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The Singapore City State

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We got the bus from from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore with my sister, it was the first stop on our Southeast Asian tour. We figured it’s a good place to start; a typical Southeast Asian country, cheap, chaotic… No, wait, I must have gotten it mixed with some other country.

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Singapore is definitely not like the other countries around it. It’s an ultra modern and clean city state, with a stark contrast to other countries in South East Asia. I just enjoy city states, like Singapore and Hong Kong (I know technically Hong Kong is part of China, but it’s sort of a city state). Why don’t we have more city states these days?

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We passed customs and immigration and arrived to central Singapore. Well actually our bus dropped us off at a mall somewhere. So it took us a little time to figure out where we were and how to get to our destination. After a quick chat with the information desk at the mall (couldn’t find a free wifi), we were off to the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) which is the Singapore metro. It’s all very logical and efficient, and clean!

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We found our hostel at what seemed almost like a residential area, nice and quiet with a food court just across the street. But we decided to head off to Little India for some Indian food. After which we headed off to the coast. We went to Esplanade complex and watched a free live concert on the waterfront. The atmosphere at the area was relaxed, people just having a quiet night out.

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In the evenings you can also see the Wonder Full light and water show by Marina Bay Sands resort on the Marina Bay.

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Singapore really is a mix of people and cultures. On religions you have third of people being Buddhists with the rest a mix of of Christians, atheists, Muslims and Taoists, with a few Hindus in there also. You of course have Chinatown, but then you also have Little India and the Arabic quarters. And everybody seems to be living nicely together.

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I really liked Singapore. It’s safe, clean, you have lots of things to do and the food is amazing. It’s not for nothing they say, that it’s worth going to Singapore just for the food. But the prices can vary a lot. You can eat cheaply, but if you want to eat by the river, then you can expect to pay a lot more.

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But the city is definitely worth a visit. You can spend quite a few days just walking around the different areas, because they do really feel different. Little India for Indian food, Chinatown, well, I’m sure you know what you can expect to find there, the Arabic Quarters for that Arab vibe, the Orchard Road for shopping and then in the evening Clarke Quay and Boat Quay for restaurants and bars.

And don’t forget to see Singapore from the Singapore Flyer.

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3 Comments

  1. One of the worst place to visit…No sense of adventure. Best way to describe this country is through Radiohead song “Fake Plastic Tree”…
    Boring/Predictable/Square = Singapore

    • It’s a first world city, and I admit a bit too clinical for my liking, but it’s still an interesting city to explore, but no you won’t find much adventure there.

  2. I think that Singapore has plenty of adventure if you know where to look/did your research before visiting the country. It seems like the author of this blog had only visited the usual tourist hotspots so I really don’t think that it’s fair to judge Singapore as a city with no adventure if you didn’t bother to delve beneath the layer of tourist fluff. Of course, Singapore does not have much when your idea of adventure is the usual adrenaline-rush sort, but different countries around the world have different things to offer so why judge Singapore on something that is not her niche?

    If you know what you’re doing, you’d visit Singapore to experience its colourful food culture and its transition from its old kampong roots to an ever-evolving metropolitan city that can hold its own among the giants of this world. Serious knowledgeable travellers know not to visit Singapore to eat at tourist spots but to get down and dirty (not literally!) by sampling its local fare at its hawker centres and kopitiams. You can’t judge Singapore when you’ve never experienced what this country really has to offer.