Other Sides of Singapore

Instead of only going to Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Park, Universal Studios, and Garden by The Bay when you are travelling to Singapore, you can also enjoy other fascinating sides of Singapore which are not as mainstream as them.  Two days ago, my friend and I explored other sides of Singapore and we both really enjoyed it. We also benefit it because it meets our budget for a kind of short getaway. Here they are:

Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Singapore. If you want to visit a tranquil place in Singapore, you can visit Tiong Bahru. There are some cute shops and restaurants such as Books Actually, Woods in The Books, Plain Vanilla Bakery, etc. You also can see some incredible murals illustrating life in Tiong Bahru in the past. If you wanna go shopping especially book shopping, this place is the right option. But if you don’t, you just can stroll around its neighborhood.

Access to get there: take MRT to Tiong Bahru MRT Station. After that, you can take a walk to this area which is about 1 kilometre from the station.


The neighbourhood situation
In front of a cute bookshop named Woods in the Books


one of the Murals
Books Actually, my favorite indie bookstore in town so far. I really like its smell. I bet bookworm will love it, because I do! Since it’s kind of indie bookstore, I only saw a few international books. Haruki Murakami was one of them.

Kampong Glam

We stayed at Aliwal Park Hotel in Aliwal St, Kampong Glam. Kampong Glam has many engaging spots such as Haji Lane, Victoria St, Arab St, etc you can google its map. Haji Lane is quite famous by its murals. There are also some cute shops and cafes. If you need a retail therapy, you can go there. I see some cute and quirky stuffs but in my opinion, it’s pricy for such an unbranded stuff. All in all, this place is perfect for people who want to hunt some cool photos. But if you want to buy some cheap souvenirs, you can move to Arab St, exactly behind Sultan Mosque.

Access to get there: Take MRT to Bugis MRT station and the area in pictures below is less than 500 metres from the station

Most famous spot in Haji Lane.
In frame: @nidanhuda (her instagram)
Favorite spot in Aliwal St


The majestic Sultan Mosque. When I wanted to pray dzuhur there, a man gave me a sarong to cover my legs because I wore mini skirt. Please dress up politely when you visit there, guys 😀

Chinese Garden

Last free place to visit is Chinese Garden. Feel the ambience of Chinese culture by walking around this beautiful garden. There are also Japanese Garden and Twin Pagodas. Japanese garden is pretty calming. For me, Twin Pagodas is just okay because it’s too hot there.

Access to get there: take MRT to Chinese Garden MRT station

It’s perfect for a morning walk
The Chinese Garden
Red bridge to the main entrance of Chinese Garden



One of the Twin Pagodas
The Bridge connecting Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden

All those places only cost you SGD 0 unless you do shopping. So if you want to save money when travelling to Singapore, but still want to have so much fun enjoying its city, those places are right for you. You should put them on your list!



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