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6 Of The Best Tours To Tackle Singapore In A Fresh Light

By Bridget O'Donohue
24th Nov 2023

We all love digging out the trusty spreadsheet and planning a holiday itinerary, but every so often it’s nice to put the research on ice and leave things to the experts. That’s especially true in Singapore, where there’s so much to get your eyes and ears around.

With ripper itineraries and options to suit every type of traveller, these guided tours are the best tried and tested ways to soak up the magic of Singapore. 

Bike Tours

Tours on two wheels are a dime a dozen, but Bike Around and Let’s Go Tours are two of the best if you’re looking for a leisurely pedal around Singapore to spot iconic landmarks. 

Our top picks are the Marina Bay Night Tour for epic views of the city’s twinkling skyline, and the Lion City Bike Tour for the chance to pedal your way along the Formula 1 Track and scope all the city’s major sites in one go. These legendary local guides cater to all biking abilities, so don't stress if you're not a natural on two wheels. 

Hidden Gem Tours

So you’ve ticked off Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands—what’s next? Offbeat Singapore offers four unique cultural experiences that skip the usual suspects and straight to the city's best-kept secrets. Expect captivating tales of Chinese folklore or dive into some of the city's rapidly disappearing heritage trades. 

If you're up for uncovering the darker side of Singapore’s history, join a guided exploration of Chinatown with Triad Trails, or unpack the social issues of Singapore’s red-light district with urban explorer Cai Yin Zhou as your guide—the man behind social enterprise Citizen Adventures. 

Food Tours

With over 100 hawker centres calling Singapore home, it’s a no-brainer to leave your dining plans to the experts. Eat like a local with a guided walking tour of the city’s best-kept secrets, sampling drool-worthy street food faves like Hainanese chicken rice and pandan chiffon cake.

For an after-hours culinary adventure,  eat your way along the Singapore River. These guys give you the chance to dig into all the hawker classics, before sending you off to get loose until the early hours. 

Wok n Stroll takes a slightly different approach, combining street art with serious snacking. They’ll help you work up a solid hunger with a wander through the open-air galleries and back alleys of Little India, with plenty of snack breaks between murals to chow down on some local treats. 

Nature Tours

It may be a buzzing city, but Singapore is also home to some of the most incredible flora and fauna—so escape the crowds and unwind outdoors with one of the many wildlife tours kicking around.

Discover a sprawling coastal ecosystem along winding boardwalks in the Check Jawa wetlands, or explore old Singapore from the island of Pulau Ubin—home to a fruit orchard, traditional Kampong (village) houses and plenty of native wildlife.

If you're keen to take a closer look at Pulau Ubin's mangroves, you can jump on a 4-hour kayaking excursion. Your guide can help you spot birdlife like kingfishers, eagles and herons. And if kayaking sounds like a good time, Fever Tours run a stack of fishing experiences in and around the islands. 

Cultural Tours

A great way to delve into the creative heart of Singapore is by trawling the art-filled back streets and alleys—the Lion City is absolutely packed with them. This mural walk through Chinatown guides you through the art of Singapore local Yip Yew Chong, who paints vibrant, nostalgic stories of growing up locally.

Continue your cultural deep dive with a free walking tour through one of Singapore’s iconic enclaves—learn each neighbourhood’s unique story on foot through Chinatown, Little India or Kampong Gelam. 

Water Tours 

The best way to explore Singapore’s historic waterways and discover the city from a fresh angle is by jumping aboard a traditional Bumboat. The Singapore River Experience departs daily from Clarke Quay Jetty, cruising up and back via the eye-catching Marina Bay.

For a taste of both land and sea, pile onto a Singapore Duck Tour—the iconic amphibious bus takes you through the Civic District, before hitting the water to cruise past Marina Bay Sands, Gardens By The Bay, and Esplanade Theatre. 

Looking for new ways to see Singapore on your next holiday? Head over to Visit Singapore for all the best tips on what to see by foot, road and water. 

Editor's note: This article is sponsored by Singapore Tourism and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

Image credit: Singapore Tourism

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