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I had a wonderful day in Singapore after leaving the ship. I spent most of it at Gardens by the Bay, the largest and most impressive botanical conservatory I’ve ever seen. Afterwards a quick walk around the marina and a stop at Dim Tai Fung for their famous pork and shrimp dumpling capped off the afternoon. And, unfortunately, as every foodie’s nightmare come true: my phone/camera died before it was served. It’s going to be an early night as I head to the airport at 4 am. USA here I come!
Final night on the boat. I’m sad the vacation is over but excited to be home by Thanksgiving!!!
The first three pictures are of Gua Tempurung a 2 km cave system that was discovered and opened to the public in 1995. There are 300 steps in one direction and we didn’t even go the whole way.
The next four pictures are of the Chinese Buddist Sam Po Tong temple that was built into the mouth of a cave with amother temple, turtle pond and garden in the middle.
The last two pictures are of Kellie’s castle that was built a long time ago by a Brit who made a killing in the rubber industry. He brought workers in from India and died before it was completed. Even though it’s mostly in ruins, you can still see the Moorish architecture.
Actually none of those, but bats, sting rays, eagles and monkeys! What a great day in Langkawi, Malaysia. If you can overlook the extreme heat and humidity it is a very welcoming beach town with lots of water sports and eco-tourism! Wouldn’t mind visiting again for more than 8 hours.
Port Blair is a new stop for the Seabourn Odyssey ship and I believe I was the only one aboard that enjoyed it. Most cruisers, having not been to India before, were taken aback at the amount of people, dogs, cattle, goats, automobiles, etc. I enjoyed it as I hadn’t been to India in over five years and there is no other place in the world like it. So while others were grumbling about the less than five-star transport, I was happy as a clam winding through the markets.
Tomorrow is another sea day on our way to Langkawi, Malaysia. I hear there is a trivia game at noon and it has my name written all over it!
I spent most of today on a speed boat visiting several islands around Phuket. James Bond island was the one island I was most excited to see! “The Man With the Golden Gun” and “Good Morning Vietnam” were partially shot here. It will be hard to top today!
Adding lots of photos to the blog has even an impossible task with unreliable internet access while at sea (and even at port). The trip has been amazing so far even though I do miss random wanderings through towns on my own. Tomorrow I take a speed boat to Phang Nga Bay. Pictures will definitely follow that! Side note: the gentleman riding the elephant with me is Tony. His wife didn’t want to participate so we decided to pair up!