Looking to spend some quality bonding time with your kids out of the house, have them learn a little more about the original landing place for Singapore's early Chinese settlers their enclave, its progression into the current modern iteration, and enjoy great food along the way? Then read on!
Chinatown is the original enclave for Singapore’s early Chinese settlers. Today it has transformed into an extremely vibrant and modern melting pot of hip F&B joints, alternative flashpacker hostels, cultural treasures, and retail gems.
Navigating the entire Chinatown is a puzzle in itself, the area covering the four sub-districts of Kreta Ayer, Telok Ayer, Tanjong Pagar, and Bukit Pasoh.
Let our guide take you through the nooks and crannies of Chinatown and help you uncover the gems that dot the area as you learn about the importance of Chinatown throughout Singapore’s history and its transition through the decades.
Your professional guide is sure to keep your kids engaged with well-researched historical facts and stories along the way! Your guide begins the journey with stories of days old; you get to hear about opium dens, the underbelly, and the triads that once ruled. You’ll also learn about the modern businesses that continue to thrive in these areas today and stop by the iconic landmarks as well as the lesser-known secret spots.
Our guide will show you the last remaining water well standing in the area and as well as a number of murals by famous artists dotting the area.
You will also get the chance to stop by a couple of traditional joints where you get the chance to try a number of snacks and try your hand at traditional coffee brewing! Put in some effort because you will have your own cup to taste afterward!
If you have not already discovered Chinatown or are looking for an easy explorative walk, to keep the kids occupied, learn more about the Chinese enclave and its histories, and have numerous instagrammable opportunities along the way, this is the perfect experience for you!
09:30 AM - Meet up at Telok Ayer MRT Station Exit A (Ground Level)
09:35 AM - Proceed for Chinatown Learning Journey:
- Telok Ayer (history/overview/food / heritage)
- Thian Hock Keng Temple
- Ann Siang Hill
- Club Street
- Murals in Chinatown
- South Bridge Road to emphasize 4 major religions on same street/multi-cultures / harmonious living
11:00 AM - Food Sampling at Famous Traditional Coffee Joint and a Local Coffee Brewing Experience include:
- DIY Traditional Coffee Brewery Experience
- 1 Pot of coffee for two persons
- Traditional Kaya Toast
- Souvenir to bring home as a memento
11:30 AM - Tour Ends at Nanyang Old Coffee. No transfer will be provided back to the meeting point.
Price Includes :
- 2 hr Guided Walking tour of Chinatown by STB Licensed English Speaking tour guide
- DIY Traditional Coffee Brewery Experience
- Souvenir item
- Tour Guide System during the tour (transmitter and receiver)
Need To Know:
- Join in Group / Minimum of 4 persons to go. We will group guests with others and reserve the right to postpone if the minimum number of guests are not met.
- Walking tour / no transportation
- Child rates: valid from 3 - 11 years old
- Duration: 2 hours
- Availability: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
- Tour Time: 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM
- 2022 Black-out dates: 01 Jan, 30 Jan-07 Feb, 24 & 25 Dec, 31 Dec (dates are subject to change)
- Meeting point: Telok Ayer MRT Station Exit A (Ground Level)
- Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour start time
- Wear comfortable shoes, need a lot of walking
- Bring own umbrella
- Gratuities for tour
- Additional Food & Beverages during the tour
- Transfers: Please make your own way to the meeting point. Tour Ends at Nanyang Old Coffee. No transfer will be provided back to the meeting point.
Optional transfer rate to/from the meeting point:
S$ 65 nett per van per way (12-seater -driver assistance only)
- Advance booking is required. Confirmation is subject to availability.
- Prices are in Singapore Dollars, nett and on per person basis
- Validity: From 01 January 2022 to 31 December 2022
- Full payment will be required upon booking
- Booking is non-refundable once confirmed
- No refund for no shows/late arrivals
- Rates are subject to change with two weeks’ notice (should local attractions increase their rates.
- A minimum of 4 consolidated guests (vaccinated) is required for the experience to commence. We reserve the right to reschedule your booking date or provide you with a refund if the minimum number of guests is not met for your booking date.
For Booking Enquiries:
Contact: (65) 8873 6500
Contact us for private tours quotes (FITs, Groups, Corporates) or any other queries.
Image Credit: Singapore Tourism Board