I’ve been living in Thailand for 3 months now and it’s time for my first border run. I opted to go to Singapore for a few reasons. I’ve always wanted to see the city, and I found some really cheap flights to Singapore. On top of that my girlfriend got us a discount at the Ibis Hotel, so it was a no brainer.
We woke up on the first sparrow fart just before sunrise and caught a taxi to the new international terminal at the Phuket Airport. It’s the first time I’ve been through the new terminal and I have to say it’s a massive improvement on the old terminal. Much faster processing of the human traffic, better food, better shopping and bigger than the old terminal.
Interviewed At Immigration
We arrived to Changi Airport and while I sailed through immigration my girlfriend got interviewed by the immigration officers. The fact that she looked slightly suspicious carrying the contraband was a bit worrying, my dreams of becoming an international drug dealer may have just been destroyed. Turns out they just wanted to know how long she was staying, where we were staying, did she have a flight back, blah blah blah. Apparently some Thai Ladyboys have tried to stay in Singapore illegally, who knows why.
After we got through immigration we caught the MRT to the Ibis Hotel on Bencoolen. For an Australian, Singapore is a very easy city to adapt to and has a familiar feel. Not as much of a culture shock as visiting Thailand for the first time, that’s for sure. Maybe it’s because everyone speaks great English or everything is written in English. Whatever it is, it made the whole trip from the airport to the hotel smooth sailing. The hotel was sensational and the welcome basket of fruit was greatly appreciated and eaten very quickly.
Fountain of Wealth
After an afternoon nana nap we took a stroll through the city down to the Marina Bay area. It was about a 20 minute walk walk to the Fountain of Wealth which was in incredible sight to behold at night. The design of the multiple jets of water and the light show at the fountain is genius level. What’s really cool is that as you look down at the fountain you can see restaurants behind the huge glass windows which would be a sensational view point for the fountain. At that point we were hungry so we ate a nice dinner for a cool $5 Singapore dollars each and then called it a night.
I had to drink a lot of water when I got back to the hotel, I think I had my mouth open walking around the city in amazement, and I had a case of the dry mouth. I possibly drooled a little bit too. It really is a beautiful city. Good thing you can drink the tap water in Singapore, maybe that’s another reason it has a more familiar feel to it. Stay tuned for part 2 of the Singapore border run with crazy shopping, lazer light shows and classical music.