Tour Period: All day
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Singapore River where your tour of the city begins. The river helped transform Singapore from an obscure fishing village to the great international seaport it is today. You will board a traditional Bumboat and navigate along the waterway towards the quay, along the way you can admire the beautifully restored warehouses that now house lively entertainment venues and chic dining options backed by the contrasting skyscrapers of the financial district. With your surroundings constantly changing you will pass a number of interesting colonial buildings and five grand old bridges before circling round the iconic Merlion statue.
You will disembark at Boat Quay and learn about Sir Stamford Raffles – the founder of modern day Singapore. It was he who drew up the towns plan in 1822 and attributed to the accelerated development. From here you will make your way to Chinatown, another of Raffles realisations and home to a thriving Chinese community. The area is lined with shop-houses home to teahouses, medicine shops, acupuncturists and calligraphers. Some of these skills have been passed down for generations and many are alive and well today. You will have time to browse the shops and markets before continuing to Kampung Glam. This area of the city houses a great cultural diversity drawing inspiration from the resident Malay, Bugis, Javanese and Arab communities. The Kampung or “village” is awash colour whether it be from the fascinating street art, bright textiles, or glistening mosques. There are wonderful photo opportunities to be had and various souvenirs can be bought originating from all over the Middle East.
The next stop is Little India and be prepared for a real assault on the senses. You will be greeted by a strong scent of spices and jasmine garlands followed by the treasure trove of silverware, brassware, wood-carvings and colourful silk saris. Take a stroll along Campbell Lane, a narrow pathway through a cluster of restored shop-house