Looking to experience a day trip with a difference? These tours will allow you to discover heritage-rich neighbourhoods, go on a food trail, and more - without hurting your feet!
There’s no better way to explore Singapore than on foot, as you take in the sights, sounds, smell and soul of the city at your own pace. But if you wish to cover more grounds, try these cool, unique tours for a different experience. P.S.: You may even hit your fitness quota with some of them!
Not so keen on being herded around in a group on a food tour? Hop onto the Singapore’s first Makan (to eat in Malay) Bus – it takes you to 10 lesserknown local food stops in the suburbs, including Balestier, Ang Mo Kio and Toa Payoh. You can board and alight as many times as you wish, and there’s no pressure to go to all the places on the route. Maps are also provided onboard the bus, so you can stray off the drop-off point to check out the rest of the neighbourhood. The interval between each bus arrival is around 22 minutes, with the first bus departing orchardgateway at 11am and the last bus leaving orchardgateway at 7.37pm.
www.makanbus.com, (65) 6295 1815.
Bike & Bites Tour
In just eight to nine hours, this cycling/walking tour by Let’s Go Bike Singapore covers landmarks and historical sites in Chinatown, Tiong Bahru, Singapore River, Kampong Glam, Civic District, Bugis-Bras Basah and Little India. You’ll spend the morning riding around the Central area and learning about the city’s history before heading to Little India for the rest of the day and exploring the neighbourhood on foot.
www.letsgobikesingapore.com, (65) 9004 4332.
City by the Water Kick Scooter Tour
Where there’s water, there’s life. Singapore’s history is intimately connected to water – the city-state is located at the crossroads of the China-India and Asia-Europe trading routes, and it was a key port of call for sailing and steam vessels in the 19th century. Find out more about the founding of Singapore, how water impacted our communities and urban development, our dependence and adaptation to limited water resources, and the management of our waterways in this tour by Betel Box Tours as you whiz from one landmark to another on a kick scooter.
www.betelboxtours.com, (65) 6247 7340.
Give your weary feet a break and get onboard the city’s first-ever luxury restaurant-on-wheels – of sorts. The Singapore GOURMETbus has no kitchen, but you’ll be served a delicious two course local lunch or an IndoChinese dinner as you make your way around Singapore’s city sights in the Civic District and Chinatown. You’ll also be able to see Gardens by the Bay up close during a scheduled hop-off after the main course. The lunch tour starts at 1pm and the dinner show is from 7.30pm. Be sure to check in 30 minutes before the scheudule at DUCK & HiPPO Hub at Suntec City.
www.gourmetbus.com.sg, (65) 6338 6877.
Singapore Insider is published quarterly, in partnership with Singapore Tourism Board. Pick up the printed edition for free 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.