Time for a quick visit to Singapore. Enough time to sample some local street food and a visit to the island's zoo and night safari.

Just a short stopover in Singapore before we begin our foray into the Malay peninsula.

One of the things we wanted to do here was to try the hawker stalls that line the streets in Chinatown. We did exactly that on our second night, grabbing satays and steamed vegetables from a cart. I'm not sure whether it was the novelty of the situation, but they were delicious.

As is compulsory when in this city, we tried the famous Singapore Sling. Ideally this should have been in the traditional location of Raffles Hotel. Alas, a local bar to our accommodation had to suffice.

On our last day we made the tedious journey via the MRT from the city and a bus ride to the gates of the zoo. We had a great morning seeing the animals before the heavens opened. It called for some emergency ponchos in order to see the rest of the zoo.

As the zoo closed we wandered over to the adjacent night safari. We dined out in the evening warmth before taking a leisurely stroll through the park. This felt like a better experience as we got to see nocturnal animals which you wouldn't normally.

The following morning we were up bright and early to catch the train for a quick trip up to the border with Malaysia. After passing through immigration, it was on to the capital Kuala Lumpur.