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  • gerardoBCN

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    Hi all,
    I'm planning to visit Singapore for the second time next november. I would like to know the local lifestile and share some time with local people. I will try rent a bedroom in sites like Airbnb or Wimdu insted of going to hostels so I can meet local people and families. Do you have more recomendations? Is there a site or anything to meet local people or do local activities? When in rome.... I'm tring to get the local experience as much as possible. I'm planing to visit also Thailand and Malaysia e so I will put a similar post in that forum. Any help or idea is welcome!!

    #1 Posted: 6/5/2013 - 11:31

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  • Geer1

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    Check out couch surfing, it is a website where people let you come stay with them for a short period of time. I have never done it but will probably give it a try on one of my next trips as it seems like it would be a great way to meet people.

    #2 Posted: 6/5/2013 - 11:48

  • exacto

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    What about eating at the food courts? Particularly in Singapore and Thailand, visit the food courts in some of the popular shopping centers. I don't know if you'll get to start many conversations with locals, but you'll at least get to experience food and the dining experience the local way.

    In Bangkok, head up to the Victory Monument area for snacks and a beer.

    #3 Posted: 6/5/2013 - 13:29

  • gerardoBCN

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    Thank you both! I'm trying to use couchsurfing indeed. It's a great option to meet and share with local people.
    Any other recomendation?

    #4 Posted: 8/5/2013 - 01:44


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    I posted up on your like thread in the Thai section.

    #5 Posted: 8/5/2013 - 02:04

  • gerardoBCN

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    Thanks Madmac!

    #6 Posted: 8/5/2013 - 06:05

  • Terry001

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    Very Informative post.

    #7 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 23:58

  • zaero_an

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    Couchsurfing is if you stay a night there. Else sometimes I look for gatherings or meetups in the city. For Singapore and Malaysia, I like to use Globe Hop cause there are some unique and interesting recommendations from locals.

    #8 Posted: 3/10/2014 - 04:53

  • GattinaRosa

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    We recently stayed with a lovely local couple in Singapore and they took us to a couple of great places.

    Newton Food Court is an outdoor food court (near Newton metro station) and serves a great range of food. You'll get a bit hassled as you go in by people trying to give you menus. But just find yourself a table and order food at the individual stalls after you've looked around. You pay when they bring your food over.

    We also went prawning at Uncle Leongs, near Riveria station. Here, you rent a mini fishing rod for an hour to catch your own prawns. Then you can BBQ them for dinner. It was full of locals and lots of older guys who were more than happy to help us out and show us how its done.

    We really enjoyed these places as we really got the opportunity to chat to locals.

    #9 Posted: 11/10/2014 - 09:21

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