Cambodia

After months in Singapore we took our last trip to somewhere a bit different. We went to Cambodia! More specific the town Siem Reap, housing the well known temple Angkor Wat.

This is an amazing place. It is so strange to come from the rich and modern Singapore to the poverty of Cambodia. You do get a culture shock. We also managed to come in the

end of the monsoon, so everything was flooded. And that was amazing! We drove a Tuk Tuk in to town and I was amazed over all these people walking in the streets with water up to their knees. And all the kids playing in the water in the middle of the street, you almost didn´t see them!

Ankor Wat is not the only temple around, and if you book a Tuk Tuk for 3 days you can

get the 3 day pass and be driven around to the different temples for 3 days. Recommending this! But you can easily get bored of the temples, because even if they are beautiful, they are very alike…

So do remember to take some time of the temples and see the town, talk to the nice people and relax a bit. Last tips, always, always bring a bottle of water when you go and

see the temples. Always.

 

 

 

 

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Food in Singapore

Singapore is known for having a rich variation of food. Since Singapore is filled with people from all parts of Asia they bring with them a lot of their local food. The food is also much cheaper to buy already cooked out then to buy the groceries and cook back home. Something that is very different from most other countries.

When you go out to eat it is a lot of places to chose between. You can go from all range of prices as well as all kind of food. If you are unsure if you will like the local food it is more then enough American and

European restaurants to go to. But you should really have a taste

of the local delicacies. One of the cheapest places to eat is at a Food market/center were they have many small stands were you can get good food.

Singapore is one of the few places in Asia were you can be sure that everything is clean no matter were you are. Every place is checked regularly by the government to see if they are following the guidelines for food cleanliness. The places is then given a sign with A, B, C or OK. If you see a A or OK you know it is a clean place to eat. B and C is less clean, but still clean enough to stay open.

Dave brought his friend to Newton Food market and are presenting some local food you should try if you go to Singapore.

 

Weekend trips outside Singapore

If you are lucky to stay in Singapore for a long time, maybe you work or study there, you should use it for all it is worth. Singapore is a central part of Asia and it is cheap and easy to travel for short or longer trips to other countries.

One of the places that also is a big hit among the locals is a trip to the island Bintan in Indonesia. It is easy to get to with a ferry and before you know it you are in Indonesia. We stayed in a bungalow at a place called Nostalgia Yasin. Beautiful place to just relax. You can get a massage, swim in the ocean or pool, go for a walk, eat some awesome food. And it is all very cheap. Really worth a trip if you have the time!

If you want to check out Malaysia one of the more historical places that often is forgotten is Malacca. This is a cute little town with a lot of hidden treasures. Here you can go mental with shopping in arts and crafts shops as well as the famous night market. They have some of the cutest cafes I have ever been to and the river is just so beautiful to walk along. You can also have the chance to learn something about their history with pirates!

If you want to go to Borneo, Kutching is a nice town to visit. It is in the Malaysian part of Borneo and is a really quiet and small place to visit. I have to admit that not much was happening when we were there. I think the biggest thing to do there is to get out of the city and in to the jungle. We didn´t do that because I got sick…

That happens and then you just have to make the best out of it. To bad, because I think Borneo would have been a great place to explore better.

One place we went that is really not worth visiting is Johor Bahru in Malaysia. This is a border city of the scary kind. I felt so unsafe when I were there, almost didn´t feel safe to film anything. The place is usually just visited to buy cheap stuff and things that are not legal in Singapore, like gum and porn. Not worth a visit at all, just keep away.

 

Kuala Lumpur on the other hand is worth having a look at. This is the main capital of Malaysia and a must see. You can take bus or plain there and stay at nice hotels for a fraction of the Singaporean price. Try the monorail, go in the parks, visit the Petronas towers and just look around. Not the best capital I have been in, but maybe you see something else when you visit it.

Singapore Zoo

One of the biggest attractions in Singapore is the Zoo. The Zoo is made out of three parks; Zoo, Night Safari and Bird Park. You can buy tickets for one of the parks or all three. But I would not recommend to see all three in one day. Give it some time.

The night safari start round 7 in the evening. You have to start with the shows, this is something you cant miss. It is awesome to see the animals walk around on the stage looking at the audience. It is well planned and well executed. Then you can jump on a tram and driven around the park. You are told not to take pictures with blitz because that can damage the animals eyes, because of this the pictures don´t turn out that well. You can also walk around on a lot of different paths. They say that these animals are more active at night, but to be honest they didn´t look more active then when I see them in daytime. It was fun, but for someone that have done the real thing I think you would find it as a waste of time.

When you visit the Singapore Zoo you should book a jungle breakfast. Then you can come early to the park and eat a wonderful breakfast and then you can walk up and get a picture with the orangutans, that are eating breakfast with you! This is really fun for people in all ages. After that you can walk around in the park and look at the beautiful animals and also catch a few shows. You can also follow the feeding trail and get a look at the animals on their most active, when they get food.

The last park is the bird park. This park is located another place is Singapore and you will have to take a bus that go directly from the Zoo to the Bird park. It is very easy and cheap to travel between them. When you arrive at the bird park you should orientate you on when and were the bird shows are and see some magnificent birds up close. After that you can have a wonderful walk around. The best place I think is the Lory Loft. Here you can buy small cups with nectar and feed the small birds yourself. This really get a near contact with the beautiful birds. Just watch up so they don´t poop on you…

The end of Budapest

The last day in Budapest we didn´t do much. We were thinking about going to some museums, but the places we wanted to look at was closed because it was a sunday. We hanged round in the lobby while we were thinking about what to do with the day. In the end we went for the closest museum round the corner.

When we came there we found out that it was a to expensive to go in. So again we had nothing to do and decided to go to the airport instead. We took the cutest train to get to the main station. It looked like it was made in the 1800th. At the train station we got the tickets. Took a nice train trip to the airport. Posted a letter to Dave´s grandmother. Had the best salad I have had in a long time and jumped on the plain back to the UK. A very bad day for blogging, but also a very chill day to just relax and say goodbye to Budapest.

It was a really nice trip and I really loved Budapest. Its a city were a weekend is enough, but you can also be there for a month and still have new things to explore. Go to Budapest when you can, its such a nice place.

On the top of Budapest

Finally we manage to wake up to right time. We were tired as hell and really wanted to go back to bed, but this time we were set on making the hotel breakfast. I have had better breakfast, but it was more then enough. I got full and happy. But we went back to bed again, because nothing were opening before 12 anyway…

For lunch we went back to Gerbeaud. This time we bought three cakes to taste them between us. I also bought a hot chocolate with cream. That was the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted before and after. It was like heaven in a cup. The chocolate was tick and dark and warm. Real hot chocolate, made the old fashion way. It kicked Starbucks hot chocolate by a mile. I so wish I cud go back, just to taste it one more time.

After Gerbeaud we went to the old Budapest, that is placed on the top of Budapest center. Vi walked up instead of taking the Funicular, we needed the training and the money 😛 And when you walk you also have the chance to stop and enjoy the beautiful view of Budapest in the evening. When we came to the top we cud see all of Budapest in the last sun of the day. It was stunning.

We walked further in inn the old city and came to the fishermen´s bastion. A beautiful bastion. It was really a magical place to be. It was so amazing made with its strange architecture and engravings. It was like the castle in fairy tales.

For dinner today we found a Italian restaurant, “Tom-George“, with the best Milkshake ever 🙂 The funniest with this place was that you cud see the cook make your Pizza. A very nice place, with great staff and great food.