Singapore Botanic Gardens
So spectacular is the 82-hectare (200-acre) Singapore Botanic Gardens that it is the rare horticultural site to have earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Established in 1859, it's responsible for Singapore's nickname as the Garden City and serves an important conservation and educational role. Wandering the pathways, visitors escape the frenetic city and learn about 1,000 species of orchids alone. There's also a band shell for live concerts.
This was taken in April 2014, when a month-long drought followed by a few days of torrential rain seemed to give trees reason to do some beautiful mass flowering.
Weekday mornings are perfect for a peaceful stroll. Picnic baskets & the Botanic Gardens go hand in hand! If not, Food for Thought provides decent comfort food & an even better ambience amidst the lush greenery.
If you exit from the Tanglin Gate, you can continue your walk down to the Tanglin area - a stretch of quaint (if expensive) European-style shops & restaurants. If major retail therapy is what you have in mind, the (in)famous Orchard Road is further down.