Kind of travel:
Me and my girlfriend Elisa in an independent travel
1st -3rd Aug 2010 (only Singapore)
I need a visa:
No, for EU citizens just passport
Being a 45km wide State, moving isn't really a matter, and beside
means of transport abound (trains, metro, buses, cable car,...).
Still you'll have a lot of walking.
Sweating like hell! Even if the temperature is 'just'
around 33 C, humidity soars to 90%
In the well organized Youth Hostel, settled in Little
India where for 20€ in a 8 people dorm you can find a pleasant
the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a city-state hosting Indian temples,
Chinanese pagodas, Christian churches, Muslims mosques and at
the same time Ultramodern skyscrapers. The whole system managed
efficiently by severe rules. The Marina Sand awesome structure
What I disliked:
still sweated being frozen by a glacial A/C in any public place
(metro and buses included), in any shop and even in the dorm
of the Hostel. Moreover the addiction for any electronic stuff
is a kind of ridicolous. Night Safari his boring... skip
theoretically you can manage cheaply, but then you won't keep
the draw of the cool (and expensive) activities: eating in the
docks (30€), a day in Sentosa Island (zip line+ cable car=
40€), night Safari (20€), .. at the end we spent each
unless you don't break any of the several rules, maybe stopping
to rest or taking food in the metro... safety is guaranteed
you do need:
a sweater for A/C to carry always in the bag and increase your
'South Asia sized' daily budget!
IMPRESSIONS ABOUT SINGAPORE
Definitely Singapore is a role model for the whole Asia and
An efficient city-state ruled by the steel fist of the Prime
Minister, based on the respect of the rules through the heavy
fines whose notices will threat you in every corner.
At the end the whole system works given the ethnic jigsaw (Indian,
Chinese, Malaysian, English,
) matches without evident
frictions, but which is the trade off on the individual freedom?
The drawback of a travel wholly dedicated to Singapore is that,
being such ethnic melting pot in such small area, at the end
it is impossible to identify his own characterization.
Hence I would recommend to associate the trip with the one of
a neighboring country as Malaysia, avoiding to visit it in a
The last but not the least, is there something genetic in the
need Singaporeans (and not only) have to freeze like hell in
any closed place they are? Is there some masochistic