SINGAPORE

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Feb 18, 2007


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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

After taking a very comfy VIP bus from Malaysia, literally a normal coach fitted out with business class style plane seats, we arrive at the Singapore border.
In an instant, we start to see why Singapore has a reputation as a nanny state. Every single vehicle and piece of luggage passing over this land border is scanned and you are warned about the huge fines which exist in Singapore for dropping litter, eating/drinking on public transport, spitting and even for not flushing the toilet.

When we arrived in the centre of Singapore we could clearly see the benefit of all these laws. The streets are spotlessly clean, the metro stations look like UK hospitals and strict law enforcement means that the crime rate is negligible.

Now, Singapore could give Hong Kong serious competition as the "East meets West" capital of the world. Here, like Malaysia there is a large Malay, Indian and Chinese community but there is also a huge western ex-pat community working in the many international companies which have offices here.

On our first day in Singapore, we explore the cleanest Little India and ChinaTown which we have ever seen and just happen to wander in to the CBD at lunch time. We sit down in the main square, looking up at countless tall gleaming skyscrapers and find ourselves sharing the benches with stressed out office workers on their lunch break. As we watch them sweating in their suits, scoffing down a sandwich before hurrying back to their desks it made us feel so glad that we were no longer one of them:-)

At night, we explore Singapore's main entertainment district which is nicely placed, alongside the banks of the river. You can walk for miles along this river and it still doesn't run out of bars, clubs and alfresco restaurants.

Of course, a visit to Singapore wouldn't be complete without a Singapore Sling served at the Raffles Hotel. It was the first time we've both tried a Singapore Sling, so we couldn't tell you how it compared but it tasted gorgeous.

It's our last day in Singapore. It's amazing to think that we have come all this way from Europe overland.

The experience of seeing Europe and Asia slowly change between one country and culture to another has been incredible and the memories will stay with us forever...

From the cosmopolitan buzz of a pleasant London summer's day, through the vineyards of France and down to the sun-basked Mediterranean. Across to the Alpine scenery of Switzerland and up to the green rolling hills of southern Germany.
From the extensive green plains of Poland and the Baltics to the endless forests of Siberia. Through the vast Mongolia hills and grasslands, through the Gobi Desert and over to the endless patchwork of farms in northern China.
Down to the lush green mountains of southern china and over to the rice paddies of Vietnam. Across to the flooded flat fields of Cambodia and up to the tropical mountain scenery of Laos. Down to the white sandy beaches of Thailand. South to the misty hills of Malaysia and finally to the end of the peninsular in hot, humid but immaculate Singapore.

Here we are and it's time to take to the skies:-)

Trip facts

Number of days traveling: 119
Number of countries visited: 24

Hottest Daytime Temperature: 37 degrees Shanghai
Coldest Daytime Temperature: 16 degrees Yekaterinburg
Hottest Nightime Temperature: 27 degrees Shanghai
Coldest Nightime Temperature: 5 degrees Mongolian Ger Camp

Total Distance traveled so far: 29,812 km
by train: 20,917 km
by coach: 7,880 km
by boat: 1,215 km
by plane: 0 km
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