Is it acceptable to write my Fiji and Singapore travelling post over 5 months after we visited? Not sure. But as our final two destinations on our 4 month trip…. I couldn’t not write this post. Luckily, I did make a few notes in true Romy form, so hopefully you will still get a flavour of the places despite it being yonks ago that we were there.
Starting with Fiji, we flew there from Auckland (see my last North Island blog post if you’re remotely interested in what we did before) and arrived at night. Unfortunately, this meant that we didn’t see much of the journey to the hotel, but, once we arrived, we weren’t disappointed. Firstly, we had a lovely welcome at the airport- from shell necklaces to an acoustic guitar playing a little song. Once we arrived at our hotel, Outrigger, we were shown to our gorgeous little bungalow, complete with a straw roof, a ceiling mural, Fiji water (of course) and…. torrential rain. Overall, we had pretty good weather, but there were a few showers and it was hot, just a bit stormy at times. Considering we had been pretty non-stop up until arriving in Fiji, we decided to use it as time to not really do a great deal…and so I don’t have masses of recommendations. However, I will say that the people were delightfully friendly and warm, the scenery was beautifully green, the sea was a gorgeous turquoise colour, plus we had really great food. I know that isn’t remotely helpful in terms of knowing whether to visit, so I thought I would just share some of our photos.
After Fiji, we headed to our final destination, Singapore. We loved it here. Despite our clothes changing colour every day with the amount we were sweating (yum), it really is an amazing place. For a city, it was surprising how much greenery there was. We were told that for any trees or greenery removed by construction for example, it would have to be replaced elsewhere which I thought was great. Some recs:
- Hop on Hop off- as always, a brilliant way to see the sights and to get around. It actually wasn’t super expensive either. Chinatown, Little India, Clarke Quay and so many other destinations. We did the night tour with them as well which was really brilliant and took us to see the Gardens by the Bay light show- which would have been a nightmare to get to were we not on the tour, because the crowds are huuuuuge.
- Gardens by the Bay- really spectacular and futuristic. We went at night and in the day and although seeing them sparkling and lit up at night probably was our favourite, it was actually pretty cool to see them in the day too.
- The Flower Dome & The Cloud Dome- both in Gardens by the Bay but they deserve their own bullet point. In 2 huge domes were the most amazing exhibitions, beautiful flowers, dramatic waterfalls and a spiral walkway all the way to the top. I love greenery and plants anyway, so considering how baking hot it was outside, a giant indoor greenhouse (with air con) was welcomed.
- Marina Bay Sands- we really enjoyed walking round the mall here and the hotel itself really was beautiful- particularly from the outside, with bright pink flowers lining the balconies all the way to the (extremely high) top. The bar on the roof had such a great view of Singapore despite it being completely packed- and I got a free prosecco, so that’s a win.
- Botanic Gardens- wow. First of all, they are massive. Secondly, the gift shop does amazing tea. Thirdly, the BEAUTY. Every corner was just immaculately groomed, lusciously green, with an array of wonderful flowers spread through the entire gardens. I especially loved the National Orchid Garden- I must have taken 100 different close up orchid pictures for my phone wallpaper.
- Universal Studios- just a bit of fun but we did enjoy it. Terrible food there actually, but the rides were fun and it was a change from schlepping round the city…. We schlepped around a theme park instead. (I love that word.)
- Hawker Food Centres- famous in Singapore. One note I forgot to make was the name of my favourite one, however they are scattered all over Singapore, so I’d definitely make the effort to go and grab some street food if you visit.
- Common Man Coffee Roasters- we actually went here for breakfast every morning we were there for their marmite mushrooms alone- don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. What a beautiful invention.
There were definitely other great places we ate and other places we visited, so I have to say, my notes have let me down slightly, but 5 months on, I hope this has still given you a little glimpse into both Fiji and Singapore.
After Singapore, we made our way home with 4 suitcases (I know, I know) and landed in Birmingham after 4 months of travelling. It was an absolutely wonderful trip, from the deserts of Dubai right at the start, to the orchids of Singapore at the very end, I will never, ever forget this adventure.