But those plans came to naught, after she was denied entry into Singapore by customs officials.
Vietnamese national Ms Linh Thuy Vu said that the whole episode caused her to lose S$4000 in hotel and airfare bookings.
She says that at that time, she had S$3000 in cash, possessed a return flight ticket, and wasn’t carrying any banned items.
However, she was detained supposedly because her MBS hotel booking was booked under a friend’s name instead of hers, via the Agoda hotel booking website.
She said that her friend had made the booking on her behalf because her friend enjoyed a 30 percent discount.
She says she was starving throughout the ordeal as she had skipped breakfast to catch a morning flight to Singapore.
She says that her request to speak with authorities, and to cancel the booking at MBS were turned down.
The pair’s mobile phone and bags were reportedly confiscated later on, and Ms Banh and her were escorted to another room, where they were kept till the next morning.
They were then put on a flight back to Vietnam, allegedly without any explanation from customers officers.
Linh is furious at the treatment she received, and has urged fellow Vietnamese who encounter similar situations to cause a ruckus and whip up a storm if they encounter similar situations in Singapore.
According to the ICA, the granting of visit passes is determined by the customs officers at the point of entry.
All foreign visitors entering Singapore are required to possess:
-A passport with at least 6 months validity
-Valid Singapore visa, if applicable
-Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Singapore
– Confirmed onward/return tickets (where applicable)
– Entry facilities to their onward destinations, e.g. visas.
– Completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card
– Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable