Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, daily breakfast at hotel, meals as mentioned, activities and entrance fees. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
Millions of visitors zip in and out of Singapore, often taking with them pictures of the iconic skyscraper skyline and goods from a shopping trip down the famed Orchard Road. Go beyond the beaten tourist route and step into the shoes of a local: see where locals live, eat like a local, and even travel like a local. Come away with a different and newfound perspective on Singapore, all packed into a whirlwind trip.
Start the day with a favorite Singaporean breakfast of buttered toast with kaya jam, soft boiled eggs, and a cup of strong ‘kopi.’ Do as the locals do and dip the bread in the eggs dashed with dark soy sauce and a dusting of white pepper. Walk through the enclave of Chinatown, but veer away from the souvenir stalls and instead head downstairs in the iconic Chinatown Complex and see the wet market where locals buy their typical Chinese cooking ingredients, shellfish, and exotic meats. Visit an authentic Peranakan home to get a glimpse of how a prominent family lived back in the early 1900’s. At lunchtime, follow the throngs of locals to a hawker center, a food center serving a variety of affordable, local favorites from chicken rice, fried kway teow to Hokkien mee and chili crab. Singaporeans do not shy away from a queue which signifies that the food is worth the wait. Typical in a crowded metropolis, almost six out of ten Singapore residents prefer to take public transport to work. Get on the railway and experience a ride on the fast and efficient MRT system to the next destination. Stroll Kampong Glam, the Malay heritage district, and observe the quotidian scene. Stop by a local restaurant here and taste the favorite Malay dish, nasi lemak. Round out the day in Tiong Bahru, a slice of Singapore away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Enjoy the laidback ambiance of this trendy neighborhood often overlooked by tourists. In the evening, take the opportunity for cultural exchange by dining with a local in their home and share a home-cooked meal. Over 80% of residents live in public housing which neither works like common western perception nor carries stigma.
Explore the vibrant Indian enclave of Little India and check out Tekka Market, a one-stop shop for locals to buy groceries, do shopping, and dine at the food court. Taste this area’s preferred breakfast of roti canai, layered flatbread dipped in dhal curry, and watch a delightful demonstration of pulled tea. Visit Geylang, another iconic neighborhood packed with cafes, shopping, culture and wet markets. This gentrifying neighborhood is a mash of trendy cafes and boutiques and old world wholesale markets and malls full of tchotchkes and generations old restaurants. For a special and very local experience, opt for a taste of Singapore’s fourth mealtime, supper. Singaporeans have a penchant for eating, and the supper scene only starts to get busy after midnight. Sample your way through favorite late-night spots and see how long you can last eating through the night.