Most countries if not all have Chinatowns, here in Singapore aside from of course Chinatown, they also have an Indiantown (I know it’s corny, can’t blame me for trying eh lol) they call Little India.
I first step foot on Little India on my first travel outside the country. If I remember it correctly, it was also the night before my birthday which was spent drinking in front of the Inn Crowd hostel.
Some information about Little India from Wikipedia:
“Little India is an ethnic neighbourhood found in Singapore that has Tamil cultural elements. Little India lies to east of the Singapore River—across from Chinatown, located west of the river—and north of Kampong Glam. Both areas are part of the urban planning area of Rochor.
Little India is distinct from the Chulia Kampong area, which, under the Raffles Plan of Singapore, was originally a division of colonial Singapore where Tamil immigrants would reside under the British policy of ethnic segregation. However, as Chulia Kampong became more crowded and competition for land escalated, many ethnic Tamils moved into what is now known as Little India. (The Chulia Kampong district no longer exists as a distinct area.)”
For tourists and travellers alike, Little India means affordable accommodations and cheap and authentic tasty curry and other Indian food.
This area is teeming with hostels, small pubs and loads of eateries. A true backpacker haven.
If you go to Singapore and don’t know where to find a cheap hostel, go straight to Little India (check out the MRT route for your convenience) and you’ll surely find an affordable place to stay.