Step back in time to discover more about the historic sights and sounds of Singapore. Kick-start your senses with a tour of the island’s most diverse neighbourhoods, from Chinatown and Little India to the gold-domed Sultan Mosque in Arab Street.
Explore the pristine tree-lined streets with your expert guide to learn more about the early pioneers who arrived long before Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles opened his iconic hotel. Prior to the days of the Singapore Sling, the Chinese had made this natural harbour their home.
Embark on a multi-sensory journey with a visit to Chinatown Heritage Centre. Hear personal stories of the early settlers within the museum located in three beautifully restored shop houses on Pagoda Street.
A heady mix of spices and jasmine will mark your arrival in Little India. The site of the former racecourse is now buzzing with fragrant flower stalls to artisans selling silver, brassware, rattan, wood carvings and silk saris. Sample the local delicacies from roti prata (round pancakes) to a hot cup of milky teh tarik (pulled tea).
Feeling refreshed you’ll round off your day in Arab Street. Lined with shops selling semi-precious stones, peacock feathers, goldthread and bales of silk and organza, it’s also home to the glistening Sultan Mosque. You will soon see why the gold-domed Masjid Sultan, as it is known locally, is one of the country’s most impressive religious buildings.
Additional notes about the tour
The best time for the tour is either morning or afternoon because Chinatown Heritage Centre will be closed in the evening.