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Travel To Singapore

Sat Mar 25, 2000 9:29 am

I have a friend who is going to Singapore for a trip. I was just wondering if he should know of any good things to do, and things not to do. I know they have very strict laws, what are the major things that should not be done that are tolerated in north america?

Any information would be helpful,
Thanks for your time
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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sat Mar 25, 2000 11:21 am

The main thing not to do is chew gum. It is against the law to possess it or chew it. In fact, on my Northwest flight into Singapore, the flight attendants announced that if you have any gum, leave it on the plane. Littering is also illegal. That's why Singapore is one of the cleanest places I've ever been to. If you behave yourself while there, you'll find it to be one of the cleanest, safest places in the world. Their transportation system is wonderful. Their MRT (subway) is so clean you could eat off the floor. The stations are the same way.
Be sure to visit the Night Safari. And go to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The monkeys will come right out of the jungle and follow you around.
If you go to the movies, you get an assigned seat, just like on an airplane. Some cinemas let you choose a seat from a video seat map, while with others, you take what they give you.
In closing, Singapore is a beautiful country. I've been there four times, and you can be sure I'll be going back as soon as I can.

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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sat Mar 25, 2000 1:20 pm

I'm a Singaporean and what L1011 said is right.NO gum allowed. Although you can keep a bit for own consumption, seling or giving it away in public is illegal. If you litter a few times in front of an officer, you get a Corrective Work Order summons. You have to clean up housing estates for a few hours. And yes, go to the Botanical Gardens, and also grab a STB Guide book. The book is rather helpful. Why not ask your friend to contact me and I'll bring him around.

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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sat Mar 25, 2000 2:27 pm

Thanks for the info guys

Gundu:Thanks for the offer, but I don't think he has enough time in Singapore to have you take him around. He will probably just go around with a tour group or something.
I was mostly interested in the laws there. Thanks anyways

RE: Travel To Singapore

Sat Mar 25, 2000 3:24 pm

NO smoking in any indoor complexes.
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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sat Mar 25, 2000 8:18 pm

And i think it is not allowed to ride your car alone. There must always be at least two occupants. This cuts smog in singapore.


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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sat Mar 25, 2000 9:11 pm

I'll be going to Singapore in a month too, thanks for the info!

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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sun Mar 26, 2000 4:37 am

Don't forget NO DRUGS....Death penalty for anything over 15g.

L-1011...funny that you mentioned chewing gum and the trains in the same post. This is the reason that gum was 'banned', as at the MRT stations there is a door at the edge of the platform that opens and then the train door opens. People were sticking gum in these doors and getting them jammed. Although, you are still allowed to bring 'small' amounts of gum into Singapore.

Also remember, that you cannot take duty-free cigarettes in either. Duty has to be paid, although, if you are honest enough in declaring that you have a carton or two, the customs officers have always let me thru with no excise payable.

People are also told to stay away from the Istana Negara at night time (apparently you will be taken away for questioning for a legal excuse for being around there), although I had no problem, and even got into a conversation with a couple of the armed guards at the front gate.

Overall, while I would not say that Singapore has strict laws (no stricter than anywhere else), it really is one city in which one can feel absolutely safe in walking the streets at night and the people just love us Aussies.....could live there if they would give me residency  
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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sun Mar 26, 2000 8:41 am

From my experiences of Singapore on umpteen business trips since the 1980s - I tend to spend as little time there as possible. The best way to describe Singapore is 'clinical'. Sure - everything 'works' but that just makes things SO dull and sterile. I can't think of many noteworthy 'sights' except perhaps the Zoo - which did (still does?) a night Safari. Nightlife in Singapore too is rather stale. Interesting to note that most scenes from the film 'Rogue Trader' (about Nick Leeson who 'broke Barings' Bank) was actually filmed in Kuala Lumpur.

I tend to catch the KL shuttle when in Singapore nowadays - KL is so much more 'happening' - in many ways - what Singapore was like in the early 80s...that fabulous mix of Asian chaos and buzzing with excitement. Hey - if you plan it right - you can catch an MAS 777 into KUL and an SQ 777 back. Occasionally, I choose Penang - now there's a gem of an island.

Before anyone replies to criticize my comments - these are MY thoughts anyway - I'm not downsizing Singapore as I have read many of these postings in the past and they often end up as a 'Malaysia-Singapore debate'.

Singapore is rather like Brussels - bureaucratic and perhaps unappealing to visitors. Otherwise, there's little wrong with the place. I guess what I'm trying to say is - If you have time it's worth visiting its neighbours for a true taste of Asia.


Sun Mar 26, 2000 8:55 am

Not downsizing your comments on SIN. I disagree in part, but this comment is not on that.

Coming from the UK, one would think that any island that has a beach and temperature over 15 degrees is a gem of an island. Penang is an absolute dump. I really love flying into Penang, and seeing all the raw sewage that gets pumped into Batu Ferringhi (bet ya the tourist brochures fail to tell you that). You want a gem of an island, try flying 15 minutes north to a group of isles called Langkawi   Absolutely pristine condition, beautiful beaches, really is what Penang was like years ago. And I will not be surprised if LGK becomes like the PEN of today, so get in quick before it does.
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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sun Mar 26, 2000 11:17 am

I love Singapore. I was there twice. I never realised the laws were that strict. I knew the littering and chewing gum etc. but the death penalty for over 15 gr of drugs. That seems terrible. What about human rights ? To my knowledge the only two DEVELOPED countries to have the death penalty were the US and Japan. I think the death penalty is the worst thing on earth. Just one question for anyone who lives there. Does this mean many people get executed a week ?. Anyway Enjoy Changi airport I love it there. When I left I saw all the students studying there. If you have time take the fast ferry from the ferryport to TIOMAN in Malaysia. Spend a few days there and bring your diving gear. At the time I went there you could fly from Seletar on Silk Air in Coperation with pelangi Air. i think that is over.

Bon Voyage !!

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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sun Mar 26, 2000 1:15 pm

Pelangi Air still flies daily from XSP to TOD using Dornier 228s, although they are no longer operated in conjunction with SilkAir. Only a 40 minute flight too.

Regarding the laws part of the thread, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand all have the death penalty for the importation of drugs, a fact that visitors to any of the international airports in these countries are 'subtlely' reminded of with huge signs erected within the customs areas of the airport.

Singapore's laws are really no more strict than anywhere else. Here in Australia it is also a crime to litter with a $100 on the spot fine, but it is not enforced, like it is in Singapore. The result? Singapore is the cleanest city in the world. There are even ashtrays every 40m or so on the street, so one really has no excuse to ruin the cleanliness for which Singapore is renown for worldwide.

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RE: Travel To Singapore

Sun Mar 26, 2000 4:29 pm

But the most important rule...

No matter how great the urge you get to "egg" and "silly-string" a new Mercedes, DO NOT DO IT!!!

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RE: Brissie_lions

Sun Mar 26, 2000 11:10 pm

Thanks for the response. I fully agree about the littering laws etc. just not about the death penalty

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RE: Travel To Singapore

Mon Mar 27, 2000 8:33 am

Singapore is the best country of the world

i was in Singapore in FEB 99 , and my trip was GREAT!!!

Bon Voyage

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RE: Travel To Singapore

Mon Mar 27, 2000 9:44 am

Might that be the reason Singapore Airlines is so highly rated? Its just an extension of their land - clean, friendly people...... what do you think?

What's the penalty over there for air rage ???
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Mon Mar 27, 2000 10:44 am

just a quickie to Brissie_lions -

I'm afraid I don't think its just us poms that just think Penang is a gem because of the warmer climate - UNESCO does too - Penang is now a World Heritage site and any further development is regulated through them. Perhaps its a shame that perhaps you've not explored Penang well enough - true Batu Ferringhi is not its best spot then again nor is Kuta on Bali. Langkawi is fine - if you're just after the sea - LGK lacks the culture that PEN offers.

Anyway - this is not a site for this debate -

by the way - its Selamat Datang Ke Singapura.

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