A November 2002 trip
to Singapore by romaunt
Quote: Deep in the middle of my journeys through Southeast Asia, with great luck I have arrived in Singapore. After spending two weeks in Myanmar I was dirty, my butt was bruised, and needed sleep. Late Friday, I stumbled into the hostel with a welcome of bright, smiling faces.
With perfect advice on transportation to the hostel, I hopped on a bus and then another bus but was a little overwhelmed with the amounts of people and my heavy backpack. I have got to stop shopping! :) Hoards of people packed the streets with night markets, thousands of lights line the streets, and there I was the lost traveler with large backpack.
The highlights for me were the cheap prices on electronics (many fellow travelers have purchased digital cameras), the very friendly owners of the hostel--Ping and Hai--and the Night Safari.
No matter what you will find it very easy to get around and if you have any problems many people are willing to help you through your journeys.
I searched on the internet for a cheap place to stay in Singapore and found that it was lacking in nice hostels and affordable sleeping arrangements. I was very LUCKY to find the website (www.the-inncrowd.com) with loads of information for the fellow traveler, great visual pictures of the tourist areas, and the chance to stay in a nice, new hostel run by angels.
Hai and Ping take care to spoil travelers with an area for free internet access, seating lounge with books, music, and more plus free breakfast, access to a beautiful kitchen, comfortable dorm style beds, and clean, hot showers. Oh, they also have one double room if you want your privacy and I have been told that the bed is extra comfortable.
Now, I know that you are thinking that this place sounds too good to be true. If you don't believe, please take a look at their website and think about traveling to Singapore.
I feel like I could spend days just enjoying the environment of the hostel with no need to see the outside world. Ping and Hai are always willing to listen, talk, and give advice for the lost traveler, and even organize group trips to places not to be missed.
I'm off to hit Chinatown and the openning of the Esplanade for the free cultural events.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2002
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2003
12-14 Buffalo Road, Little India
Attraction | "Singapore Night Zoo"
Everyone should go to the bat cave. Fruit-eating bats fly through the air with nothing in between you and the bats. You enter their cage and see these amazing creatures up and personal. They hang from the trees and you can feel their wings beating as they fly right over your head. I figured that these would be the small little bats that I had seen at home, and well, again I was wrong. The small bats are there and then there are the large crow size bats. :) It is a must see!
On the train, you see many animals and then you have to opportunity to get off the train and walk the trail to see them even better. There are tigers, bears, deer, sloths, and so much more. The trick is that the Zoo is only open for certain hours and this is the time that they feed them. Plus each animal's area is not too large, which gives you more of a chance of seeing them.
Take the family, take a loved one, take a group, but take my word and go to the zoo.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2003
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore, Singapore 729826
(65) 6269 3411
San Diego, California