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MUST TRY THE
greatest culture shock, take a visit to
Bugis. Have a walk through the jampacked street market, where there is
a Chinese traditional temple and a
Hindu temple almost right beside
each other, and you must have a peek
inside. Also on this street are fortune
tellers and you'll see people gathered
around old men, known here as
'uncles', who sell healing remedies.
The best thing about having all
these cu tures effective y under one
roof is the food. Try the hawker (food)
centres for a taste of everything.
In China Town, tourists get stuck
on the main streets rather than these
local food stalls, where the food is not
only amazing but really cheap.
The refurbished shop-houses that
line the streets of Little India contain
not only boutique restaurants but
the best Indian food, which puts
our takeaways back home to shame.
Another must is frothy milk tea
called teh tarik in the Malay Quarter
that's just 55p. Take a walk round here
for the bespoke perfume shop and
popular Instagram spot Haji Lane,
which is ed with co our u gra ti.
If you go on a Friday night, there will
be live music and street parties.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A top spot for the best local food is
Lau Pa Sat. The old market was built
over 175 years ago and is now dwarfed
by skyscrapers in the business district.
isit at night because they c ose off
the road, chairs are laid out and it
transforms into Satay Street.
One of the main touristy things to
do here is try the famous chilli crab.
The sauce is the star and you have
to remember to order the mantou,
which are the steamed buns that
go with it to soak up all the goodness.
For the best, head to the East Coast.
There are tons of places by the beach,
but a local favourite is Hua Yu Wee.
here are huge sh tanks where you
can see your dinner) and big round
tables, which are perfect for groups.
Chilli crab is the top choice on the
enu but cerea cray sh and b ack
e er crab are de nite y worth a try.
Once you've had food, it's time for
cocktails. Club Street may sound like
Maga u but its ed with uirky
restaurants and bars. One called
Oxwell & Co does pina coladas on tap,
and the Screening Room has the best
lychee martini in town and private
roo s showing cu t c assic
s. or a
touristy, party vibe, go to Clarke Quay.
On a night out, the best way to
go to these spots is to hop on one of
Singapore's party buses. With lighting
effects asers s oke and rea y oud
usic its de nite y an ex erience.
Drinks are expensive but for the
best offers go out on ednesday as
it is Ladies' Night, and there are huge
discounts and prizes to be won. You
can win spa vouchers and diamonds
at places like Cé La Vie, on top of
the famous surfboard at Marina Bay
Sands hotel. There are also martinis
for £5 at 1-Altitude, which is one of
the highest roof-top bars in the world.
SEEING THE SIGHTS
Aside from the food and cocktails,
there are so any different things
you can do here. You have to get a
se e with the Mer ion the nations
ythica and ark and ardens by
the Bay is not to be missed. There are
18 super-trees and 11 of those harvest
solar energy that powers the music
and light display show every night.
Also spend a day walking around
inga ores otanic ardens. heres
a lovely café called Bee's Knees that
serves fresh pizza, pasta, salads and
cakes. There's sometimes music events
in the bandstand and keep an eye out
for monitor lizards roaming around.
The National Museum of Singapore
is worth a visit, and nearby shopping
s ot rchard oad is a street ed
with malls. A short walk from here is
SEE THE SUPERTREES AT GARDENS
BY THE BAY
Dempsey Hill, where you'll completely
escape feeling like you're in a big city.
If you're the outdoorsy type, there
are plenty of places for a good hike.
The MacRitchie Reservoir, Chinese
ardens and or a beauti u s ot to
watch the sun go down, you must
head to Henderson Waves Bridge.
One of the strangest and most
interesting places to visit is Chinese
theme park Haw Par Villa. It was built
in 1937 by the brothers who founded
Tiger Balm to illustrate stories from
Chinese mythology. Some of the
scu tures are uite disturbing
Par Villa is famous for its depictions of
Chinese folklore's 10 Courts of Hell.
A quick stop in Singapore is simply
not enough. The cultures that bring
with it amazing food and things to see
justify the country as a place to put
at the top of your wish list.
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