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The Only Guide You’ll Need to Singapore’s National Orchid Garden (Plus, Where to Spot a Sneaky Carnivorous Plant!)

The Only Guide You’ll Need to Singapore’s National Orchid Garden (Plus, Where to Spot a Sneaky Carnivorous Plant!)

As we wandered through the National Orchid Garden, we stumbled upon something straight out of a science fiction novel – a carnivorous plant! 

Thankfully, unlike encountering a majestic lion in the wild, this botanical wonder was more interested in bugs than us.

If orchids, or simply immersing yourself in nature, tickles your fancy, then the National Orchid Garden should definitely be on your itinerary! 

Aside from the exciting adventures that await you here, we’ve also included tips on where to stay and what essentials to pack for a well-rounded adventure.

What to Do in National Orchid Garden, Singapore

The National Orchid Garden boasts a stunning array of colorful orchids, encompassing over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids. 

Visitors are sure to be enchanted by the kaleidoscope of meticulously curated displays, offering an opportunity where they can witness unique sights they won’t find elsewhere. 

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This part of the National Orchid Garden mimics the feeling of venturing into a tropical montane forest through its orchid variety, high elevation, and cool and misty ambiance. 

If you’re looking for a spot where there are fewer visitors, you might like it here. 

For a more comprehensive guide on the Tropical Montane Orchidetum, we wrote all about it here!

Trying to emulate a montane forest, the Sembcorp Cool House recreates the high-elevation with its controlled temperature of 16 to 23 degrees Celsius. 

That said, this ambiance isn’t just for show. In fact, you’d also be able to spot orchids that can only be found on higher ground like Dendrochilums and Phragmipediums. 

Aside from around 1,000 orchid species, visitors are also presented with an additional treat of having a chance to see carnivorous plants in the flesh. 

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Yuen Peng McNeice Bromeliad Collection creates an enhanced environment akin to a neotropical forest – warmer climate, lush vegetation, and mid-level terrain. 

This makes it a perfect home for plants like bromeliads and orchids to thrive, which is why visitors will find them flourishing in this environment. 

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Tan Hoon Siang Mist House is another noteworthy attraction in the National Orchid Garden. 

It offers an ambiance unique to a paleotropical garden found in certain parts of Asia, Oceania, and Africa, through a rare collection of orchids and conditions similar to 650m to 1,000m altitude. 

The ultimate highlight, however, is the Papilionanda Tan Chay Yan, an award-winning feature that is a sight to behold, to say the least. 

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Did you really visit the National Orchid Garden without taking a photo at the Silver Arches Display? Technically, yes, but it’s part of the experience!

It’s one of the most popular photo spots there, boasting a striking arch adorned with flourishing greenery, which results in an extremely Instagram-worthy location. 

What to Prepare for Your Visit to National Orchid Garden, Singapore 

A lot of walking is required to be able to enjoy what the National Orchid Garden has to offer. 

With that in mind, make sure to wear comfortable clothes, as well as some sensible shoes. 

Since most areas in the National Orchid Garden tend to be chilly, remember to bring along a jacket to layer over your comfy attire.

You’re visiting one of the most beautiful destinations in Singapore, of course, you need a camera! Make sure to have it with you to be able to capture all the memorable moments. 

Where to Stay Near National Orchid Garden, Singapore

Address: 28 Stevens Rd, #01 02 Orchard District

Pricing: $$

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A quick 8-minute drive from the National Orchid Garden will take you to the stylish Mercure hotel that boasts an elevated ambiance, offering a serene retreat amidst the bustling neighborhood. 

You’re still surrounded by verdant landscapes, even after leaving the garden, ensuring the natural beauty that Singapore has to offer continues to enchant its guests. 

Despite being more modestly sized, we appreciate the comforting atmosphere of their rooms, as if it’s truly your home away from home. 

In addition to all the good stuff, they also provide a multitude of sparkling amenities, including a 24-hour gym, two pools, and such. 

Address: 442 Orchard Rd

Pricing: $$

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Those seeking an elevated stay just a mere 6 minutes away from the National Orchid Garden should check out Orchard Hotel’s chic accommodations. 

One of their most popular rooms is the premier room, offering a 35 sqm space good for up to 4 people. It has complete amenities, with the addition of a bathtub as the ultimate cherry on top. 

It’s an ideal choice for families or for couples on a romantic getaway. 

Address: 22 Scotts Rd

Pricing: $$

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Goodwood Park Hotel’s grand facade is enough to lure anyone in, even unsuspecting tourists. The historical structure will surely make enough feel like they’re stepping back in time in the midst of a 5-star accommodation. 

We love how spacious their rooms are compared to other places at the same price point, with 31 sqm being the minimum, ensuring maximum comfort for all. 

Located an 11-minute drive from the National Orchid Garden and within walking distance from Orchard Road and other bustling attractions, its location is another standout feature.