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4 Must-Experience Places in Singapore

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You have been warned: Singapore City, unlike its neighboring Asian cities, can cause fatal damage to your travel fund, especially if you are set to travel long-term. It is expected that a city as neat, organized, and safe as Singapore, a complete opposite of its neighbors, comes with a price. After all, a good night’s sleep and a relaxing trip require more than a comfortable bed. But fear not—there are many affordable hotels in Singapore.

But not everything in this city is expensive. Contrary to the rumors you may have heard, there are actually awesome destinations that you can experience that will not make a hole in your pocket.

If you are planning a trip to Singapore, here are four must-see destinations.

Little India: Experiencing India in Singapore

The vibrant colors, cacophonous sounds, and poignant smell of spices in the air around Little India will make it one of the most unique experiences you can ever have in Singapore. Stroll around and enter temples such as Sri Srinivasa Perumal, Sri Veeramakaliamman, and Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman to observe sacred Hindu rituals. If your palate craves something Indian, Little India has some of the best hawker food such as thosai and roti prata.

If you are looking for a place near lovely Little India, consider staying at Orchard Hotel Singapore, which has around 650 elegant rooms to choose from.

China Heritage Center: A Walk Through Chinese Migrant History

Along the historical Pagoda Streets, three shops were faithfully recreated to reflect the lives of the Chinese migrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A walk through this restoration translates to experiencing the history that has molded the megacity that Singapore is now. This place is a stark contrast to the intimidating high rises just a block or two away. If there is one cultural, historical walk you must do, China Heritage Center is it.

Haji Lane: The Fashionista’s Paradise

This hidden alley in the Muslim-dominated district is a paradise for every fashionista. Haji Lane is now the avenue of young designers and local businesspeople showcasing their creative and business skills.

Haji Lane is a great lens into the lives and lifestyles of young Singaporeans. If you are looking for a place to stay near this area, you do not have to look far. Stay at the affordable V Hotel Lavender.

Whatever your taste in fashion–eclectic, contemporary, vintage, or something in between–rest assured you will not leave Haji Lane empty-handed. Haji Lane is raw, unique, young, and undeniably fascinating.

Pulau Ubin: The Singapore That You Do Not Know

Sentosa is the island that comes to mind when you are asked about an island in Singapore. But Pulau Ubin is the real deal. It is a quaint and underrated island. Traveling here feels like you are witnessing Singapore back in the 1960s. It does not have the renowned and heralded skyscrapers, lively nightlife, and awesome shopping destinations; rather, what you get here is the unadulterated beauty of nature: serene, calm, and unhurried.

Singapore remains a city that is underrated and not extensively explored. Do not fall for the rumors. Go, pack your bag, and explore Singapore.

Jona | Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. Find me somewhere else!

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