RTC ASIA is Finally here! Insider Tourist Tips for you!
So many of you are coming in from out of town, I thought I would highlight a few things to see and places to eat around Singapore that are among my personal favorites. If you are planning to stay for a few days on either side of the conference, I hope this list will come in helpful.
Southern Ridges Walk and The Henderson Waves
This is a great nature walk along the southern hills of Singapore. At several points along the route, you are walking high up in the tree canopy. A highlight of the walk is crossing the Henderson Waves (shown above). Best to take a cab from the hotel to the west end of the route since the walk finishes up at Vivio City, very near to Sentosa. More information here:
HAW PAR VILLA
This one is memorable for its statue garden and depictions of buddhist afterlife. It is very easily accesible from Vivo City by train, only 2 or 3 stops away. More info here:
BAK KUT TEH
Singapore Bak Kut Teh is well worth trying since you have come this far. It is pork rib soup served in a savoury broth with sides of braised peanuts & tofu, green vegetables and fried bread sticks. Absolute local favorite. Every body talks about singapore chili crab, but for my money, Bak Kut Teh is the living breathing, heart & soul of the people. Many options around, this list covers the best ones.
Prata is the staple of the local indian food scene. Singapore has many all night joints where you can go get a couple of these flaky flat-breads to dip in a rich curry with a side of Teh Tarik (milk tea) or Teh Halia (Ginger tea w/milk). Many also serve Biryani Style Chicken & Rice or Mee Goering (local fried noodles with chicken or prawns) My favorite joint is Akbar’s in Tanjong Pagar. Reasonably close to Sentosa as well. More info here:
Old Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine
Singapore is home to many styles of Chinese cooking, but sichuan seems to be the most popular. Old Chengdu is my favorite around. My wife (a mainland Chinese girl) vouches for its authenticity. It is located right next to the Pagoda Street Exit of the Chinatown MRT station. Their sliced fish soup is to die for and their spiced pork ribs are a gift from heaven. Skip the overpriced touristy joints in Chinatown, make a bee-line for this place and you wont regret it. More info here:
If you want more tips, come find me at the conference. I’m the loud american in the baseball cap and I look forward to meeting many of you soon!