Singapore

Merlion Park

Merlion Park

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Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Although it may seem unlikely, you can actually spend your time backpacking in Singapore. There are many attractions which have a low cost to actually free, making cheap traveling in Singapore is possible. One of such places in Singapore is the renowned Merlion Park in Marina Bay which is always the first stop every travelers must visit while spending their time in Singapore.

Located in Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore, you can easily reach Merlion Park by walking along the riverfront from Raffles Place MRT Station. Exit towards United Overseas Bank (UOB) Plaza, or if you are confused then refer to the map in the station for more details. From the middle of the plaza, you will see Fullerton Hotel. Merlion Park is located right behind the hotel.

Merlion Park is famous as it is the place where Singapore’s most iconic mythical creature is, the Merlion.  The Merlion was first designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) in 1964 – the lion head with a fish body resting on a crest of waves quickly became Singapore’s icon to the rest of the world.

Designed by Mr Fraser Brunner, a member of the souvenir committee and a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, the lion head represents the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered Singapura in 11 AD, as recorded in the “Malay Annals”. The fish tail of the Merlion symbolises the ancient city of Temasek, meaning “sea” in Javanese by which Singapore was known before the Prince named it “Singapura”, meaning “lion” (singa) “city” (pura) in Sanskrit, and represents Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village.

Measuring 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion statue was built from cement fondue by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr Lim Nang Seng. A second and smaller Merlion statue, measuring two metres high and weighing three tones, was also built by Mr Lim. The body was made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.

The icon has taken on a life of its own since then, being a popular place to snap a few pictures. Besides that, in the local “Singlish” slang, “to merlion” means “to throw up”, where it refers to the spout that ejects from the Merlion statue, and thanks to its redundant piping, the Merlion never stops “merlioning”.

The Merlion statue stands in a 2,500 square meter park beside the Singapore River, adjacent to One Fullerton and the historic Fullerton Hotel. A viewing deck stands ready to accommodate up to 300 people who want to survey the Merlion and the surrounding skyline. Boat passengers can also disembark here, thanks to a boat landing point near the statue. The area also comprises a promontory with terraced seating, and a viewing deck to hold up to 300 people as well as a boat landing point that allows visitors to disembark from river taxis. The viewing deck provides photographers with unrivalled vistas of the Merlion against the city skyline and the scenic Marina Bay, including landmarks such as The Fullerton Singapore and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

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Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

The city of Singapore might seem to be daunting at first, with its glamorous buildings and all. However, with a recent rise of backpackers the Singapore Tourism Board had made cheap traveling in Singapore a little bit easier. Nowadays backpacking in Singapore is not impossible anymore. With the addition of free tourist attractions such as the Esplanade, backpackers will be delighted to visit this city.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is one of many iconic site of Singapore. It is located right next to the Merlion statue, another Singapore’s national icon, at the Merlion Park in 1 Esplanade Drive. Officially opened on 12 October 2002, the Esplanade is one of the world’s busiest art centers. The Esplanade is easily accessible via public buses, taxi services or MRT. By using the MRT, Esplanade is just a 10-minute walk from the City Hall and Esplanade Circle Line (Exit D) Stations through an underpass, which also links four shopping centers, which are Citylink, Raffles City, Marina Square, Suntec City and Millenia Walk. The nearest bus stop is also located along Raffles Avenue, outside the Esplanade Mall entrance. The taxi service stand is located at the Esplanade Mall entrance along Raffles Avenue. There is also free weekday parking for the first 3 hours between 12 to 5pm with minimum spend of $30 at any Esplanade Mall outlets. A basement car park in is also available in 808-lot park, situated below the center, that can be accessed from both sides of Esplanade Drive. Alternatively, if the parking lot is already full, there is ample parking at Marina Square.

Sitting on prime waterfront at Marina Bay, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay was Singapore’s “Central Park” of the day. It is a popular place for residents to meet, relax, take walks and find recreation. The Esplanade had been a place for social gatherings before colonialism, with Malay and Indonesian seafarers racing their boats off the coast near the Padang. Nowadays this place offers a complete lifestyle experience in dining, shopping and the performing arts. It was completed in 2002 and is well-recognized for its “prickly” exterior similar to the durian, a popular local fruit. There is no admission fee needed, except for ticketed events, to visit this place. Most people visit the Esplanade to see its striking architecture, or drop by the concert hall in the early afternoon to catch a lunchtime concert for a taste of what is on offer here. A hotspot for many recreational activities, live music and arts performances, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay programs are full of line-ups through the year, ensuring that you will get your art fix in the form of live music, dance, theatre, visual arts and performance art. The building has a concert hall with 1.600 seats, a performing arts theater with 2.000 seats, studios for rehearsal and multiple recital rooms. Its library is located on the 3rd floor of the building and there are centers for performing outdoors, as well as food and retail space at the building’s Mall. You can find an open air space on the 4th floor. The outer part of the Esplanade is a perfect spot for a romantic walk along the city’s waterfront at night. To see the famous symbol of the country, the Merlion, all you have to do is take a short stroll from the Esplanade.

Singapore Haw Par Villa

Singapore’s Haw Par Villa

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Singapore Haw Par Villa

Singapore Haw Par Villa

If you are traveling to Singapore, you do not have to be afraid that you will not be able to travel in budget. In fact, cheap traveling in Singapore is highly accommodated by its varying cheap hotels and attractions, one of such that you will encounter in Haw Par Villa.

Haw Par Villa is a Chinese mythological theme park in Singapore, located along 262 Pasir Panjang Road. You can get here with 10-minute bus ride from Harbour Front MRT Station then walk for 2 minutes from Exit A to Haw Par Villa. It opens daily from 9 am to 7 pm and it costs no admission fee at all, which is the reason why backpacking in Singapore is not impossible.

Originally known as Tiger Balm Gardens, the park was founded in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the Burmese brothers and businessmen behind the popular herbal ointment Tiger Balm. Wanting to give back to the community, they designed the park as a place where children could learn about traditional Chinese values as expressed through myth, legend and the tenets of Confucianism.  So was born the idea of extending the place to incorporate a garden in which Chinese legends would come to life. In 1979, this place was sold by the Aw family to the Singapore Tourist Board.

Haw Par Villa is like no other place in the world, with over 1.000 statues and 150 dioramas that dramatize Chinese legends and folklores. Founded on Chinese legends and values, this historical theme park has large, imposing statues from famous legends of old – featuring characters like Fu Lu Shou, Confucius, statues of the Laughing Buddha and the Goddess of Mercy, as well as dioramas of scenes from Journey to the West. Prepare to be fascinated by stories and images of ancient times, told vividly through storytelling here at Haw Par Villa.

The most well-known attraction is probably the Ten Courts of Hell exhibit, which depicts gruesome scenes of punishment and reincarnation popular to Buddhist belief in Chinese mythology, all set in a 60 meter-long trail of a Dragon. While it is questionable if a visit to Haw Par Villa will make your children better behaved, it will almost certainly give them nightmares. The dioramas in the Ten Courts of Hell illustrate the extremely specific punishments for different sins in extremely gruesome details. This is followed by Journey into the West, which retells the classic Chinese legend of monk Xuanzang in his search of Buddhist scriptures.

Of course, the Ten Courts of Hell is just one of the many things to see at Haw Par Villa. Most of the space is hilly gardens containing large sculptures and dioramas reflecting the art movements of the late thirties, with a strange mix of art deco and surrealism. It ranges from violent depictions such as a war between fish-men and a boy who’s been hit by a car, to out of place statues like the Statue of Liberty and a kangaroo, even to downright perplexing such as a wolf speaking on the telephone and a crab-lady. While these creatures’ statuettes must make sense to someone who already knows the original Chinese mythology, there are no signs explaining the story or significance behind them. Although it might seem weird, the Haw Par Villa is one quirky experience you must do while in Singapore.

Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple

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Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple

There are many attractions that have low cost to actually free, making cheap traveling in Singapore is possible. One of such places in Singapore is the renowned Sri Mariamman Temple. As Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, it would be such a waste to not visit this beautiful temple.

Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, located at 244 South Bridge Road in the downtown Chinatown district. To get there, you can take the MRT to City Hall Station, then take the SBS Transit bus (103, 166 or 197) or the North Bridge Road SMRT (Bus 61). It is opened daily from 7 am to 12 pm and costs no admission fee, perfect for those who went to backpacking in Singapore.

Sri Mariamman Temple, Mariamman Kovil or Kling Street Temple as it was popularly known then, was constructed by immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India. The temple is a dedication to the goddess Mariamman, who is worshipped to prevent sickness and death. The Sri Mariamman Temple was a shelter for the newly arrived immigrants, providing refuge untill they got permanent shelter and work. The temple was also the main place of worship and now it is a famous national and cultural heritage center.

It is an agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style and it serves mainly South Indian Tamil Hindu Singaporeans in the city-state. The temple’s ornamental tower entrance or Gopuram, has been a landmark to generations of Hindu worshippers and Singaporeans alike. The temple also reflects South Indian architectural influences, as seen by its pagoda-shaped tower. While you are at the entrance of the Sri Mariammam Temple, look up and see the tower covered by figurative sculptures of gods, goddesses and mythological beasts. Visible from afar, this temple will be hard to miss.

Of all the Sri Mariamman Temple’s beautiful features, the Gopuram Tower, which hovers above the entrance on South Bridge Road, is perhaps the most visually outstanding. It has a variety of ornamental decorations and six levels of Hindu deity sculptures made of plaster. The sculptures have very fine details and the sculptures get smaller on each level as one looks up. This makes the building look significantly taller than it really is. On each side of the Gopuram are Murugan and Krishna. The importance of this temple is highlighted by the very bright colors covering its facade. After entering past the large timber doors, embellished with small golden bells, the Gopuram entrance puts the sacred into perspective through its sheer size. Humbled devotees would leave their footwear outside and would ring the bells as they entered. The ceiling reveals a painted ‘mandela’ and the temple is brightened with natural light.

The firewalking festival, Thimithi, is celebrated here annually around October and November each year. The temple is also a choice venue for Hindu weddings. Come here in the early evening and make sure to take off your shoes and dress a bit conservatively. You will see priests, worshippers and musicians taking part in sensual, centuries-old rituals. You will also see many offerings, all beautifully arranged. Mango and coconut leaves are signs of purity; and bananas are signs of abundance. If you only have time for one temple, make a visit to Sri Mariammam as you explore the Chinatown Trail.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens

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The Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens

If you are on a low budget but still wanted to see wondrous things out there in the world, why don’t you try cheap traveling in Singapore? With a lot of cheap hotels, restaurants and attractions, backpacking in Singapore is not as hard as everyone thought it would be. As an addition, many of Singapore’s attraction cost less and even free of admission, such as the Singapore Botanical Garden.

Singapore Botanical Garden is located in 1 Cluny Road and it is open daily from 5 am till midnight for the main Gardens. Entrance to the Gardens is easy through the Gardens’ major entrances: Tanglin Gate, Burkill Gate, Nassim Gate and Cluny Park Gate, and through the Bukit Timah Entrance. If you are going by Mass Rapid Transit, alight at Eco Garden, the North end of the Gardens, via the Botanic Gardens Station. This new station along the Circle Line brings you closer to the junction of Bukit Timah and Cluny Park Road and provides you access to the NUS School of Law. Car Parking Facilities are also available at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Centre, Bukit Timah Car Park at Bukit Timah Core, Botany Centre, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and Public Parking along Tyersall Avenue for those who prefer going by cars. You can also get to the Gardens by Public Bus via Holland Road or Bukit Timah Road.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a living monument to the the founding fathers of Singapore. The Gardens at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society. The first Botanic Gardens, initiated by Raffles, were located on the slopes of Government Hill (now known as Fort Canning Hill). Its purpose then was the experimental cultivation of plants, such as nutmeg and clove, to evaluate their economic value and suitability as cash crops. Now it has became a revered horticultural masterpiece and verdant oasis lying close to the busy Orchard Road area. It is beloved by early morning tai chi exponents, families, joggers and nature enthusiasts. Besides playing its role as a botanical institution, tourist destination, and regional park, the Singapore Botanic Gardens also function as an international Gardens and a regional centre for botanical and horticultural research and training.

Located here also is the National Orchid Garden, lauded as the world’s largest orchid display featuring over 60,000 plants and orchids, with 700 varying species and more than 2,000 hybrids. The National Orchid Garden is opened from 8.30 am to 7 pm daily and while admission is free for entering the main garden, a small fee is needed before entering the National Orchid Garden. The admission to the National Orchid Garden is $5 for adults, $1 for senior citizens (60 years and above), $1 students (please produce your student pass), and free for children 12 and below of age. Besides enjoying the flora and fauna on show, you can also wine and dine in award-winning eateries like Au Jardin and Halia. The Library Shop and Garden Shop are also excellent places to pick up souvenirs, books and plants for your loved ones. When you’re done enjoying the scenic views of the gardens, hop into the food court near Tanglin Gate for a traditional local breakfast of soft-boiled eggs, coffee and toast slathered with coconut jam.

Footprints Backpacker Hostel

Footprints Backpacker Hostel

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Footprints Backpacker Hostel

Footprints Backpacker Hostel

One of the most popular and most visited hotels for backpacker in Singapore city, Footprints Backpacker Hostel provides a great alternative for restful and good value accommodation for any travelers. Among many cheap hotels in Singapore, Footprints Backpacker Hostel is one of the more preferred accommodation options for those with limited budget.

located at 25A Perak Rd Singapore, Footprints Backpacker Hostel is located right in the middle of one of the most colorful, culturally rich and exotic centre for Singapore’s Indian community, the Little India District.

You can make your way to Footprints by MRT, taxi or bus. If you’re using MRT, take the MRT to Little India station. The journey takes about 30 minutes travel time with MRT fare less than SGD $3. After getting down on Little India station, Footprints is just 5 to 10 minutes away on foot. You may also use a taxi to our hostel and it takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes ride, but at a higher cost fare, about SGD $20 before midnight and about SGD $30 after midnight. Certain surcharges might also apply, for example like airport surcharge, Public Holiday surcharge etc, which can cost from S$4 to S$10.

Footprints Backpacker Hostel

Footprints Backpacker Hostel

Footprints backpacker hostel is newly-renovated for comfortable, clean and affordable accommodation in a friendly, cozy and relaxed environment. While they might not be able to provide you with luxurious comfort trip but they do their best to make their visitors feel at home. All of their rooms are fully air-conditioned and most of them have windows that you can open if it’s fresh tropical air you are looking for. They provide comfortable beds which comes with clean fresh linen so that all of their guests may enjoy a restful night in. the bathroom is equiped with high pressured hot and cold showers. As cleanliness is a priority, Footprints Backpacker Hostel take pride in keeping their rooms clean and well-maintained. The price include free breakfast consisting of bread, variety of jams and peanut butter, cornflakes, milk, coffee, tea and fresh fruits and communal use of hostel’s facilities.

Footprints Backpacker Hostel has cctv installed to monitor various parts of the hostel and lockers are available for safekeeping. They also provide coin-operated laundry services, 24 hours wi-fi, and a range of souvenirs as a keepsake of your memories staying with them. They also have spacious and cozy communal area with a large collection of games, and a well-stocked library with both travel and non-travel related books and magazines. You may also relax in front of their 42-inch LCD television and collections of movies. Alternatively, you may also chill out and meet new friends at Footprints coffee club where a variety of food and drinks will be served with a pool table to wrap up the day.

For more information, please visit http://www.footprintshostel.com.sg/,

Contact Email: booking@footprintshostel.com.sg,

FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/FootprintsHostelSingapore,

Phone No: +65 6295 5134 or Fax No: +65 6296 3617

The InnCrowd Hostel

The InnCrowd Hostel

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The InnCrowd Hostel

The InnCrowd Hostel

Are you a traveler or a backpacker looking for a cheap hotel in Singapore? Then look forward to stay in one of the best hotels for backpacker to stay in Singapore, The Inn Crowd hostel. At first glance it might seem that The Inn Crowd is looked just like any typical backpacker hostel as you’d find in Singapore. However, with clean accommodation and comfy living areas where travelers like to hang and saccharine-sweet staff, The Inn Crowd easily bests any other hostels around.

Located in 73 Dunlop St Singapore, The Inn Crowd is always busy and has spilled over to a second building down the street. They transformed, re-built, space planned and out-fitted a 2.5 storey and another 3 storey turn of the century conservation shop-house to become a hostel especially designed for backpackers. Both are located in The Historic Little India Conservation District within 1 minutes walk for each other where visitors have access to both of them. It is located beside a 7 Eleven store and a Bar/Resto on the right and in front of the hostels are various pubs and bars which come alive at night. It takes 6 minutes walk from either of the 2 MRT lines, the Bugis MRT (Green Line) if you’re coming from the Airport, or Little India MRT (Purple Line).  If you are coming from the airport you can either take a 30 minute taxi ride directly to the hostel.

The Inn Crowd is immaculate throughout and furnished to extremely high standards. There is one large dorm upstairs, and a much smaller one on the middle floor so most people will sleep in the same room. However it is cleverly designed with partition-walls everywhere so it feels more private. Dorms are compact, but clean. Each bed has a security locker just outside the door to the dorm – padlocks and keys are provided at reception, free of charge. To eliminate clutter, there is a separate side-room for storing bags with its own light to avoid waking everyone up when someone is checking their luggage. Decent bedding is provided and very strict in not letting you use your sleeping bag or sleep-sheet in order to stops the spread of bed-bugs.

There are other facilities as well, such as the stainless steel cooker and fridge are top-of-the-range and there are two large pine tables for dining on, providing a great opportunity to get to know other guests. Breakfasts are provided with two eggs, toast, and tea or coffee, or cook it yourself. And there is free internet access with super-fast connection and flat-screen monitors. Several times a week they coordinate excursions to local attractions so you don’t have to go alone and can share some of the travel costs as well. Remember, everyone is expected to take their shoes off indoors to keep the hostel’s cleanliness.

These are the room rates at The Inn Crowd hostel

*  Dorm bed SG$20.00

Prices are based on per person per bed for dorms.

*  Twin Room – 2 Single Beds SG$59.00

*  Double Room – 1 Double Bed SG$59.00

*  Triple Room – 1 Double + 1 Single Bed SG$79.00

All rates are in Singapore Dollars and they include breakfast, linen, locker, internet access

To preserve the backpacker atmosphere, all travelers staying with us must be at least 17 years of age.

For more information, visit http://www.the-inncrowd.com/hostel.htm or phone: (65) 6296 9169

For Inquiry: inquiry@the-inncrowd.com

For Reservations:  reservations@the-inncrowd.com

Ali’s Nest

Ali’s Nest

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Ali’s Nest

Ali’s Nest

If you are a traveler that is looking for an affordable overnight stay in cheap hotel in Singapore, then Ali’s Nest might be your best choice. With a quiet room and the taste of the local culture embedded inside this comfy establishment, Ali’s Nest is indeed the hotel for backpacker who is looking for affordable stay in Singapore.

Little India is full of great hostels and Ali’s Nest is no exception; backpackers will find everything they need for both short and long stays. Located in Roberts Lane 23 Little India, Ali’s Nest Ali’s Nest might be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re willing to sacrifice creature comforts to save money. While Ali’s Nest might be one of the recommended hotels for backpacker, it was quite a task to find the place as there is no real sign like any other establishment. To reach Ali’s Nest, you can use either a cab or the public transportation. From the Airport or Harbor Front, take the subway (MRT) to Farrer Park station (Exit C) and if you’re from Queen Street bus station or Lavender bus station, it is 15 minutes walk to the nest. Ali’s Nest is a stone’s throw away from a vibrantly colored Little India, and on a little side street that backs onto a Mosque. It is also not too far away from Singapore’s red light district, if that tickles your fancy. All in all, the Nest is a lovely 5 minute stroll from the city, but be prepared to stop and take in the atmosphere that the suburb Little India generates.

The setup of Ali’s Nest is more of a homestay than a proper hostel so you won’t find any plush lounge or even a proper sign, but you will get a warm welcome from Ali and his family. Ali welcomes you into his home with open arms as do the rest of his family who also live there. If you have ever wondered what ‘home from home’ means then this is the place to experience it. The kitchen is the epicenter of the hostel here you can catch up with fellow travelers and also quiz Ali on his knowledge of his home city. While the communal kitchen and sitting area are cluttered with the family’s possessions, rooms are shockingly spartan and cramped. It has a lived-in feeling where the rooms are basic and most have bunks. The bathroom is also simple but with the luxury of hot shower. This is not a choice for fussy travelers but some may value the opportunity to experience Singapore like a local. Apart from a lifetime of local knowledge, Ali provides a basic breakfast of toast and jam, and tea/coffee, which you can get up and make yourself. It also has Free WiFi Internet and 2 computers with high speed Internet (ADSL) for 2sgd/hour rate.

For all bookings or information please send e-mail to alisnest@yahoo.com.sg or call to +65 9245 2376

For more information regarding Ali’s Nest, please visit http://www.alisnest.com

Old Airport Road Food Center

Old Airport Road Food Center

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Old Airport Road Food Center

Old Airport Road Food Center

Hawker center is a unique eating place of Singapore which you must visit while you are there. It houses dozens of local Singapore drinks and food stalls under one roof where you will never run out of choice. Hawker Center is also called as cheap restaurants in Singapore, as it is a place to taste good local food with comparable price to coffee shops. One of the great things about eating in Singapore is that the most unappealing-looking places often house the most revered hawkers. Old Airport Road Food Centre is widely regarded as one of the best hawker centers in Singapore. Here you will not only find nearly all the different hawker dishes, but also some of Singapore’s best hawker stalls such as Matter Rd Seafood, Toa Payoh Rojak and much beloved fried Hokkien prawn noodle.

Old Airport Road Food Center is located in the eastern side of Singapore, 51 Old Airport Road Singapore 390051, near Dakota district. To reach this hawker center, you can take the public transportation such as bus or MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). From the Changi International Airport, you can take an East West Line MRT from and stop Paya Lebar. Then you have to take another MRT to get to Old Airport Road Food Center in Dakota. You can also take one of the bus lines, starting from line 10, 16, 30, 30E, 31, 32 and 33. There is a bus stop near the hawker, and you will only have to walk for around 2 minutes to from there.

At Old Airport Road Food Center, good food can be had even if you hate standing in queues. Here, the dishes are cheaper and the food are tastier compared to other hawker centers. Best of all, Old Airport Road is where you will find some of the best chili crab in Singapore for less than half the price of the big name seafood restaurants. You can also test the famous Old Airport Oyster Omelet, which is famous for a reason. This oyster omelet is mainly made from flour and eggs with oysters being added on top when it is served. The chili is important as it is the favorite flavor among Singaporeans. The other popular dish here is the soft, smooth handmade rice rolls from Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun. The cook dips sheets made from rice flour into boiling water before transferring them to a well-oiled surface and deftly rolling them into one of the main ingredients of your choice, starting from prawns, char siew, chicken or mushrooms. If you like salad, you can try Toa Payoh Rojak which is basically an Asian salad with assorted ingredients such as pineapple, cucumbers, tapioca, crispy ‘You Tiao’ (floor deeped fry) and cuttlefish (optional) is added in some versions. For the dessert and beverage, you can order ice kacang or chendol.

Arguably the best hawker center in Singapore, it is worth trekking out to the Singaporean heartlands just for a meal at Old Airport Road Food Center. As one of cheap restaurants in Singapore, the tasty food served here is relatively cheaper compared to other restaurants. Grab a bite of the famous chili crab or oyster omelet here, and you will be back in no time.

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

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Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

One of the experiences you absolutely will not want to miss when you are visiting Singapore is to eat out in a local hawker centre. Situated all over the island, these restaurant-like complexes contain former street food stalls and offer a huge variety of Asian meals at low prices. One of the best cheap restaurants in Singapore is Chomp Chomp Hawker Center in Serangoon Gardens. In just this one hawker center, you can taste good quality versions of several popular Singaporean dishes. Locals are frequently come here every day, and it has not been utterly spoiled by tourism like other popular hawker center like Maxwell or East Coast Lagoon. Chomp Chomp Hawker Center comes to life in the evenings, when food lovers from all over the island and flock to the hawker center to enjoy local signature dishes such as grilled stingray, barbecued chicken wings, carrot cake, ice kacang, popiah, Hokkien Mee and many more. This is the place where you will enjoy a quality dining experience where you can watch the spontaneous acts of kamikaze-type chefs as they prepare your food, and the vibrant, bustling atmosphere of the place.

 

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center is located at 20 Kensington Park Road Singapore 557269 near the Serangoon Garden, so that it is also known among the locals as the Serangoon Gardens Food Centre. There are several ways to reach this place, especially if you are coming from the Changi International Airport. You can either take a bus or MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) from the airport. If you want to take a bus, you can take either bus service 73, 136, 315 or 317 to reach Chomp Chomp Hawker Center. As for MRT, you can take East West Line from the airport, then stop at Paya Lebar to take another MRT, Circle Line, going north and stop at Serangoon Garden. You can already see the hawker center from the garden.

This hawker center is famous for its delicious barbequed food. If you happen to visit this place, you definitely have to order a barbeque stingray (usually eaten with lots of sambal chilli) and barbeque chicken wings. The barbeque stingray is cooked on banana leaves and served with sliced shallots, sambal chilli, garlice and most importantly, lime. Squeezing the lime over the squid makes for an exquisite mix and it is very delicious. The satay, skewered meat cooked over charcoal, served here which is served with cucumbers, onions, and peanut paste is really good as well. If you want, you can enjoy the satay along with ketupat (compressed rice wrapped in palm leaves). There is a stall here that has persistently long queues, which is the Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee. It is a fried dish consisting of yellow and white noodles cooked with prawns, egg, meat pieces and bean sprouts. For drinks, the sweet, light and refreshing sugarcane juice is the way to go here.

A food trip in Singapore is not complete without visiting one of the hawker centers in the island. One glance at the crowd and you’ll know the reputation of Chomp Chomp Hawker Center is not just for name only. This cheap restaurant in Singapore offers a cheap, authentic, and wonderful way to sample the local specialties.

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