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.

 

 

 

 

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…

Daytrip in Singapore

If you have a week in Singapore. It is loads of things to fill your days with. Some of these things should get a whole day reserved to them.

One of my favorites is Singapore Botanic Gardens. This is a huge park in the middle of Singapore. It is a perfect place to go for walks, runs or just to relax in the sun. You can take loads of beautiful pictures of flowers and if you hang around long enough you are sure to see a couple of animals like turtles, fishes, swans, squirrels and maybe even a Varan. They have a beautiful orchid garden, a concert scene, a Jurassic walk and so on. Really a place to learn and relax.

If you would like to go on a boat trip, “Cheng ho” harbor cruise is a good pick. On the cruise you get served high tea (tea with some different cakes and sandwiches) and a guide tell you about the Singapore harbor as we pass it. The boat stop at an Temple Island were you get some time to walk around and experience it. It is stunning.

On a nice sunny day you should go to the East Coast and rent a bike. It is perfectly maintained for bike trips along the cost. Beautiful cost line, beautiful beaches very good sea food and just all in all a good bike trip to take for a day.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. After so much sea you would maybe like to experience to real jungle. At Bukit Timah you have a wide range of paths to take that lead you up to the Bukit Timah Summit. You can take a short direct route or take the longer once that will lead you deeper in to the jungle. If you are lucky you can bump in to a couple of monkeys hanging around. Be sure to check the weather report before you go, because in the jungle they have their own little weather system. So even if the rest of Singapore is sunny it may rain and thunder in the jungle.

Pulau Ubin is another place to go for a bike trip. This is a little island that still look like Singapore use to look like. Here you can rent a bike and experience the whole island in just some hours. Here you can see some real wild jungle and maybe even a snake if you are lucky.

Another island to visit is Sentosa Island. This is a very different island, more like a team park. Here they have Universal Studios team park, Hard Rock cafe and hotel, Segways, beaches and so much more. It is a island of fun that is cheap and easy to get to. Fun for the whole family sort of a thing.

These are just some suggestions on what to do for a daytrip in Singapore. If you want to see some more of these places have a look at the video below.

Sightseeing in Singapore

This summer I got the great opportunity to live and work in Singapore. Singapore is located in Asia and is a good place to have your base when looking at Asia for the first time. Finding yourself in Singapore, it is a big variation on what to do. One smart thing is to the the Hop on Hop of sightseeing busses around Singapore city center. They are worth your while.

When driving around be sure to hop of at Little India. Singapore is built up with areas reserved, in a way, to a certain culture. Little India is as the name say a area dedicated to the Indian way. Here you can get good curry and other Indian foods and cheap stuff from the many stores along the street. You can also have a look at some nice mosques that are spread around the area. Mustafa Center is probably the most known part of Little India. This is a HUGE store with everything you can possibly need. For me it felt a bit like a storage house with lots of cheap crap, but in fact most of it is ok quality for a ok price. So do have a look.

Another colonial part of Singapore is Chinatown. As Little India this is also a part of Singapore dedicated to one specific culture, China.Chinatown is beautiful I think. With wonderful small houses and interesting streets and cafes.

They also have a big street marked that sell all kind of souvenirs. Here is the perfect place to get some cheap gifts for back home. If you come here during the Moon Festival you have to come to Chinatown and by Moon cakes here. The Moon cakes are just made once a year at this festival, try the lotus flavored, it is delicious and very filling.

Another interesting food you can find in Singapore is Durian. This fruit you can smell before you see. If you get a sniff of something that remind you of old puke you are close to it. It is round and brown with spikes, but inside it is soft and yellow. It has a very distinct taste, either you like it or you don´t kind of food, it also have a strange texture like soft cream. You can also have it in ice cream, a often more popular way to try it among the tourists.

If you want to have a look at the nature, but don´t have the time, it can be a good call to look at the Urban Jungle. Take the MRT to Harbor Front and at Exit D “Telok Blangah” you should find a path up the hill. Keep on following this and you can have a beautiful overlook over the city framed by tropic plants that fill the hill. It is a nice and confutable walk that everyone can take.

When you are up there you can also take the cable car down again. The cable car go from the Jewel box and take you all the way down to Sentosa Island if you want to. It gives you a great view over the whole city, but if you are afraid of hight I do not recommend it.

Some of the best times in Singapore is spent at night. When the sun settle it is many places that are a bliss to visit. Have a walk to Arab Street. This part of the city follow the Arab way. Here you can admire the most beautiful mosque in the city, or maybe buy a carpet for your living room. The streets are crowded with cafes offering Shisha pipes (also called Hubbely bubbely or water piper) and ginger tea. This is a nice place to bring friend and just relax in the cool night after a long day.

If you want to have a look at the old fashion glamour of Singapore. Go to Raffles Hotel and Long Bar on the second floor. This part is open for everyone and offers a colonial bar preserved from when the first british colonized Singapore. Here you can drink, eat, talk and enjoy a live jazz band. Long Bar is also known to be the creator of the Singapore Sling, so it is a must to order one if you visit Raffles Hotels Long Bar.

The most beautiful part of Singapore by night must be Marina Bay. This is a newly renovated area of Singapore and the place is shining when the sun goes down. Have a wanter along the docks and look at the buildings light up like stars. Enjoy a water show that is held every no and then. But you have to go to Marina Bay Sands and go to the top to get a wonderful view over the city. And also have a peek at the world famous infinity pool. This is not open for public, so if you don´t want to pay for a hotel room, you just have to settle with a picture.

This is just some of the many things to experience in Singapore. I enjoyed it and hope you will too!

The daintree ice cream company and Cains

The last days in Cains area is coming up. Today we went to daintree ice cream company. A really cute place were they grow their own fruit and then make delicious ice cream out of it. And as the most ice cream loving family I have ever met we had to visit them. It was a beautiful place. With a nice garden with beautiful flowers and a lot of butterflies flying around, love butterflies ❤ We got 3 flavors of ice cream in a cup from a nice lady and just enjoyed it in the garden. After the nice and special ice cream we went and looked at the fields of different fruits and berries. A lot  I don´t know what was and some familiar once, like banana. A nice little stop of if you´r ever in Daintree.

Then we went back to Cains. We haven´t really been in Cains center yet, we just went and got the camping car and drove of. Today we took a better tour. It is smaller then Sydney of course, it more like a little city, but not yet a town. They had a nice common swimming pool/fountain by the cost were it seemed that half of Cains were hanging. From there you cud walk up a shopping street that ended up in a shopping mall. So basically like any other city. I am sure it´s more to do in Cains, but we didn´t have that much time there.

Have a look at the video for more information.

Featherdale wildlife park and Blue mountains

When we were in Sydney we didn´t just stay in the city center. One day we booked a tour to the Blue Mountains. Something you really should do, it was stunning.

First part of the tour we went to Featherdale wildlife park. At the entrance a man met us holding the cutest little Wallaby. Then you got a couple of hours to just run around in the park looking at all the amazing Australian animals. We also got to pet a Koala, hold a snake and feed the kangaroo and wallabies! Fun for the whole family.

After some animal love we drove on. We stopped over a couple of times. Once to eat at a nice golf club with a good selection of food. Another time we stopped so the driver and guide cud show us how to trow a boomerang correctly. Very funny.

But the big part of the trip was when we arrived at the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains is a very big rainforest, it is called Blue Mountains because of the steam the eucalyptus trees makes, the steam make the rainforest look blue. Another part of of the Blue Mountains worth having a look at is the Three sisters. You can see them from far away or if you want to you can also climb them. The three sisters is three rock formations made of sandstone. It is a lot of legends and stories around those three stones. Our driver told us one:

The commonly told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters (Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’) lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe)they fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe (the Nepean tribe), but marriage was forbidden by tribal law.The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle. Battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back.

After looking at the Blue mountains and the Three Sisters from the view point we were taken to Scenic world. A kind of a fun park to get the chance to look closer at the rainforest. Here we too the steepest railway I have ever seen and a cable car with a beautiful view. It was also really cool to have a look at the rainforest from inside it. It has a lot of similarities if the Norwegian primeval forest.

Then we were taken to the river for our last part of the trip. We said goodbye to out awesome Australian driver and guide and jumped on a boat that took us down the river and in to the Rock. Harbour bridge and the Sydney Opera looked great at night.

Have a look at the video for some visuals from the trip.

Short look at Vaasa

Then we finally arrived in Vaasa and its time to check out the place. Vaasa is a small town by the sea in Finland. So it didn’t take long for us to walk to the sea. The center is very small and simple, but give a nice feeling. Everything in Finland is usually like that, nice in all ways and very simple. It´s also quit few people there, you never end up in a busy street where you get walked over.

Vaasa have some stores and clubs, but I have to admit. From a tourist point of view, its not much to do in Vaasa, but it have a very good student reputation.

I have to admit it was a bit nice to relax in Vaasa, but I was also longing home. So we staid just for a couple of days then we left for Norway again. I was so eager to get home that I drove the little car for almost 8 hours straight, just to get home to Norway from Finland in one day. Nice place Finland, but I think Norway is better 😉

Flatpack day

We left Turku early, tried to get a head start on the day. It is so easy to drive in Finland. You fast experience that Finland and Sweden have much better roads then Norway. The speed limit is much higher too. But the finish drivers are crazy, I think I drive fast and then some guy comes flying past me and disappear in front of me. Crazy…

Well when we came to Tampere we went to Ikea to buy some stuff to Dave´s new place in Vaasa. We stocked up the car with as much stuff as possible. After that we realized that  we maybe wouldn’t be able to make it to Vaasa before the office that had Dave´s key would close. So the race began.

We jumped in to the car and drove as fast as possible through Finland. Most of the way was high ways in middle of no where, so that was good. The car got a hard trip there, but thankfully me managed to get to the office minuted before it closed. I was really glad we didn´t have to sleep on the streets for a night.

Then we came to Dave´s one room apartment with no bed and carried everything we had in to the house. What a mess of a day, but it was fun and exhausting, so the rest of the day went on to relax.

Stockholm to Turku

The day started very early. Round four in the morning we woke up, packed the car and jumped in. First we had some problems with finding the right port to drive to. But after some messing a round we finally found out that we were going to Värtahamnen and how to get there.

The boat was really nice, and that was good. Because the trio takes 10 hours from Stockholm to Turku. It´s loads of things to do on the boat. Like games, restaurants, cinema, pool and so on. We used the time to get some work done, admire the view and just relax and suddenly we were there.

We were sleeping with one of Dave´s friends, Saara Ingstrom, in Turku. We found her place and she took us out to take a look at Turku before It got dark. Turku is a very artistic town and very beautiful. Its also called Äbo.

It was another on the road, and sea, day. It will be a lot of those, we are on a road trip.