Let me start with a warning: if you go to either of these countries you will need lots and time to see all the beauty and to recover after. What fun countries! There was so much to do and see I’m actually glad for the coming sea day. Boy do I need it!
In both countries our plans were cancelled on us-which became a great blessing. It gave us 4 days to wonder around town alone and find the beauty without all the other tourist around us. Both cites are very easy to travel around alone-we never felt unsafe or unwelcome. It was actually completely the opposite-I think I might have Asian family somewhere in my blood.
Both countries love to eat (me too!), both countries are very loyal to their families (again me too), most people are much shorter than the average Swede (I could reach the counters!!!!), and they hate the heat (Any one been to my house in the summer?!?)
Singapore became our garden stop. We found some of the most beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens. The first day we hiked through an old growth forest next to the port. The trees and ferns were amazing. The second day we found the national orchid gardens (The beauty can not be explained) and then The Gardens By The Bay had HUGE greenhouses. It was a bit overwhelming to think how much planning had to go into those.
In Bangkok Thailand we hired a taxi for the day to show us the real Bangkok. We drove around some temples, a palace, and took a private boat ride through the canals. Our plan for the second day was to hire a Tuk Tuk to show us the best street food around. (we had heard the street food was famous) That didn’t work out for us-turns out food stops are not open in the morning, and we had to be back on the boat by lunch time. So instead we found Bangkok’s version of E3 (for you non-gaming people-it’s a huge gaming convention) and then a great camera show.
Matt and I have a high school friend that moved to Singapore many years ago-I can now see why! Overall these were great stops, and both are places I would come back to some day to see more.
Our guide summed up these 2 countries the best by saying they are “A country of contradictions.” This was so very true: so many people, so much garbage, so much love, so many beautiful places. They speak of respecting everyone-while they prepare for the next war. My head was spinning trying to balance all of these thoughts.