Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
i'm going to hold you to that, ask Bumpy! lol
Been picking Bumpy's brain for Singapore knowledge for the past month!
i found a lot of the stuff was quite negative too, especially with the crime and scams. i'm guessing its not so bad as it's made out?
I ran into no crime, no scams. Yes of course the tuk tuk drivers try to rip you off, but when you really think about it, you are haggling over 50 cents where as to them, 50 cents is a huge amount. If you just know that yes, you are going to pay more because you're white, and yes, you can stand there haggling for an hour over 50 cents, but is it really worth it? I mean, we could get across town for 2$, and my boyfriend would stand there haggling and I would be so embarassed. Like, you're really going to stand there arguing so that we can get across town for $1.50? Come on. It's worth more to them than us.
Now I do NOT mean, LETTING them take advantage of you, I'm just saying to not make a big deal about it, and let some things just happen.
Also, always take your shoes off. Even when you go into an internet cafe or something. If you are not sure, ask or watch what everyone else is doing. It's really offensive to go tromping along in your dirty shoes when everyone else has theirs off.
When someone bows to you and says sawadee ka, bow back and say sawadee ka. If it is a little kid, you shouldn't bow but you can say hi or sawadee ka, but don't touch the top of their head (to ruffle their hair playfully or anything).
The little kids will run out to you (especially in more remote areas) and yell out any english they know. usually it is hello or how are you! its soooo cute!
ohhhh, i'm so envious!!! you're going to have so much fun!