04.12.2009 - 20.12.2009
Left Australia. You might thought the days of first-class backpacking are over now. Asia ahead. So was to my surprise when I landed in... Switzerland.
Singapore! Clean, modern, well-organised. Several cultures displaying their clothes, architecture and - most notably - food! Festival of eating all-day and all-night, everywhere and for 3 local dollars only.
National sport: shopping. After few days I was surprised that they do not walk the streets with shopping carts. On my small tourist map of Singapore City only, there where 72 shopping malls, of which almost 40 on famous Orchard Road.
Then came more "normal" Asia. On a sleeper train, up to Bangkok through Malaysia and Thai town Hat Yai. There, on one evening, a new idea was born: to buy a tuk-tuk somewhere in Far Asia and drive it home. Who knows, once....