Everybody knows about Gardens by the Bay or Orchard Road. But where do you go to see the less-known sides of Singapore?
If you know of anyone who complains Singapore is “boring” or “lacks culture”, show them this post.
Tribe Private Day Tours
Tribe organises experiential tours to off-the-beaten-track locations such as a local coffee factory to see how our beloved kopi beans are being roasted or to one of Singapore’s oldest remaining traditional bakeries. Participants will also get to try hands-on experiences such as learning how to cook traditional Peranakan food, concocting your own cocktail atop a scenic rooftop bar, and even learning how to hone your photography skills with a specialised tour that takes you around various HDB estates in Singapore.
The latest tour on the Tribe platform is the About Mr Lee tour. While many of us know the milestones of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s public life as a statesman, these nuggets of information are inevitably linked to the Singapore story. This tour aims offers a closer look into Mr Lee’s personal life – such as his growing up years in the Joo Chia area, his beautiful love story with Madam Kwa Geok Choo, and the relationship he had with the residents of the Tanjong Pagar constituency. If you’re looking for a Singapore tour that steps away from your usual textbook rhetoric, this is it.
For more information on Tribe’s tours, click here.
The Fullerton Heritage Tours
The Fullerton Building, which was awarded “National Monument” status in December 2015, is a beautiful building steeped in history. This is where the General Post Office was once hosted, and during its time, it was known as the “Most Important Post Office in the East.” With The Fullerton Monument Tour, you’ll get to discover stories from in and around this historic building, and take a peek into preserved areas with The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.
Another walking tour you can participate in is the Maritime Journey Tour, where you’re guided through Singapore’s history as a trading post in the early 1800s to its First World status today. The tour includes fascinating anecdotes from the iconic Clifford Pier – from the stories of Singapore’s forefathers to nerve-wracking speedboat chases.
For details on how to book these tours, click here.
AllSense Scent Walk
We all know how certain scents and fragrances can evoke vivid memories and emotions. With this in mind, AllSense has created a series of Scent Walks, which are guided walking tours that take you around a particular neighbourhood to get an olfactory picture of the area. Some of the scent walks organised previously include to the iconic neighbourhoods of Little India, Chinatown, and Kampong Glam. While registrations for these scent walks are currently unavailable, Chief Experience Officer at AllSense, Terry Richardson says, they are open to organising these tours again if there is a demand for them. So if you’re keen, let them know!
Luv@Adventure Nature Walk
Remember the Halloween Treks we organised last year? Well, actually, the main man behind it doesn’t just do scary walks! In fact, Ho Ee Kid (better known as Kid) is better known for organising nature walks in little-known green spaces in Singapore. Some of the popular tours include expeditions to Opium Hill in Pasir Panjang, night treks along the old railway from Bukit Timah to Clementi, and Coughing Hill in Bukit Batok. From historical information to facts on local fauna and flora, Kid is a storehouse of information. You’ll definitely walk away from his tours with a brand new perspective of this place we call home.
For more information on Luv@Adventure Nature Walks, click here.[Cover Photo Credit: AllSense]