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jan 28 2015

Off-The-Beaten-Path Singapore

Book Shop in Singapore

Stop by Littered With Books, just one of a small but delightful collection of independent bookstores in Singapore.

(Courtesy AsiaRooms.com)

If you're planning a trip to Singapore and would like to see the city-state beyond its usual tourist hotspots, check out AsiaRooms.com's list of 50 alternative things to do in Singapore. Here are 10 of our favorites.

Explore an abandoned palace

dec 23 2014

Google's Top Travel Search Questions of the Year...Answered!

Airplane in the sky

Pack your bags! We'll help you make your dream trip happen.

(Courtesy ajjordan2/myBudgetTravel)

You've got questions? We've got answers! Google crunched its data from the past year and unearthed the top 10 travel search terms for their annual Year in Search analysis. One huge takeaway from the roundup: Travelers want to know how they can travel more—and do it on the cheap. We'll do a New Year's toast to that!

sep 25 2014

5 "Boomtowns" You MUST Visit ASAP

Hong Kong is the fastest-growing city in the world, according to Bloomberg.

(Courtesy BereniceKimura/myBudgetTravel)

It's crunch time! Bloomberg recently released its list of cities around the globe that will be the most crowded in the year 2025. The top five? Hong Kong; Salvador, Brazil; Mexico City; São Paulo; and Singapore. All the more reason not to put off traveling to these destinations any longer! Bump them up on your bucket list instead, using some of our favorite travel tips for each town as guidance:

jul 17 2014

Foodie Alert: The Ultimate Guide To Street Food In Penang, Malaysia

Penang Street Food
(Photo Courtesy of rasamalaysia.com)

This article was written by Milda Ratkelyte, the travel community manager at AsiaRooms.com. She is currently exploring Asia and capturing the best moments in stories, photos, and films.

Penang is a small tropical island connected to the northwest coast of Malaysia where, as one says, "the weather never changes so everyone talks about food instead." The island's fertile land and seas combined with a mixture of Malay, Chinese (mostly Hokkien with a smaller group of Cantonese and Teochew as well as the Straights-born Chinese known as Peranakans) and Indian cultures holds Penang as Asia's top city voted by CNN and the New York Times for street food for several years now. On top of that, Penang is also one of the safest places in Asia to try street food—the competition among the street vendors is so high that any dip in quality of the food is not tolerated here. During a recent trip to Penang, I rolled up my sleeves and hit the island's most famous hawker centers to find out for myself what all the fuss is about!

jul 15 2014

5 Snacks To Try In Singapore

Snacks in Singapore
(Photo Courtesy of bakecookeat.blogspot.sg)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

apr 25 2014

What To Eat In Singapore: Lunch Under $5

Mee Soto Ayam

Try Mee Soto Ayam for lunch the next time you're in Singapore.

(Courtesy LittleBellevueKitchen)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

apr 18 2014

What To Eat In Singapore: Breakfast Under $5

Singapore breakfast nasilemak

Here's how to sample a tasty breakfast in Singapore for less than $5.

(Courtesy seasaltwithfood.com)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

apr 03 2014

How to do Singapore on a Budget

Singapore lit up at night

Singapore lit up at night. To the left is the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel and to the right is the Singapore Flyer.

(Courtesy iStock/Asiarooms)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

sep 30 2008

Happy Eid! Today is a time of feasting and festivity worldwide

For 1.2 billion Muslims, today marks the end of a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection. It's also the beginning of the much-awaited celebration known as Eid-ul-Fitr.

As far as Muslim celebrations go, this is the event of the year, a time for feasting, mingling, and exchanging gifts. In the morning, worshippers put on their best clothes, eat a small meal, and go to the mosque for a congregational prayer and sermon. But the types of celebration and food that follow vary from country to country, an amalgam of traditions, cultural festivities, and national pastimes.

sep 25 2008

Southeast Asia: $3 for a no-frills hotel room

A Tune Hotel in Kuala Lumpur (Courtesy Flashpacking Life/Flickr)

Similar to low-cost, transportation companies like Megabus, Asian budget chain Tune Hotels uses a "demand-based pricing system," where early online bookers can get rooms for as little as $3 a night (room prices vary for walk-ins, but run about $25). The first property opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in spring of 2007, followed by an outpost in Kota Kinabalu (in Sabah, a state on the island of Borneo in East Malaysia) this year. In December, five more hotels debut in Malaysia, including in Penang and Kuching.

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