We are now in Singapore after two days at sea from Na Trang, Vietnam. We chose not to get off in Na Trang as Norwegian originally going to two ports in Vietnam and one in Thailand but had "mechanical" difficulties they have not honestly explained. Combined with that scenario Vietnam were asking exorbitant visa fees for the one visit. We have been told we didn't miss much! Na Trang is a tourist haven with some nice resorts and beaches. One particular area is popular with Russians at $1000/night. They tendered a fair distance so it shortend up the day for those who went.
Singapore is a vibrant city state of 3.1 M people with 74% of Chinese heritage. It is one of three city states in the world, the other two the Vatican and Monaco. There are very large parks amidst many many lovely high rise buildings each trying to look more unique than their neighbor. Our ship docked at their cruise ship port and we are free to come and go for two days.
Day one had us headed to a fabulous botanic gardens including an extensive orchid display not found to this extent anywhere. It is apparently the only garden in the world designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a VIP section many world leaders who had visited had orchids named after them. Some of those we chose to note were Princess Diana, William and Kate and Margaret Thatcher.
Using a hop on / off bus we then headed for the Raffles Hotel (named after Singapore's founder Sir Stanford Raffles). Here dear Kathleen was able to have the most famous "Singapore Sling" for the ripe price of $31 SD. The hotel dates back to 1887 and started serving this potent cocktail in 1915. One can also throw peanut shells on the floor, being the only place in Singapore where littering is permitted.
Our second day was somewhat uneventful due to heavy rain. We managed to get to the hop on bus but found the weather too iffy and returned to the ship.
We were impressed with Singapore more so than Hong Kong but not sure when we might return given the distance.
On to Bali after a two day sail........