3 Day Itinerary for the Young World Traveller

By: shimin on 21 Jan 2013
Day 1

First up, shop at Bugis Street. This is the place to be for a good bargain, especially for streetwear that is all the rage in Asia. Venture beyond the accessories on the ground floor and wander through the upper floors for more variety. Remember, this place opens at 11am and closes at 10pm.

Next, get away from the maddening crowd along Orchard Road, and shop at at Haji Lane instead. These independent shops cater to both genders, and some stock quirky pieces by local designers. Look out for sales and shops that sell pieces at bargain prices.

Venture to the Sultan Mosque to find out a little more about Islam in Singapore. Proposed by Sultan Hussain Shah, who ruled Singapore before Raffles, this Mosque is quite hard to miss as it sports a golden dome. Guided tours are provided for tourists, but remember to dress conservatively when you go.

Next, head to the Malay Heritage Centre. This museum shows how the early Malay settlers lived in 19th century Singapore. Travel back in time by taking a gander at the artifacts and paintings.

In the evening, chill out at Blu Jaz Cafe. This is one of Singapore's watering holes where people go to mingle and see local musicians perform. Pop-in for a few drinks and a casual chat.

End your night at The Rupee Room, especially if you're tired of Top 40 hits. Groove to the sounds of Bollywood in this club instead. Admission, inclusive of a free drink, is $15.

Day 2
Take a walk through Chinatown, which starts from Pagoda Street. Get an early start and see the street come to life. Each store has something unique to offer, so do keep your eyes open for interesting souvenirs or strange finds. Restaurants there are relatively cheap, but be wary of vendors who will try to fleece you. Alternatively, you could also have lunch at Maxwell Food Centre for cheap and delicious local fare.

Do make a point to check out the Chinatown Heritage Centre, which chronicles the lives of early Chinese settlers in Singapore. Take a sneak peek at their living quarters, opium dens, and imagine what it was like to live in 19th century Singapore.

Next, check out the Thian Hock Keng Temple, which is devoted to one of the Chinese Gods, Mazu, goddess of the sea. Intricate carvings of phoenixes and dragons which adorn the temple. Spot the detailing in the décor!

After that, get some quiet time at Littered With Books. While it's not Shakespeare and Company, this small bookstore will cater to your literary whims. Staff are helpful and well-read, which makes browsing easier and more fun. Venture to the second floor for more.

Dine at Duxton Hill’s many restaurants or re-trace your steps and head back to Ann Siang Road, which has a many restaurants and bars, including Barrio Chino. For more local fare, head back to Chinatown Food Street for more spicy delights. Another place to be seen at is Avalon, located at Marina Bay Sands.

Day 3

Wander though The Peranakan Museum, which is dedicated to the people who embody the melting pot of Asia; they have blended both Malay and Chinese culture to create their own identity. Learn more about their culture with the detailed exhibits here.

Head to the National Museum of Singapore to piece together the culture and history of Singapore. Visitors will learn about how this British colony has developed into a modern day metropolis. An audio guide is recommended, especially if you love history.

To round up this little learning tour, visit the Asian Civilisations Museum, which provides visitors with more information about Southeast Asia. This three-storey museum is filled with artifacts, ranging from porcelain figures to Javanese temple sculptures.

For dinner options, check out Timbre @ The Substation, where local live bands play every day of the week. Happy Hour deals are also available.

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