Singapore, pt1.

Port visit: March 12, 2019.

Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural
population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as
City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple,
said to house one of Buddha’s teeth. (Wikipedia)

An amazing city with plenty to see and do.
My schedule allowed one full day, and two half days before flying out to Australia.
Unfortunately not enough time to see all I wanted to.

This post includes views of the port, Downtown region, and Marina Bay and Singapore River.

Port Kelang, Malaysia

Port visit: Monday, March 11, 2019

Port Kelang (also known as Port Klang) is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia. It is the largest port in the country and is located about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southwest of the town of Klang, and 38 kilometres (24 mi) southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Located in the District of Klang, in 2012, it was the 11th busiest container port in the world. It was also the 17th busiest port in by total cargo tonnage handled in 2012.

If your cruise ship visits Port Kelang, book a tour to eg. Kuala Lumpur. I didn’t. Shuttle buses ran through the industrial port to a taxi marquee where a fixed fare applied to an unknown destination.
Again having no map, it was back to the ship for myself and a lot of others.

All was not lost though. The port is extremely busy with ships coming and going continually, and cranes constantly in motion. Plenty to see – including a beautiful sunset.


Langkawi, Malaysia

Port visit: Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Langkawi is a district and an archipelago of 99 islands (+ 5 small islands visible only at low tide) in the Andaman Sea some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.
By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi), with a population of some 64,792.

Another interesting adventure. No map, no port details. Walked onshore to a taxi area and took a cab into the nearest town ( Kuah). Walked the Main Street – pictures tell the story (two sets).

Langkawi is also an administrative district, with the town of Kuah as its largest town.


George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Port visit: Saturday, March 09, 2019.

My pictures (Three Sets), reflect a walk around the old part of George Town.

George Town is the colorful, multicultural capital of the Malaysian island of Penang. Once an important Straits of Malacca trading hub, the city is known for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses and mosques. Beyond the old town,
George Town is a modern city with skyscrapers and shopping malls.

Named after King George III, walking down the streets of Georgetown is like walking through the paths of history. As acknowledgment of its well-preserved cultural and historical heritage, the city was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on
the 7th of July 2008.


Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

Port visit: Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Benoa-Bali Cruise Ship Terminal.

Bali is a large island and a famous Indonesian resort.  The Bali Cruise Terminal is located close to famous attractions and places for fun activities like water sport or haggling for bargains.

An interesting visit. No map nor information provided by the cruise company. Took a taxi for a scenic ride around the immediate (unknown) region, taking pictures from the cab as best I could.

Fremantle, Western Australia

Port visit: Friday, March 01, 2019

Fremantle is a major Australian port city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River.
It was the first area settled by the Swan River colonists in 1829 and was declared a city in 1929.
It has a population of approximately 29,000.

Fremantle Harbour serves as the port of Perth, the state capital.

The Western Australian Maritime Museum featuring a guided submarine tour, a range of iconic vessels & history exhibits, is well worth a visit.

Busselton, Western Australia

Port visit: Thursday, Feb 28 , 2019

Busselton is a city in the South West region of Western Australia. It has an estimated (2017) urban population of 38,289.
The city has grown by an average of 3.5% in each of the five years to 2015.

Busselton was founded in 1832 by the Bussell family, and is 220 km (140 mi) south-west of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. It has been voted Western Australia’s top tourist town in 1995, 1996, and 2005.

The beachfront features the 19th-century Busselton Jetty. This wood pier stretches nearly 2km to the Underwater Observatory, where life in a coral reef is on view.

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur is a village and historic site in southern Tasmania, Australia. Sitting on the Tasman Peninsula, it was a 19th-century penal settlement and is now an open-air museum. Ruins include the huge penitentiary and the remaining shell of the Convict Church, which was built by inmates. Solitary confinement cells in the Separate Prison building were used to inflict mental punishment in place of floggings.