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Day 15 - Country No.3 - Singapore

sunny 37 °C

After 2 weeks in Thailand and Malaysia we left Melaka for the drive to the boarder to cross into Singapore.
We arrived at the boarder checkpoint around midday and made our way to immigration and customs.
Singapore has very strict customs regulations with regard to importation of certain items, i.e. the number one No-No is chewing gum !
It is completely banded, with heavy fines, also alcohol cannot be imported and
One packet of cigarettes only, plus they must have been opened, no new sealed packs allowed.
As such we were told that we may spend "hours" getting through customs and faced baggage searches etc.
so prepared for the worst we entered the customs immigration.
Added to this was that the public bus we were on only stops for 30mins to allow you to clear customs and then it goes with or without you !
So we all left the bus, sprinted to the immigration desk and hoped for the best,
All was going ok until the guy checking my passport started to read and check and every page/visa stamp I had,
then started on the questioning etc. However, we got though it and boarded the bus in good time before it left.
Once back on board we soon arrived in downtown Singapore and got out to be hit by the heat and humidity -
it was showing an outside temp of 37c but it was the humidity that hit you.
As we were spending less than 24hours in the city we checked in and then went straight on a whirlwind tour the city.
Singapore is amazingly clean, the footpaths are spotless, the grass verges and plants perfectly manicured all shadowed by
the skyscrapers that dominate the city.
First stop, money exchange - all the money you get is brand new and plastic,
The we took the fast, clean and efficient metro to the "Gardens by the Bay"
A very famous landmark, which holds the worlds largest indoor cloud forrest and flower dome centre,
plus the famous "Supertree Grove" - triffid like plants that are about 50m in the air.
Following this, we headed to the "Singapore Flyer" which is basically the London Eye,
but again bigger at 165m high and took about 30 mins to complete a revolution.
It was now early evening and we starting to get a bit tired and thirsty after a none stop day,
so "when in Singapore"......we had to make the trip to the Raffles Hotel
After after taking out a small Mortgage :-) we ended a fast paced and enjoyable day having a "Singapore Sling" in the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel.
A perfect end to a fantastic day

Posted by Andy-Irene 07:53 Archived in Singapore

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