In Singapore, Stuff travel reporter LORNA THORNBER is enchanted by cross-cultural connection, bar hops with her 1920s heroes and gets lost in a horticultural wonderland
Kampong Glam is a Malay and Arabic neighbourhood turned hipster hangout that shows what magic can happen when people of different backgrounds coexist harmoniously in a relatively small space. You won’t need directions to find the Arabian castle-esque Sultan Mosque – its golden domes tower above the traditional shops. Step inside for brief respite from the bustle; with its pale green and gold colour scheme, soft music and silently praying souls, it exudes serenity. Visit the Malay Heritage Centre, once home to Malay sultans, and check out the exquisite fabric and furniture shops along and around Arab Street before heading to Haji Lane, where you can score one-off pieces at the quirky boutiques and admire street art from its characterful cafes and bars.