Apr 25 2013

Long-term places to stay in Singapore: part 1

Published by under Accommodation

Could you call a dorm bed home for a month?

Given the high price of hotels in Singapore, it’s worth looking for a discounted rate if you’re planning to stay long-term. Here are some options to cover every budget from backpacker to banker. If you contact them directly, many hotels and guesthouses will offer discounts for long-term stays. For example, Betel Box Hostel offers a … read the full post

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Apr 22 2013

Walking tours of Singapore

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The guide does the talking,  you do the walking.

While Singapore is easy enough to explore on your own, you can learn a lot more about the city by exploring with a knowledgeable guide. Here’s a rundown of various walking tours of Singapore covering everything from historical sites to nature reserves to food. The granddaddy of Singapore walking tours is Original Singapore Walks. Their … read the full post

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Apr 18 2013

Review: Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore

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Movie time at the Malay Heritage Centre.

Get a crash course in the kebaya, keris and everything else Malay at the Malay Heritage Centre in Singapore’s historic Kampong Glam neighbourhood. This museum recently reopened after total overhaul and is bigger and better than ever before. The centre is also known as the Istana Kampong Glam as it served as the Sultan’s palace … read the full post

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Apr 15 2013

Singapore’s best independent bookstores

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Pick up a book by a Singaporean author.

Singapore’s an ideal place to stock up on fresh English-language reading material. You will find bookstores in the shopping malls, but true bookworms will want to support these independent bookstores specialising in quirky reads and works by local authors. Singapore’s hands-down best independent bookstore is Books Actually in the hip Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. Opened in … read the full post

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Apr 12 2013

Singapore hawker dishes: wonton mee

Singapore-style wanton mee.

A Singapore hawker dish of Chinese origins, wonton mee takes two of our favourite things – noodles and dumplings – and combines them into one steaming bowl of goodness. Add a generous serving of roasted pork and you’ve got a delicious meal that will set you back only S$3-4. Noodles with wontons is a dish … read the full post

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Apr 08 2013

The best malls not on Orchard Road

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112 Katong - I want 2 shop here

Maybe Singapore is a nation of shopaholics – or maybe Singaporeans and visitors here just love free air-conditioning – but the city-state has more than its fair share of shopping malls. Most can be found along Orchard Road, but there are mega-malls in every area of Singapore. Here are our top picks for malls not … read the full post

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Apr 04 2013

Review: 5footway.inn Project, Bugis

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Make yourself at home in the cosy lounge.

Named for the covered passageways along Singapore’s traditional shophouses, 5footway.inn offers contemporary budget accommodation in restored heritage buildings. Since opening in 2011 they’ve expanded to four locations in traveller hotspots like Chinatown and Boat Quay. Here’s a peek at the Bugis branch. 5footway.inn Project Bugis is set in a sprawling white shophouse on Aliwal Street … read the full post

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Mar 30 2013

S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore

Got sharks?

Just when you thought Sentosa had reached the limit for the number of family-friendly attractions you can fit on one island, they go and open the world’s largest aquarium. Opened in December 2012, the S.E.A. Aquarium houses more than 800 species of aquatic creatures including dolphins, sharks and giant manta rays. To help navigate this … read the full post

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Mar 21 2013

Review: Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant, Singapore

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Ayam penyet - smash and burn.

Ayam penyet (literally “smashed chicken”) may technically be an Indonesian dish, but you’re more likely to find it on the menu in Singapore than in Bali.  Singapore is wild for this dish of fried chicken, rice, tofu and spicy sambal, and Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant on Orchard Road is the original source of the craze. … read the full post

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Mar 07 2013

The best hostels in Singapore’s Little India

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Little India has become Singapore's backpacker hub

There are countless reasons – great food, cheap prices, a central location – that Little India has become Singapore’s backpacker hub. If you’re planning to stay here too, these are our picks for the best hostels in this colourful neighbourhood. Our all-around top pick is the boutique Bunc@Radius Hostel. This is one of the newest … read the full post

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