The gardens are in a large park with no admission, so it is well used by people strolling, jogging and picniking. The highlight of the park is the Orchid garden, which does charge a fee, so it is more populated by tourists.
What a show. A huge variety of orchids, each in profusion. Lovely light filtering through the trees overhead, so relatively cool even at noon. A feast of colours which makes any other garden look rather tame.
The museum is on the Singapore river, close to the fnancial centre. It used to be a thriving harbour, but that was “cleaned up”, and now there is a rather sterile promenade on either side of the river. Lots of people walk up and down the promenade, and I found one group of women that was having fun taking pictures around a set of sculptures.
There is a row of restaurants with open terraces overlooking the river. Lonely planet described these as overpriced but worth the splurge for the view, so I decided to treat myself to a riverside sunset view dinner. Lonely Planet was right; all the touts promoting their respective restaurants just about persuaded me to get out of that area, but I resisted the urge to bolt, and sat down for an ordinary but expensive meal with a great view, since it was my last night in town.
Caught a taxi out to the airport and flew the red-eye flight to Tokyo, arriving at 9 in the morning.