accommodations are quite popular with business travelers who prefer serviced apartments over hotels for the ‘homely’ feeling. The many benefits of staying in a serviced apartment has also seen leisure travelers making the switch from hotels especially people who travel with large families.

Serviced apartments are also a solution for expat families needing temporary accommodation. Self-contained and fully furnished, serviced apartments are designed for short, medium  or long term stays with all the facilities and fittings. They include many features that one would typically associate with a hotel, such as daily linen service, maid service, 24 hour porterage, swimming pools, fitness centers. The serviced apartments combine features from traditional hotels with the features from home, making them suitable for all travelers.

Fraser Suites Edinburgh Living Room

1.  Spacious Accommodation – On average a serviced apartment provides up to twice as much space as compared to a typical standard hotel room. Unlike hotel rooms which only has a bedroom and bathroom (unless it is an expensive suite!) serviced apartments have a number of rooms. Whether the choice is a studio or a 2 -3 bedroom apartment, it offers a separate kitchen, a well equipped living/working area and bedroom/s.  In summary, serviced apartments have a lot more space! Not only do you get more bang for your buck, you also get some privacy if you are sharing the apartment with someone else.

Fraser Suites Beijing

2. High Quality – Serviced apartments offer a high standard of contemporary furnishings and other amenities that you would expect of a hotel room and more:

▪Fully equipped kitchen (with dishwasher & washer/dryer)

▪Luxurious bath with spa products

▪High quality bed linen, towels, and toiletries

▪Home entertainment facilities – Cable TV, DVD, CD  and other  in-room technology.

Fraser Place Fusionopolis

3. Home away from home  –  One of the main benefits of staying in serviced apartments is that you have all the comfort of a home as opposite to the typical hotel room experience.In serviced apartments you enjoy the flexibility of being able to choose to eat in from time to time; from having a chef prepare the menu for a dinner party you’re hosting in the apartment to relaxing on your own with a simple nice home-cooked meal. You can prepare your favorite dishes even when you are away from home and also cater for any specific dietary requirements that you or your family members may have thus avoiding the stress of finding a suitable place to eat out. Business travelers in particular can spend several weeks or months away from home for work and having a home-like environment offers maximum flexibility, comfort, and independence. Like being at home, cook what you like, play a DVD, listen to music, invite friends around for a meal and drinks – the choice is yours.

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Fraser Place Canary Wharf

4. More cost effective – Staying in a hotel can be expensive, not just because of the room cost but also because of all the meals that one has to eat out. Staying in a serviced apartment can help keep your expenditure down. Not only are they more affordable as compared to hotels, you can also buy your own groceries and cook your own food which means eating out is now an option rather than the only way to not starve! For a family on holiday, expenditures can easily spiral out of control. For instance every coffee, juice or beer would cost far less in the apartment than it would in a restaurant. Not eating out when you don’t have to, allows for a significant amount of cost savings. Also hotels charge for single or double occupancy, whereas apartments only charge per apartment, so if you booked a one bedroom apartment which can accommodate up to 2 people, you pay the same whether it is for 1 person or 2 persons. Colleagues or family groups sharing a two or three-bedroom apartment with en-suite facilities do not sacrifice their privacy, but the total bill for two weeks will be dramatically much less than two or three hotel rooms for the same period. In addition, serviced apartments often offer an additional pullout bed in the living area to put up the occasional guest as required, incurring no extra cost whereas a hotel would charge you for having a guest.

Why Choose Frasers Hospitality?

Location, Comfort, Impeccable Service –  Whether you are traveling on business or for leisure,  these are the key essentials for any stay. We tirelessly work to meet your travel needs, whatever the purpose and duration of your stay may be with us. Whether it’s for a week away with your family, an individual short-stay, or a large group, or a business relocation, Frasers Hospitality’s dedicated team will deliver nothing less than service excellence. We will spare no effort and expense to help you personalise your individual residences, and turn each apartment into a home you’ve always wanted, complete with full appliances and amenities! If you have little children around, speak to us and we’ll even child-proof the apartment for you!

Our luxury serviced apartments can be found in Asia’s key gateway cities of Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing, Manila, Hanoi, Nanjing, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Chengdu, Seoul, Shanghai, Jakarta, Osaka and Shenzhen as well as in Sydney, Australia and the European cities of Paris, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Budapest and Istanbul and Doha.Currently, a series of exciting new corporate apartments are being added to our portfolio.
In the Middle East our executive apartments are located in Bahrain and Dubai and with further projects underway Saudi Arabia and Oman while in Asia we are developing further corporate housing in Bangkok, Bangalore, Guangzhou, Gurgaon, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Tianjin. Recently Frasers Hospitality has launched its third brand “Capri by Fraser” with the soft opening of the 313-suite Changi City/ Singapore at Changi Business Park.

Capri by Fraser

Capri by Fraser, Changi City Singapore – Capri by Fraser is designed to bring together the facilities and services of a smart hotel, together with the comfort and convenience of a full serviced residence, and a hotel concept designed with to meet the needs of today’s tech-forward travelers. The Changi City/Singapore accommodation offers a range of studios that come complete with fully equipped kitchenettes, walk-in wardrobes and luxury bathrooms.Each floor has Spin & Play, integrated themed laundrettes where Wii, Xbox Kinect, Foosball, iPads, punching bags, TRX suspension training and Ciclotte exercise machines keep guests, who want to do their own laundry, entertained between spin cycles. The hotel residence also features meeting facilities, treat suites, 24-hour gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, a variety of dining options, and a host of e-efficiencies – including free and fast wireless internet – to help today’s tech-forward travellers stay connected.

Capri by Fraser Changi City Bedroom

Capri by Fraser Changi City Lounge

Located in Changi Business Park, directly across from one of South East Asia’s largest exhibition centres Singapore Expo, Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singaporeis part of the Changi City development, which also comprises a commercial building and a shopping mall with a variety of dining, retail and entertainment options.

So the next time you travel, whether for business or leisure, stay at our serviced apartments and experience the Fraser Difference.

Serviced apartment provider launches third brand with opening of Singapore residence

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd (Frasers) has launched its third brand “Capri by Fraser” with the soft opening of the 313-suite Changi City/ Singapore at Changi Business Park.

The new opening also marks the first Frasers Singapore hotel residence.

The brand Capri by Fraser is designed to bring together the facilities and services of a smart hotel, together with the comfort and convenience of a full serviced residence, and a hotel concept designed with to meet the needs of today’s tech-forward travellers.

The Changi City/Singapore accommodation offers a range of studios that come complete with fully equipped kitchenettes, walk-in wardrobes and luxury bathrooms.

Each floor has Spin & Play, integrated themed laundrettes where Wii, Xbox Kinect, Foosball, iPads, punching bags, TRX suspension training and Ciclotte exercise machines keep guests, who want to do their own laundry, entertained between spin cycles.

The hotel residence also features meeting facilities, treat suites, 24-hour gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, a variety of dining options, and a host of e-efficiencies – including free and fast wireless internet – to help today’s tech-forward travellers stay connected.

Located in Changi Business Park, directly across from one of South East Asia’s largest exhibition centres Singapore Expo, Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singaporeis part of the Changi City development, which also comprises a commercial building and a shopping mall with a variety of dining, retail and entertainment options.

At a Glance: Capri by Fraser, Changi City|Singapore

Capri by Fraser is a refreshing concept in hospitality: From smart facilities to living spaces that integrate business and leisure, there are many things going on. We’ve got so much in store for you over the next few months and we’re really excited to share them, and hopefully hear what you feel about them as well. Let’s take a look at our brand new studio residences at Changi City Singapore!

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Capri by Fraser, Changi City|Singapore

One of the most instantly recognizable landmarks at Changi City, Singapore, Capri by Frasers’ 313 studios residences are just moments from Expo MRT Station and a 5-minute drive from Changi Airport.

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Checking in with iPads

Past our island-style reception desks and into the lobby, you’ll realize by now that Capri by Fraser’s not your regular serviced residence. The ground floors are one big connected space so there’s plenty of room settle down with a laptop, hang out or just relax with a friend or loved one.

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Capri by Fraser, Changi City|Singapore lobby

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Art at the lift lobby

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A place to hang out

An area where you can hang out and relax with our comfortable cushions and still be connected on the go with WIFI connectivity.

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Have drinks with friends at our bar

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Need to check your emails before heading out? Head over to our HotSpot, a business corner where we have iMacs, PCs, printers and fax machines. Surf the web and check out reviews for local attractions or to even print out your boarding pass before your flight.

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Luxurious studio with your very own kitchenette

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313 spacious studios with kitchenettes, smart facilities like databoxes to charge your gadgets, an interactive e-Concierge, and many more things to make your stay with us an awesome one.

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Take a refreshing dip in our brand new pool and catch some sun for your tan!

And that’s Capri by Fraser at Changi City Singapore for you! What do you think about these spaces? Tell us how you feel in the comments section or talk to us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CapriByFraser.

Things to do in Singapore – Botanic Gardens

Established in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens has remained one of Singapore’s most prized attractions and is also one of the largest gardens in the city, much like New York’s Central Park and London’s Botanic Gardens of Kew.

If you go there on a weekend afternoon, you’ll see why the Singapore Botanic Garden’s lush green spaces are perfect for picnics and are often frequented by both locals and foreigners. This plot of land sandwiched between Bukit Timah and Tanglin region boasts of an Orchid Garden with over 3,000 species of orchids and their hybrids, a small conserved section of the tropical rainforest that used to be where the gardens are now, three lakes, and multiple smaller gardens!

Singapore Botanic Gardens Palm Valley ( Picture courtesy of Wikipedia )

One of the smaller lakes, the Symphony Lake, features an open air amphitheater. Free concerts are frequently held here at the Symphony Stage, so if you plan to make a visit, don’t forget to check the schedule to see what performances you can catch!

Chopin at Singapore Botanical Gardens (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

If you head down south a little more, there’s an interesting statue of Frederick Chopin facing the stage.

Regardless of whether you’re a horticulture enthusiast or just taking a stroll in the park, one of the highlights of the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the National Orchid Park. This park holds special significance as Singapore’s national flower is the Vanda Miss Joaqim, a hybrid Orchid. People like Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and singer Ricky Martin also have had orchids named after them.

Phalaenopsis philippinensis (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

Orchids (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

Singapore botanic gardens gazebo (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

Another iconic sight of the Singapore Botanic Garden is this special gazebo, nicknamed “The Bandstand”,  sitting here since the early 1930s. Spend a few minutes to enjoy the tranquil surroundings, and take a few photos with this charming little artefact of the past!

Saraca Stream (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to drop by the Tanglin Visitor Center on your way out. Apart from picking up some useful information brochures, there are also multiple interesting landscaping features like the Saraca Stream (above), and the green pavilion (below), Singapore’s first pavilion with a landscaped roof!

Green pavilion (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia)

Getting There
From Changi Business Park, take the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) towards City, and take exit 19 out into Whitley Road. Head down Whitley Road and turn right into Bukit Timah Road, and turn left at Cluny Road. Cluny Road goes along the entire length of the Botanic Gardens, but the main entrance is at the end of Cluny Road, at the junction with Holland Road.

Alternatively, you can take the Circle Line and alight at Botanic Gardens Station (CC19).

Opening hours of the Singapore Botanic Gardens are from 5.00am to 12.00am daily. The National Orchid Gardens are open 8.30am to 7.00pm daily, and cost $5 per entry for adults, and $1 for children or senior citizens.

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Things to do in Singapore – Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s ever changing skyline has yet another new addition- The Gardens by the Bay! Built on reclaimed land, the entire park is home to over a quarter of a million rare plants and being here feels like being on a set of Alice in Wonderland and Avatar combined! The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden, two conservatories and super trees!!

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay (Taken from Wikipedia)

At 101 hectares, this amazing garden at the heart of Singapore’s arts and entertainment belt cost over $1 billion to build.

Dawn view of Gardens by the Bay, Singapore (Taken from Wikipedia)

The glass and steel cooled conservatories bring the climates and plant life of Mediterranean and Cloud Forest regions to tropical Singapore. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions like parts of Europe, Australia, Chile, South Africa and California. The Cloud Forest is a cool, moist conservatory of misty forests and a 30-meter waterfall, a replica of the climate found in Tropical Montane regions between 1,000 to 3,500 metres above sea level, such as Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, and high elevation areas in South America. Both the conservatories are open from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily and admission costs $28 for adults, $15 for children.

This may resemble a scene from the movie Avatar, but what you see here are the garden’s supertrees. The Supertrees are not just aesthetic features; they also collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as venting ducts for the park’s conservatory.

The supertrees at sunset  almost look unreal, from certain angles!  These structures are uniquely designed  between 25m and 50m tall (9 to 16 storeys) and boast vertical displays of tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns. An aerial walkway linking two of the Supertrees offers visitors a breathtaking view of Bay South Garden.

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The supertrees light up completely when darkness falls.

Getting there from Capri by Fraser
Driving there is a breeze, as the East Coast Parkway Expressway (ECP) directly connects Changi Business Park to the Marina Bay area. Head towards the city along ECP, take Exit 17A and turn left onto Marina Place, all the way through Marina Boulevard and then turn left at Marina Gardens Drive.

If you’re going there by public transport, Gardens by the Bay is located right outside Bayfront MRT Station along the Circle Line.

The outdoor gardens are open from 5.00am to 2.00am daily, while the cooled conservatories  and OCBC Skyway are open from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily. All attractions at the Gardens are free except the two glass dome conservatories.