Travel to Singapore – Episode 144

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Travel to Singapore (podcast)

The Amateur Traveler talks to Jeremy about the island nation of Singapore. Here about colonial hotels, world war II history, pungent fruit, unique museums, why you should always carry an umbrella and the Singapore sling.


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Show Notes

Uniquely Singapore
Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple
Thian Hock Keng Temple
Budha Tooth Relic Temple
Images of Singapore
Sir Stamford Raffles
Raffles Hotel in SIngapore
Singapore Sling
Paris Silk electronics
National Museum of Singapore
Bicycle Blitzkreig – The Japanese Conquest of Malaya and Singapore 1941-1942
Asian Civilizations Museum



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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

7 Responses to “Travel to Singapore – Episode 144”

Bombchell - in Atlanta


that was quite informative. i shouldn’t listen to anymore podcasts, because my places to visit list will grow incredibly high lol.

loved it. lol can’t believe what happened at the last interview ha ha (^_^)

Gary Nelson


Hi Chris
Have been listening to your pod casts for about a month now. I’m keen to hear what new podcast you are uploading. I’ve been to Singapore on our honeymoon, 10 years ago. I see from pictures things have changed quite a bit since we were there. I really do enjoy listening to place I’ve been to, it gives a special meaning to everything. One day I mean to upload photos of where we’ve been over the years, but just don’t seem to make the time. So I applaud you with your podcast and the time, effort it must take.

Best wishes

Darlington, England




Been listening to your show for a few weeks and was pleasantly surprised to see an episode on Singapore (my country).

A few corrections:

– BBQ pork (bak kwa), the thing people queue up for around Chinese New Year, is not used in dishes! It’s eaten on its own
– What you ride at Boat Quay are not junks but bumboats. Junks are traditional Chinese sailing ships. Bumboats are small and motorised
– Not all Singaporeans love the Durian (I do!)
– I think he meant “Bargain” not “Barter”
– The Sultan Mosuqe has Middle Eastern influence, not Indonesian
– Next to no one speaks British English here, but rather Singlish, a local creole which tourists can find very hard to understand
– The MRT is easy to manage but not everywhere can be accessed by it, unlike the Tube
– All prices are quoted in Singapore dollars; quoting the exchange rate would help
– The tallest hotel in Southeast Asia is not called Swissotel anymore but Fairmont. It got renamed a few years ago
– The hawker food in Singapore is not street food. Almost all of it is housed in proper buildings. There isn’t that much Thai and Indonesian influence in the food here IMO. The largest influence is Chinese, and there’s also Malay and Indian influence.



Thanks so much for adding your local expertise!



And thank you for the podcasts!



Great entry. Singapore is somewhere I must visit. I have no reason not to, as my partners father works there fulltime. I’d say a visit in on the books in the near future.


Mendel Potok


I would love to go to Singapore, they have a fascinating military history. Thank you for the podcast!

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