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Final Statistics: Alex & Maz Total distance: 93,550km
Furthest Point: Rotorua, NZ Now settled in Sydney, Australia
Final Statistics: Martin Total distance: 79,698km
Furthest Point: Hobart, Australia Now settled in Bristol, UK


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Arrive:Wed 19th Jul 06Depart:Sat 22nd Jul 06
Days:3Approx km:0
Capital: SingaporeCurrency: Dollar (SGD)
Weekend: Sat/SunTime Zone: GMT +8
Int. dial code:+65Language: Chinese, Malay, Tamil, English
Visa Required: NoReligion: Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Taoist , Hindu
Side of road:LeftBest time to visit: May-Aug or Dec-Feb
Diesel Price: US$ 0.55Activities: Sightseeing, Shopping

Diary Entry: 1st-21st July 2006 - Singapore and back, and forth, and back, and forth...

Country Highlights En Route

SingaporeSingapore has traded in its rough-and-ready opium dens and pearl luggers for towers of concrete and glass, and its steamy rickshaw image for hi-tech wizardry, but you can still recapture the colonial era with a gin sling under the languorous ceiling fans at Raffles Hotel.

At first glance, Singapore appears shockingly modern and anonymous, but this is an undeniably Asian city with SingaporeChinese, Malay and Indian traditions from feng shui to ancestor worship creating part of the everyday landscape. It's these contrasts that bring the city to life.

One day you're in a hawker stall melting over a bowl of Indian curry, the next you're enjoying high tea in whispered environs complete with air-con, starched linen table cloths and gliding waiters. Super-safe and mega-clean Singapore may be, but its sultry rhythms wash inexorably beneath the regimented beat of big-city life.

In the crowded streets of Chinatown, fortune tellers, calligraphers and temple worshippers are still a part of everyday life. In Little India, you can buy the best sari material, freshly ground spices or a picture of your favourite Hindu god. In the small shops of Arab St, the cry of the imam can be heard from the nearby Sultan Mosque.

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