Singapore was a very quick stop for us. We were there for 3 nights, and one of our two full days was raining. That said, we liked what we experienced of Singapore.
Singapore culture is a blend of many different cultures. Per Wikipedia, the majority of the country is of Chinese ancestry with “significant minorities” of Indian and Malay people. We definitely noticed the Indian population; the Malaysians were probably pretty difficult to distinguish from the Chinese.
As a result of all the different backgrounds, Singapore has four official languages – English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. English is the most common with roughly 80% of the country literate in English. Also, all official government business is conducted in English.
Here are our pictures from Singapore…It may seem like a lot of zoo pictures, but that was mostly what we did in Singapore: our first day was the zoo and the second day it rained.
Also, I just wanted to remind y’all that our Smugmug site serves two pruposes: The first is to show our pictures to everyone. The second is to act as a backup for us should some sort of computer disaster happen during the trip. So, if the pictures seem repetitive, that is the reason.
Anyway, I think they came out alright. Here are some; the rest are at the link.
Disclaimer: Justin told me not to post this story because it may make some people nervous (mom and Mrs. Leigh), but, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m posting it anyway! I promise, everything turns out fine in the end!
Today was a rainy day….the FIRST rainy day that we have had since we left for our trip (miracle!). We waited around most of the day until the rain slacked up then decided to go to the Marina Bay Sands. Marina Bay Sands is three buildings with (what looks to be) a boat on top. We tried to take a picture of it from the taxi, but it didn’t come out great. Anyway, if you google a picture of it, you can really get an idea of what I’m talking about. There are tons of shops, restaurants, theaters, and a hotel in it. I don’t know how some of these stores have enough business to stay open! There are so so many high end stores that it is incredible!
Today was our first day exploring Singapore.
First, we went to the Singapore Zoo. I know what you are probably thinking, “they rode elephants and pet tigers and now they are going to a ZOO!” At least that’s what Mr. Tommy said this morning!
We made it to Singapore!
We left Koh Lanta at 11:00 am and took a car to the Krabi airport. We didn’t have any issues with the ferries and we made good time to the airport.
Our flight was delayed about 40 minutes because the Thai princess was arriving at the airport (at least that’s what the rumor was) and there was a good bit of commotion going on– lots of extra security and people trying to catch a glimpse!