Discover Singapore’s best-kept secrets with The Original Singapore Walks®
Go off the beaten path by embarking on The Original Singapore Walks®, award-winning heritage walking and coach tours, including the popular war trail, Changi WWII™. Explore hidden gems and gain fascinating insights into Singapore, with tours led by experienced local guides. With convenient meeting points (mostly at the exit of train stations), discovering Singapore has never been easier. What's even better? Enjoy $5 off all The Original Singapore Walks® tours when you present the Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay keycard to the guide at the start of the tour during ticket purchase!
The Time of Empire™
A Colonial District Walk
Discover Singapore’s colonial legacy and chart its transformation from The Time of Empire. Behold the juxtaposition of traditional architecture and modern masterpieces in the heart of the city and uncover the significance of Singapore’s oldest and most stunning landmarks, each with their own tale to tell. This is the Walk where you learn about Singapore’s national flower, the Sarkies brothers, The Straits Times and find that wonderful drink called ‘the Singapore Sling’.
Meeting Point: City Hall MRT Station, outside Exit B
Dhobis, Saris & a Spot of Curry™
A Little India Walk
If you have always found Hindu temples fascinating yet confusing, join this tour and gain the simplest yet profound insight into the religion. Get insider access to the ethic district of Little India, with an immersive sari-tying experience, scrumptious treats at Little India’s oldest restaurant and a chance to get your hand decorated with traditional Henna art! During your tour, visit one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore, explore an authentic wet market and spot quirky street art.
Meeting Point: Little India MRT Station, outside Exit E
Red Clogs down the Five-Foot Way™
A Chinatown Walk
Gain fascinating insights into Chinatown’s storied history and unique architecture. Step back in time in an immersive, multi-sensory experience at Chinatown Heritage Centre, including faithful recreations of the living quarters back in the ‘50s. Hear the stories of Chinatown’s early residents and the area’s gritty past. Explore Singapore’s oldest Hokkien-Chinese temple, where religious syncretism takes centre-stage. Be introduced to the Yins and Yangs of Chinese traditional medicine, check out the sheer variety of paper offerings in an ancestral worship shop and sample local treats on this exciting tour of Chinatown.
Meeting Point: Telok Ayer MRT Station, outside Exit A
Sultans of Spice™
A Kampong Glam Walk
How was Singapore sold to the British for 60,000 Spanish dollars? The answer will be revealed during your tour of the Malay-Islamic quarter. Take in the colourful vibe of the oldest quarter in the city and stroll down Singapore’s most Instagrammable street. Uncover a curious blend of Malay folk traditions and Islam in the legends of the mysterious keris (dagger), perfumes and the story of the faith that is so often misunderstood. Visit the stately Sultan Mosque, enter a traditional Malay craft shop, experience sarong-tying and see the Old Istana Kampong Glam (Royal Palace) on this tour and witness Singapore’s indigenous culture thriving amidst modernity.
Meeting Point: Bugis MRT Station, outside Exit B
Of Graves, Guns & Battles™
A Tour of Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill
Trace the rise and fall of great empires and their rulers who commanded from Fort Canning Hill, where both 14th century Singapura and modern Singapore were born. Discover the world-changing story of a humble spice. Visit graves, a colonial fort and re-live one of the most important battles in history. Your tour includes a visit to the Battlebox (#1 Museum in Singapore on TripAdvisor), a former WWII secret underground command centre where the crucial decision to surrender Singapore was made. Learn about Singapore’s wartime history while journeying back in time at the once “Forbidden Hill”!
Meeting Point: Battlebox Visitor Centre (2 Cox Terrace, Fort Canning Hill)
Battlebox Visitor Centre is within walking distance from Novotel Clarke Quay. Please approach the concierge for directions.
Changi WWII™ War Trail Coach Tour
Life, Death & Remembrance
Keen to discover the fate of thousands who surrendered on 15 February 1942? Join this war trail coach tour (Winner of TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award, Top 10 Experiences in Singapore), dedicated to the memory of all who fought and suffered during those dark years of captivity. Vividly recounted and sensitively portrayed by specialised guides, the 4-hour coach tour covers key WWII sites across Singapore, including Kranji War Cemetery.
Meeting Point: Pasir Ris MRT Station, outside Exit B