Well, you know you only get out of life what you put into it. Been to Sing twice and loved it both times. To truly enjoy what the place has to offer you need to get away from the expensive hotel and restaurant areas. Take a bus around the city, they have tourist buses, just like the city buses, that are cheap and will route you through all the main areas of the city. Get out and walk around. Eat at the food courts - most have a huge array of Asian foods. Smile. Make friends with the cook at a local food court - you may get something extra special. Walk thru the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. Hike in the middle-of-the-city jungle. I thought the people were normal city people - some nice, some not, mostly busy - and a few gems who actually stopped to talk with us and help us when we needed it.
OF COURSE THEY STARE! You look different than they do! I'm a petite blonde and have been stared at all over Asia. It is simply cultural. Get over it. I did.
Besides, when it comes right down to it, Singapore is there for the Singaporians, not us tourists.
Sure, you are mad because you spent good money on the trip and it turned out lousy. Sometimes lousy things happen. In Vietnam my husband fell and dislocated his shoulder, I got robbed of my purse, and we were scammed - yet I wouldn't tell others to not go because of our bad experiences. Some day I'll go back to Vietnam. When we were in Bangkok for the first time we were scammed out of a bunch of money - but I wouldn't tell people not to go there. In fact we've been there twice since. I don't think it's fair to pass such blanket judgement on a place based on a short vacation - and to suggest that others not go.
Prefer Bangkok over Singapore? Well, BKK is much more polluted than Sing. Much more crowded, and the heat in summer is unbearable. Yet, I love BKK for what it is. Big, messy, crowded, corrupt with great temples and yummy food. But then I love Los Angeles too... and Beijing. and Hong Kong. Get my drift?
Better luck on your next trip!
If you think Singapore is dissappointing, smelly and dirty then can i say that London is just as bad. London was dirty, people were rude, shopkeepers weren't too friendly, got riped by a cabbie promising to take me to Heathrow but dropped me off Paddington station instead - but i still loved it. And i still adore London and what it has to offer, been there 4 times, on the way to Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Egypt - still find the people rude, the place dirty, and.... i also find Morocco adn Egypt really filthy but heh, that is what makes it different! Embrace it... coz i did. The places ain't going to change for you, you on the other hand have to change your attitude. Don;t write off Singapore.... it badly reflects on you.
well, on my personal view, singapore is not really a tourist paradise except for business and during sale, the branded stuffs can be really cheap.
i would say 1 day is more than enough in singapore unless if you have thick wallet to shop continously.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 6, 2007, at 11:46 PM by heidi16 ]
Just arrived back from a week long trip to Singapore and what can i say from the moment i got there i wanted to leave.
The first thing, when we arrived at the airport we were accosted by an all-together un-friendly taxi driver who ripped us off with the price by about $20, he didnt smile, and the only conversation he made was to interrogate me about my finances. We were tired and so didnt argue, got to our hotel ok.
We'd heard one of the best things about singapore was the food, however, we were so sick of the food by the second day that we had to resort to starbucks and subway for the bulk of our diet. We found the city heavily polluted, way to crowded, un-charistmatic, bland, and basically a complete waste of time. We concluded that in Singapore there is nothing worth seeing, the temples were un-memorable and crammed inbetween the busy streets, not worth a visit!
We can usually amuse ourselves in a place when theres nothing to do, but after a day we were ready to leave and i believe this is mainly due to the people in Singapore! Everywhere we went in this country we were stared at, made to feel hugely unwelcome and felt like we were a hinderance in the smooth running of their country. On the trains we were stared at and pushed around, when we had huge suitcases the people wouldnt move their legs to let us past or let us in the lift. Whilst taking a trip to the cinema to try and escape Singapore the security guard allowed others to move infront of us in a queue to buy the last tickets for James Bond!! Also when i was in Singapore i lost/had stolen my purse, on trying to find it people were less than helpful, even the policeman at the station didnt believe it had been stolen and just told me to be more careful! We found the people in Singapore to be miserable, smelly, un-helpful, and rude. The only people we felt cracked a smile whilst we were there were the people who were trying to make money off us and trying to rip us off.
The only place worth visiting in Singapore is the zoo!!! its Great!!
After our traumatic experience of Singapore we felt it necessary to leave this comment and warn others that Singapore is not a nice place to spend a holiday, if your stopping over go to Thailand, Hong kong, LA, not singapore, or if you have to, make the stay as short as possible!! We seriously feel they should relax the drug laws then the people might lighten up a bit. We're currently in Thailand, and loving it, the people are SO SO SO friendly, we felt a relief as soon as we got to Bangkok airport where even the cleaners were helping us with our bags. I hope this helps someone, and deters people from going here because it seems that Singapore doesnt welcome tourists.
Strange... real strange! Singapore is such a highly regulated country and the airport taxi system is so organized that taxi drivers can't simply enter the hall to tout for services and all taxi are running on meter. Other than that inside all taxi will display with taxi license and the contact number should you have any complaints. Just in case you're not aware, taxi driver will be suspended should their demerit point limit once hit. Just wonder were you in the right country?
Singapore is a food paradise that you can simply find any, I mean ANY kinds and types of food. Conclusion is that you are not adventurous in foods or your taste bug already glued to your usual sandwiches and burgers.
As for pollution, I guessed you had visited the industry park or factories.... Should get a proper tour guide instead don't be a "cheap Charlie". Any places in this world is worth a visit unless you choose to be close-minded and only wish to see things the way you wanted. Remember, in life, what makes it wonderful and special is the differences. If you only like to see, think and act the same.... suggest you better stay put at where you are and stop moving then you will have less compliants and live longer!
Why you were stared at properly because of your look ..... believe is your action or because you were doing what others were doing - staring. Singapore is such a fast pace country, who will bother to spend time to stare at you unless you think yourself as a superstar?
If you expect public transport should be free just for you, guess you should have booked the whole Singapore public transport system so that you can travel like a KING! without a single soul around you.
From the statement you commended the whole country people to be miserable, smelly, un-helpful, and rude only proved that what background and family brought up you have.... loser!
Relax the drug laws??? You must be out of your mind. Now the verdict reviewed.... I don't think any country will welcome you drug dude!!!!
I think is enough.... guess I'm wasting my time on some narrow-minded loser.
haha... come on man, take the post as a little catahrsis....
i m sure u went thru that kind of situation somtime in ur life ...
Dont be so harsh on hannah, she obviously didnt have a good feeling in singapore, is that her fault? nobody chooses bad vibrations
We all know singapore isnt "how hannah describes" but we also know the reasons why she described it how she did. knowing this should mean you could show some compassion instead of dissing her
I spent 6 days, 5 nights in Singapore.
Stayed with resident friends.
Went to Chinatown, Little India, and many other areas, non-stop.
The only food that has stayed in my memory is Rotiboy buns.
The only food that has stayed in my memory is Rotiboy buns.
Lol. They're that good huh?
I do agree with Jack. I could really kiss the floor of Changi Airport after roughin it out in SEA - always look forward to sitting down with a cup of coffee and writing my journals in one of the many cafes at the airport.... My only grievance is just that accomodation is rather on the expensive side for a penurious student like me.....
I was born in Singapore, and was considering going back to see what it was all about, as we moved when I was four. I was told it was very clean, fines for littering are some of the higest. I had only heard good things, then again, when I visited London for the first time I HATED it and swore to never visit again, second time it wasn't so bad, and next year I will be moving there. So maybe you just got a bad week.