SingaporeThis strategic island called Singapore was first inhabited by regional fishermen and pirates, and later became part of the Sumatran Empire of Srivijaya.
This modern economic powerhouse's seaport is one of the busiest in the world; in addition, Singapore has become a major worldwide banking, ship building and petroleum center.
Within the last few decades, this melting pot of cultures has moved on to the "A List" for international travelers, and is today one of the most sophisticated tourist destinations on the planet.
A bridge and causeway connect Singapore to the Malaysia mainland, and speaking of land, because of the aggressive current patterns of the Strait of Singapore, there are much-needed and on-going land reclamation projects.
A lovely palnt in the Orchid Garden.
The flower of the Cannonball Tree.
Lipstick palms standing tall in the Orchid Garden.
The National Orchid Garden, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, opened in 1995. The Garden is located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, providing a place for 60,000 orchid plants - consisting of 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids.
Nicknamed the "Alien Orchid," it is one of the many exotic plants on display. Have you noticed the eyes, nose and mouth?
Closeup of the "Alien Orchid."
Beautiful flowers within the Orchid Garden.
Unidentified flowers within the garden, and all of the flowers looked so healthy.
A fairly typical trail through the Orchid Garden, note the thick plant growth on both sides.
Every traveler needs a break, and as you can see this bench has been well-used for same. I was no exception.