Singapore, also known affectionately as the “Little Red Dot,” is a hub of culture and jaw-dropping sights. And there’s no better way to discover Singapore than by jumping onto the Singapore tourism bandwagon (or bus!) and taking a guided tour of the Lion City.
Open Top Bus Tour
Pick up a pass for one of the open top tour buses from the Singapore Tourism board to enjoy a city adventure that also includes an audio tour of the city. Hop onto the bus at one of the many stops around town and feel the breeze in your hair as you travel through Singapore’s top sights. Don’t forget to take photos of the stunning skyscrapers and spectacular Marina Bay as you pass. Hop off the bus at the Merlion Park, before walking to the iconic Merlion statue, a mythical beast that is part lion and part fish. Jump back onto the bus and head to Chinatown, before stepping off to explore the vivid colours and culture of the Sri Mariamman Temple, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, and Masjid Jamae Chulia. Climb back onto the bus, and at the next stop, experience the peace and tranquillity of the Botanic Gardens, where you envelop yourself within the lush greenery of the colourful orchid garden. Head back to the city via Orchard Road, with mall after mall catching your eye, and then, continue to Raffles Hotel to take a picture of the iconic colonial building.
Singapore Air Free Tour
A stopover of 5.5 hours or more can now include a free 2.5-hour guided tour of Singapore’s cultural heritage or the city lights during the evening. The Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Airline, and Changi Airport have organized daily tours for visitors to see the beauty of the Little Red Dot. From the air, you experience incredible views of the Singapore skyline, the iconic Singapore Flyer, and Gardens by the Bay. Take pictures of the soaring glass domes and avatar shaped Supertrees before you leave to discover Chinatown or Little India. In Chinatown, you get to see the blend of old and new architecture with colourful heritage shophouses set beneath modern skyscrapers. In Little India, expect a hive of activity from the many markets. Here you see large baskets of vibrant spices adorning almost every street, and shops selling colourful reams of silk.
Your Singapore Walking Tours
If you’d rather to take a walking tour of Singapore, stop by Your Singapore for some detailed itineraries. Explore neighbourhoods such as Kampong Glam, Little India, Chinatown, Joo Chiat, and the Civic Art Trail, where you’re sure to discover plenty of new sights and sounds. The one-hour Civic Art Trail transports you back in time to experience the heritage of Singapore through art. You learn more about the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, and appreciate modern sculptures created by artists from all over the world, which clearly illustrate Singapore’s multicultural society.
If a guided walking tour is more your thing, then try Your Singapore’s top three. These tours will take you to diverse areas of the culturally rich Kampong Glam, the food markets of Joo Chiat, and the backstreets of Chinatown, where you learn about the history of the city, while taking in the wondrous sights.