Things to do in Singapore

Best of Orchad, Bugis & Bras Basah city tour


  • 3 hours in total

  • Transport included

  • Pick up at a meet-up point

What To Expect

Meet your local expert guide punctually at Singapore Visitor Centre@Somerset. Before the tour, your local guide will make an introduction, provide a tour overview and spend some time familiarizing with the group.

You'll start your guided walking tour by learning about the history of your starting point - Orchard Road, which began as a home for nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards that gave it its name and now arguably Asia's most famous shopping street. When people began to move into the district in the 1850s, the street became lined with outdoor hawker centers, wet markets, temples, and cemeteries. One prominent community was the Peranakans who reside in now a picturesque enclave of heritage architecture of the main Orchard Road strip called Emerald Hill. This conversation area comprises charming residential and commercial clusters of Chinese Baroque-style terrace houses, which were former homes of wealthy Peranakans. Spend some time to take those "Instagram-able" photos of the area.

A short distance away, you'll walk to Dhoby Ghaut, which literally means washerman's place in Hindi, from dhobi - a "washerman" or one that does laundry. Until the early 1900s, this area is frequented by the dhobis who used water from a nearby clear stream that flowed into Bras Basah River (now Stamford Canal) and hence how the district got its name. Here, your guide will also introduce you to the Istana (the official residence of the Singapore president) and other iconic landmarks & monuments, many of which are significant representations to illustrate the progress of Singapore through the 20th century, including World War II in 1939 to achieving independence since 1965. In between, you also get to learn about local coffee history and culture, a local favorite past-time developed during these early days.

Next, you'll enter the scenes of modern Singapore through Bras Basah, which derived its name from the Malay term for "wet rice", which was once laid out on the banks of Bras Basah River (now Stamford Canal). This district is now a haven of history and the city's nucleus of arts and culture, boasting a large concentration of notable museums, including the iconic National Museum of Singapore. As you walk along the streets, you will discover an amazing array of museums, places of worships, art galleries, hawker centers, shopping areas and many more. Here you will also get to get hands-on with nostalgic games and learn to speak Singapore own English – “Singlish”!

Your last part of the tour brings you to Bugis, named after the Buginese people, seafarers from South Sulawesi In Indonesia, who settled in the area in the early 19th century before the British arrived. This eclectic lifestyle district has an off-the-beaten-track neighborhood, where you will be introduced and exposed to the multi-cultural diversity of the local community and also get to sample local snacks at a local hawker center. A highlight here would be Bugis Street, said to contain more than 600 shops and stalls and provide a vibrant immersive shopping experience in the lively atmosphere of a bustling pasar malam(night market) within a covered marketplace. We will end the tour off at Bugis Junction, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex which is the perfect venue for photographs, dinner, and nightlife, where you can enjoy a dinner or spend the rest of the lively evening.

The entire tour will take about 3 hours, depending on group size, walking speed and weather conditions, covering approximately 4km.

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Itinerary

  • 02:00 pm: Pick up from Singapore Visitor Center@Somerset. Meet your local guide and start to explore Singapore's 4 main districts.
  • Learn about the background of your starting point - Orchard Rd and see the Emerald Hill.
  • Walk to the Dhoby Ghaut, learn about the Istana and other iconic landmarks and monuments from your local guide.
  • Visit the Bras Basah and discover an amazing array of museums, place of worships, art galleries, hawker centers, shopping areas and many more.
  • Explore the eclectic lifestyle district of Bugis and gain real insights into the multicultural diversity of the local community.
  • Sample local snacks at a local hawker center.
  • 05:00 pm: End the tour at Bugis Junction, where you can continue exploring nightlife off Singapore or enjoy a wide range of food courts.

Note

  • The tour is operated on Thursdays and Sundays only.

What's included

  • Pick-up and drop-off at a designed meeting point in central Singapore
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Local food sampling
  • All taxes, fee and handling charges

What's not included

  • Other personal expenses
  • Other activities not mentioned in the program
  • Other food and drinks
  • Tips
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Plan your trip

Children under 3 are free of charge.
Small group tour
  • Join a small group of maximum 10 people
  • Instant confirmation
  • Join group message after payment
  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice
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US$66 per person

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  • Small group tour: operates with a maximum number of people. If you like to make new friends, this is a great option. You would pay for the trip to confirm your slot, then join a chat group with your local guide as well as fellow travel buddies, everything would be on Inspitrip. Get to know them!
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What are the cancellation and refund policies?

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Does the Small Group option still operate if there are less than the maximum number of people signed up?

Yes, even if you are the only person who signs up for the trip on a given date, the tour will still take place.

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