Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Singapore, Bali – in 2010, I took a trip through Southeast Asia. The experiences could not have been broader: From polluted air and shacks in Jakarta to shiny skyscrapers and top-notch hotels in Singapore.
Rice terraces are an element that draws through most of Bali’s impressive landscapes. Even for breakfast, the Balinese people eat rice in all kinds of variations. Apart from that, you will find a lot of beautiful beaches on the island – some more crowded and touristic, some almost deserted. But most certainly everywhere you will find surfers, Bali’s constant. They say, Bali has the best waves in the world to offer.
“Singapore, a fine city”, that’s a print on many t-shirts in souvenir shops. And indeed, if you leave your trash on Singapore’s streets, you have to pay some serious fines when caught. That is the reason why the city is so clean you could eat from the streets. And not only that: It’s also impressively rich. In the Orchard Road, from Louis Vuitton to Dolce & Gabanna, one huge luxury shop follows the other.
After a long night, there are hardly better places to find than Singapore’s Botanical Garden. Just the Orchid Garden has more than 60,000 plants to offer. All over the place, people get their picnics going and little kids feed the colorful koi carps.