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Singapore Chinatown Tours

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Singapore Chinatown
For many visitors, Singapore’s Chinatown is the sightseeing focus of the city, home to traditional shophouses, temples, and cultural heritage. Take a wander down the atmospheric streets, dropping into shophouses to see what’s for sale. Admire the rooftop dragons of Thian Hock Keng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and the festively gaudy Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, covered with colorful cows and depictions of the gods. Of course, Chinatown is also the place to go to for great food, especially along Smith Street.

The Basics
When Sir Stamford Raffles divided up Singapore among its ethnic groups, the Chinese immigrants received the largest portion of land. Today Chinatown remains one of the city’s most vibrant and popular neighborhoods, and visitors have a wealth of options for experiencing it. Catch the highlights—including Thian Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple—on an evening trishaw, riverboat, and walking tour of the neighborhood, or treat your tastebuds to a food tour of Chinatown’s best bites. The neighborhood is included in many Singapore sightseeing tours, and it’s also a stop on the hop-on hop-off bus.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Singapore’s Chinatown is a must for first-time visitors and foodies.
  • Experience the neighborhood as part of a city-wide sightseeing tour or dive deep on a dedicated Chinatown food tour or trishaw ride.
  • There’s a lot to see (and buy, and eat) in Chinatown, so don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes.

How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Chinatown is to take the MRT to Chinatown Station and exit toward Pagoda Street.

When to Get There
Shopping the markets of Chinatown is best during the late afternoon or early evening, to see the major attractions before the neighborhood’s night market and nightlife scene begins to pick up. The district is particularly lively in the months leading up to Chinese New Year, with decorations and lights adorning the streets and stalls.

Understanding Singapore’s Chinese Heritage
To truly understand Singapore you have to understand its many ethnic influences, including that of its sizable Chinese population. One of the best places to do so is at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. This museum comprises re-created scenes depicting day-to-day life of Singapore’s Chinese immigrants from the 1950s onward, with stories of how they went from being mere visitors to the largest ethnic group in the country.
Address: Smith Street, 058971, Singapore
Admission: Free
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106 Tours and Activities to Experience Singapore Chinatown

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Chinatown Heritage Centre Ticket

Chinatown Heritage Centre Ticket

Save time on the day by booking your admission ticket for the Chinese Heritage Centre in advance. You won’t need to print this e-ticket, which grants you access to all of the exhibits inside the museum. Highlights include recreations of early Chinese homes in Singapore and personal anecdotes from the first Chinese settlers.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$12.83
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$12.83

Singapore's Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour

Singapore's Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.17
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$79.17
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Big Bus Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Underground is no way to experience Singapore. See the sights with ease on our Open Top Bus. Enjoy a 1-Day experience with the classic ticket; add on an extra day with our premium ticket; or get all of the above plus a guided night city tour with the deluxe ticket. Upgrade to a combo deal to include tickets to top Singapore attractions. Experience Singapore at your own pace, with our informative commentary in 12 languages with our Big Bus Branded Ear Phones. Upgrade to a combo for admission to some of Singapore’s top attractions.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.98
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$28.98
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Singapore City Tour

Singapore City Tour

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Take a Singapore city tour to orient yourself with popular districts like Chinatown, Little India and Marina Bay. A great activity for the start of your trip, this half-day tour introduces you to top attractions like the Merlion, colonial landmarks like City Hall and cultural sites like Thian Hock Keng Temple. A stop at the UNESCO-listed botanical gardens is also included along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.71
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$27.71
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City Sightseeing Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Go sightseeing at your own pace on this Singapore hop-on hop-off tour. Choose from either a 24-or 48-hour ticket, and enjoy the flexibility to explore the city across two different bus routes. While you’re on the open-top double-decker bus, listen to narration about the sights, and then hop off when you want to visit attractions on your own.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.69
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$38.69
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Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown

Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown

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Discover the culinary delights of Singapore’s Chinatown on a walking tour that includes a hawker center and other food sites. With a guide, visit the Chinatown Complex to sample authentic dishes like Singaporean chicken rice and spring rolls. Try sugar cane juice, ‘pulled’ tea and 'chwee kueh' (water rice cake) and pass by temples and other cultural sights while learning about the neighborhood’s diverse culinary heritage. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to provide a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.00
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$86.00
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Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Singapore Private Street Food Tour

Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Singapore Private Street Food Tour

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With three local cuisines to choose from—plus a welter of international fare—Singapore’s world-class street food scene can be hard to navigate. Discover it with a private guide on this comprehensive tour. Taste no fewer than seven foods and three drinks from Malay, Chinese, and Indian traditions—from “nasi lemak” coconut rice to dim sum, from mango lassi to a cup of foaming “teh tarik” tea.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$103.18
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$103.18
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Private Tour: Singapore City Half-Day Tour

Private Tour: Singapore City Half-Day Tour

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Discover the major sights of Singapore on a private half-day tour with a personal guide. You’ll see attractions like the Parliament House, visit districts like Chinatown and Little India and admire the beauty of Marina Bay. This is a great way to orient yourself with the city at the start of your trip. Choose your departure time and pickup location when booking.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$144.48
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$144.48
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Full-Day Private Singapore Heritage Sightseeing Tour

Full-Day Private Singapore Heritage Sightseeing Tour

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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.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$247.39
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$247.39

Private Singapore City Highlights Tour By Car - Half Day or Full Day

Private Singapore City Highlights Tour By Car - Half Day or Full Day

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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.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$259.26
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$259.26
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Private Half Day Singapore City Tour with Botanical Orchid Garden

Private Half Day Singapore City Tour with Botanical Orchid Garden

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Avoid the crowds on a private tour that introduces you to Singapore’s top attractions in comfort and ease. Visit sites such as Chinatown, the National Orchid Garden, and more, all with the insight of a private guide. Tour includes all transportation with pickup and drop-off from your hotel.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.11
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$118.11
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3 Hours Chinatown Tour from Singapore

3 Hours Chinatown Tour from Singapore

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To truly get a handle on Chinese culture, it pays to have a guide. Join a small group and local guide to venture deep into the soul of Chinatown, from its colorful past of opium dens and brothels to its vibrant present. Learn about Chinese medicines and beliefs as you visit a Chinese pharmacy and a funeral store, and leave with personalized recommendations of where to dine.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.36
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$96.36
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The Best of Singapore in a Day Private Tour

The Best of Singapore in a Day Private Tour

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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.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$201.44
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$201.44
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Singapore Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Singapore Private Tour

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Enjoy the best of both worlds—the must-see sights and the hidden places only locals know about—on this tour with a lot of variety. Get a personalized experience with a private guide, who will answer all your questions as you visit local markets and hawker stalls, Singapore’s Merlion, the Gardens by the Bay, the Colonial District, and more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.86
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$106.86
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Amazing Singapore City Guided Tour with Hotel Transfers

Amazing Singapore City Guided Tour with Hotel Transfers

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.77
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$37.77
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Private Singapore Full Day Round Island Tour with River Cruise

Private Singapore Full Day Round Island Tour with River Cruise

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A private tour of Singapore is made even more luxe with an included cruise along the Singapore River—break up your Singapore sightseeing tour with unbeatable views of the city skyline. Other attractions include Little India, the National Orchid Garden, Mount Faber Hill, and more. Private tour limited to your party of 15 people or fewer and includes all transportation.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$231.07
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$231.07
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Half Day or Full Day Private Custom Walking Tour of Singapore

Half Day or Full Day Private Custom Walking Tour of Singapore

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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.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$172.19
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$172.19
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Chinatown Food Tour in Singapore

Chinatown Food Tour in Singapore

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Experience Singapore’s Chinatown through its food culture. Stroll past food stalls at hawker centers and let a local guide introduce you to savory specialties like chicken rice and fresh spring rolls. After initial food and drink tastings, continue on foot to the wet market. You’ll discover Singapore’s humble origins while you walk around Chinatown and learn about one of the city’s most unique neighborhoods.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$65.52
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$65.52

Singapore's Little India & Chinatown Walking Tour

Singapore's Little India & Chinatown Walking Tour

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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!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.92
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$26.92

A Full Day In Singapore With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Full Day In Singapore With A Local: Private & Personalized

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$176.89
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$176.89
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Chinatown and Little India Photo Walk

Chinatown and Little India Photo Walk

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Learn photography tips and tricks from a professional photographer while also sightseeing on this walking tour. Your guide will seek out many lesser-known spots so you can take some unusual photos, as well as show you to the more iconic places. Learn tips so that you can take better photos of landscapes, architecture, portraits, people, nature, and more. Enjoy an extended lunch stop, plus a river cruise.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.96
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$98.96

Private Customized Tour of Singapore - Half Day or Full Day

Private Customized Tour of Singapore - Half Day or Full Day

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This private tour allows you to create an itinerary tailored to your interests, and ensures that you receive the undivided attention of a private guide. Plus, you can choose a duration that suits your schedule.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$154.90
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$154.90
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Singapore's Private Hawker Centre Food Tour: Tastings & Secrets

Singapore's Private Hawker Centre Food Tour: Tastings & Secrets

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Singaporeans eat out more than any other nation on earth. Find out why on this delectable private food tour, with eight different tastings at three different hawker centers in the Chinatown area. Set out at a time that suits your body clock—morning, noon, or night—then savor highlights from Tian Tian’s legendary chicken rice through to spring rolls, dim sum, and the local breakfast favorite, kaya toast.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.49
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$99.49
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4-Hour Singapore Chauffeured City Tour

4-Hour Singapore Chauffeured City Tour

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Make the most of Singapore on even the shortest of stays with a half-day private chauffeur service that’s perfect for first-time visitors. Just pick your favorite five or six destinations and let your driver plot the most efficient route. Whether your tastes run to street food in Chinatown, shopping on Orchard Road, or sightseeing at Marina Bay, your chauffeur will help the day go smoothly.
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  • 4 hours
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$269.80
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$269.80
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Secret Food Tours Singapore w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Singapore w/ Private Tour Option

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You and your friends will embark on a 3 to 3 ½ hour Asian gastronomy tour. We'll visit a local market, teach you about the surrounding architecture, and show you the hidden gems where residents go to eat, that you won't find in any guidebooks. By joining our Secret Food Tour, you'll have the opportunity to discover what the authentic Singaporean food experience is. Our local, English-speaking guide will teach you about how the locals dine out and what makes the food here such a unique and important part of our culture. The price includes six stops, all food and drinks, and a friendly, passionate guide. All of our guides have a deep knowledge of Singaporian history, the local food scene, and geography. Plus, all of our tours include a Secret Dish which you can only find out about on the tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$213.68
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$213.68
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Should I book Singapore Chinatown tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Singapore Chinatown can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 106 Singapore Chinatown tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Singapore Chinatown 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Singapore Chinatown costs USD 12.83. Guided Singapore Chinatown tours start around USD 12.83 per person. See all 106 Singapore Chinatown tickets and tours on Viator.
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