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Singapore 2

Day 2 in Singapore - Big Bus, Botanic Gardens

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Day two in Singapore we decided to get tickets for a hop-on hop off bus - called the Big Bus. The open top buses have various routes around the city (with commentary) starting at Suntec Hub, and they stop at all the major attractions. We managed three different routes - one of which was to/from the Botanic Gardens. The humidity is extreme but we walked around the gardens and went into the Orchid House - which is spectacular.

Singapore has so many gardens. Most of the streets are lined with gardens, and there's even ivy growing on the concrete bridge pylons. It really makes the city so much nicer. And the city is very clean and tidy. Real estate is extremely expensive with apartments costing millions. The public housing system is cheaper with condo's from 300k (for 1 bedroom apartments), but the waiting list is extremely long.

The bus took us around the old parts of Singapore too - not quite as clean as the main city area, but very interesting. There are different areas for different cultures, eg little India, Malay, Chinatown... Most of the cars are fairly new (ie less than 10 years old), and there are a lot of luxury cars driving around. Apparently a permit is needed if you want to own a car and permits are restricted in numbers (so are very expensive) to limit the number of cars on the road. There is a huge import fee (>100%) to discourage cars coming in and the government has put a lot of money and effort into the public transport system to minimise the need to drive. There are a lot of bus lines and the train system (MRT) is excellent.

Posted by snikpohks 07:36 Archived in Singapore

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