Arab Street, Singapore
While touring the city make sure to go to Arab Street. it is located in Kampong Glam near the Sultan's Mosque. A place of traditional shop houses and feels like an old world bazaar.
It is interesting especially because many cities I know of have a China Town or a Japanese Town, but here you'll also find Little India and Arab Street both charming and interesting to see.
Singapore was a very clean looking place and an interesting mixture of modern architecture and technology and old world charm. The contrast wasn't as striking as in Kuala Lumpur but it was still noticeable.
Unlike Indonesia and Malaysia, Singapore is not predominately a Muslim country so there is a different feel here. I was surprised to see Arab Street.
Fondest memory: Rahmath Trading Corporation
22, 24, 25 Arab Street
tel: +65 65-62984553
One of the great things about Singapore is that there are so many different cultures. If you feel like immersing yourself in India then go to Little India for the day. If you want a fix of China then go to Chinatown. Arab Street is mystical and for a feel of Malaysia go to the Malay District. There are so many streets and shops to explore. Talk to the locals and eat at the many food places that are everywhere. Visit temples and cultural centres. You will not be bored in Singapore.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Singapore is talking to the locals. From the people at our hotel (Allson), the lady in the local 7 11, all the taxi drivers and shopkeepers etc. This is what is magical about Singaore. People like to talk and tell you about their city, and they also want to know where you come from and what it is like there. It's nice to meet people from different cultures and find out what their lives are like. I have been here twice and I intend to come again.
Fondest memory: One of the things I love about Singapore are the little pockets of ethnicity that you find around the island. With 77% of the population of Chinese descent there are obviously lots of Chinese areas and I don't just mean Chinatown, which is probably the least authentic. Little India and Arab Street are well known but there are more. Take a stroll around the upper levels of Lucky Plaza and it is like being in the Philippines (without the shotguns). Cuppage Plaza is like a small piece of Japan and the Golden Mile Complex is like being in Thailand. The shops inside sell Thai produce and the smells and sounds are definitely reminiscent of being in Thailand. Along the outside of Golden Mile are a string of travel agents and it is a good place to make travel arrangements from Singapore, especially up into Malaysia.
Singapore is a little bit of everything on a very small island. Rarely I have felt like visiting every area as much as during my visits to Singapore. The old part of town is nice but the Chinatown, Little India, Arab town are also a must see. The parks that are all around the island are amazing. The zoo and the bird park are also a must see.
Fondest memory: What I love the most about Singapore is having everything possible at home, at a short distance while being able to travel to the very diverses countries in 1-2 hours flight.