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Known affectionately in Asia as the Little Red Dot, Singapore is the only island City-State in the world with a modest population of 6.5 million. Culturally diversified and multilingual, this fascinating country is constantly evolving since its independence in 1965 from the British. Amidst the ultra-modern skyline, fashionable shopping districts and the best airport in the world, our trips provide a deeper insight to the lives and history of ordinary Singaporeans from various ethnic groups. Singapore also offers some of the most diversified and least understood local cuisines in the world. Apart from iconic sights, you will also explore authentic neighborhoods to experience the country’s number one obsession, eating.
Experience most iconic sights around the city including the glitzy Central Business District with the dazzling skyline, Gardens By the Bay and the colorful converted shop houses in Chinatown. Head to the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio and Toa Payoh where you will see how majority of ordinary Singaporeans live and eat. You will also learn why cars in Singapore are the most expensive in the world and about the high ownership of public apartment flats.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to rest up from your long flight.
Take advantage of direct flights between North America and Singapore departing from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
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Begin your exploration today at the Singapore River where Sir Stamford Raffles from the British East India Company establish a trading port in Singapore in 1819. After taking iconic photo shoots of the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands, hear more about the colonial past as you take a stroll from the former General Post Office towards Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore’s oldest bridge. Enjoy a great view of shophouses of Boat Quay that were former canneries, ice houses and godowns that helped Singapore flourished during its early founding.
Continue towards the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall, vestiges of the colonial era that ended in 1965.
A short drive takes you to the heart of Chinatown. Experience the tradition and modernity along the streets lined with shop houses lovingly restored into tempting eateries, tea houses and Chinese herbal stores. Stop by the informative Visitor’s Center for a glimpse of early lives and challenges of early Chinese immigrants. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples and the historic Sri Mariamman Temple, a beautiful Hindu temple built in 1827.
For lunch, visit an authentic food hawker center where you will be introduced to a large variety of delicious local cuisine offered by various ethnic groups. Many celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey and Anthony Bourdain have raved about the uniqueness and diversity of Singaporean cuisine. Don’t forget to hydrate with a mug of freshly squeezed sugarcane juice!
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Visit two authentic local neighborhoods to learn more about the real life of ordinary Singaporeans.
Starting first at Ang Mo Kio, a typical public housing estate established in the 1970s. Stop by a “Bird Singing” corner, a community garden and meet possibly the last remaining artisan maker of traditional bird cages in Singapore. Continue to a local market for a typical morning snack and fresh brewed coffee or tea in a tin can, local style.
Then a short drive to Toa Payoh, another historic local neighborhood. Hear fascinating facts about their high percentage of home ownership and see sample units of public apartments built by the government. Take a walk around this area before heading to a famous local restaurant to enjoy a popular national dish, Hainanese Chicken Rice.
At nightfall visit Gardens by the Bay, famous for its spectacular super trees lit up at night. Visit the two Cooled Conservatories, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, as well as the Outdoor Gardens, Supertrees Grove, Heritage Gardens and the World of Plants. The night ends with a spectacular Rhapsody light show at 7:45pm.
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Transfer to airport for your onward journey.
We recommend arriving at the airport at least 4 to 3 hours before your flight to explore this amazing airport that has won the World’s Best Airport award over 500 times since the 1980s! Early check-in services might be available for your airline at Level 1 Jewel (Terminal 1), your guide can assist you to check. Apart from massive shopping and dining options spread across three terminals, some highlights at Terminal 1 include a 40 meter (130ft) indoor rain vortex, Sky Nets Bouncing, Canopy Park and Canopy Bridge.
Our private tours include the things that make it so you don’t have to worry about logistics for your trip.
Consider a pre- or post-tour extension to this itinerary in either Thailand or Vietnam. Singapore offers many convenient direct flights to several cities in either country, flight duration is usually not more than 2 to 3 hours. It’s quite easy to add a couple of days at Bangkok to explore more authentic local neighborhoods or Hanoi, one of the last remaining capital cities in Asia with beautiful French colonial era architecture.
Explore authentic century old neighborhoods including one of the world's largest Chinatown established in 1782 and a Thai-Portuguese Quarter. Discover hidden small eateries known only to local foodies, sample unique snacks and dishes you will never find on your own!
Explore the well preserved French colonial architecture and vibrant narrow alleys around the historic Old Quarters where time has stood still for generations. Hanoi is also a top destination for foodies seeking authentic and tantalizing Vietnamese street foods that you cannot find at home!
Here’s an explanation of what to expect and the planning process with a Red Lantern Journeys travel consultant.
The price for this trip will vary based on many factors including:
Your personal travel consult to work with you to prepare your itinerary, recommend tours and activities and accommodation and explain the reasoning behind every aspect of your tour.
You'll have your own private, chauffeur-driven vehicle for all of your airport transfers and daily excursions. These will also include your personal, English-speaking guide who is licensed and will provide the insights to make each of your tours an exceptional experience.
We've scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We'll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences, or to get the best view from your balcony!
We have access to a wide range of activities to make your trip truly memorable. Activities range from visiting iconic sights to meeting local personalities and artists, adventure sports, and exclusive dining experiences!
Singapore experiences a warm, tropical climate year-round with daily highs in the 80s, so it’s normal to experience rain anytime of the year. Rainfall is usually the highest between November to January lasting from 20-odd minutes to a couple of hours, but outdoor temperatures are also more pleasant during this time. February to April are considered dry months, however you can expect scorching hot temperatures rising above 90s during noon time.
Avoid visiting Singapore between May and August as the air quality is low with a little haze owing to the smoke from the clearing fires in Sumatra.
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