Singapore

10/99

I was in Singapore 3 times in October 1999. The tour started from there to go to Bali & Lombok, then I came back before going to Malaysia and finally I came back before leaving back to Europe. It was the trip I was looking forward to do since I was in Vietnam. I got a long holiday from Crown, so I had time to do it, along with little savings from Vietnam, so I had the money too. I went on tour with my friend Laurent, that I met in Ho Chi Minh City. Just follow the links...

Singapore is a city, a country, and an island at the same time. It is centrally located in South-East Asia, so I used it as the departure base for my trip in the region (Bali, Lombok, Malaysia).N
Singapore is the most developped country of South-East Asia. It is mainly populated by Chinese (92% of population), along with Indians and Malays. Singapore is a place of some cultural mix between its populations, although one can easily see that communities do not really mix. I liked the time as spent there, as it was a nice return to civilisation after Vietnam and Indonesia. .
Singapore is the most developped country of South-East Asia. It is mainly populated by Chinese (92% of population), along with Indians and Malays. Singapore is a place of some cultural mix between its populations, although one can easily see that communities do not really mix. I liked the time as spent there, as it was a nice return to civilisation after Vietnam and Indonesia. .

The center of Singapore is one the finance heart of Asia, and the power as well as the money flowing around can nearly be touched in this area. It gives an incredible feeling of 22nd century already, that is very difficult to explain. Ones has the feeling to step into the future.

The 2 towers are the ones of the 2 main competing banks of Singapore, the United Overseas Bank (left) and the Overseas Union Bank (right). Both towers dominate the finance district. At the bottom of it, Chinatown is trying to catch back the spirit of the old time.

However, expats and locals say that it gets boring after a while, and that there is nothing to do except shopping, eating and viewing movies (the 3 main activities in Singapore). What is really stunning is the modernity of this town. Everything is up to the latest technology, and Singaporean love gadgets, like Japanese people.

I went to the main attractions of Singapore, the business district, the port and Santosa island.

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