Please take a look at Part 1 and Part 2 below.
The trip worked according to the following schedule.
Day 1: Arrive in Singapore
Day 2: Visit the three major zoos
Day 3: Admire the Marina Bay Sands
Day 4: Sightseeing in the Marina area
Day 5: Sentosa Island
Day 6: Katong district and Chinatown
Day 7: Arab Street and Little India
Day 8: Transfer to Malaysia
This time it’s all about shopping on Arab Street and in Little India!
Day 6: Visit the cute streets of Katong and Chinatown
Stroll through the photogenic Katong district
On the sixth day, we started with a stroll through the Katong district, a cute and colorful area.
This colorful style is due to the “Prakanan culture”, which is a mixture of Malay culture and Chinese culture.
In the past, Chinese men married Malay women, and the two cultures mixed together.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen this style in my life.
The Katong district has a rich culture of Prakanan.
In particular, Khun Saen Street is a spot where cute pastel colored houses are lined up.
This place is for women who like pastel colors!
The Katong area is dotted with cute buildings, so we enjoyed strolling around at our leisure.
Basic information about Coonsaeng Road
Hours: None, but be careful not to disturb the residents!
Address: Koon Seng Rd
For lunch at a casual cafe
We walked to the I12 Katong shopping mall.
I found Toast Box and decided to have lunch there.
Toast Box is a bakery, but they also offer a set of Singapore’s specialties and drinks.
I ordered the Singapore mee goreng and lemon tea. At $6 (480 yen) for the set, it was pretty cheap!
The taste was spicy, but it was energizing.
It seems that many people come here for the kaya toast for breakfast. I want to try the kaya toast next time!
I12 Katong also has a Starbucks, so it’s a great place to take a break after a long day of exploring the Katong area.
Basic information about Toast Box – I12 Katong
Opening hours: 7:30am – 10:00pm
Closed: No particular holidays
Address: 112 E Coast Rd, I12, Singapore
A gelato shop with gentle flavors
There was an ice cream shop near where we had lunch, so we came here for dessert.
A variety of 15 botanical gelatos with spices and herbs.
This time I ordered the mango, which I really wanted to try, for $5 (400 yen).
The gelato was delicious, with a natural flavor that wasn’t too sweet.
Next time I want to try their signature dish, the Strawberry Basil!
Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique Basic Information
Opening hours: 12:00 – 22:30
Address: 63 E Coast Rd, 01-05, Singapore
After eating the gelato, we went on our merry way, browsing the nearby grocery stores.
The buildings in Prakanan are very pretty in color.
There were many buildings that made me flutter just looking at them.
Grocery heaven! Wandering around Chinatown
Taking a bus from Katong district, we came to Chinatown.
The main “Pagoda Street” is rich in Chinese petit goods.
There were many cute retro tableware and tea sets.
The prices are all pretty cheap, including $10 for three.
It’s a good idea to take your time and enjoy shopping until you find your favorite.
There was also a store selling colorful Prakanan tableware.
Gorgeous colors, so cute!
Of course, there are also souvenirs from Singapore.
Tea in a wooden box with a Singaporean flair.
I’d buy a packet of this…!
Pagoda Street is full of cute goods and it was fun just looking at them.
Visiting the oldest temple in Singapore
A short walk from Pagoda Street, we came to the Siang Hock Keng Temple.
A pretty wall depicting the history of Singapore.
The Siang Hock Keng Temple is the oldest Taoist temple in Singapore.
We were supposed to be able to go inside, but it was past opening time and we couldn’t get in… too bad…
It seems that you can only enter the temple until 5:30 p.m., so be careful if you’re going there in the future.
After savoring the atmosphere from outside, we decided to go out for dinner.
Basic information about Siang Hock Keng Temple
Opening hours: 7:30am to 5:30pm
Closed: No particular day
Address: 158 Telok Ayer St, Singapore
Enjoy local food at a street stall
For dinner, we decided to eat at the “Chinatown Food Street”.
There are many food stalls and cooler food shops lined up here, so you can definitely find something you want to eat.
Most of the food is Chinese, but there are also some Singaporean specialties such as chili crab.
We ordered fried rice for dinner. It tasted like seafood, and it was damn good!
The price was about $9 (720 yen).
I ordered what looked like shaved ice for dessert, but I couldn’t really taste it when I tried it…
The sweet stuff might taste better if you buy it from a Taiwanese or Hong Kong type store, lol.
Basic information about Chinatown Food Street
Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Closed: No particular days
Address: Smith St, Singapore 058938
Finishing off the day with a show at Marina Bay Sands
We’ll end the night with the Spectra light show in front of the Marina Bay Sands.
The light show is held twice daily from 20:00 to 20:15 and 21:00 to 21:15.
When I saw it in person, I couldn’t believe it was a free show!
A spectacular show with music, water, and light.
If you have time, this is a must-see show.
This is the end of the 6th day. The next day I’m going to Arab Street, which I’ve been looking forward to!
Basic information about Spectra
Hours: 20:00 – 20:15, 21:00 – 21:15 (some sessions start at 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Closed: No specific days
Address: Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, Event Plaza, Singapore
Day 7: A day to experience Singapore’s diverse culture
Like the world of Aladdin! Visit Arab Street
Day 7 started on Arab Street.
The bus brought us near the famous mosque.
It was as if we had wandered into the world of Aladdin.
The Arab Street was quite to my liking, and I couldn’t move forward at all.
The colorfulness of the Islamic world is cute.
I didn’t buy the lamp after some hesitation, but I still wish I had.
The small pouches cost about 500 yen each. I picked up a few to take home as souvenirs.
It’s fun to find your favorite pattern…!
The perfume bottles were cute too. I can’t stop crushing on it…
It seemed that I could choose perfume and bottles separately.
The store is cute! A heart-touching lunch
We were getting hungry, so we decided to have lunch.
This is the first time I’ve ever been to an Arab restaurant.
I ordered a lassi and a tortilla, the two together costing $19 (1520 yen).
The cup that the lassi came in was really cute.
This restaurant had a cute interior and the food was delicious, so I was very satisfied.
In the Arab Street, I recommend finding a restaurant with the interior you like and going in.
The golden dome is a landmark. Visit the Sultan Mosque
After lunch and feeling energized, we went to the Sultan Mosque, a famous landmark on Arab Street.
The mosque is marked by its golden dome.
It is the largest and oldest mosque in Singapore.
Tourists are only allowed to enter up to the corridor, but seeing the people praying made me feel holy.
If you come in short pants or miniskirts, you can rent robes at the entrance of the mosque.
Just be aware that you won’t be allowed in the mosque between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.!
Having enjoyed the Arab Street, we now move on to Little India.
Basic information about the Sultan Mosque
Hours: 10:00 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00
Address: 3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
Go to the cheapest shopping center in India
Moving on from Arab Street, we came to Little India.
The first thing I did was to go to the Mustafa Center, which is rumored to have very cheap products.
We were looking forward to shopping here, but when we got there, we found the place to be quite chaotic…
I’ve never been to a shopping center where you can find shoes, computers, tons of spices, Singapore souvenirs, cosmetics, you name it.
And the displays were so chaotic that it was hard to find what you were looking for.
The reason I came to Mustafa Center was to buy souvenirs.
I was relieved to find the Ayurvedic soap I was looking for.
I also bought a lot of Ayurvedic cosmetics and was very satisfied.
The candy souvenirs were in the middle of the second floor, and the cosmetics were on the first floor.
Basic Information about Mustafa Center
Business hours: Open 24 hours
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore
I was hoping to find a cafe when I came to Mustafa Center, but I couldn’t find anything that fancy…
I went into a local eatery that I found after leaving the Mustafa Center.
We ordered milk tea and a roti as a snack.
After a sweet milk tea and a chewy roti, my strength was restored.
Little India was full of local Indian eateries.
Sri Vilamacaryaman, a Hindu temple
“Sriviramacaryaman” is a tourist attraction in Little India.
This is a Hindu temple.
Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, so there are many gods.
The colorful and detailed carvings are beautiful.
This temple was bigger than I expected, and the place was worth seeing.
The temple was bigger than I expected and was worth seeing.
When I was confused at first, the lady who was handing out the food said, “Take it! I’m not sure if this is a good idea.
When I was wandering around, not knowing where to sit, a man who was eating his food beckoned me over.
It’s a great way to get to know the people in the area.
The curry was spicy, but not too spicy, and very tasty.
After watching the prayers, we left the temple.
The woman in the sari is beautiful. I’d like to try it on one day.
Basic information about Sriviramacaryaman
Hours: 8:00 – 12:00, 18:30 – 21:00 (18:00 – Friday and Saturday)
Closed: No particular days
Address: 141 Serangoon Rd, Singapore
Cheap and Delicious! Dinner at Hawker’s
For dinner that night, we came to Hawkers “Tekka Center”!
Hawkers is a kind of eatery where Singaporean locals come to eat.
Of course, tourists can also eat at Hawkers.
It’s not the most stylish or beautiful place, but it’s a good place to eat cheap and delicious food.
I ordered curry, naan and another roti.
Both are excellent! Delicious! Cheap!
For three drinks and a meal for two, $15.
It’s a great place to go when you want to eat a good meal without having to worry about money.
I went back to the hotel early that night to do some packing.
Basic information about the Tekka Center
Opening hours: 6:30 – 21:00
Closed: No particular day
Address: Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore
Day 9: Depart for Malaysia!
Today is the day we leave for Malaysia.
I ordered some Rotti and orange juice at my favorite diner near the hotel.
With a full stomach, we boarded a bus from the Golden Mile Express Bus Terminal to Malacca, Malaysia.
The bus fare from Singapore to Malacca is $15 per person.
That’s an amazing way to get to a neighboring country for $12!
We waited for about 15 minutes for the bus to come.
This bus will take us to Malacca!
The seats are very spacious. I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m sure it will be more comfortable than I expected.
So let’s head to Malaysia!
I’ll be posting my travelogue for Malaysia soon.
How to save money on your trip to Singapore
HIS and JTB have cheap tours that allow you to stay at Marina Bay Sands
HIS and JTB sell tours that allow you to stay at Marina Bay Sands at a discounted price.
HIS had a $700 tour that included airfare, hotel, and a stay at Marina Bay Sands on the last day.
To be honest, I think this is too good a deal.
For a standard hotel, the price started at $290 including airfare and hotel.
JTB also offers a tour where you can stay at the Marina Bay Sands.
JTB sometimes has insanely cheap tours online, so check it out.
Can be cheaper than a tour! If you are going on an independent trip
By combining hotels on sale with cheap flights, you may be able to go cheaper than a tour.
Expedia’s sale is the best way to book hotels
For hotel reservations, I recommend Expedia.
This is a site that allows you to book over a million hotels around the world and over 550 airline tickets. It’s like an international version of Rakuten Travel.
I actually booked my hotel in Singapore through Expedia.
They have sales every day, and you can often book a hotel at a very reasonable price.
If you book your flight and hotel and reservations together, you can even get your hotel bill waived.
Search for cheap flights with Sky Ticket
When I use cheap airline tickets, I search and book them through a website called Skyticket.
You can compare airline tickets to Singapore in bulk and view them in order of cheapest price.
It is run by a Japanese company, so you don’t have to worry about customer support.
First, try Skyticket to see the cheapest airfare.
Well, have a nice trip!