Thursday 16 Aug 2018 | 06:44 | SYDNEY
Thursday 16 Aug 2018 | 06:44 | SYDNEY

Singapore and Bangkok compared

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

15 August 2008 09:01

Malcolm's post is a useful corrective to my pessimism about Singaporean culture. I can grasp a little of the cultural richness Malcolm describes through my experience of other Southeast Asian cities. For instance, I remember visiting Bangkok for the first time about five years ago and being quite surprised at how liberal, bohemian and hip the place felt. Perhaps my reaction to Singapore was coloured by the fact that  I saw no evidence of Bangkok-style bohemianism there. But Malcolm's post suggests Singapore is at least a more sophisticated place than I gave it credit for.