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One of the world’s top tourist attractions is also sustainable: Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay.
Most people head to Gardens by the Bay for an epic Instagram photo. The Avatar-movie-come-to-life urban garden boasts hundreds of stunning viewpoints – and over 880,000+ hash tagged posts on Instagram to prove it.
What fewer people realize when they visit Gardens by the Bay, is that they’re supporting sustainable tourism. This architectural wonder, wasn’t just looking to create a place to take pretty pictures. The initial aim was to raise the quality of life in Singapore by enhancing greenery in the city. The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest were intended to be an energy efficient showcase of sustainable building technologies.
Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay has many impressive sustainable features:
- Over 1.5 million plants in the Gardens (which helps to offset CO2 in the city)
- The Flower Dome is currently the largest glass greenhouse in the world
- The Super Trees act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater
- The Super Trees also absorb and disperse heat, provide shelter, and eleven are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy
- Education programs for local schools get the next generation excited about nature and sustainability
Gardens by the Bay also shows a growing trend of tourists being more drawn to eco-tourism (and of course, beautiful design). It’s now the top 3 reviewed attractions on Trip Advisor and made over $93 million in revenue in 2018 – proof that eco-tourism in big cities is a good investment.
TIPS BEFORE YOU GO:
- Download the app GRAB for the best transportation to and from.
- For the domes we found it was cheapest to pre book online or inside the park at the actual Gardens booth. We bought ours at a booth by the car drop off point and then when we walked in we saw that it was cheaper to purchase the tickets inside the park.
- The OCBC Skyway walk, The Flower Dome & Cloud Forest Dome cost money but it is free to wonder in the park, walk along the hiking trails, and see the flowers and different gardens. There are a lot of different hikes you can take around the park, you can take the hike with a guide or do them on your own. There is an evening light show that is free to watch as well!
- This is one area that is lacking for sustainability. Not a lot of plant-based options and lots of takeout options (meaning lots of single-use plastic), as well as a McDonald’s. There are some restaurants serving local cuisine.
- You are allowed to bring in your own food. Bring your own water in a reusable bottle and pack a picnic lunch instead. Lots of beautiful places to have a picnic in the park.
ZERO WASTE ITEMS TO BRING:
- Water bottle, travel mug, cutlery, reusable bag. Check out our zero waste travel tips here for more ideas
- Couple hours in the morning or afternoon. Go early if you like to beat the crowds.
WHAT TO PACK + WEAR:
- Snacks and water
- Good camera – lots of photo opps
- Your pre-purchased ticket
- Zero waste items listed above
- Natural sunscreen if you plan to be out in the park for longer than 30 minutes
- A hat
- Comfortable walking shoes
So are you ready to take a sustainable adventure to Singapore? Book your dream ecotourism trip with Wellness Travelled and get $50 off* your first booking.