One of the advantages of living in Singapore is the number of long weekends, and the cheap airlines that serve a lot of local destinations. So, obviously we took advantage of this! The first of our local trips was to Bintan, one of the largest of Indonesia's enchanting Riau islands in the South China Sea. The island is reached by modern ferry, and the journey takes just one hour. We were entertained in style with Tom and Jerry cartoons in Chinese for the whole crossing!
We stayed at the Bintan Lagoon resort, which is part of the 'Bintan Resorts' complex, the area on the northern coast of the Indonesian Island of Bintan. Here there are five independently owned and operated beach resorts, four designer golf courses, as well as a range of other recreational facilities and attractions. Our resort had a lovely spa, so we had planned to take a massage - but unfortunately it was at 'resort prices' and hence beyond our budget. Shanhong had taken along some 'Dead Sea Mud' though, so had her own 'treatment' in the bathtub! As you can see from the pictures below, this became a weekend of relaxing by the pool and walking along the coast, together with some really good food. Needless to say I came back 'beetroot' from too long in the sun.
Unfortunately, while getting to the island was pretty cheap, the costs 'per meal', 'per activity', 'internet per hour' etc made it pretty expensive, so I guess we will not be going back. No problem though as there are plenty of other options, just, as the Tiger Airways ad puts it, a 'nap away' from Singapore. Still, it was a good trip, and Teddy got another stamp in his passport.
Another weekend trip saw us go to Phuket in Thailand - a part of Thailand I had not been to before (and would not go to again!). It became another lazy weekend at the beach - but more like Blackpool, overcrowded with tourists! Hence, we headed into town and found a musical fountain show to watch in the middle of a shopping mall, and had our feet nibbled by some hungry fish. The hotel was good - and gave us ideas for the apartment - we may well copy the window between bath and bed - and the red colour may be prominent too! Of course, the only thing that really matters is the food - and it was as good as always!
So, there you have it, a couple of our weekends away. Future plans include Resorts World Sentosa with Universal Studios, Chiang Mai, Cambodia, Hong Kong and the Philippines! We'll let if you know if and when any happen. Take care and write soon!
Trevor, Shanhong & Teddy