Slowly making its way from being a concrete jungle to a “City in a Garden”, Singapore packs a wealth of culture within its borders. It’s said that the best way to understand the character of a place is by exploring it on foot, and exploring Singapore this way is easier than anywhere else! So, why not indulge in some amazing walking tours that include everything from Tiong Bahru and Little India to Chinatown and beyond? Here are the top free walking tours in Singapore, the country that also featured on Lonely Planet’s “Best in Asia” list for destinations to travel to this year.
1. Explore Singapore like a local with Tour About Singapore
Discovering any city from a local’s point of view is perhaps the best way to find the place’s vibe, which is what “Tour About Singapore” aspires to do. Choose either the guided tours of Chinatown Singapore Walking Tour or the Fort Canning Legends Tour led by Leo Loo, who’s been a Singapore native for over 50 years. In fact, the home he grew up in as a child is now a conservation site! Unique, poignant perspectives and tons of local stories put together in Leo’s eloquent style will have you falling in love with Singapore in just two hours.
Tour About Singapore
Address: 1 North Bridge Road Centre, #B1-57 High Street Centre, Singapore 179094
Website: Tour About Singapore
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
2. See little-known gems with the Walking Singapore
Singapore is truly a city of contrasts, and the free walking tours prepared by the team at the Walking Singapore intends to show travellers both ends of the spectrum. Choose between the Secrets of the Bay and CityScapes Tour, both of which explore the Singapore of the past, present, and future. Groups are led by professional guides who delve into the rich history of the island nation while visiting little-known gems and indulging in food tastings. If the group gets larger, audio guides help everyone keep up with the tour guide.
The Walking Singapore
Address: 01-18, 8 Raffles Avenue, The Esplanade Mall, 039802 Singapore
Website: The Walking Singapore
Opening hours: 8:30am - 8:30pm (daily)
3. Be spoiled for choice with Indie Singapore
Perhaps the largest number of choices offered for free Singapore walking tours is by Indie Singapore, whose tours are born out of absolute love for where they live and their desire to share that love with others. No matter whether you’re new to the country or have visited many times, these guides will show you parts of Singapore you haven’t seen or heard of before. Choose from their signature “Original” Chinatown Walk, Little India “Sari, Spice, and Everything Nice” Walk, “Overview” Tour of Singapore River and Marina Bay, “Balik Kampong” Bukis and Kampong Glam Tour, and the “Evening Secrets” Chinatown Walk.
Address: 335, #01-156 Smith St, Singapore 050335
Website: Indie Singapore
4. Visit Little India with Monster Day Tours
Imagine exploring the side of Singapore set aside for royalty, watching an aromatic pot of tea brewing right in front of you, or seeing India come to life right in the heart of Singapore - those are the free walking tours offered by Monster Day Tours. Featuring a slew of morning as well as afternoon slots, this company allows patrons to choose from three amazing, vibrant tours: Kampong Glam, Chinatown, and Little India. Come rain or shine, Monster Day Tours will be there to help you explore a side of Singapore you never imagined. Be sure to wear comfy walking shoes and bring your own water and umbrellas.
Monster Day Tours
Address: 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #03-04/05, Singapore 139951
Website: Monster Day Tours
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)
5. Explore Changi Airport on a three-hour walking tour
The world’s best airport for seven consecutive years, Changi Airport promises to make you see the very best of Singapore in less than three hours! So, if you’re passing through this wonderful country and have at least five hours before your next flight, then join one of Changi Airport’s free guided walking tours to explore the very best that Singapore has to flaunt. Choose from three different tours showcasing different facets of Singapore - the Jewel Tour that explores Changi Airport’s lush-green sanctuary called ‘Jewel’, the Heritage Tour that explores Singapore’s colonial past and its culture, and the City Sights Tour that is all about Singapore’s magnificent cityscape and skyline.
Changi Airport City Tours
Address: Free Singapore Tour booths, Terminal 2 and 3, Changi Airport, Airport Blvd, Changi, East Region, Singapore
Website: Changi Airport City Tours
6. Learn about Singapore's history from a guru with GuruWalk
If you’re someone who wants to indulge in a free walking tour and you’d rather pay the guide according to his or her knowledge and efforts, then a GuruWalk is perfect for you. Basically, this is a tour where you pay what you want to - while it is entirely free to join the walking tour, the ‘guru’ or the guide will expect to be paid for their efforts when the tour ends. Indulge in the SneakPeek Singapore Signature All-In-One Walking Tour from to explore the wonderful sounds, tastes, and sights of this tiny island-nation - and not just the mainstream sights and attractions.
Walk around Lion City
Singapore is perhaps the only country in the world that can be explored maximum on foot. So, why not take advantage of the size of this gorgeous “City in a Garden” island-nation and explore it via these free walking tours? Browse through these exciting options to help you decide, and enjoy exploring Singapore like never before.
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