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National Orchid Garden – located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

National Orchid Garden is located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Overview of National Orchid Garden

• This garden was opened on 20 October 1995 by Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.
• The Singapore Botanic Gardens has been developed along a 3-Core Concept.
The three Cores consist of:
– First core is Tanglin which is the heritage core that retains the old favourites and rustic charms of the historic Gardens.
– Central core is the tourist belt of the Gardens.
– Third core is Bukit Timah which is the educational and recreational zone.
• Each Core offers an array of attractions.
• The Garden is located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
• This is a providing a place for 60,000 orchid plants.
• The garden consists of 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids.
• This is the three hectares of carefully landscaped slopes.
• A careful combination of selected trees, shrubs, herbs and orchids (mostly hybrids) with matching foliage and floral colors are depicted in the color combination in this garden.

The display of plants in four separate color zones
• The “spring” zone with its prevailing colors of bright and lively shades of gold, yellow and creams.
• The “summer” zone with its major tones of strong reds and pinks.
• The “autumn” zone of matured shades.
• The “winter” zone of whites and cool blues.

Essential Visitor Information

• The garden offers free admission for students.
• This is during the first week of every school term holidays in March, June, Sept and Nov.

Activities in Singapore Parks

• Barbequing
• Sandcastle building
• Bird watching
• Camping
• Concerts & performances
• Cycling
• Dining
• Exercise & workout
• Family fun
• Fishing
• Heritage trails & guided tours
• Inline skating
• Kite flying
• Photography
• Pony rides
• Resort accommodation
• Kite flying

Organized Activities & Events in Singapore Parks

• Photography
• Picnics
• Pony rides
• Resort accommodation
• Sensory Garden
• Sightseeing
• Tai-chi
• Tennis
• Trade fairs
• Trekking & nature walks
• Water sports
• Wellness
• Aerial tree obstacle course
• Cross country run

Opening Hours of National Orchid Garden

Opening hours – 8.30 am to 7 pm daily (last ticket sale at 6pm).
Admission Fee – Adults $5.00
Students – $1.00
Senior Citizens (60 years and above) – $1.00
Children (below 12 years) – Free

Events in Singapore

• Singapore Food Festival
• Singapore Grand Prix
• Singapore Arts Festival
• Chingay Parade
• World Gourmet Summit
• ZoukOut
• Singapore Sun Festival
• Christmas
• Singapore Jewel Festival

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to get to National Orchid Garden?

1. By Foot
Entrance to the Gardens is easy through the Gardens’ major entrances.
• Tanglin Gate
• Burkill Gate
• Nassim Gate
• Cluny Park Gate
• Bukit Timah Entrance

2. By Car
Car Parking Facilities are available at:
• The Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Centre
• Bukit Timah Car Park at Bukit Timah Core
• Botany Centre
• Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
• Public Parking along Tyersall Avenue

3. By Bus
Get to the Gardens by Public Bus via Holland Road or Bukit Timah Road.
Via Holland Road
• SBS Transit 7, 105, 123, 174
• SMRT 75, 77, 106
Via Bukit Timah Road
• SBS Transit 48, 66, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170
• SMRT 67, 171

4. By Taxi
There is a Taxi Drop-Off and Pick-Up point at the Visitor Centre along Cluny Road.

5. By Coach
Coach Drop-off Point is located at:
• Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Centre
• Ginger Garden Coach Drop-off Point
• Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Coach Parking is available at:
– Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Centre
– Tyersall Avenue Public Coach Park
– Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

6. By Mass Rapid Transit (MRT, Circle Line)
Alight at Eco Garden (North end of the Gardens) via the Botanic Gardens Station.

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore – National Orchid Garden

Blogs at nparks.gov.sg
Blogs at tripadvisor.in
Blogs at sbg.org.sg
Blogs and reviews at stb.gov.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – National Orchid Garden

images at google.com
Images at nparks.gov.sg
Images at botanikfoto.com
Images at tripadvisor.in
Images at flickr.com

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