During my trip to Singapore, it was hazy every single day. At first I thought it was just due to the seasonal air humidity, but I later found out that the haze is actually from forest fires in Indonesia.
Apparently, it’s a recurring problem, and this time, the haze had been present since August. During the worst days, people had been advised to stay indoors, which might explain all the people I saw wearing face masks. I regret that I didn’t wear one too.
The day I was visiting the OCBC Skyway, the haze seemed particularly dense, but I went up for a walk anyway. Even though most buildings and sights were just reduced to shadowy appearances far away, being up there was still an amazing experience.
The Skyway is 22 meters up in the air at Gardens by the Bay. You only pay 5 SGD in admission, so this is one of Singapore’s more affordable attractions. I could have stayed up there for hours, but the staff was worried that it would soon start raining, so the few people (including me) on the Skyway were told to hurry up.
Their predictions were right, because the second I reached the platform with the elevator going down, it started to rain, and it kept on raining for the rest of the evening. I therefore cancelled my plans to visit the Skypark Observation Deck at Marina Bay Sands hotel, but from the Skyway, I had a great view of the hotel, and I took a lot of photos of the impressive building. Some of them looked a bit dull and grey, but hey, that’s what Singapore looked like that day.
OCBC Skyway is open daily 9:00-21:00. Tickets cost 5SGD and the ticket sale closes at 20:00 (earlier in the event of long queues) and the Skyway closes in case of severe weather conditions.