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Oct 16, 2006 7:33 am Singapore and Bangkok

Manoj Sethu
Very clean city. Good transportation - MRT, buses and cabs.
You could even travel in bus or train to neighbouring Malaysia. If you are particular about Indian food try near Mustafa in Little India. Expensive though. For a change you could try Singaporean food like chicken soup and rice or Chicken / fish porridge at food courts/restaurants. Pork, duck, frog are also some delicacies (I didn't venture to try 'em though!!!). Hotels are in the range of Sing $ 50+ for decent one bedroom near Lavender / Little India. But if you like real good ones with spacious rooms they are around S$100. Try carrying a map and your exact stay location and address in person. If you are lost in outside the CBD, you wont find many people to help you, not even cab drivers sometimes. They hesitate, in fact are taken aback when you ask them. Not very friendly unless seen in the right situation, like a seminar or meeting.

One thing that caught my eye was I saw `two' uniformed policmen and that too fully armed inside the airport. Not a policeman on the street, no police vehicles around. Incidence of crime are very rare and so are accidents. I was told there could be one in 6 months mostly due to mechanical failures on speedy highways. Due respect to pedestrians and cyclists. You can speak English (commonly) and Tamil (to Indians).

You get Visa on landing at TB 1000 and while returning TB500 as airport tax. Mostly Bangalore or Mumbai like atmosphere, and not great in cleanliness. Food mostly the same as in Singapore. Hotels are in abundance from cheap sleezy ones to real decent ones in the central areas like Sukhumvit. Try Park Inn or Ambassador excellent rooms and service, expensive at around Thai Bahts 3000. You do get lots of Chinese, Taiwanese and cheap imitation electronics. I've heard (not tried) all of them are good, atleast in longivity. If you are not the exploring type, try not to locate near Sukhumvit area, it's vice during late evenings (It's very shocking to see them on the streets, and very blunt in seeking customers. Except for this being a put off, it was a feeling of being in Bangalore or Mumbai). The zoo and palace are ok, but there are many similar places in India, except for the dolpin show. The Buddhist temple near the palace is good and supposedly powerful.

Mostly English. You could often meet someone who will laugh at everything or nod their head in acceptance for everything. That's the level understanding of English.

Ive been descriptive, but these are my findings.


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