Highlights
Itinerary
Singapore
Gayana
Sepilok
Sukau
Danum Valley
Phuket
Chiang Mai
Khao Yai
Bangkok
Singapore
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Singapore was the starting place for the Asian leg of our travels. It was quite a gentle way to ease into the continent since everyone speaks English and the city is extremely clean and safe. While we certainly enjoyed the remarkable efficiency, it is unfortunately is the result of a fairly repressive government with laws and fines governing just about everything.

Singaporeans love food, and we found lots of choices both in type and price throughout the city. Most of our meals ended up being at either one of the outdoor hawker stands or slightly more upscale indoor (and air conditioned) food centers often found beneath department stores or in malls. It was a cheap way to eat and sample a variety of good food. Some typical selections we tried were: chicken rice, fish ball soup, fried noodles, soup noodles, noodles with sauce, sticky rice, and "carrot cake" (no carrots, just shredded daikon radish fried with eggs). We were surprised to find the city rather quiet and empty during the day, only coming alive at night and into the wee hours, perhaps a result of the oppressive heat and humidity.

Singapore skyline from a bumboat tour

The merlion in Singapore River is the symbol of Singapore

Boat Quay is a popular and picturesque place to eat along the Singapore River

Hawker stands in Tiong Bahru market - we ate many of our meals at similar cheap eateries for less than $2

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, a Hindu temple in the Little India district

Even the pedestrian underpases are clean and efficient, with an electronic scrolling sign welcoming you

Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang