Singapore is often unfairly criticised for having too few activities for tourists. People assume that once they’ve seen the Marina Bay Sands Complex and Sentosa Island, Singapore is hardly worth another visit. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Try these unique tours and see some surprising sides of Singapore.
Little India Heritage Walks
Recently, the National Heritage Board launched three new self-guided heritage trails around historic Little India. These walks offer a glimpse into the past of this vibrant neighbourhood based on three different categories: the Walk of Faiths, Serangoon in the 1900s and Shop Til You Drop. Although these walks were designed for tourists with a limited amount of time to explore, go at your own pace to fully embrace the neighbourhood.
OH! Open House Tour
The goal of OH! is to bring art out of museums and into the public. They want to show that art can exist everywhere, from public housing to open spaces. Now they operate walks to show new ways of finding art, giving local artists the chance to reach new audiences and encouraging audiences to consider the far-reaching implications of art. Keep an eye on the ‘Programmes’ tab of their website to book future tours.
Perfect for the foodie who wants to explore Singapore’s expansive hawker culinary scene, Singabites curates tours through some of Singapore’s best foodie neighbourhoods. Run by food enthusiasts, the organisers at Singabites know all the best spots to sample Singapore’s legendary cuisine.
Visitors who prefer to see the island at a faster pace should check out Biking Singapore. Curated by local Singaporeans and run by cycling guides, visitors can choose from tours including the Best of Singapore, Pulau Ubin Island or even a cycling and foodie tour so you can keep your energy up while you see the Lion City!
The Original Singapore Walks
Check out The Original Singapore Walks® or War Trails by Changi Museum. These walks are narrated by the brainchild of a military historian, who guides you through the cultural and historical sites of the Lion City. Conveniently, you don’t need to book ahead for any of these tours: just turn up at the meeting point and set off with your guide. Visit the website to see the different daily tours.
Join Journeys for bespoke tours that combine multiple interests to see as much of the island as possible. Journeys features expert guides who will use wit and humour to explain Singapore’s unique local culture, how it’s been affected by colonialism and scandalous stories from the Raffles Hotel and more.
Singapore History Consultants
History buffs should check out the tours by Singapore History Consultants. Whether you want to learn about Singapore when Raffles first landed in the 1800s, or how Singapore fell during World War II, the Singapore History Consultants will help to customize a tour for you. Not sure what you want to see? Take a Resilience Trail, 4-5 hour walks that take you across the island and explain the historical significance of different locations.