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City in a Garden

A combination of horticulture and architecture, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay features an impressively diverse collection of plants from every part of the world sans Antarctica.

The Flower Dome replicates the cool but dry climate of the Mediterranean, with beautiful succulents, cacti, baobabs among many others.

Meanwhile, the Cloud Forest is home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfalls, as well as a wide array of orchids, pitcher plants, and other blooms from cool-moist tropical regions such as South-East Asia and Central and South America.

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Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, 018953
www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

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Above the Clouds

Located in the borders of Ifugao, Benguet, and Nueva Vizcaya, Mount Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines, towering at 2,922 meters above sea level. The local ethnic tribes consider this sacred: both a place for their gods’ leisure, as well as a place of rest for their ancestors. The trail passes through a cool dense forest, and into the wonderful grassland leading to the summit. Here, hikers are met with the breathtaking view of the sunrise and the sea of clouds that the mountain is known for.