Our first and last stop was Singapore – we spent 1 night/2 days there either side of going to Thailand (you can read the first instalment and summary of our latest Asian experience here).
We stayed at the Best Western next to the Central shopping centre. It was a tiny room but clean and safe enough. Singapore accommodation seems expensive! Other people recommended we stay in that area but I found we caught taxis or walked long distances to anywhere we wanted to go so I wonder if another area would have been more appropriate. We were close to Chinatown and the ‘Central’ shopping centre, but that was about it.
Singapore was clean and green. I found it a nice ‘in-between’ of the western culture that I’m used to and the more Asian culture that I’ve experienced in places like Hong Kong and Beijing. The people are friendly and it was wonderful to meet some of Patricks relatives. I loved the people there most of all! They have such a different attitude to life than Australians do. Not hard though, right?! They have a seemingly care-free and non-judgmental attitude about them – we seem to try harder to ‘be cool’ than they do. That’s my take anyway! We were treated to a traditional Chinese banquet on the night we arrived and we also took the time to do a little shopping, visit Sentosa Island, visit the Merlion and eat some tasty food! I would have loved a visit to the zoo but we didn’t have time. I think next time we will spend a little longer in Singapore.
From Singapore we visited Bangkok – it was quite a contrast! Even though Singapore was busy and you don’t wear seat belts Bangkok took it up a whole lot of notches! The ‘Visiting Bangkok’ installment is here.