We’re back from our awesome vacation! We spent 2 weeks in Southeast Asia and it was AMAZING! We had to make a little change to our schedule, due to Bangkok having some heavy political protests going on. We didn’t want to deal with having to avoid protest sites, as well as the complications it was causing to public transportation. No worries though we plan to make it there eventually and do a whole trip centered in Thailand. So instead we headed to Cambodia in it’s place.
After we finally boarded we were off on the second leg of our journey 16 hours to Hong Kong. We had an hour layover, but still had to rush to make it across the huge Hong Kong airport to our connecting flight. We made it in time and set off on our 3rd leg, a 4 hour flight to Singapore.
Just to give some perspective we left at 11:15 am on Saturday 1/25 and arrived at 1:30 am Monday 1/27. Singapore is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard time here in Florida. Since they’re ahead you have to add that onto the 25 hours of travel time, meaning we lost a day and a half in travel.
If you’ve never been to Singapore It’s very modern and pretty much just like any big city in the States, except 100x’s cleaner. They’re very strict on their littering laws and you can’t buy gum anywhere there, so you won’t find it on the streets or under tables there. A little example of their strict laws: You can’t eat or drink on public transportation. If you do you run the possibility of being fined up to $500. Due to this their buses and trains, basically any public transportation is very clean!
Our First adventure, well after resting from our day of traveling, was a food tour. We went in a small group there were only 6 of us and our guide. We started at this small restaurant near China town. At this first stop we ate frog legs and porridge, stingray, and some stir fry noodles and beef, with some kind of bread. It was all pretty good although I didn’t care for the porridge.
Our cousins, who so graciously invited us to stay with them, have an anniversary very close to ours. We all decided that meant we needed to have a night out to celebrate. They planned a joint celebration of dinner out and then dessert at the chocolate bar at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This hotel is huge and world famous! It has three separate towers and then across the top of the towers it looks like there is a boat resting. On top of that boat structure, something like 57 floors up, is a beautiful infinity pool, a night club, and the location of the chocolate bar.
The views of Singapore all light up in lights from the top of deck of the infinity pool are beautiful. The pictures give you an idea, but it’s just something you need to experience in person. We finally made it to the Chocolate bar and it was not just Chocolate. It was breads, cheeses, baked goods, coffee, tea, and of course lots of Chocolate. You could load up with as much or as little as you want. There was outside seating where you dined just overlooking the city landscape. There was a menu of fancy drinks, the one I went with was called the Singapore Sling. I figured it was an appropriate choice for the evening. We had a great night celebrating!