Archive for the tag 'chinatown'

Sep 03 2012

A quick walking tour of Singapore’s Chinatown

Published by under Walking tours

Make a quick detour to India.

With its bustling markets, unique architecture and mouth-watering food, Singapore’s Chinatown neighbourhood is not to be missed. It’s possible to rush through this walking tour of Chinatown’s highlights in one hour, or you could spend half a day exploring the museums and temples, shopping for souvenirs, and feasting on noodles and dim sum. The easiest … read the full post

Aug 13 2012

Fun free things to do in Singapore

Seeing Singapore doesn't have to be expensive.

It’s no secret that Singapore is the most expensive city in Southeast Asia to be a tourist. But even if you’re down to your last Sing-dollar, it’s possible to sightsee without spending a cent. Here are some suggestions for fun and completely free things to do in Singapore. A visit to see the Merlion, Singapore’s … read the full post

Jul 19 2012

What are some popular souvenirs in Singapore?

Published by under Shopping

The gift that keeps on giving. Dinner, that is.

Finding a souvenir that sums up the Singapore experience can be a bit of a challenge because there aren’t many locally-made products (other than the hawker food you ate for lunch – burp!). Some may be quite cheesy, but these are the most popular souvenirs of Singapore. Spice packages to make Singaporean food: The highlight … read the full post

Jun 21 2012

Photo essay: Singapore’s Chinatown wet market

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Get your 8-10 servings of veggies a day!

Some travellers dismiss Singapore as “Asia lite”: sanitised, commercialised and dull. Dispel such silly notions with a visit to the wet market at the Chinatown Complex where some of the produce is so fresh it’s still hopping. With ground level stalls selling cheap souvenirs and sundries, the Chinatown Complex doesn’t look like much from the … read the full post

Feb 06 2012

Internet cafes in Singapore

Published by under Phone & internet

With free WiFi in many public places and practically every Singaporean wielding an iPhone, internet cafes are quickly becoming a thing of the past in Singapore. Thankfully, if you need to do some impromptu web surfing, printing, or Skyping a few internet cafes survive in all of the city’s central neighbourhoods. Little India is home … read the full post

Aug 17 2011

A walk down Singapore’s Temple Street

Published by under Walking tours

A historic street in Chinatown named for its Hindu temple? Temple Street is more than just an exemplary example of Singapore’s multiculturalism – it’s the perfect stretch for a quickie walking tour. I’ll assume you’re coming from Chinatown MRT station and start where Temple Street meets with New Bridge Road. Near the beginning of the … read the full post

Aug 10 2011

Singapore’s Hungry Ghost Festival

Published by under Festivals

While many people in Singapore are fasting this month for Ramadan, the city’s ghosts are feasting! The seventh lunar month is the Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore and this year it falls from July 31 to August 28. But Hungry Ghost month isn’t really a celebration – it’s a downright spooky affair. Chinese Taoists believe … read the full post

Feb 01 2011

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore

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The Year of the Rabbit is almost here and Singapore is in full party mode. Though Chinese New Year is largely a holiday spent to be spent with family, there are many places around the city where you can join the festivities. Gong xi fa chai! Chinatown Eu Tong Sen Street is the epicentre of … read the full post