From learning about the historical Kampung Geylang Serai to exploring new sights and sounds of Sentosa, these day trips will pique your interest
Looking for a day trip in Singapore with a twist? It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time visitor or someone who is willing to rediscover this sunny island yet again; these brilliant tours can show you the alternative sides of Singapore that might just give you a pleasant surprise.
Betelbox The Real Singapore Tours
More than just a friendly, no-frills backpacker’s hostel, Betelbox also hosts a slew of unique guided experiences, designed to shed light on the heart and soul of Singapore. If you’re already familiar with Chinatown, Joo Chiat and the city centre, join its Kampung Geylang Serai Uncovered tour, which takes you through the past and present of the district as you make your way through hidden paths and back alleys. You’ll also get to sample traditional and street food, as well as discover the culture, trades and crafts of Singapore’s Malay community.
Jump on board a remodelled WWII Vietnamese war craft and explore Singapore by land and sea. For comprehensive coverage of the city’s biggest attractions, choose the Duck with Singapore HoHo, which includes an hour-long guided tour around famous landmarks including the Singapore Flyer, as well as unlimited rides on the Duck to various sightseeing spots for two days.
Ducktours, Esplanade #01-330 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, p. 6338 6877.
Hop onto a Segway® and glide around Marina Bay district or Sentosa effortlessly with Segway® Tours Singapore. Discover new sights and sounds, as your friendly local guide takes you through historical sites and must-see attractions in each precinct. Each group only has 10 spots, so you get an intimate, personalised experience.
Uncover the stories behind neighbourhoods like Ang Mo Kio, Balestier, Kampong Glam and Jalan Besar with National Heritage Board’s (NHB) series of offbeat self-guided tours. Part of the government’s effort to document and promote the areas where locals live, work and play, these walking trails reveal the colourful histories of the district and the charms of iconic buildings that serve as a reminder of Singapore’s past and peoples. To start your journey, access a trail via NHB’s website, or download the Singapore Heritage Trails app onto your smartphone.
This article was published in Singapore Insider, a series of quarterly print guides produced in partnership with Singapore Tourism Board. Pick up a free copy at Singapore Visitor Centres island-wide, including Orchard (junction of Cairnhill Road and Orchard Road), orchardgateway, ION Orchard (Level 1 Concierge), and Chinatown Visitor Centre (2 Banda Street), or download the digital version.