Friday, August 11, 2017

Passing Through Singapore on the Way to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Singapore is a great hub for the exploration of Southeast Asia and I find myself occasionally passing through.  Sometimes I stop, sometimes I just change planes.  In either case, Singapore's Changi Airport is welcoming, comfortable, efficient, and interesting.  There are great sculptural and floral displays everywhere (one benefit of being in a tropical climate) and I always walk around checking out the latest versions.  When I stay in the city, I find lots to do (the Jen Reviews list is a great resource), walking around the sights and the different cultures that make up this great city.

 Floral displays in the departure area

I've wanted to see the Butterfly Garden for a while, but it's in another terminal and I previously haven't had enough time to transfer between terminals and visit it.  This time I do and it is great! Who knew that butterflies like pineapple so much?

 Butterfly garden in Changi Airport

As I head back to Terminal 2 to catch my Tigerair flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), I stop to admire more great art and floral displays.

 More great displays

The next week, when I pass through Singapore on the way back from Saigon, I spend the evening and stop for duck/rice dinner at my favorite hawker stall on Orchard road at Cavenagh Road.  Sliced duck on rice, along with a bowl of duck broth and a Tiger beer.  It doesn't get much better than this!

 Roast duck at hawker stall

I'll keep using Singapore as a base and, occasionally, stop in for dinner and to enjoy the experience and cultures of Singapore itself.

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