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What you should know about Thomson - Balestier

Balestier offers visitors a quiet and affordable alternative to some of Singapore’s central neighborhoods. Well connected to the major sights by bus, the district has a distinct local charm and a few interesting attractions of its own! Restaurants stay open well in to the night, serving the area’s two best-known specialities: tau sar piah (a flaky bean jam pastry) and bak kut the, or pork rib soup. Balestier hotels are cheap and plentiful, offering a decent night’s sleep away from the city bustle.

Hotels in Thomson - Balestier


Hotels in Balestier are good value for money, offering a decent level of comfort at bargain prices. The area is dominated by 3-star hotels and its non-central location means that there are some very good deals to be found. Amongst the best are Aqueen Balestier and Fragrance Hotel, located just a short drive from the National Orchid Garden and Chinatown Heritage Center. Balestier hotel reviews also speak highly of the friendly welcome offered by Hotel Value Nice, a good 2-star option on Balestier Road. The hotel is housed in a beautiful building, and the neighbourhood is safe and friendly.

Things to see in Thomson - Balestier


It may not be on the doorstep of Singapore’s better known attractions, but Balestier offers a number of interesting local sights. Sasanaramsi Buddhist Temple, for example, is the only specimen of traditional Burmese architecture to be found outside of Myanmar. Completed in 1990, its modern roots are reflected inside by the LED haloes which light up the temple’s collection of Buddha statues. The Sun Yat Nanyang Memorial Hall, which housed Chinese revolutionary Sun Yet Sen at the start of the twentieth century, is also worth a look for anyone interested in Chinese culture. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, head for the Singapore Polo Club which is based in the area. A hangover from the colonial era, the club offers the chance to transport yourself back to a bygone era watching the upper classes play around on the polo field while enjoying a well-mixed gin and tonic. The club offers a daily 3-course lunch at a very reasonable price in its Mountbatten room.

Good for budget travel


Balestier is the ideal destination for solo travelers and groups on a budget. Anyone staying in this area will find that their money stretches a little further than it would in more popular districts. Thanks to their location away from the main attractions, Balestier hotels are cheaper than their counterparts in other areas. For those who are interested in getting under the skin of Singapore, there is much to be found here. A short walk will take you past beautiful places of worship and hidden historical buildings. The local food is also well worth sampling, with neighborhood restaurants serving up delicious flaky pastries and steaming bowls of soup.

How to get to Thomson - Balestier


Travel in Balestier relies heavily on the island’s extensive bus network, as there are no subway (MRT) stops in the vicinity. From Balestier Road, you can catch buses to central locations including City Hall, Chinatown, Bugis Village and the Boat Quay. Visitors arriving at Changi airport will either want to take a taxi or catch the MRT into the center of town before hopping on a bus. For those who enjoy a bit of a walk, Balestier is a brief 15-minute hike from the two nearest MR stations – Tao Payoh and Novena.

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