No passport required: A night at one of Singapore's worst hotels, according to Tripadvisor - is it really that bad?

Rooms at Golden Dragon Hotel cost about $50 a night, reek of stale cigarette smoke and have stained walls and bed sheets with holes, but they give you front-row seats to the goings-on in the Geylang red-light district

Flies buzz around my face, there are gaping holes in the comforter, and are those bedbugs making my legs itch? Lying awake at 1am, I resign myself to a night of very little sleep.

I am spending a night at the Golden Dragon Hotel, in the heart of Singapore’s red-light district.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 02, 2019, with the headline 'Keep calm and use bug spray '. Subscribe