Bali and Singapore
Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
431Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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....................I have visited both Bali and Singapore before, and this was my third visit to Singapore, the city state on the southern edge of Malaysia. There's a huge contrast in both destinations; Bali is a laid-back resort island with most of its visitors from the Land Down Under to enjoy its beaches, the varied sites including a Bird Park, volcano, and the city of arts and crafts, Ubud. On this trip, we stayed at a five star resort hotel that had "everything" including a golf course, horeback riding, and a grand pool with several pools and a water slide. The people of Bali are Hindu, and they are some of the most peaceful and friendly people on this planet. They have several major temples that tourists visit, and most villages have their own temples. The lush-green landscape of Bali is legend; and it's almost impossible not to relax and enjoy oneself in this environment.
We stayed at the Le Meridien Nirwana Golf & Spa
Resort Hotel by the Tanah Lot Temple. The service and food were wonderful.
Our hotel in Singapore: Regent Hotel.
By contrast, Singapore is a bustling city with plenty of good restaurants and places to visit. Orchard Road is their main shopping street, but they have other areas of the city that offers shops and good restaurants. I have a couple of friends in Singapore; people I have met on holiday in Scandinavia and the UK.
Singapore has its orchid botanical garden, Sentosa Island, night safari, Malay Town, and Chinatown. They have the famous Raffles Hotel where the rich and famous spend their sheckles, and the Long Bar where the Singapore Sling was created - and still served. It's the only public place where one is allowed to throw "trash" on the floor - peanut shells; if caught at other public places, the fine is $500. My first visit to the Raffles Hotel Long Bar was a "treat" from a friend I met on vacation in Scandinavia. I still have the souvenir glass from the Singapore Sling in our China.