Exploring Cloud Forest and World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall


Cloud Forest, Singapore

There's so much beauty I admired at Cloud Forest. It's one of my personal favorites in Singapore. With 2,577 glass panels of 690 different shapes and sizes, this huge dome is indeed like a mysterious world covered in mist. It is a 35-meter tall mountain in lush vegetation with the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

Cloud Forest, Singapore
*Map from Gardens by the Bay official website.

After going to Flower Dome, I spent most of my time at Cloud Forest. I was pretty thrilled to finally visit. It's amazing! I have no words. Maybe because it's the first of its kind that I saw in my life. I'm not very well-traveled at this point so I can't really compare to other countries. With the kind of chill and good music it  had, I felt like I was walking through a set of a movie but it felt so real. 

As you see from the map, there are nine unique zones in the conservatory. Let me walk you through some of the zones. I didn't take photos of everything. I wanted to feel the moment as much as I could. ;) 

The Falls

When I entered Cloud Forest, the very first thing I saw was a flock of tourists taking photos and videos. It was distracting, but what could I do? For that kind of tourist attraction, it's hard to ignore photo possibilities. I just stood in front of the world's tallest indoor waterfall - feeling the cool splash of the water, and waited for a while until people calmed down from taking photos. They did. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

So I finally had my turn! Here's me nailing the solo sesh travel game. Never underestimate what a selfie stick can do, yes? Bringing one can be annoying for some tourists, but people need to understand that we need to take photos too, and for most of us, photos are the only souvenirs we could have. I guess there's nothing wrong with that as long as you don't hit anyone with your stick. ;) 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

Waterfall View

This isn't just your ordinary waterfall. A good to know info is that cloud forests, such as this one, capture water droplets from mist and fog through epiphyte-laden branches. 

Sidenote - What are epiphytes? 

An organism that grows on the surface of another plant, but is not parasitic. It derives its moisture from the air, rain, or water around it. Examples are ferns, air plants, and orchids that grow on tree trunks in tropical rainforests. 

I just Googled that. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore

Crystal Mountain

Stepping into the Crystal Mountain Cave means exploring the different shapes of stalactites and stalagmites. This is also where you can learn more about geology, the world's continents, the age of the earth, and the importance of fossils. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

I passed by the Treetop Walk, The Cavern, and Secret Garden - all of which were amazing in that you will learn more about the unique biodiversity of cloud forests. I even went up directly to the Lost World before going down to Cloud Walk. 

Lost World is the highest point of the mountain. There you will find plants that typically grow at around 2,000 meters above sea level such as pitcher plants, and the Venus-fly catcher. This was where I didn't have photos (although I had a few video clips) because there was a bench to sit on, and I took that opportunity to rest. LOL. I also became an instant photographer of other tourists/strangers. It was all good! 

Cloud Walk

After resting my weary (but happy) feet for a while, I went down to Cloud Walk where I probably spent most of my time because it's unbelievably amazing, and it just felt really great to be there. You also get to have a spectacular view of the Marina Bay Sands through the glass panels. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

This was also where I realized that it's already 7:30 PM yet it's still bright outside. I didn't notice the time because I was having the time of my life. I checked my watch and was surprised that it's getting late. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore

The next few photos were of the Treetop Walk which was just below the Cloud Walk. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore

And the next ones were just attempts of getting closer to the plants. ;) 

Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore
Cloud Forest, Singapore

Plus a lovely view. 

Cloud Forest, Singapore

After exploring, the path led to the Cloud Forest gallery that featured sculptural-form display of striking graphics, images, and videos of how we can all do our part in environmental conservation, and sustainability. 

I loved the entire experience! It wasn't free, but the cost was already bundled with Flower Dome so you can visit two conservatories for around Php 888 (prices change). To get a discounted rate, book via Klook online by clicking this link (affiliate) --> Gardens by the Bay Ticket

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