Despite being a metropolitan city with 5 million people, Singapore still has lots of green spaces. There is a garden at almost ever MRT stop so you can explore which one is your favourite. One garden I would frequent was the Botanic Gardens.
Singapore Botanic Gardens would be listed in any guidebook you pick up. But allow me to explain why it is one of my favourite places. It would be about 20 minutes on MRT from where I lived but it was worth it. Open to the public for free, it is a great place to spend the afternoon and forget you’re in the middle of a metropolis.
I tend to find myself here on Sunday afternoons working off a hangover after checking out Singapore’s excellent nightlife. Bring a bottle of water, some kind of isotonic drink, pull up a piece of grass, and just relax. But don’t get the wrong idea! There are lots of other things to do at the Botanic Gardens beside chill out in the fresh air. You can explore the different paths throughout the 74 -hectare garden to find all kinds of plant life. There is even a large lake where you can feed the fish and turtles.
There are also various themed and manicured gardens, including National Orchid Garden (the orchid is Singapore’s national flower). Personally, I enjoyed the Evolution Garden. It catered to my inner history nerd. We experience the various forms the earth held as we walked along the path.
Make sure you check out other gardens throughout the city to see which one you prefer to spend your time in. Maybe you won’t like the Botanic Garden as much as the Chinese Garden or any other. But for me, Singapore Botanic Garden with the seemingly never-ending variety of plants was one of my favourite places.
See more about Singapore Botanic Gardens and plan your own trip: http://www.sbg.org.sg/