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Travelogue: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Having lived in the past few years in a concrete jungle like New York, I can most definitely appreciate the abundance of flora and fauna in my home country of Singapore. The first thing you notice when you step off the airplane (besides the tropical humidity that hits you like a wave) is how clean and gorgeously green this island is. 
Located at the fringe of our main shopping belt, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a sprawling 156 year-old tropical garden that was recently honored as our island-state's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, a perfect homage to a city that has long been known as the Garden City. 

Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle along with you, because the heat can be pretty unrelenting. We walked for about 2 hours from the main entrance along Napier Road through the National Orchid Garden to the Healing Gardens, and we probably could have covered more grounds if I hadn't stopped every ten steps for photos. 
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is open daily from 5:00 a.m. to midnight and admission is free for all. The National Orchid Garden is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and admission is $5 for adults and free for children below the age of 12.


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