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Malaysia
Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

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Gardens by the Bay

address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
supertrees-ocbc-skyway-Gardens-by-the-Bay-Singapore.jpg, The gardens by the bay is a new park (opened in June 2012) on recclaimed land just behind Marina Bay Sands including the amazing architectural structures of the 50m high solar-powered
OCBC skybridge and the supertrees
The gardens by the bay is a new park (opened in June 2012) on recclaimed land just behind Marina Bay Sands including the amazing architectural structures of the 50m high solar-powered "supertrees".

The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.
The most prominent feature are the 50m high solar-powered "supertrees" at the Supertree Grove.  Two of the larger Supertrees are connected by the OCBC Skyway, a sky bridge for visitor to enjoy an aerial view of the park. The supertrees are especially impressive at night with a light and music show (OCBC Garden Rhapsody).

The Bay South Garden hosts two architecturally impressive bio domes, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, as conservatories featuring plants from tropical and mediterranean region.
 

Entrance Fees:
The access to the Outdoor Gardens in Bay South is free.

  One Conser-vatory Two Conser-vatories OCBC Skyway Garden Cruiser
Adult (S$12*) S$28 ($S20*) S$5 ($S5*) S$5 ($S5*)
Senior Citizen
(≥ 60 years old)
( S$8*) S$28 ($S15*) S$5 ($S5*) S$5 ($S5*)
Child
(3 - 12 years old)
(S$8*) S$15 ($S12*) S$5 ($S3*) S$5 ($S3*)

*Singapore citizens, permanent residents and those living in Singapore, including holders of employment passes, work permits or dependent passes


Opening Hours:
Bay South Outdoor Gardens:
Opens 5:00 AM - 2:00 AM daily

Ticketing Hub:
Day Pass: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM daily
Annual Pass: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM daily

Cooled Conservatories:
Opens 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM daily
Last ticket sale at 8:00 PM daily
Last admission at 8:30 PM daily

OCBC Skyway:
Opens 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM daily
Monday - Friday
Last ticket sale at 8:00 PM
Last admission at 8:30 PM
Weekends & Public Holidays
Last ticket sale at 7:00 PM
Last admission at 7:30 PM


 

Links:

official website


How to get to the Gardens by the Bay:
The closest MRT station is "Bayfront" (CE1, Circle Line), take exit B and follow the underground linkay to the Dragonfly Bridge that leads into the Gardens.
From Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre you can walk to the Gardens using the Lions Bridge on Level 4 which connects to the Dragonfly Bridge into Bay South Garden.

Gardens by the Bay model
model of Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay
the model is can visited free of charge at the Singapore City Gallery


Dragonfly Bridge, Gardens by the Bay
Dragonfly Bridge, connecting Marina Bay Sands with the Gardens by the Bay


view to Marina Bay Sands
view to Marina Bay Sands
 


The Cloud Forest and Flower Dome
the conservatories of the Cloud Forest (left) and Flower Dome
(photo taken from Wikipedia)

 



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