Archive for May, 2013

May 30 2013

Review: Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown, Singapore

Published by under Accommodation

Feel free to stay awhile.

If cheap and central are your main requirements for a hostel in Singapore, the Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown should be on your shortlist. With online booking rates starting from S$20/night in the large dorm, this is as big of a bargain you’re going to find in Singapore. The Backpackers’ Inn has been around for a while … read the full post

May 27 2013

Review: Kway Guan Huat Popiah, Singapore

Published by under Food

A single perfect popiah.

In most cases Singapore’s delicious hawker food is best enjoyed at open-air hawker centres, but there are rare exceptions to this rule. One of them is Kway Guan Huat, a simple shop in eastern Singapore that has been following the same family recipe to make their popiah for more than 70 years. Kway Guan Huat … read the full post

May 24 2013

Long-term places to stay in Singapore: part 2

Published by under Accommodation

Live like a Singaporean in a high-rise HDB flat.

Considering the price of places to stay in Singapore, if you’re staying awhile it’s worth looking for a long-term option. We’ve already  covered guesthouses and hotels that offer monthly rates or discounts for long-term guests. Now we’ll look at serviced apartments, flat shares and room rentals. For those seeking all the comforts of home, Singapore has … read the full post

May 21 2013

Review: Pasir Panjang Food Centre, Singapore

Published by under Food

BBQ stingray with lots of chilli - our favourite!

If you consult a Singapore travel guide to find out which hawker centre serves the best seafood it will likely recommend Newton Circus, which is also known for touting and overcharging tourists. Instead, ask a Singaporean living on the west coast and they’ll point you in the direction of Pasir Panjang Food Centre where you … read the full post

May 17 2013

Review: Albert Court Village Hotel, Singapore

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A step up from Little India's hostels and budget hotels.

Singapore’s Little India is a favourite haunt of backpackers and budget travellers when visiting this expensive city, but it’s also home to some excellent midrange options. If your budget is S$200-300 per night, consider the Albert Court Village Hotel which offers a touch of colonial charm amid the chaos and curry. The Albert Court Village … read the full post

May 14 2013

Travel health clinics in Singapore

Published by under Practicalities

Singapore has modern travel clinics with English-speaking staff.

Travel to Singapore poses minimal health risks, but if you’re using the city-state as a launching point for more exotic destinations you may want to pay a visit to one of its world-class travel health clinics for a vaccination or malaria tablets. Here’s a rundown. Singapore General Hospital, the city-state’s largest medical facility, has a … read the full post

May 09 2013

NEWater Visitor Centre, Singapore

The prettiest sewage treatment facility on the planet?

Are you looking for a uniquely Singaporean experience? Skip the malls and the theme parks and visit the NEWater Vistor Centre for a guided tour of the most high-tech water treatment plant in the world – one capable of turning sewage into drinking water. As a tiny island surrounded by saltwater, natural sources of drinking … read the full post

May 07 2013

Review: Forty Hands Cafe, Singapore

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Forty Hands does coffee right.

Tiong Bahru is quickly becoming known as one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Singapore, and one of the reasons is the presence of cafes like Forty Hands. This Melbourne-inspired cafe has an artsy atmosphere, fantastic fair-trade coffee and makes one of the best breakfasts in Singapore. The cafe’s name comes from the fact that, on … read the full post

May 02 2013

The Pinnacle @ Duxton Skybridge, Singapore

The Pinnacle @ Duxton is the world's tallest public housing.

While exploring Singapore’s Chinatown neighbourhood it’s impossible not to notice the massive Pinnacle @ Duxton looming in the distance. This is the world’s tallest public housing building and its 50th storey observation skybridge is open to the public. With an entry cost of just S$5, you can think of it as a poor man’s Marina … read the full post