When my mom and I were in Vietnam, we went on two tours through Vietravel. The first tour we went on was for a total of five days, four nights and was split between Singapore and Malaysia. After going on this tour, I don’t think I’ll be going on any international tours with that company or any Vietnamese tour company again because there was too much time spent on going to these scam shops1. Not only that, all of our meals were mandated for us at Chinese restaurants and we basically had the same meal three times a day, only at different restaurants. Plus English is a predominant language in Singapore so its not like my mom and I would’ve had trouble getting around.
Did you know that if you’re a Vietnamese citizen entering Singapore, you have to carry $1000USD on your body when you’re going through immigration? Apparently, a lot of Vietnamese girls go to Singapore to work as a prostitute, take the money back to Vietnam and repeat. I didn’t know this until afterward, but there was a girl holding up my immigration line. I saw her pull out a wad of $100USD bills and show it to the officer. Eventually, she never made it through and she was escorted, presumably for interrogation or on the next flight back to Vietnam.
Moving onto the photos!
The Singapore Flyer & Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Nicknamed the ‘Durian’ building but looks more like a jackfruit to me.
Ey foo! Whats that boat doing up there?
A sign in the metro. Our tour guide told us that if someone brings a durian into the subway they’ll get booted off because the smell will stay circulating in the aircon for two weeks!
The most delicious mango ice cream sandwich I have ever had and it was only $1SGD! For the outside, we had a choice between wafer crackers and sandwich bread.
On a small boat tour to the Marina Bay Sands
Oh noes! Laser beams!
Inside the Marina Bay Sands is also a really high-end shopping mall and a casino. The Singapore government actually discourages their own citizens from gambling, so in order to get inside the casino for free, you’ll need a foreign passport. In order for a Singaporean citizen to get in, they have to pay a $100SGD entrance fee.
- The tour company receives a commission for any of sales they make from the tourists. This in turn makes the price of the tour cheaper. Most of the items sold were fake, gimmicky things that were unbelievably overpriced. However, most of the people on the tour are ridiculously rich Vietnamese people who 1) have too much money and 2) love, love, love spending money and buying souvenirs so they didn’t mind dropping some big bucks. Plus they didn’t know that a (probably fake) gemstone necklace isn’t worth $300-$500USD (its like what, $50USD for a cheap necklace like that at the local Kays/Zales jeweler?). Not to mention tacky! [↩]