Highlights of Singapore & Malaysia

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Floral artist Liz Bishop of Junglebloom accompanied our 2018 tour to the Singapore Garden Festival and Malaysia. We asked her to share her highlights.

Gardens by the Bay

We started off in Singapore and, of course, The Garden Festival was the main attraction. I was looking forward to seeing all the international designers in Floral Windows to the World and they didn’t disappoint. The quality is so high at this show that it’s hard to choose a favourite, but Frédéric Dupré and Premysl Hytych stood out for me. Premysl’s The Tree of Life was quite spectacular. Many of these designers are well known and their work is all over the internet, but seeing them in real life is very special.

The other great treat of Singapore was the Bumboat ride. We cruised down the river past all the big sights and watched the most spectacular laser light show highlighting the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Singapore lights

From there we travelled on to Penang. The rickshaw ride through the old world streets of Georgetown was a big hit – especially with Anne!

Rickshaw

We watched craftsmen printing Batik fabrics and had a thrilling downhill ride from Penang Hill on the Funicular railway too.

batik printing

Penang Hill

Kuala Lumpur was totally different – it’s such a busy, multi-cultural city. We crammed in all the big sites, had high tea in the Colonial Café at the Majestic Hotel and even had time to visit the flower market for boxes of orchids.

I was born in Malaysia and I have travelled here with other groups too, but I never get tired of it. This tour offers a chance to see some really spectacular tropical flowers and foliage and to experience life on the other side of the world.