Join us on a colourful journey into the history, lifestyle and unique character of the Peranakan Babas (the men) and Nonyas (the women) …
A walk through the Spice Garden – the original site of the first Botanic Gardens will uncover the intricacies of spices and herbs that go into Peranakan cooking.
A splendid display of Peranakan costume, embroidery, beadwork, jewellery, porcelain, furniture and craftwork will provide a glimpse into the fascinating culture of the Nonyas and Babas.
A visit to the bustling enclaves of Katong & Joo Chiat showcases the rich and baroque Peranakan architecture. See rows of colourful traditional shop houses that dates back to 1920s and 1930s.
A sampling of Nonya delicacies completes the tour.
Chinatown has also come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Filled with a sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colourful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage, Chinatown is not to be missed especially in the evening when everything really comes alive.
At a Chinese Medical Hall, learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine helps to regulate your Yin and Yang. From ancient days till modern times, the Chinese have continued with herbs and practices like acupuncture, moxibustion, tai chi and tui na to stay healthy.
After dinner at a local Chinese restaurant, wander along the narrow lanes of the Night Market and test your bargaining skills against street vendors selling anything from souvenirs to leather goods.
The highlight of the evening is a trishaw ride that takes you through the alleyways of Chinatown and down to Clarke Quay. There hop onto a bumboat for a cruise along the Singapore River to see Singapore lit up at night, showcasing beautifully restored shop houses, modern skyscrapers of the financial district, colonial buildings and the iconic Merlion statue.
Start the afternoon with Kampong Glam – named after the Gelam Tree which grew in abundance in the 1800. It was once the seat of the old Malay Royalty and still retains the charm of a bygone era.
Allow our guide to recount stories of collective spirits that rose through the darkest times of World War II as you proceed with your tour of Changi Chapel & Museum. In honouring the spirit and commitment of those who rose from the depths of adversity, the Museum inspires future generations to come and appreciate the heroic and inspirational stories that unfolded in Changi during the war, dedicated to all those who lived and died in Singapore during the dark years of World War II.
A drive through the rustic and laid-back Changi Village gives you a chance to see the relaxing side of Singapore and provides a contrast to Tampines New Town, a typical heartland township of present day Singapore. Take a walk and mingle with the locals as they go about their daily chores.
An orientation tour that showcases the history, multi racial culture and lifestyle that is Singapore.
See the city’s colonial heritage as we drive around the Civic District past the Padang, the Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall.
Stop at the Merlion Park for great views of Marina Bay and a picture-taking opportunity with the Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish.
The tour continues with a visit to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples on the island, built with donations from the early immigrants workers from China. Next drive past Chinatown to a local handicraft centre to watch Asian craftsmanship.
From there we proceed to the National Orchid Garden, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants comprising of 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids.
Our final stop at Little India will enthral you with the scent of joss sticks, jasmine and spices.
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