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This website was born with the intention of providing practical
information about Singapore to backpackers. Backpack Singapore
started by HuiTeng in March 2003.
The Independent Traveler is an interactive traveler's
exchange and comprehensive online travel guide.
Welcome to thebackpacker.net, the web’s fastest growing
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Backpackers.com is your first stop for backpacking and independent
travel. Plan your trip, book hostels, or connect with other
Backpackers who saw a need for a better hostels guide website.
offers includes quick searching, original hostel photographs,
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Members have created their own travel website in order to share
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travelers while they are on the road.
Providing you with the best web resources for travel, tourism
and vacations including regional information for destinations
web resources for travel, tourism
Basic details of what to bring, where to go and
what to do.
An informative resource targeted at the existing
expatriate community as well as those planning on moving to
the city state.
High Adventure around the World with Alan Ingram. Worldwide
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Detailed travel guide for Singapore for independent
travelers including budget accommodation and transport information.
Tourist information on Singaporean history, events,
and attractions; includes recommended readings on Singapore.
A traveler's guide to Singapore with maps, photos,
and a description of everything you're likely to see and meet.
A virtual tour of interesting places in Singapore.
Detailed information on restaurants, bars, discos and other
The Singapore Tourism Board's Canada office gives
travel information on attractions, events, hotels, special offers,
contacts, insights and travel tips.
Tourism, hospitality and travel information;
slides depicting Singapore scenes, tourist attractions, cultural
events,pay for usage and links to useful tourism sites.
E-zine for travellers to Singapore with calendar
of events, basic information, tips and business listings.
Travel guide with a touch of humor for budget
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The official STB site for tourist information
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Contains information on hotel accommodation,
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Riverside festival village dedicated to good
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Pictures and basic description with links to
Includes information on transport, attractions,
location, events and accommodation.
Cable car services to Sentosa Island.
Singapore's first permanent indoor snow centre.
Links to the activities and events organized.
Tropical oceanarium on Sentosa Island including
virtual tours of exhibits and information on programmes, conservation
Tours of the city and harbor on a converted Vietnam
War amphibious craft. Details on the craft, destinations, prices
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Includes profile, promotions and price information.
Locate landmarks such as roads, companies, buildings,
schools, clinics,banks, residential estates.
Singapore map search engine.
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online travel portal, puts the world of travel at your fingertips.
To visit the world, visit ZUJI first.
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trips. The biggest names in travel use priceline to sell last-minute
seats on airplanes
Yet another option for online shopping or booking
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millions passengers all over the nation, Transnasional is the
largest leading transportation operator in Malaysia.
Provides express coach to main cities of West
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Operator of the Plusliner and NiCE Executive Coach services
plying the North-South Expressway, covering major towns and
cities sprawled across Malaysia
Yet another option on buses to Malaysia
Provides coach services for individual travellers, backpackers
and commuters of Singapore to various destination in West Malaysia.
Providing various tour packages as well as express and charter
Aeroline is a First Class Shuttle serving the Kuala Lumpur to
A really excellent site for rail travel. Highly
The more popular routes among passengers
include Kuala Lumpur – Hatyai, Kuala Lumpur – Singapore,
Kuala Lumpur – Tumpat and Singapore – Tumpat.
My search Engine, still. They use to be uncommercialised,
but now give tainted results based on sponsored links.
other search engine, more truthful. Almost showing it for what
For our software updates and support for Windows
XP Pros. We're running them.
to The InnCrowd Hostel Singapore!
is a site about travelling to Singapore on the cheap
help point you in the right direction
is a site with a whole lot of pictures of Singapore
A picture speaks a thousand
This is a site about having fun in Singapore
locals do, and where they do it
is a site about a backpackers hostel
Right smack in Historic Little India
is a site about a dream. Our dream
at The InnCrowd Hostel Singapore, hope we're doing something
that benefits backpackers or travellers coming to or
passing through or backpacking Singapore. Chances are,
we're not going to be on the list of recipients for
the nobel peace prize anytime soon, but we're working
on into our Singapore Hostel's site, take a look, contribute,
criticize, whatever's your cuppa tea. Anyhoo, if you need
some information about Singapore, Singapore Hostels, stuff
you want to know about travelling to this country or feedback,
feel free to contact us. We'll
try our best to see how we can help. Cheers! - Hai, The
InnCrowd Hostel Singapore.
"The Most Promising Tourism Star award for pioneering
efforts in building up a vibrant hostel scene in Singapore,
serving the needs of backpackers." - Singapore Tourism Board
Hostel Ever!" - This ain't no blurb, it's straight
up gospel. The InnCrowd Hostel Singapore clinched the
Singapore Tourism Award
with the support given to us by all our friends and bunkies.
It's a fantastic feeling to receive well wishes from all
over the world, even fellow hosteliers within Singapore
and the region. THANK YOU!
in my speechlet during the awards, as much as it's about
balancing a business, we're here more to build the backpacking
culture and the friendships that follow.
incredibly proud to have won The Singapore Tourism Awards
(incidentally, this is a first for the hostelling scene
in Singapore. YAY!).
satisfaction comes not from polishing the plaque or the
dusting of the citation. It stems from having achieved
our aim of having set the standards and precedents for
the backpacking culture in Singapore.
we’re proud of our awards, BUT, the reason this
award means so much to us is because it results directly
from our bunkies' feedback. It’s one thing for the
industry to say we excel at our job, but it’s the
piece of pie to know our bunkies and friends think we
do, and that's where it counts.
feel even more pride in the fact that the InnCrowd has
propagated worldwide mostly by the word of mouth. Taking
pride of place is still Our
Guestbook. It lays testament to the direction our
bunkies and us have charted for the hostel, together.
what does this all really mean? Nada. Why? Simply because
this award is not about me. This award belongs to "Us".
"Us" being people who have sacrificed for the
hostel. "Us" being the people who keep the hostel
running like the atomic clock. "Us" being the
flesh and blood behind the hostel. "Us" being
friends of The InnCrowd. "Us" being the friends
who believe in The InnCrowd. And last but not least, all
of us who seek the experiences that travel provides.
BRAND SPANKING NEW and the other NEWLY RENOVATED.
With cozy, friendly, intimate and fun in mind, we
gutted one 2.5 storey and another 3 storey turn of
the century conservation shophouse, re-built, space
planned and out-fitted the interior to be THE ULTIMATE
BACKPACKERS' HOSTEL in sunny Singapore while retaining
all the Glorious Architectural influence of old, albeit
with a twist!
The InnCrowd Backpackers Hostel Singapore are within
1 min walk of each other and are located at the start
of bustling Historic
Little India Conservation District, the only genuine
ethnic quarter in Singapore.
Straddling the shopping and party belt of
Road, Suntec City, boat Quay and the Civic District,
it's the perfect location to start exploring Singapore
Grab the free "Official
Map Of Singapore" from the Airport or Tourist
Information. It focuses on the City Centre. On the
Map, Bugis MRT Station is located on grid 4G, and
The InnCrowd Hostel is on grid 6E, Dunlop Street.
It's an orange colored building.
Rapid Transit - 6 mins walk from either of the
2 lines , Bugis, Green Line from the Airport, or
Little India, Purple Line.
Buses - SBS
Transit Bus -
3 whole mins walk to any of the 6 bus-stops gives
you access to more than 70+
bus routes plying all over the island.
- You ARE in town, you'd probably be just walking
of the amenities and attractions in Singapore we have
listed on our website are within sight from our hostel.
There are free shuttle buses to the beaches on the
East Coast Parkway even! Anyhoo, I'd have very much
like to impressively list the 20,000 buses that ply
the roads adjacent to us that heads downtown, but
there's a slight problem, we ARE downtown.
You can check with streetdirectory.com
to verify locations.
have a large but very comfortable and cosy communal
area occupying a full 50% or 172 sqm, you get
more than elbow room here.
& Showers - Country club styled
toilets & showers or open air roof top showers.
- Catch a tan or chill on our roof top sundecks.
Library - Stocked with a MEGA
COLLECTION of best sellers and UP-TO-DATE
maps, road and travel guides from Lonely
- Edit and burn your trip pics or keep in touch
using wireless Broadband on cutting edge PCs with
LCD flat panel displays.
& Games - Competition standard
pool table, foosball, Janga, Risks, Pictionery,
Twisters and many other board and card games!
Cheap Beer, Music - Alfresco or
air conditioned comfort, a state of the art sound
system fit for a dance club and DTS audio for our
mega projection and LCD TVs.
beer prices in atypical pub starts from abt $8'ish,
we've pegged Singapore's
Award Winning Tiger Beer to start from less
than half that. No nonsense discounts. Just nett
in our price is a HEARTY breakfast. There's eggs,
toast, spreads, fruit jams, coffee, tea and of course,
have a FULLY equipped stainless steel and maple
kitchen. Yes, there's the kitchen that has to be
cleared after, no matter, but only because that's
what we would want ourselves. Like a Ferrari, a
full kitchen may not be totally necessary to some,
but to us, it's just nice to have.
& FIRE SAFETY
buildings are permanently locked, armed and monitored.
into our premises is only through access codes.
top of having a constantly manned/wo-manned reception
is also an electronic fire zone monitoring system.
are other security measures as well, but it would
defeat the purpose if we made it known, be rest
assured it's state-of-the-art and linked to the
Police and Fire Stations.
of in a dormitory? Not anymore.
You'd have to see it to know. It's a stroke
of genius - so says those who have bunked here.
and full height windows allows natural light to
permeate the dorms. Whether you walk or crawl, we
guarantee you a WIDE and CLEAR path to your bed.
space and rooms for securing your backpacks in the
dorms. You won't trip, stumble and fall or be bugged
by the rustle of plastic bags or the un-zipping
of bags when you're crashing, or if you're the one
packing for that matter.
catch your zzz's in style and fully climate controlled
air-conditioned comfort. You get proper fitted cotton
bedding, regularly sanitized orthopedic
pocketed spring mattresses (meeting BCA's
Standards), fluffy support pillows, authentic
woven indian blankets and most importantly, peace
is next to Godliness. The peeps who run this pad
stays here. The owner stays here. The people who
cleans and keeps this pad in order stays here. This
is their home. Go figure.
|QUICK QUIDE TO OUR WEBSITE
The "I should have found out about that earlier... "
category. Stuff about Singapore, shopping, budget
accommodations, hostels & stuff that would
be nice to know before you even get here...
HOSTEL SINGAPORE -
Details on Ver 1.1@Campbell & 2.0@Dunlop. Aside from
giving tips on how to travel around Singapore
cheaply, this site also contains details of
our backpackers' hostel ... More>>
To start off with, we hope to think we're doing something
that benefits backpackers /travelers coming
to or passing through Singapore. Chances are,
we're not going to be on the list of recipients
for the nobel peace prize anytime soon ...
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR STAY
- At The InnCrowd Hostel Singapore, every other day is
an event with us. We're a relatively active
bunch of people. Active not in the sense that
we'd go bungee jumping off the top of buildings
or paragliding over traffic jams ...
SELF GUIDED WALKING TOURS - We've worked out 10 different full-day self-guided Singapore
tours. These FREE & Printable self guided
tours have been planned and tested by us and
have proven to be a hit for those who have
adopted them ... More>>
THE FOOD MECCA
- Visitors who decide to check out a hawker
centre are usually at a loss as to what to
order. We will show you the Singapore way,
with description and where they can be found.
The various types of cheap and mouth-watering
food sold ... More>>
FESTIVITIES & EVENTS - We've also picked out several festivals and events in
Singapore which are definitely worth the stay
to experience e.g. Thaipusam ... More>>
SCENES OF SINGAPORE
- A pictorial on Singapore.
The sights and smells comes to life in this
categorized gallery of what Singapore is all
about ... More>>
TRAVEL FORUMS - The
InnCrowd Hostel's very own discussion board
on the ins and outs of Singapore, her neighbors
and whatever that comes to mind. Welcome to
the InnCrowd Hostel's Travel Community ...
ESSENTIAL TRAVEL LINKS -
or rather, what we think is essential. Good
page to bookmark. Embassies, Hostel Singapore,
credit cards, emergencies, stuff... More>>
A GUIDE ON
SHOPPING FOR ELECTRONICS IN SINGAPORE
- Hopefully, this page will
give you an idea about the highs and lows
of shopping for electronics, digital cameras
and stuff in Singapore ... More>>
@ The InnCrowd
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
don't charge. You pay for what you order or do.
Depending on where the mood takes us, we have loads
of spots up our sleeve. We can make promises, but
talk is cheap, a
picture speaks a thousand words, and we've got galleries. Nuff' said.
on The InnCrowd Hostel Singapore >>
Picture speaks a gazillion words...
Our Secret Island... Literally.
To be penned in for days of sunshine. We like it, we do it. A trip to a secret island on our very own speedboat!.
InnCrowd goes green.
Peekers cast green looks of envy... literally. No whereelse offers FREE, thrilling, xootr scooter tour like us, let alone like the way we do it. talk is cheap, take a peek...
To be penned in for Fridays. Can't think of a
better way to satisfy the soul. A peck of home
away from home. Ahhh, the comfort of soul food.
Chocolate fondue! And an Eggstraordinary competition
with the winner being treated to a midnight tour
of the sights of Singapore on the biggest production
Scooter in the world.
month of Cookouts
chef, and not forgetting to mention great friend,
Bjorn from Sweden treated us to a show of culinary
expertise, pannbiff. With Paulie following up
with a Devil Steak from downunder. Ping, Chelle,
Kim and yours truly had a go at grubbing and history
was made with this also being ping's very first
attempt at cooking. It was good. Really.
The bunkies to the rescue of TIC caught in a monsoon
deluge. Beach Road Chicken rice for all! Ping's
Birthday was shared with friends and friends on
the 7 and 8 of March. She gets to have 2 cakes.
Nary a crazier night to be had than for an Irish
laddie presiding over St Paddy's Day.
Day CD Ball
Our annual VD's Cross Dressing Ball was a hoot.
Too much of one actually. Most of the guys were
enjoying the dressing bit a tad too much.
The REAL Hoot at Hooter's Singapore. Had our very
own bunkies giving a go at being a hooter's girl,
the world on a bike
One of these days... that's what I'm gonna do. Have
to admire the spunk of some. I never have much faith
in the mechanics of a motorbike. One day...
|| The Big Stir Fry
When in Rome, do as the Singaporeans do. A traditional
reunion dindin, with real hotpot and all.
& a Hindi Wedding
The re-opening of the infamous thieves market in
Little India and an invite to a traditional Indian
Wedding from a buddy from Dravidar Wines.
A shot at a rush, literally. Catapulted to a terminal
speed of 160mph in 2.6 secs. It's a tad faster than
the world's fastest production motorcycle, and even
an F1 car.
Killer Pool Comp.
Another first on another front with locals thrown
into the fray. A great way to pass a rainy night.
ON THE STUFF WE DO>>
Tribe has spoken.
started running of what we thought to be THE Backpackers
Hostel from ground zero. Totally without experience,
zilch, nada. Just from our own experiences, ideals and
expectations. More than that, we also relied on the
feedback and suggestions of our bunkies and thus, we
consolation that the buildings belongs to us makes it
less of a pain for us to outfit it the way we want,
the way we expect it to be. The decision was the easy
tricky bit was planning for noise control and additional
unobtrusive security measures, but that's done now,
it's all good.
India Historic District
great to see an area evolve by itself. The streetscape
Little India has seen changes over the past months.
More street stalls, a proliferation of local eateries,
pubs. It's just springing up all over!
next door, we've got CountrySide, derived from
love and comfort food. It's cafe fare with a twist.
The usual grill works, nachos, chips and cheese, pastries,
cakes and coffee galore. Throw in your daily dose of
macchiato, latte, iced mocha and stuff, made with real
coffee beans and you shell out less than half the clams
you would at the regular coffee chains. Lunch and dinner
menus rotate between local stuff, most of which are
'branded'. Twice as good, half as cheap, literally.
regular barbys are held together now as they throw in
a slight panache to the whole affair with tables, chairs,
candlelights and more importantly, they've got beer!
We use to rough it out on the floors or wherever we
can find a spot to park our ass.30
seconds crawl from us will bring alkys to the myriads of watering holes. But
I have to clarify, making your way back through the
thick alcoholic haze will take you slightly longer,
that is if you can still catch your bearings. It's a
drinking hole with a beer garden in Little India. Backpackers
with affiliations gets discounts off list, pick up a
discount coupon from us if you don't.
know alcohol isn't the cheap in Singapore and it does
crack the budget, but we GURANTEE, it will be here,
let's just say it's for the good of mankind.
my friends, is EXACTLY how seriously we take our feedback.
quite happy with our country club styled showers and
toilets in Ver 2.0, we decided to just go ahead with
the building works at our Campbell location. Apparently,
it scores big time with our girl bunkies. Although it's
been only just over a year since we opened our doors
to welcome friends from the world over, renovation to
The InnCrowd Ver 1.0 @Campbell is along the way.
can't help but feel a loss when people who walk in as
strangers (Yes, Andy was strange.) leave as friends.
Blinking back tears, we bade farewell to Andy (aka Gecko
aka DJ Aspec, and more recently aka Babs Her Vajesty)
been with us since December, this wee Scottish lad never
failed to offer a cheerful smile, a patient ear or sausage
and mash. Discounting the fact that I have to wake up
earlier than usual, I will miss him, and his bacon sandwich.
He happens to be one of the very colourful character
that makes running a backpackers' hostel meaningful.
Plus of Running a Hostel
kinda like expected something like this to happen sooner
or later. When peeps meet, talk, all sortsa things happen.
Occasionally, you hear snippets of conversations. I
was privy to one last night which went:
"Wacha doin tamarr" (thick Aussie Accent.)
Boy: "Yeah, me neither."
Girl: "Think it will rain?"
Girl: "Yeah, me neither."
Boy: "Wattabout if it don't rain, we git married?
Girl: "Ok, if it don't rain."
Boy: "Duh, ok, it's sorted then. Thanks."
Girl: "You're welcome."
friends, it did not rain today, and yes, we had our
first marriage proposal at the InnCrowd, and of course
our first acceptance. I was scratching my head over
this. Methinks I was more in shock than the person proposed
to. But I also think that in any relationship, effort
is also necessary to keep the boat afloat. So if the
chemistry is sizzling, and you feel that it's probably
the way to go, I'd say go for it! Frivolous it is not.
If I decide to spend the rest of my life with someone,
I'd like the rest of my life with someone special to
start as soon as possible.
Our Walking Tour
Ping took the bunkies on a temple walk starting with
the very beautiful Abdul Gafoor Mosque two minutes walk
away. I recently learned that the land on which it stands
on has a 'wakaf' (I think, I'll double check) status.
Meaning that it's permanently designated as a religious
site of historic significance. The bunkies were treated
to an extra long, extra detailed tour courtesy of the
vice-chairman himself on the grand premise. The mosque
started off as a building by itself. A manager of a
law firm took the initiative of building little huts
and shops on the land around the mosque, rented them
out, and the proceeds then went into the refurbishment
of the present day spectacle.
the walk to the Chinese and Hindu Temples at Waterloo,
our bunkies were introduced to chinese 'chow chien'
(Fortune Telling), ice cream sandwich in colored bread
and also gave offerings of incense to the gods. Muslim
Mosque, Hindu and Chinese Temple, let's just call it
a bit 'o break back at the hostel, it was my turn to
lead them on a culinary quest. We headed through the
thriving thieves market to THE coffeeshop. At
this point in time, I have to make one thing sure from
today onwards, food is meant to be EATEN. Everyone had
a field day taking oodles of pix of the double broiled
black chicken herbal soup. Tourist.
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