Top 10 – best budget hotels in Singapore
Marina Bay, Singapore, Singapore
Home to flashy Singapore development projects, Marina Bay is a gleaming world of high-rises – many offer sweeping roof-top city views – futuristic gardens, and tourist appeal. At night the area sparkles as twinkly skyline lights reflect on the calm marina shores, lasers span out from the Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel modeled on the London Eye, and glowing artificial trees shine out from the Gardens by the Bay.
A vibrant downtown district of Singapore, Clarke Quay is an explosion of color. Old riverfront warehouses have been transformed into a strip of shops, restaurants and clubs, with each building painted a different, eye-popping shade. At night, the whole place is lit up with neon lights which reflect magically in the water. Be sure to dine at a floating boat restaurant and try the fiery chili crab – a Singapore specialty.
Bugis Village, Singapore, Singapore
Immerse yourself in Singapore’s bustling and quirky shopping scene in Bugis Village, home to the island’s busiest and largest shopping street. With over 800 shops crammed in beneath swathes of colorful bunting, you can find everything, from the latest south Asian fashion, to cutting-edge technology gadgets. When you need to refuel, head to Tamei, Bugis Village’s fast food joint, where you can munch on seaweed-flavor tofu fries and chicken tempura.
Geylang is Singapore for the adventurous. The streets here are not the sparkling type you’ll find elsewhere in the city: here they’re dirty and rammed with people. A dizzying array of goods, from textiles to spices, spill from shops. This is the city’s red light district, but stick to the odd-numbered lorongs, or alleys, and you’ll discover Singapore’s best food, including Frogs’ Legs Porridge, for those with suitably hardened stomachs.
From the mouth-watering duck and pork-belly glowing in the shop windows to the intoxicating aromas of star anise and ginger wafting through the streets, Singapore’s Chinatown is a sensory feast like no other. Immerse yourself in this quarter’s rich culture by grazing your way through Smith Street’s food stalls, and as landmarks go you can’t beat Sri Mariamman Temple, flamboyantly tiered and covered in colorful figurines of Hindu gods.
Little India, Singapore, Singapore
curries, and alive with the hues of silk saris and food stalls, Little India boasts the full spectrum of sights, sounds, and smells. Head for Tekka Market, one of the hubs of the district, for delicious dishes served on banana leaves, while the Mustafa Center is an always-buzzing mall. Don’t forget to see the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple’s sumptuously ornate visage.
Orchard Road, Singapore, Singapore
Loaded with Singapore’s most exclusive malls and designer stores, Orchard Road buzzes with discerning shopaholics. Stroll down the main street and indulge in some extravagant retail therapy at Ngee Ann City or ION Orchard, where shopfronts groan with luxury, or get pampered at the Andana or Damai spas and feel your stress melt away. When the sun goes Sentosa Island
A gorgeous island paradise boasting everything from the all-action exhilaration of zip wires and obstacle courses to the calm of Sentosa Golf Club and Spa, Sentosa Island makes an ideal getaway. Sun-seekers can choose between Palawan Beach, loaded with attractions for the kids, the hip party spot of Siloso, or the romantic and tranquil Tanjong, while nature lovers will want to climb Mount Imbiah for panoramic views.
down, make for Emerald Hill for cocktails and late-night dancing.
With the illuminated glitz and glamour of the Quays, perched on the edge of the waterway snaking through the dynamic financial district, the Singapore River district is a justifiably famous attraction. Dance long into the night in the effervescent cocktail bars and jazz clubs of Clarke Quay or take a relaxing cruise downriver to the lush greenery of Esplanade Park and the gleaming Vegas-like decadence of Marine Bay.