Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
109Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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There is a fabulous hotel called the Eastern and Oriental, and we can't resist staying here, Its a lovely colonial building with a grand marble lobby, smart cocktail bar, gardens, bell boys wearing shorts and pith helmets.... One of the nicest things is that it feels perfectly natural here to get dressed up and go for a couple of cocktails, then go straight out to eat dinner sitting at a long table on plastic chairs (for about a quarter of the cost of a cocktail!)
As well as the colonial buildings, there are lots of art deco buildings all over the city with restaurants and shops on the ground floor, so its very easy to miss the buildings themselves, and then ornate Chinese temples interspersed between them. Although in many ways its a very modern city, there is also a strong connection to its history and you can easily feel yourself transported back in time as you walk around the crowded streets and markets.