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Singapore: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

1. Singapore: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Singapore's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics Teh tarik (traditional tea) & rojak and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food. Visit Kampong Glam & Sultan Mosque, Little India & Cow murals, Elderly Corner at China Town plus other remarkable spots in between food stops and learn about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide. 

Singapore: City Highlights Open-Top Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

2. Singapore: City Highlights Open-Top Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the best of Singapore with a Hop-on Hop-off ticket on a Big Bus. Grab a seat with the best views on the open-top, double-decker bus, and enjoy sightseeing at your own pace. Simply hop off and explore when you see something that interests you. Return to the same bus stop and hop on to the next bus to continue your tour. Your ticket gives you access to 2 hop-on hop-off sightseeing routes and it is not only the most comprehensive hop-on touring system in Singapore but also a transport network that links you from hotels to key landmarks and attractions. Hop on to discover and hop off to explore the Lion City. For cultural discoveries, visit the 3 ethnic districts of Singapore – Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam – where you’ll find pre-World War II conserved shophouses, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and traditional trades and handicrafts. Don’t forget to check out the UNESCO world heritage site Botanic Gardens, glamourous and glitzy locations where the hit movie Crazy Rich Asian was filmed, like Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Choose a 1-day Classic Ticket and hop off at any stop to explore Singapore your way. Pick a 2-day Premium Ticket for another day on the bus. Or go for a 2-day Deluxe Ticket that comes with a 3-hours guided Night City Tour. The Night City Tour is a 3 hours fully guided open-top, double-decker bus tour with excellent views of the city skyline at Marina Barrage. Enjoy a sampling of local food at Lau Pa Sat and catch the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at the Supertree Grove — an impressive set of vertical gardens that light up in a dazzling display.

Singapore: Half-Day City Tour with Hotel Transfer

3. Singapore: Half-Day City Tour with Hotel Transfer

Discover Singapore by getting to know its famous Civic District. Begin your journey at Kampong Glam, an area where modernity meets tradition. This district has a history that dates back to Singapore’s colonial era as the allocated area to the Malay, Arab, and Bugis communities. Explore the city by driving around the Civic District, passing by the Padang, Singapore Cricket Club, historic Parliament House, and the National Gallery Singapore. The Gallery consists of the former Supreme Court Building and the City Hall. Next, stop at Merlion Park and enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay. Do not miss out this picture-taking opportunity with The Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, before driving past Chinatown. Proceed to Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and walk through the National Orchid Garden which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants.

Singapore Chinatown Night Tour: Dinner, Trishaw & Boat Ride

4. Singapore Chinatown Night Tour: Dinner, Trishaw & Boat Ride

Chinatown has also come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Filled with a sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colourful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage, Chinatown is not to be missed especially in the evening when everything really comes alive. At a Chinese Medical Hall, learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine helps to regulate your Yin and Yang. From ancient days till modern times, the Chinese have continue with herbs and practices like acupuncture, moxibustion, tai chi and tui na to stay healthy. After dinner at a local Chinese restaurant, wander along the narrow lanes of the Night Market and test your bargaining skills against street vendors selling anything from souvenirs to leather goods.  The highlight of the evening is a trishaw ride that takes you through the alleyways of Chinatown and down to Clarke Quay. There hop onto a bumboat for a cruise along the Singapore River to see Singapore lit up at night, showcasing beautifully restored shop houses, modern skyscrapers of the financial district, colonial buildings and the iconic Merlion statue.

Singapore: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

5. Singapore: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

Discover over 40 top Singapore attractions and save up to 40% compared to buying individual tickets with the Singapore All-Inclusive Pass. Choose between a 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 7-day pass and tick off Singapore’s best sights as you go. Hop on and off an open-top bus tour, glide down the Singapore River on a cruise, and visit the many attractions at Sentosa Island including Universal Studios Singapore, the AJ Hackett Sentosa Giant Swing and Skybridge, and more. The more you see, the more you save. When you visit each location with your All-Inclusive Pass, the admission has already been taken care of. Follow the instructions in the digital guide and present your digital pass to enter. Save on the cost of admission fees you’d pay if you purchased your attraction tickets individually. The Singapore All-Inclusive Pass can include the following activities: Popular Attractions • Universal Studios Singapore • AJ Hackett Giant Swing and Skybrige • S.E.A. Aquarium • Gardens by the Bay - Flower Dome and Cloud Forest • Night Safari • Singapore Zoo • Cocktail at Raffles Hotel - Long Bar & Courtyard • Madame Tussauds Singapore • Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Singapore Tour • Drink at CÉ LA VI SkyBar at Marina Bay Sands Tours and Experiences • Let's Go Bike Tour - Historical Singapore • Let's Go Bike Tour - Marina Bay Night Tour • Virtual Room Singapore • Virtual Reality Fighter Jet Experience • Singapore Cable Car Sky Pass (Round Trip) • River Wonders • Singapore DUCKtours • Singapore River Cruise • Sentosa 4D Adventureland • Gogreen Bicycle Rentals • SkyHelix Sentosa • Adventure Cove Waterpark • The Battlebox • Puzzle Hunt in Chinatown • Puzzle Hunt in Fort Canning Park • Puzzle Hunt in Little India • Tiger Brewery Tour • Segway Fun Ride • Tea Appreciation Experience • Scentopia Augmented Reality Guided Tour Museums and Places of Interest • National Museum of Singapore • National Gallery Singapore • Asian Civilisations Museum • Malay Heritage Centre • Indian Heritage Centre • Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall • Jurong Bird Park • Science Centre Singapore Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction list including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

Singapore: Historical Bike Tour with Traditional Snacks

6. Singapore: Historical Bike Tour with Traditional Snacks

Discover the real Singapore on this 20-kilometer route through the city by bike. Visit a typical residential town and market to watch people go about their daily lives. Eat like a Singaporean, sampling local snacks and drinks at a “coffee shop”. See old and new public housing, as well as multi-million dollar riverfront homes.   Then, meander alongside the Singapore River, where trade brought to life a sleepy village town in the 1800s. See historically important landmarks, such as the 100-year-old fire station, museums, and places of worship. Of course, you’ll pay homage to the statue of Sir Stamford Thomas Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore.   Learn how WWII affected Singapore, and see monuments that honor those who suffered. You’ll get to understand the melting pot of people from all over the world who call Singapore home.   Finally, fast forward to the present and admire the ultra-modern business district. Jump right into the action as you cycle right along the Formula 1 route (though at a somewhat slower pace).

From Harbourfront Port: Private Customizable Singapore Tour

7. From Harbourfront Port: Private Customizable Singapore Tour

Meet your professional, experienced, and English-speaking driver at the arrivals gate of the Harbourfront Centre ferry terminal. Spot them holding a sign with your name on it. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights as your driver takes you towards the center of Singapore. Explore the city at your own pace. Discover some of the most popular sights in the city such as Garden by the Bays, Merlion Park, Little India, China Town, Marina Bay Sand, and more. Benefit from insights and recommendations from your driver, who has extensive local knowledge of the city. Choose from a variety of tour durations to suit your schedule. Customize the experience and choose what you want to do and see throughout the day.  After your time exploring the city, be returned to the ferry terminal with plenty of time to board your ship.

Singapore: 4-Hour Guided Walking Tour Across the Heartland

8. Singapore: 4-Hour Guided Walking Tour Across the Heartland

Singaporeans originated from many different countries and cultures, and these varied beginnings are what gives them their unique identity today. With this tour, go beyond the city on a cultural tour of the island. Begin in the Heartlands, Ang Mo Kio, with a little-known tradition from the Kampong Era: birds singing. The tour begins when you meet your local guide at 9 AM in front of Yio Chu Kang MRT Station. Then, explore the Heartlands, Ang Mo Kio, with a little-known tradition. Brighten your morning with melodious chirps, followed by a visit to the local Hawker Center for coffee and breakfast snacks like a true local. The exploration continues with a visit to the wet market. From this humble neighborhood, head out and pay a visit to a real cultural hub.  In Chinatown, where early settlers came by boat, see how they once lived in both trying and prosperous times. Here, learn more about Singapore through beautiful wall murals by local artists, Yip Yew Chong. The tour is both educational and fun, with many photo opportunities and exciting anecdotes from your passionate guide.

Singapore: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

9. Singapore: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Singapore at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Colonial District, Tiong Bahru Market, Chinatown and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

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What people are saying about Chinatown, Singapore

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 382 reviews

Anthony was very knowledgeable and although this is my fifth visit to Singapore I learned many things I didn’t know about the City state. I highly recommend

Great night out Dinner was lovely Trishsw was great fun Thenfinish off the night with a nice relaxing bumboat ride looking at all the lights and scenery.

Excellent 4 hours cycling round Singapore, seeing the sights and hearing about the history and culture of Singapore with tour guide Alfie.

Very dedicated tour guide, covered a few places in half a day.

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