A Free And Easy Crazy Rich Asians Singapore Walking Tour Itinerary
So you’ve read the book, you’ve watched the film, you know the story – boy meets girl, girl meets boy’s family, boy’s family are...crazy rich Asians. The story doesn’t end there. Why not step into the shoes of Rachel Chu or Nick Young and relive the story for yourself – walk the streets they walked, see the sights they saw and eat where they ate.
From The Moment You Land
You may not be flying first-class, like Rachel Chu and Nick Young, but at Singapore’s Changi Airport it’ll certainly feel like first-class. Changi Airport has been named the World’s Best Airport for six consecutive years by Skytrax, and it’s hardly any wonder why. See for yourself what Rachel was raving about in this civilian travel hub that truly goes the extra mile. Aside from all the usual amenities and shopping options, the airport has a rooftop cactus garden, swimming pool with jacuzzi, an enchanted Butterfly Garden (as mentioned in the movie) featuring glass and mosaic structures, a free of charge entertainment deck with Xbox and movie theatre, and much more.
Dine Out At Newton Food Centre
Almost as soon as Nick Young and Rachel Chu touch down in Singapore, Nick takes Rachel to the most notable hawker food centre (open-air food court) in Singapore. It’s here at Newton Food Centre that they, along with Nick’s cousin Colin and fiancée Araminta, indulge in a veritable feast of Singaporean favourites. Located close to the popular shopping destination of Orchard Road, this hawker centre is relatively pricey compared to the many others scattered throughout the island, but it is still possible to enjoy a good meal here at a fair price. Try out a variety of delicious street food including chilli crab, satay, fried oyster omelette and fishball noodles.
THAT Wedding Venue
The ultra-lavish wedding venue is likely near the top of the list of Crazy Rich Asians spots in Singapore for you to see and you will not be disappointed. The stunning, 19th century gothic church where Araminta and Colin’s elaborate multi-million pound wedding took place is known as Chijmes (pronounced as ‘chimes’). It was production designer Nelson Coates that performed the rather brilliant job of turning the church into an ethereal and spectacular garden-like setting. Unless you are crazy rich you may not be planning to book this church for your very own fantasy wedding, but you can still head over to Chijmes just for a walk around or to hang out at its restaurants and bars. Just pop 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996 into your Satnav to find your way here.
...And THAT Wedding Reception
The spectacular venue where Colin and Araminta’s wedding reception took place is the just as breath-taking in real life. As seen in the movie, the stunning Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay is best visited at night when it looks somewhat otherworldly – almost as if it were plucked straight from James Cameron’s Avatar. While your budget may not quite stretch to hiring out the whole of the Gardens by the Bay for the evening, it’s the perfect setting for a date night or an evening stroll. Every night at 7:45pm to 8:45pm, the tree-like structures are illuminated with ever-changing lights as a music and lights show takes place.
Power-Suit to the Parlour
One the many things to do in Singapore is checking out the local shops and nightlife, and it just so happens that Nick’s Mother Eleanor Young, seen dressed in a white power suit, walks down a row of shop houses in Ann Siang Hill on her way to meet Rachel at a mahjong parlour. It’s up to you if you choose to wear a white power suit or not, but taking a stroll down Ann Siang Hill is surely a must. Together with the adjacent Club Street, Ann Siang Hill, is a popular nightlife destination in Singapore’s Chinatown where the once heritage shop houses are now home to dozens of bars and restaurants. To get a real feel of the area, it’s worth heading here on a Friday and Saturday, when the roads are blocked off to traffic and crowds tend to fill up the streets.
A Walk in THE Park
For the setting of Crazy Rich Asians to be the truly Singaporean, Singapore’s most iconic landmark could hardly be left out. One of the most popular places of interest in Singapore is Merlion Park, located at One Fullerton, near the Central Business District of Singapore. Merlion Park’s main attraction is without doubt, the half-lion, half-fish creature and statue (pictured in the movie) fronting Marina Bay. This magnificent emblem of Singapore is completely free of charge to visit and totally Instagram-worthy.
It’s best to stay somewhere central on your visit to Singapore, so that you can easily see each movie location. Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay Hotel offers 403 extra-spacious guest rooms and suites with incredible views of the Singapore River and city skyline, and it’s a short 15-20 minute walk from Ann Siang Hill, a 10-minute drive to Chijmes and only a 20-minute drive from Changi airport. Just outside the hotel the Fort Canning MRT Station (2-minutes’ walk) has direct connections with both Gardens by the Bay (4 stops on the Downtown Line) and Newton Food Centre (9 stops on the Downtown Line).
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