If you want to see a Singapore largely devoid of tourists, head to the new town of Ang Mo Kio in the north central region of Singapore. While considered a new town, Ang Mo Kio was originally settled by rubber plantation workers in the late nineteenth century. It wasn’t until 1973 that the Singaporean Housing and Development Board decided to establish a housing community and town center here.
In the 40 years since its establishment, Ang Mo Kio Town has matured into a thriving community, where you’ll find similar mega-malls and hawker centers as you would in downtown Singapore, only without as many crowds and tourists. With an MRT station in the town, it’s relatively quick and easy to get to and from central Singapore.