Singapore Botanic Gardens

Looking to take a break from the city? Step into this 158-year-old tropical garden right at the fringe of Singapore's Orchard Road shopping district. So distinct, it is the only tropical garden to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has received many awards and top ratings by various global brands including TripAdvisor and Michelin. The National Orchid Garden, within the main gardens, is at the forefront of orchid studies and a pioneer in the cultivation of hybrids, complementing the nation's status as a major exporter of cut orchids. Aided by the equatorial climate, it houses the largest orchid collection of 1,200 species and 2,000 hybrids. Early in the nation's independence, Singapore Botanic Gardens' expertise helped to transform the island into a tropical Garden City, an image and moniker for which the nation is widely known. More than 10,000 species of flora is spread over its 82-hectares area.