TheSmartLocal is Singapore leading Travel and Lifestyle portal founded by Bryan Choo in August 2012 and has now received more than 2 million visitors each month.
Imagine having TripAdvisor, Yelp, blog and an online magazine all rolled into one mega site and written by local contributors to provide a reliable resource for both locals and tourists alike.
At first glance, the site has a wide range of main topics/niches ranging from Travel (with travel videos), Things to do in Singapore (with useful guides), Food (with best food guides), Beauty, Shopping (for anything under the sun), Pop Culture and Reviews, which may look daunting to navigate.
The site even has a forum with many different threads for people to participate. Hence, if I know exactly where to look for the things I wanted, I will go straight to that category, otherwise, it would be easier to just use the “Search” option to find the information required.
Today, TheSmartLocal has grown from its strong online presence to TheSmartLocalTV, where they had a young and creative team to showcase the best of Singapore and the region beyond and had also expanded into Malaysia and Australia.
More than just a portal, TheSmartLocal is also a local community for Singaporeans to write honest reviews (I am also a TSL contributor) and share nuggets of useful information as the locals know best!
Their personal writing style is what make TheSmartLocal stands out among the crowd of other similar websites and has become so popular.
Here are 3 reasons why you should read TheSmartLocal:
1. Receive first-hand information on the latest attractions in Singapore
For example, this article (10 Forgotten Singapore Islands To Explore Without Your Passport!) was heavily shared by many people on Facebook and I happened to chance upon it on my news feed one day and discovered Coney Island.
Together with hordes of other Singaporeans, I made my way there once it was officially opened to the public in late 2015, hoping to soak in the rare rustic side of Singapore and to catch sight of the famous free-roaming bull.
2. Impress your foreigner friends with things uniquely Singapore
Seriously, I had a few good laughs myself when I read this article (35 Completely Ridonkulous Things You Will ONLY See In Singapore) and this is one great article to show your overseas friends who are planning to visit the country on the idiosyncrasies of Singaporeans and things uniquely Singapore.
TheSmartLocal also has an entire section on Information for Tourists, from top things to do in Singapore, getting around, nightlife and bargain shopping.
Here is a TSL video of locals and foreigners trying to teach each other simple words in their own language:
3. Capture the Most Instagram-worthy Shots in Singapore without jumping off any building
Recently, I have read about a spate of selfie-related deaths where people died while trying to take the ultimate selfie on dangerous and high places. However, this article (10 Genius Spots for Beautiful Optical Illusions in Singapore) offers the solution to all your Instagram-worthy shots just by using optical illusions and flipping the photos around to achieve the desired effect.
The article also provides the entire lowdown on the unique places you can go around Singapore to capture the perfect cliffhanger moment.
From monochromatic colour scheme, minimalistic wooden pillars and walls, your #OOTD shots will pop and stand out as the shot would look like it was taken directly from the set of Mission Impossible and Inception.
By consistently creating great content and resources that are informative and useful to people, TheSmartLocal is able to provide great value to their readers. So do check out their site and Youtube channel for all things regarding Singapore. Happy exploring! 🙂
All images are credited to TheSmartLocal.
This post is brought to you in partnership with TheSmartLocal.