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Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Bangkok – Singapore

All photos taken on May 11, 1982.

One last early morning buffet breakfast in the Lobby Coffee Shop at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok and then it was on the bus to the airport. Today, we were flying to Singapore, for the last stop on our tour. P checked us in at the airport and waved us on our way.

Our 2 hour and 15 minute flight on Thai Airways took off at 0800 and it was not long before we found ourselves flying over Malaysia and the Malacca Strait to land at Changi Airport in Singapore. A continental breakfast of croissants, jam and tea was served on the flight.

We were aware that Singapore had some rather strict social rules, to ensure peace and harmony in this crowded part of the world #1. no chewing gum to be sold or chewed #2. strict littering laws #3. no smoking in many areas #4. no same sex relationships #5. no urination in elevators (well, duh) #6. not flushing a public toilet after use is a crime #7. no vandalism #8. no drugs. At the time we were there, our local guide explained that men arriving at the airport with long hair, had two choices, get it cut in the airport or turn around and fly home.

Fortunately, we were in compliance with all these regulations and were soon on the bus headed into the city.

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island city-state in maritime Southeast Asia. It lies about one degree of latitude (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the  equator, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, bordering the Strait of Malacca to the west, the Riau Islands (Indonesia) to the south, and the South China Sea to the east. The country’s territory is composed of one main island, 63 satellite islands and islets, and one outlying islet, the combined area of which has increased by 25% since the country’s independence as a result of extensive land reclamation projects. It has the third greatest population density in the world. With a multicultural population and recognising the need to respect cultural identities, Singapore has four official languages; English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. English is the lingua franca.  Multiracialism is enshrined in the constitution and continues to shape national policies in education, housing, and politics.

Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading post of the British Empire. In 1867, the colonies in Southeast Asia were reorganised and Singapore came under the direct control of Britain as part of the Straits Settlements. During the Second World War, Singapore was occupied by Japan in 1942, and returned to British control as a separate crown colony  following Japan’s surrender in 1945. Singapore gained self-governance in 1959 and in 1963 became part of the new federation of Malaysia, alongside Malaya, North Borneo, and Sarawak. Ideological differences led to Singapore being expelled from the federation two years later and it became an independent country.

(Source: Wikipedia)

small church in Singapore

Our bus took us to the Mandarin Hotel of the day, after which we managed lunch at an A & W Restaurant. When in Singapore….

We were then taken on a walking tour down Orchard Road, past the Raffles Hotel and down to Merlion Park on the waterfront.

Merlion Park is a famous Singapore landmark and a major tourist attraction, located near One Fullerton, Singapore, near the Central Business District (CBD). The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish that is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Two Merlion statues are located at the park. The original Merlion structure measures 8.6 meters tall and spouts water from its mouth. It has subsequently been joined by a Merlion cub, which is located near the original statue and measures just 2 metres tall.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Skyline of the day
12 foot diameter Banyan Tree
small office building
Mandarin Hotel of the day was one of the top 10 hotels in the world – How lucky were we?

Dinner this evening was in the Top of the M restaurant and included onion soup, seafood cocktail, filet mignon. It was all delicious and what a view.

After dinner, we were picked up in pedal trishaws and toured through the night market and dropped off at Raffles Hotel to enjoy one of their signature Singapore Gin Slings.

After our drink, it was onto a bus and back to our hotel for the night.

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16 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Bangkok – Singapore

    1. Thanks Luisa. Singapore is a densely populated area with a real mix of nationalities. They have deemed it necessary to maintain law and order. I am sure the haircut rule has been eliminated at least. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. It has a lot going on and so much excellent Malaysian, Indian, Indonesian and Chinese cuisine. We have never been back and must remedy that. I think a week is a good idea. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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  1. Adding up the hours spent in Changi, I must have already spent several days in Singapore, but unfortunately I only know the airport. I hope to remedy this in the future. Your introduction to this city-state is therefore particularly welcome.

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  2. These photos provide great historical context. Much has changed (and much hasn’t) even though it has only been 40 years. Singapore still has some weird rules about social conduct. At least now the penalty is no longer flogging. Your trip seemed to hit all of the highlights of Asia!

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    1. An orderly society in close quarters needs rules, but…When we were there, there was gum everywhere on the sidewalks. I understand that rule. Not using an elevator as a toilet, should be a common sense thing. Thanks for reading John. Allan

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    1. With so many people in such a small city state, they felt they need rules to maintain an orderly society. We could do with a few more rules in our area to get people to stop littering. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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