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Destination South East Asia: Singapore

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I found Singapore to be a strange place. One face of it is ultra-modern, sophisticated and wealthy, yet there are pockets of traditional chaotic character such as Little India, where I was staying. The city state really is a cultural melting pot; predominantly Chinese, although there are people here from all over Asia. The fact that there are four official languages – Mandarin, English, Malay and Tamil – illustrates this.

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Sultan Mosque, in the Arab Quarter.

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National Museum of Singapore.

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These guys don’t mess about. There are quite a few of these signs around.

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There are many green areas, and pockets of rainforest, on the island.

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Downtown business district.

Travelling around the island is incredibly easy – the local transport is cheap and very efficient.

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My local station on the MRT subway, Farrer Park. Rather nicer than the London Tube stations.

There are many strict rules in Singapore, for example: $500 fine for eating, drinking or chewing gum on the MRT, however this makes the place so pleasant and clean; there is hardly any litter anywhere.

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The downtown CBD looks at its best at night.

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Singapore Zoo is outstanding. Not a fan of animals being kept in zoos, I really enjoyed this one. Each enclosure is sensitively landscaped to be as close to the animals’ natural habitat as possible and the prime focus is conservation.

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Tigers looking out for each other.

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Moats are used rather than fences wherever possible – such as here, in the orang utan area.

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This is definitely one of the park’s highlights. The park itself is built inside a rainforest and the orang utans are ‘free ranging’, so you can see them swinging in the trees above your head as you walk along the paths through the park.

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Orang utans overhead.

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Komodo dragon.

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Posted by AlTiffany2 00:48 Archived in Singapore

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