Singapore – gateway to Asia

Singapore was our first port of call in South East Asia and an easy starting point for a trip through Asia. Since I already spent a couple of business trips and stopovers in this tiny country, we thought it’s not worth to stay more than three days to get used to the climate and Asia. Well… think again Wolfgang, because with Chinatown, Little India, Marina Sands hotel, Sentosa island, fantastic hawker food, the Zoo with night safari and Clarke Quai there was more than we could fit into our three-day stopover.

Our hostel at Boat Quay was right in the middle of it all and even boasted views of the iconic Marina Sands hotel … unfortunately not from our windowless bunk bed room. Well, accommodation in Singapore is pricey and we didn’t want to burn too big a hole into our Asian travel budget at the first destination.

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At least this way we didn’t spend any more time than necessary in our room and went out to discover the city; despite the scorching daytime heat:

City walk and Marina Bay

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Buddha Tooth Temple in Chinatown

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Little India

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Gardens by the bay

Behind the stunning Marina Sands hotel we found our way to the Gardens by the bay … a beautiful green retreat from the city buzz with a dozen gigantic metal trees in the centre.

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Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.

Boat Quay and nearby Clarke Quay were the perfect location for a nice beer at the end of a long day. Too bad the only memorable thing about the ‘famous’ coconut crab at Jumbo seafood was the price … which to this day remains the most expensive and most disappointing eating experience we would have on our entire trip in Asia. It just proves one more time that the best food in Asia is not found at pricey waterfront places but at hawker stalls and local food markets for a few bucks.

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