Theme Attractions

Spend a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. It's easy to get there. Simply step on board the Mass Rapid Transit and let the trains whisk you away to our heartlands. Browse through "mom & pop" shops or the more modern suburban shopping malls. Catch a movie at the cineplex. And don't forget to have a cup of local tea or coffee at the kopitiam.

Changi Village

Off the beaten track, Changi Village shows a more relaxed side of Singapore. The local beach has clean sand that attracts fishermen and bathers alike, especially on weekends. In the village itself, there are plenty of bargains to be found - T-shirts, electronic equipment, carpets, Indian cotton clothing, shoes, batik dresses, kimonos and all types of table linen. When hunger strikes, head for the food centre or try one of the restaurants along the main street. Relax in the shade of an umbrella, order some fresh seafood and watch the world go by.

Changi Chapel & Museum which is within the vicinity, is well worth a visit.
Getting There: Take the MRT to Tanah Merah Station (EW4) and board SBS bus 2.

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Holland Village

This small area of Singapore still has the feel of a village about it, with its own wet market and shophouses selling everything from straw brooms to valuable antiques. Holland Village is a microcosm of Singapore life, a curious mix between old and new - old coffee shops and hawker stalls jostle for space with ritzy new wine bars and restaurants. The Holland Road Shopping Centre is alive with interesting shops, including some selling Asian arts, crafts and antiques. Electronic goods and factory outlet clothing are other good buys. During weekends, much of Singapore seem to congregate at Holland Village to shop, chat and have a meal.

Getting There:
Take SBS bus 7 or 106 from Orchard Boulevard.

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Neighbouring Katong is a quiet residential area formerly dominated by wealthy Straits Chinese families or the Peranakans. Many of the older Peranakan homes, now standing back from the sea, were once seaside villas. Parkway Parade is the place to find shopping bargains, but Katong is best known for its wonderful eating houses specialising in Peranakan cuisine. For Chinese seafood, the shophouses along East Coast Road offer a tasty treat.

Getting There:
Take SBS bus 14 or 16 from Orchard Road.

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Tampines, a HDB estate in the north-east of Singapore, has the distinction of having won the coveted United Nations World Habitat Award for Excellent Housing Design. With new schools, shops, markets, beautiful playgrounds, two golf courses, a swimming pool, badminton hall and stadium, it has all the facilities its residents could want. Two large suburban shopping malls, Century Square and Tampines Mall, take centrestage as the hub of the Tampines community as it bustles with year-round activities.

Getting There:
Take the MRT to Tampines Station (EW2).

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Toa Payoh

As one of Singapore's first housing estates, Toa Payoh has developed a distinct character through the years. The area bustles with activity and is a great place to soak into the local lifestyle. It boasts Singapore's only air-conditioned bus interchange and visitors will be spoilt for choices at range of merchandise, food and entertainment option available. Here you can pick up garments at attractively low prices - T-shirts and shorts at SGD 10 for three items or children's clothes for as little as SGD 2. Toa Payoh town centre has its own cinemas, hawker centres, coffee shops, a library and a nearby park.

Getting There:
Take the MRT to Toa Payoh Station (NS19).

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Yishun is a satellite suburb in the north of the island. Step straight off the MRT into the six-level Northpoint Centre, a modern shopping mall complete with all the brand names to be found along Orchard Road. Right next to Northpoint is a high quality 8-cinema multiplex. And on the other side is a row of shophouses selling food and bargain goods.

Getting There:
Take the MRT to Yishun Station (NS13).

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  Information provided by Singapore Tourism Board.


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