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I have read about the fall of Singapore & the Burma campaign but our passionate & knowledgable guide Carol really broadened my knowledge of this period. She touched on the invasion, the sufferings of the POWs & aspects of how the civilian population suffered under the brutal Japanese occupation that are not usually covered in Western books. The way the various races were categorised & treat ed was a real eye opener. Finishing with a minutes silence at Kranji Commonwealth war cemetery was more than appropriate.
If you are interested in the history of that period or have a relative who served in the region then go on this tour.
My father served with the RAF in Changi towards the end of the war, so I was interested to visit some of the places I have his photos of. Our tour guide gave an informed commentary about each place we visited. It's a shame that the Changi war memorial was closed for refurbishment (we did know this in advance). The tour concluded with a visit to the cemetery which was very moving.
We enjoyed very much the places we visited and the content of the tour, we were just disappointed with the pick-up (tour start meeting point) and tour end point (where we were all left at the end of the tour). Both were at MRT stations and we had two elderly people in our group who struggled a lot with this being there was no seating available to wait on at start of tour and cool place to wait.. I would strongly recommend a start and end point of this tour in a more comfortable and accessible area for people of all ages and abilities. One of the elderly and less mobile in our group, her father was a British prisoner of war in Changi prison during WWII so was very poignant her attending this Tour. I must admit Poh our tour guide definately went above and beyond to ensure my elderly parents got safely into a taxi to get back to our hotel at the end of this tour, and throughout the tour Poh was very accommodating to my parents.. We found Poh very informative on this tour, but those of our group sitting at the back of the bus struggled to hear what she was saying on the microphone throughout the entire tour, I think because she had microphone to close to her mouth. My children were on the tour with us also aged 19 and 24 and they found this history of this tour very interesting.
Visit the Changi Chapel Museum temporary exhibition and learn about the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in World War II during this historical tour. With an experienced guide who provides insightful commentary about this somber period of history, learn about the prisoner-of-war camps that once stood here. See landmarks like the Johore Battery and Selarang Barracks, take in the views from the Changi Boardwalk, and visit Changi village.
We spent just 2 days in Singapore and the Battlebox Tour was recommended to us. So glad we went! Shaun was a wonderful tour guide. We learnt so much about this significant time in history. The tour underground was in a comfortable temperature. We had enough time to spend in each area, and also were shown videos sitting in a screen room. Shaun's commentary was clear, fascinating and at times moving. Suitable for all adults and school aged children.
Explore a former British underground command center on a tour of The Battlebox, a bomb-proof shelter beneath Singapore’s Fort Canning. Learn about Singapore and Britain’s tragic WWII history, hear the inside stories and strategies behind the dramatic British surrender.
This excursion takes their guests to so many different places using different modes of transportation!
, Feb 2020
This evening tour is one of the very best!! Florence was great! Tour was so well organized, we visited so many different exciting areas of Singapore in one evening, including, by way of a fabulous long trishaw ride and gorgeous 40 minute river cruise! Also Included shopping time and all started with a very good dinner. Terrific!!!!
The ride was so much fun. My 'driver' was very entertaining - he would add to the recorded commentary. Lovely man. Enjoyed learning all about Little India. Great evening. Worth doing for the lights, sounds and smells afforded to an open air transport, the fun of being on a Rickshaw and learning about the history of Little India. Thank you.
Experience central Singapore during the vibrant evening hours with this Chinatown tour by trishaw and riverboat. With a guide, walk through the bustling Night Market and learn about the history of Singapore’s Chinatown. Shop for bargains as you wander through this captivating district, indulge in dinner, and take a thrilling trishaw ride through Little India and Bugis Village. Then, cruise along the Singapore River on a bumboat to admire the city skyline lit up at night.
Learn about the historic battles of Singapore on a guided tour of Fort Canning Hill and the Battlebox, a former World War II command center located in the heart of the city. Follow an informative guide through the 26-room warren under Fort Canning Hill, an unsuspecting spot steeped in history. Visit a cemetery and hear about the country’s fate from the 14th century to the modern era.
Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Singapore - Private City Tour
From $76.20 (Price varies by group size )
Wonderful learning experience.
, Nov 2019
Our guide, Joyce, met us at our hotel lobby. She was extremely kind, knowledgeable, and happy to cater to our needs. We learned so much about Singapore, especially the history and cultural information which we both enjoyed. She provided us with MRT cards, so we could take the metro, and city buses. We observed a part of Singapore that we wouldn't have ordinarily seen, and had lovely conversations with her about life and society in Singapore. I highly recommend one of these tours.
See an unexpected side of Singapore, away from the main tourist circuit, on this convenient private day tour. Your guide will show you what Singapore was like before all of its modern development. You will see how ordinary Singaporeans live, hear local village stories, and visit a slice of the jungle within the city. Stop for a refreshing drink, and learn about traditional Chinese medicine.
Private Original Singapore City Sightseeing Walking Tour
From $79.48 (Price varies by group size )
Three hours well spent in Singapore.
, Nov 2019
Our tour guide, Dani, enthusiastically shared an insider's view of Singapore. She gave great insights into the history of Singapore through her vast knowledge and great storytelling. We had been to Singapore before, but learnt so much more through this tour. Well done and thanks, Dani.
A 3-hour walking tour of Singapore City with a local guide. Visit Merlion Park, Civic District, Marina Bay & Singapore River on this "must-do" tour!
There was a time when fishing boats and spices lined our colonial shore. Today, we have transformed to be buzzing city teeming with history, culture and architecture. Let us take you on a stroll around the Singapore River and tell you inspiring stories of a resilient nation that fought against all odds. Some of the many interesting spots in the Civic District area include the Merlion Park, the historically-significant Padang and the neoclassical Victoria Theatre.
Visitors enamored with Singapore’s green urban spaces and burgeoning food scene can often travel through the city without learning about its past. This private tour brings Singapore’s emotional World War II history to life. You’ll visit historical sites with a driver-guide to learn about the Fall of Singapore, when the Japanese Empire invaded the British stronghold. Visit underground bunkers, listen to war-time strategy stories, and stop at museums and monuments where guided tours are available. The tour includes lunch that recreates WW2 refugee meals.
Private Singapore City Highlights Tour By Car - Half Day or Full Day
From $243.02 (Price varies by group size )
, Dec 2019
Our guide Gee Soo met us at the cruise ship port on time. He took us on a tour around the city. We stopped at all of the major POI's and took many photos. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and spoke English very well. He was a delight. We went to 2 of his favorite foodie stops and enjoyed local fare. He explained everything with great detail. What a wonderful day in Singapore
With beautiful waterfront scenery, pretty gardens, and cutting-edge galleries, Singapore ranks among Asia’s must-see cities—but beating the crowds and exploring independently by public transport can be challenging. On this tour, spin through Singapore by private air-conditioned minivan and explore in comfort. Hit top attractions like Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay, Little India, or Marina Bay with your guide, and customize your itinerary to hit the highlights of most interest.
The most flexible Singapore to Kuala Lumpur full day private tour. Commute to dispersed attractions and respite in the air-conditioned vehicle, discover the mysterious Batu Caves, learn pewter making at Royal Selangor, amaze the bustling Petronas Twin Tower, marvel to the memorable Independence Square, photograph at picturesque Putra Jaya Mosque or Thean Hou Temple and grab the best bargained gifts at Petaling Street. You may choose 7 out of the 10 attractions and dictate the duration spent within the 17 hours or 19 hours for the KLCC impressive night view. No clue what to eat, let our experience driver to recommend and share live commentary on the go. Well-curated KL Highlight tour for private group size up to 6 pax without luggage.
* Make the best out of Kuala Lumpur in Just 1 day
* Admire the Unique Tropical Scenic Land Ride
* Exclusive Tailor-made Programs on the Spot
* Skip the Line Kuala Lumpur Discovering Tour
* Accompanied by Local Throughout the Journey
Get beneath Singapore’s skin in a way that’s only possible with a local to connect you on this insightful private tour that goes beyond the obvious to deliver hidden gems. You might meet a third-generation spice maker, tour an opera house turned hotel, get behind the scenes at a garland maker in Little India, or explore Singapore’s best hawker court. Travel by public transport for an authentically local experience.
Follow us 1pm-6pm every Saturday as we bring you on the most comprehensive walking tour in Singapore to explore the sights, tastes and sounds not on the typical tourist trail. Learn about Singapore's colourful past and its meteoric rise to global city status, while enjoying the unique places and simple treats that still have a special place in our hearts.
Why join our tours?
1. Best all-in-one tour for visitors who have a limited time and want ONE comprehensive tour of Singapore's history, culture and development
2. Explore multiple districts, cultures and themes
3. Get off-the-beaten-track and discover hidden sights and gems
5. Sample a variety of local food, snacks, and desserts all included!
6. End with a great view from a 50th floor viewing deck! (weather permitting)
Amazing Singapore City Guided Tour with Hotel Transfers
It was an excellent tour!
, Jan 2020
Our guide was excellent! She was knowledgeable, friendly and had a delightful of humor. She patiently explained each of the attractions and answered any questions that the members of the group asked. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire excursion.
This tour is nice to have a quick view of Singapore. I would recommend to skip little India stop since is not interesting. The guide that we had for this tour was one of the worst ever, he was talking about money for every attraction (this has cost so much, this so much etc) and what I didn't like was that he was too severe for the time-schedule, a group of 3 people was 1 min late and i wanted to leave them there and depart with the bus.....
Discover the cultural mix that makes Singapore special on this small-group guided tour, with hotel transfers to keep things simple. Soak up the sights and scents of Little India; stroll the streets of historic Chinatown; and savor the surreal skyline of Marina Bay. Wrap up the day with a visit to Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanical Garden & National Orchid Garden. Choose between morning and afternoon departures.
Discover Singapore’s Kampong Glam district on a walking tour with an informative guide, who provides a more in-depth experience of this neighborhood than you might otherwise have on your own. Learn about traditional Indonesian medicine and Malay folk customs, and check out Sultan Mosque, one of Singapore’s most prominent places of worship for the Muslim community.
Must see Singapore with a local: private & personalized
From $159.99 (Price varies by group size )
My teenage son proclaimed Monica "the best tour guide he's ever had!"
, Sep 2019
My normally jaded, usually non-communicative teenage son loved this tour. We had some flight problems and ended up getting in late on the day we had booked this for, but the company and the guide were very accommodating in working with us to find an adjusted schedule that worked. We got our heads filled with history, culture, food, art, music, religion, and all the highlights. We used public transportation, and did LOTS of walking. Monica tailored the tour to fit the divergent interests of me and my son, and made sure everyone was happy. In fact, the tour company sent out a questionnaire before assigning a guide to make sure they gave us a person who would best suit our style and interests. They hit it out of the park!
This day tour with a local host is an ideal outing for first-time visitors to Singapore, or those with a short stay in the city. Leave the guidebook behind because your guide for the day is a knowledgeable local, who will take you to must-see sites and spots that are lesser-known to visitors. Your guide will also show you the very best places to eat, and give you tips for the rest of your stay.
Delve into Singapore’s multicultural heritage on a private full-day tour. Learn about the Chinese, Indian, and Malay communities who settled here during the 1800s, and discover their cultures and history. Visit a temple and explore Chinatown before lunch (own expense) at a hawker’s center. Then, experience Indian life at Little India, and see the markets and Sultan Mosque at Malay-Arab Kampong Glam. Private transport, a private guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
Half Day or Full Day Private Custom Walking Tour of Singapore
From $161.40 (Price varies by group size )
Daryl, a true Singapore ambassador
, Feb 2020
5 hour walking tour with Daryl Jan 6th 2020.
Daryl was personable, knowledgeable and took us to spots we never would have seen on a larger group tour. Tour was tailored to what we were interested in seeing. Singapore is an amazing city and Daryl, a true ambassador for the city...
The tour guide was really good he showed us places that we wanted to see our hotel was right near the underground and he showed us how to use it and it was so easy it was only 4 stops to go to the main city.
Experience Singapore exactly how you want to on a private sightseeing tour. You choose the duration, ranging from four to eight hours. Whether you want to explore gardens, enjoy local cuisine, take in the architecture, or all of the above, a 100% customized itinerary will be created for you. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and all public transportation costs along the way are included.
Singapore's Chinatown & Little India neighbourhoods! Fun local guide!!
We will guide you on an exploration of Singapore’s major landmarks. This will give you a good idea of the history, culture & legends of one of the world best-loved cities
Starting in the Financial District we walk to Singapore's famous Chinatown. Famous for its temples, shopping & colonial houses. We see Chinese & Hindu temples plus stop to try some food along the way
Chinatown has not changed that much in 50 years. The old shop houses and families are still there. Old meets new in this neighbourhood
We head to Little India. Vibrant, colourful & amazing food. This area is next to Arab street where there are fantastic sights to see. Street art & Street food : both are incredible
We will see an authentic food court that caters for curry lovers ! Plus see temples galore. A very frantic and buzzing part of Singapore
This experience enables you to see the best of Singapore (20+ Sights) all with a Fun Local Guide!
A full day in Singapore with a local: private & personalized
From $159.99 (Price varies by group size )
, Nov 2019
Had a brilliant day with our guide Priscilla who adjusted her pace to fit our slower walking speed and yet managed to fit in all we had asked for and more. We were able to use public transport and saw so much that we would never have found on our own. She helped us find shopping items, took us to an authentic and cheap eatery for a delicious lunch. Singapore has several districts each with a distinct personality and we experienced them all, finishing with the Sky Gardens which were much larger than we had expected and totally mind blowing. We only had one full day to spend in Singapore and wanted to cram in as much as possible, so we cannot thank Priscilla enough for making this visit such a wonderful experience. We easily organised and paid for this tour before we left England and would definitely recommend Viator to anyone who wants a hassle free personalised tour.
Get more out of your visit to Singapore with a customized full-day tour led by your own private guide who creates an itinerary that suits your interests. Choose to visit top destinations such as Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown, and Tiong Bahru, or go to other places that you would like to explore. Benefit from the personalized attention of your guide throughout the day.
Choose your own adventure with this private host for a day in Singapore. Choose whatever highlights or hidden gems (suggested by your host) interest you and spend the day traveling at your own pace. Learn about the ins and outs of life in Singapore and listen to in-depth commentary on the stops you choose to visit. Multiple tour lengths available to suit your schedule and budget; this tour can accommodate up to six people.
Kampong Glam is the Arab district of Singapore. This small-group tour will take you beyond the surface to the streets, businesses, markets, and mosques that will help you understand the place and its people. Your informative local guide will explain the history of the area and its place within Singapore’s multicultural present. See a side of Singapore that would be hard to discover on your own.
There’s no better way than a bike tour to see how a city fits together. Orient yourself in Singapore and discover the city’s fascinating history as you pedal 12 miles (20 kilometers) of gentle terrain on this fascinating half-day tour. Amble along the Singapore River, pedal Marina Bay, and see landmarks like the colonial-era post office (now a hotel) and City Hall. Along the way, enjoy local snacks and drinks at a typical coffee shop.
Spend a delightful morning exploring Singapore’s Chinatown on a 2.5 hour walking tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who speaks English, wander the neighborhood’s streets, take in its unique architecture, try some local delights and visit Singapore’s oldest Chinese temple. En route your guide may fill you in on everything from the community’s Chinese history to the ways of traditional Chinese medicine.
Get to know Singapore’s colonial past on this tour of the city’s historic neighborhoods. With a local history-lover at your side, you’ll hear all the historical insights as you explore the city’s beautiful buildings. From a cathedral that dates back to the 1800s to an old convent that is now a hotspot for Singapore’s stylish residents, there is plenty to explore.
Start your historical experience at St Andrew’s Cathedral. Admire the beautiful architecture as your local host tells you about the time when Singapore was a British colony. Plus find out why this cathedral is named after the patron saint of Scotland.
Follow your host to a street filled with architectural gems. Take in the colonial-style buildings and then swing by the former home of Singapore’s first architect. Want to see Singapore’s colonial districts from above? Your local host knows just the spot to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of these historic neighborhoods!
This tour can be organised in Mandarin Chinese.
Want to immerse yourself in Singapore’s local life? Explore two culturally different markets and temples on this tour with a local. Admire the architecture of one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist temples, and explore buzzing markets with your friendly host sharing their local insights and stories with you.
Start your experience at Bugis Street Market. Take a stroll through the many stalls selling everything from souvenirs and homeware to cosmetics.
Then swing by another market. This is a market for foodies and is known locally as a great place to pick up dried goods, seafood and tonic. The locals here like to try before they buy, so you may see them dipping their hands into the bags for a taste.
Follow your local host to one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist temples. Architectural lovers will enjoy the colorful Chinese design and decoration. Then visit another local temple, with a completely different design in the Southern-Indian style.