Kampong Glam of Singapore

Hello backpackers,

A favourite tourist hotspot in Singapore, especially for adventurous and curious backpackers, is the Kampong Glam area, located in the city area of Singapore.

Kampong Glam of Singapore

Kampong Glam of Singapore

Kampong Glam was originally a fishing village. Later, it became an area for the Malay royalty in Singapore.

The most popular tourist attraction is Sultan Mosque, the largest mosque in Singapore, where Singaporean Muslims gather to pray.

Sultan Mosque in Singapore's Kampong Glam

Sultan Mosque in Singapore’s Kampong Glam

Just across the street, Kampong Glam Cafe serves delicious local food for tourists to try. Famous Malay Singaporean food include roti prata, nasi lemak and mee rebus.

Kampong Glam Cafe in Singapore

Kampong Glam Cafe in Singapore

After enjoying a lunch of the best Malay food in Singapore, tourists in Kampong Glam like to appreciate traditional malay art at the Malay Art Gallery, a 3 minute walk from Kampong Glam Cafe. The Malay Art Gallery showcases artefacts and artists’ works from Malays in Asia.

Malay art at Kampong Glam

Malay art at Kampong Glam

The shops that line the roads of Kampong Glam sell textiles with traditional Malay patterns and designs that make great tourist souvenirs. If you have time to spare, you could buy some cloth and tailor make a traditional Malay costume for yourself.

Malay textiles at Kampong Glam

Malay textiles at Kampong Glam

Buy discounted attraction tickets at
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

Your Singapore Guide

Singapore Discovery Centre

Hey tourists,

To find out about unique Singapore culture and to learn about the history of Singapore, the best place to visit is the Singapore Discovery Centre. In 1992, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) approved setting up of the Singapore Discovery Centre with the mission of sharing the Singapore Story.

Singapore Discovery Centre

Singapore Discovery Centre

Inside the Singapore Discovery Centre, visitors get to participate in interesting  exhibits. The Crisis Simulation Theatre simulates a situation in which a bomb explodes at Raffles Place MRT station. Tourists learn about Singapore’s History in a fun way through MTV Style at the Gateway. The Hit the Dancefloor exhibit teaches visitors dance steps of traditional cultural dances of the various races in Singapore. At the Be a General of the Battlefield exhibit, visitors participate in an immersive 3rd Generation SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) game.

The Army Museum of Singapore is located just beside the Singapore Discovery Centre. Visitors learn about war through the 500 sets of war artefacts on display and pay tribute to all who have selflessly contributed to Singapore’s defence.

Battle tank at Army Museum of Singapore

Battle tank at Army Museum of Singapore

Singapore Discovery Centre
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Address: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore

Buy discounted attraction tickets at
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

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Singapore Fun Fact #17 – How Singapore’s Dhoby Ghaut was named

Hi tourists,

When travelling around in Singapore, you will likely visit this place called Dhoby Ghaut, especially if you are travelling on the MRT (the local subway/metro). Dhoby Ghaut is on the North-South line (red line), the North-East line (purple line) and the Circle line (yellow line) in central Sinagapore area.

Often, tourists are mind boggled by the strange names that places in Singapore have. The stories behind these names are really interesting!

Dhoby is a Hindi word meaning “laundrymen”; Ghaut is also a Hindi word meaning “by the river side’. In the olden days in Singapore, Dhoby Ghaut used to be by the river side, and Indian men staying around the area used to do their laundry at the bank of the river.

Singapore's Dhoby Ghaut - Laundrymen by the river

Singapore’s Dhoby Ghaut – Laundrymen by the river

To order discounted tickets:
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312 

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

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Fort Canning Park, Singapore

Hello backpackers,

Budget travellers in Singapore often have their eyes peeled for the best free places to visit. Is Fort Canning Park on your list of Singapore’s must-see attractions? Because it really ought to be!

Fort Canning Park Singapore

Fort Canning Park Singapore

Interesting tourist facts about Singapore’s Fort Canning Park:

  • Fort Canning was previously known as Bukit Laragan, meaning Forbidden Hill in Malay, before Sir Stamford Raffles discovered Singapore.
  • It was where Singapore’s first botanical garden was built in 1822.
  • It was also where the colony’s governors lived, thus it was called Goverment Hill.
  • In 1859, Fort Canning was taken over by the military and was converted into a fort.
  • During World War II, it was the headquarters of the Singapore Base district of the British Army.
  • When Singapore attained independence, the Singapore Armed Forces took over Fort Canning.

Today, Fort Canning houses Singapore’s Registry of Marriages. Tourists visiting the place can often catch glimpses of brides and bridegrooms taking their wedding shoots. Its clearings are used for musical performances such as ballet under the stars and is also used for the WOMAD, Singapore’s largest music festival.

To order discounted tickets:
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312 

Free delivery to your hotel/hostel in Singapore.
All Singapore attraction tickets available.
Guaranteed best price in Singapore.

Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

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Streets of Singapore

Hi backpackers,

Since you like to roam the streets of Singapore, did you know what the back alleys of Singapore shophouses are used for?

They are usually used as
1. an escape route in terms of  fire
2. for people to dispose of their waste
3. random services like the barber’s seen at Aliwal Street (MUST TRY)  below

Singapore barber

Need a haircut?

Singapore barber 2

Your friendly neighbourhood barber, at your service!

Places of interest nearby to visit include:

Sultan Mosque
Madrasah Alsagoff

Yellow Mansion
Istana Kampong Glam
Haji Lane
Arab Street

Visit a street barber at Kampong Glam today!

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Set Meal with Chatters @ Silver Spring

Hi tourists,

I was exploring the Kampong Glam area yesterday and I walked by Parkview Square. A turquoise shelter facing the quaint little garden caught my eye.

Quaint Cafe Chatters @ Silver Spring

I was curious and went nearer to take a look. I noticed that all the staff there save for one was above 55 years old and my curiosity was further enhanced.

I set down and the owner, Helen came by. I told her about what I noticed and it turned out that Chatters Cafe was started by her as a second career after her own retirement as a HR professional. She wanted to offer Chatters Cafe as a chance for a second career to people who wanted to work beyond retirement.

So every one who works there, save for the barista is above 55. They exude youth beyond their chronological age and have bounce in every step that they take, all befitting the vision of Silver Spring, Helen’s consultancy company that offers advice for a second career!

So come down and taste the aromas of a second spring!

Set Meal @ Chatters

Dine on the delicious fare specially whipped up by Chef Charles, 62 years young, with decades of experience under his belt, collected in the kitchens of reknown Swiss restaurants. Be served by Chef Charles’ teammates, members of a boisterous group of senior citizens running this social enterprise cafe. Enjoy a chat over a meal with your friends in the air-conditioned indoors, or enjoy a quiet night under the starry sky at the al-fresco area at the courtyard outside.

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

Goodbye to a (Singapore) Childhood @ Wessex Village

Hi tourists,

A very interesting video made by a dear friend, it tells the story of her childhood at Wessex Village. Of railway trains and forest green. Read her blog here.

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/15039351?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&#8243; width=”400″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/15039351″>Goodbye to a Childhood</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user4379328″>Liyi Chen</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

This kind of reminds me of the National Day Parade 2011 song here