South East Asia December 2012 – January 2013
24.12.2012 - 25.12.2012
Six months on and I have finally dug up the old travellers blog. I will be starting off with a series of seven accounts about our travels across South East Asia around the Christmas and New Year period. Sorry for bombarding you with so many at once, but we hope you enjoy them!!
Monday, 24th December
- Last minute run around and packing, along with the sudden arrival of my new smart phone! Talk about perfect timing! Scott kindly dropped us off at the airport and off we went! -
A short flight brought us to Singapore and since we only had hand luggage, it was really easy to find the exit, get our visa stamp and head out into the big city. Our good friend Pablo had given us these SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit ) passes, which we used to get from Changi aiport to the marina. It was late in the evening and all the grand buildings were beautifully lit up, making for a nice evening stroll. We were there just as the clock stroke 12 into Christmas Day. As one of few whiteys, many locals came to greet us and wish us all the best for the festivities. It was lovely.
When we got back to the airport, we tried to check in and get into the main departure gates, but the counters were closed, which meant we had to spend the night on the spot. Changi airport is ridiculously air-conditioned and we were both really feeling the cold, which made it hard to get some proper sleep...
Tuesday, 25th December
Cold and moody, we woke up early and headed back into the city with the SMRT. We thought we might as well make the most of our day here, instead of just sulking around in the airport. We found a really nice bakery, which immediately lifted our spirits. We walked on, not really knowing where to go and ended up taking some tourist snapshots of the Merlion.
From there, we made our way to China Town where we visited an Indian temple. Entrance to certain parts of the worshipping areas were restricted to foreigners, but we could still have a good walk around. It was bright, colourful and happy
Not far from there, was The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
We had a good walk around the place, which served as both a temple as well as a museum. It was very interesting. As well as the hawker's market that served us a really cheap and tasty lunch. Bellies filled, we made our way back to the airport where it was at last time to head to Vietnam. Woohoo!
We would be coming back to Singapore for a full day at the end of our trip. You can see the pictures of both trips here, by following this public and free link: Singapore Pictures