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Singapore Tours


The Singapore Tourism Board in Tourism Court can provide information on an enormous number of city tours, whether walking, on buses, cruises, by night or by special interest. Hotels can usually book any of these.

Walking Tours

The Singapore Tourism Board produces a series of Yours To Explore guides for independent walking tours, including the Singapore River, Chinatown, Little India, Orchard Road and various arts sights.

The Original Singapore Walks
Telephone (+65) 6325 1631
Website : www.singaporewalks.com
This Company offers a series of 8 walks that shows you different aspects of Singapore. Walking tours include haunted place, the war cemetery and red light district.

Chinatown Trishaw Tour
Telephone (+65) 6339 6833 / 6338 9205
Travel back in time when you tour Chinatown on board a trishaw. Experience the Chinese culture, practices and food when you ride through Singapore on this traditional method of transport.

Bus/River Tours

There are many bus tours run by different private operators - Singapore Tourism Board can provide details or they can be booked via hotels. One of the most popular is the Singapore Trolley (tel: 6339 6833), an imitation of the red trams of the 1920s. The one-hour tour takes in 17 spots between Orchard Road, the colonial district and Clarke Quay, with running commentary. The fare (S$14.90) includes a free riverboat tour. There are six tours a day, departing from the taxi stand at Clarke Quay at 0945, 1045, 1245, 1345, 1500 and 1600.

Harbour Cruise
Telephone: (+65) 6533 9811
Email : sales@watertours.com.sg
Take on this tour and experience imperial life. Sail through Singapore River mouth and to the Southern Island on board an ancient Chinese ship as an imperial guest.

Singapore DUCKtours
Telephone (+65) 6333 3825
Website : www.ducktours.com.sg
This is a unique and unusual way of sightseeing around Singapore . This tour brings you on land and water on board an American military craft that was once used in the Vietnam War.


Excursions For a Half Day


Pulau Ubin
The boomerang-shaped island with just 200 inhabitants is a favourite getaway for locals - and is consequently very busy at weekends. With its thatched huts, rubber plantations, mangrove swamps and traditional fishing kelongs, Pulau Ubin - known as Stone Mountain because it is rich in granite - offers a vision of a disappeared Singapore. But, typical of Singapore, this island is gradually being developed into a nature park with trails, shelters, campsites and chalets.

On the eastern tip is Check Jawa, a beach that has its fair share of marine life and can be visited only by boat during low tide. There are also a couple of colourful temples by the seashore, as well as seafood restaurants serving good local dishes and cafés selling drinks. The ten-minute boat ride from Changi Point jetty costs S$2 (S$4 with a bicycle) and ferries leave regularly 0600-2300. Visitors can charter the whole boat for S$20. There is a tourist information centre near the pier (open 0900-1700) and bikes can be hired from several shops by the pier for around S$7 per day. The National Parks Board can provide further information (tel: 6542 4108; fax: 6542 4843; e-mail: nparks-mailbox@nparks.gov.sg ).

Excursions For a Whole Day

Johor Bahru

Singaporeans flock to Johor Bahru, just over the Malaysian border. Known as JB, it is great for food, bargain shopping, golf and beaches. Situated just across the causeway, it should take less than an hour by car, however, at weekends and public holidays, it can take three hours or more. A train journey from Singapore Railway Station could be the wisest option for getting there or a combination of MRT to Woodlands and a bus from the other side of the Immigration building. With its blend of historic and modern architecture, JB's most striking building is the Royal Bakar Mosque, whose majestic domes and minarets overlook the Straits of Johor. There is a string of outdoor restaurants serving up seafood on the waterfront by the Eden Gardens Hotel.

Riau Islands

The Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan make for a great weekend or one-day getaway with luxury resorts, fairways, beaches, duty-free shopping and delicious seafood. Ferries leave daily from the World Trade Centre and the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (see Getting There By Water).

Malacca

The 15th-century seat of the Malaya Sultanate , Malacca - a three- or four-hour drive from Singapore - was colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and British in their attempts to gain control of the region and the lucrative spice trade. Located on the western cost of Malaysia, its quiet demeanour belies its historical significance: Malay folk hero Hang Tuah wandered its streets, while St Francis Xavier preached on St Paul's Hill.

Singapore Tours - If you don't know how, or can't get to a place of attraction on your own, there are tours to take you there and they will give you a new perspective of Singapore . Most tours have designated pick up or meeting points at a scheduled time. One advice – don't be late! They can be quite flexible with their drop off point, usually by popular demand of tourists that have joined the tour for the day. Some tours companies do provide pick up and drop off at your hotel lobby. Here are some ideas.

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