Living in the outskirts of Singapore has several advantages: first, you get to see more of the Singaporean culture and accommodation is generally cheaper.
The East side of Singapore can be broadly classified into four areas: East Coast, Joo Chiat, Pasir Ris and Changi. In the East Coast area, you'll find many great restaurants as well as a chance to learn more about the Peranakan culture, or just shop to your heart's content and engage in recreational activities at the East Coast Park.
The Grand Mecure Roxy Hotel, located at Roxy Square, is within walking distance to two main malls, Katong Shopping Centre and Parkway Parade to do a spot of shopping and is easily accessible to the main attractions in Singapore. Its chic design and family-friendly vibe will make one feel instantly at home.
Located nearby is the Paramount Hotel at Marine Parade, which affords you wonderful views of Singapore as each room has its own private balcony. Choose from the range of basic rooms to the more luxurious and have a wonderfully restive stay. For a more cultural experience, head over to the Le Peranakan Hotel Singapore at a row of beautifully conserved shophouses, with their rooms done up in Straits Chinese style.
For more wallet-friendly option, head over to East Coast Park's Goldkist Beach Resort. The lodgings here are generally very basic, which would be sufficient for the on-the-go traveller who just needs a place to sleep.
Bond with other backpackers at Aces Lodges @ Siglap, where you'll find travellers with similar interests to get tips on where to go and money saving tips in Singapore. The lodge offers up clean, safe and basic accommodation.
Joo Chiat Visitors to Joo Chiat should check out the Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre to sample local cuisine. Here you can also check out olden trades like popiah skin makers, bakers baking fresh buns as well as see the unofficial Little Vietnam for the proliferation of Vietnamese restaurants that have blossomed in recent years.
Gateway Hotel Singapore is a boutique hotel in a beautifully restored shophouse, mingling the traditional and modern effortlessly and promising comfortably chic lodgings.
Betel Box Backpacker Hostel, Ideal Backpackers, WOW Hostels offer up budget-friendly accommodation in cosy surroundings, allowing travellers to get much-needed rest while in a social environment. The latter two are situated at Geylang, where aside from witnessing the red-light nocturnal activities, you can also dine on frog leg porridge.
If your main aim is to relax with the family, you might want to consider Costa Sands Resort at Downtown East. Situated in the vicinity of the Pasir Ris MRT (train) station, you can zip down to the city area in a flash. Head down to the family-friendly theme parks at Downtown East, where the Wild Wild Wet await or over to the Pasir Ris Park for a time of picnicking, barbequing, inline skating and cycling. Shopaholics can find retail therapy at the White Sands mall.
The area is similar to Pasir Ris and East Coast, with a laidback vibe running through the area. Changi Village is not only a great place to visit for its beaches and its food; it also serves as an eye-opener to the seedier aspects of the area, where you can spot solicitations from transgender people.
The hotel here, Changi Village Hotel, is not sleazy, instead it exudes an air of relaxed elegance that will be welcoming to weary travellers. Alternatively, you can stay real close to the airport to make sure you don't oversleep at Changi Airport, which provides all the amenities you'd need as well as access to the MRT station to get to the main attractions in the city.
Find accommodation outside of the main city area to save and see interesting local culture in Singapore.
Staying East of the City