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Backpacking area

Post by James-83 » Mon, 23 May 2011 5:22 pm

Gonna be staying in Singapore for 3 nights, dont really wanna stay in hotels, would like to meet some new people, can anyone advise where the backpacking areas are and if possible any recommendations of perhaps where to stay....???

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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 23 May 2011 6:31 pm

Do a google on 'backpacker singapore'. There are a bunch... and I can't tell you which one is better.

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Post by James-83 » Mon, 23 May 2011 7:35 pm

Thanks for your reply

Could you possibly advise me what area might be the best to stay in, what part of town.....????

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 23 May 2011 8:47 pm

Any area in Singapore is fine, but you will find that most of the backpacker places are in and around the same area in Bencoolen.
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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 23 May 2011 10:16 pm

There are also backpacker places in Little India... definitely different. One around Bugis Junction area. A few in Chinatown.

Best to stay central, which most of these are. Ask for how close to MRT train stations... most any will be close to bus lines.

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Post by carlsum1986 » Mon, 23 May 2011 10:27 pm

there are some near my place at farrer park....it is near jalan besar road as I cant really remember the name of the road

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Post by James-83 » Mon, 23 May 2011 11:57 pm

Thanks guys

Two Ive found are on Hong Kong Road and Jalan Pinang. The description says they are both quite central.....????

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Post by JR8 » Tue, 24 May 2011 12:30 am

James-83 wrote:Thanks guys

Two Ive found are on Hong Kong Road and Jalan Pinang. The description says they are both quite central.....????
There is no 'Hong Kong Road' in SG.

SG is so small that being central is a relative term. Jn. Pinang is very very central though. Likely more central than you need to be as a backpacker, in the proximity/$ equation.

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Post by James-83 » Tue, 24 May 2011 12:34 am

JR8 wrote:
James-83 wrote:Thanks guys

Two Ive found are on Hong Kong Road and Jalan Pinang. The description says they are both quite central.....????
There is no 'Hong Kong Road' in SG.

SG is so small that being central is a relative term. Jn. Pinang is very very central though. Likely more central than you need to be as a backpacker, in the proximity/$ equation.
My mistake, Hong Kong street is the one.

Thanks for the info, I guess the more central you are the prices and noise go up. They all have good reviews which is good to know.

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Post by beppi » Tue, 24 May 2011 12:15 pm

Why don't you consult your Lonely Planet guide, instead of asking people on an Expat forum, who are mostly resident in Singapore and thus never have a need to stay in backpacker's places?!?

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Post by Immortal » Tue, 24 May 2011 1:17 pm

The Prince of Wales in Boat Quay recently opened. Great location, close to the mrt, free brekkie, live music on Sundays. Its pretty good, google it. Its a flat rate of $25 a night. They also have a fantastic play list.

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Post by JR8 » Tue, 24 May 2011 4:18 pm

Look at Tripadvisor.com and search under B&Bs/Inns, it lists 28 such establishments in SG.

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Post by James-83 » Tue, 24 May 2011 5:23 pm

beppi wrote:Why don't you consult your Lonely Planet guide, instead of asking people on an Expat forum, who are mostly resident in Singapore and thus never have a need to stay in backpacker's places?!?
A big chunk of expats in any country will start off as backpackers. Please don't tell me Singapore is any different as Ive met residents of Singapore, natives and expats all over Asia, in guess where... guesthouses. And why would residents not know where the backpacker areas are....????

Thanks for your help guys, the Prince of Wales sounds interesing, might check that out for a night, cant wait.!!

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Post by JayCee » Tue, 24 May 2011 5:34 pm

Sorry but Singapore is different. A lot of backpackers in places like Thailand, Japan will stay as it's easy to get English teaching jobs, and in Europe and Australia it's easy to get bar work. Those possibilities don't really exist in Singapore.

Some expats in Singapore will undoubtably have started as backpackers, but a "big chunk"? I sincerly doubt it

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Post by James-83 » Tue, 24 May 2011 5:56 pm

Interesting point but the replies I've had from this thread have been very helpful.

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