Cycling The Globe

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Day 217: Johor Bahru – Singapore

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on May - 25 - 2011

Distance: 48.84 km
Ridetime: 02:17:30
Average: 21.3 km/h
Total distance: 10486 km

After breakfast with Abdullah and his wife, I was trying to find the bridge that would take me to Singapore. A thing that I thought would be easy, but proved somehow difficult. Why are there no signs? I later learned that the Malaysian government refuses to put up signs for Singapore so I would have to follow the signs to Woodlands instead. With this important piece of Knowledge in hand I quickly found the border.

In Singapore I was cycling to the Little India neighborhood to look for a hostel. As I have spent a combined 4 months in India, it is fascinating to be in those Indian mini-worlds. The food, the music, and partly the smells are certainly authentic enough, but on the other hand a big step away from the craziness of the real deal. The streets are simply too clean.

Going from Little India to Chinatown with the Metro in 5 minutes is an interesting cultural experience.

In the evening I went out for dinner with Thomas and his girlfriend Amy. I first met Thomas when we studied in Switzerland five years ago. He stills hangs around in the Alps but comes to Singapore regularly as Amy lives here.

After some very social days I was super tired when I took the metro back to Little India.

Categories: Singapore
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4 Responses so far.

  1. Stefan DL1ELY says:


    still following your wonderful experience. I was in a hostel in little india, too, in January of 2006…perhaps you are in the same place? Your pictures bring back fascinating memories…

    Keep up your impressive cycling…

    Vy 73 de Stefan, DL1ELY

  2. Hey Stefan,
    Nice to know you are following along. I think my hostel was called Harmony. Enjoy the summer in Germany 🙂

  3. Marta says:

    Thomas!! im back after some days of disconnection…I feel as a traitor…!!
    I just missed your pass through Singapore. Little India was one of the places I like better in Singapore…

  4. Thomas says:

    Haha, welcome back Marta 🙂 I was thinking of you when I was in Singapore.