Example Itinerary

Singapore Deep Dive: Culture and Cuisine

Duration
5 days / 4 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,500
Interests
Cuisine, Heritage
Destinations
Singapore

Head to the exciting city-state of Singapore for deep-dive into its diverse cultures and cuisines. Due to its roots as a trading hub, Singapore has cultivated a unique mixture of ethnic influences reflected in its mix of traditions and local customs. Discover the harmony in its diversity through its food, tracing roti for breakfast in Little India, nibbling on Michelin-rated plates in Chinatown, rolling your own Peranakan popiahs, pulling your own teh tarik in Kampong glam, fishing up your own chili crab, create your own master gin cocktails, and more on this whirlwind 5-day journey. 

This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.

Highlights

  • Ethnic Enclaves: Visit Little India, Kampong Glam, and Chinatown, diverse enclaves of the three dominant ethnic groups of Singapore. Also discover the Peranakan neighborhoods, an ethnic group created over centuries by the convergence of those three groups. 
  • Culinary Specialties: Taste all the flavors of Singapore, from famed dishes such as chili crab and laksa, to ethnic staples of flatbread dipped in curry, soya chicken rice, and pulled sweet milk tea.
  • Do It Yourself: Try your own hand at pulling tea, mixing bespoke gin cocktails, rolling fresh popiah, and fishing up your seafood lunch. 

Day-by-Day

Day 1

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Touch down at Changi Airport where your private guide and vehicle await to transfer you to your hotel. Check in to your room and unwind. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, whether to relax from your flight or to explore the Lion City on your own. If you’d like to stretch your legs, we recommend taking a walk across the Helix Bridge located in Marina Bay, where you can take in Singapore’s iconic skyline and see its futuristic architecture such as the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum and the fantastically-lit super trees and glass domes of the Gardens by the Bay.

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Day 2

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Today is devoted to exploring the diverse cultural enclaves of Singapore’s three dominant ethnic groups, and discover their delicious eats along the way. First, begin at Little India, a small but vibrant neighborhood. Walk along the narrow lanes of the community and its colorful buildings, passing Hindu temples, sweets shops, a heritage center, and aromatic restaurants. Make your way to Tekka Market, a one-stop shop for locals to buy groceries, do shopping, and dine at the food court. Here you will try the local preferred breakfast of roti canai, layered flatbread, dipped in curry. Next is Chinatown, where you will nibble and taste your way through selected restaurants, stalls, and shops. The highlights here will be two different Michelin-rated restaurants, one serving delectable soya chicken rice, and the other a peppery pork rib soup. Top it off with a local favorite dessert, chendol: a refreshing mix of tapioca, fruits, milk, and ice. Finally, explore the quiet Malay heritage district of Kampong Glam. Admire the golden dome of the Sultan Mosque and an outdoor art gallery of street art and wall murals, as well as the Indie-chic shopping street called Haji Lane. You will also see the art of making teh tarik, pulled tea, in action - and try your hand as well. 

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Day 3

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Embark on a cultural journey to learn about the Peranakan community in Singapore, in the Joo Chiat and Katong neighborhoods. Peranakan is a unique hybridization of ancient Chinese culture with the local cultures of the Straits area, a result of centuries-long interracial marriage and converging cultures. Visit the Peranakan Museum, snap pictures of the colorful shophouses, and sample some Nyonya delicacies with tea. You will also learn how to roll and eat the Peranakan popiah, a type of fresh spring roll. While in the neighborhood, have lunch at a famous Peranakan restaurant known for their laksa, a seafood noodle soup. Return to your hotel in the afternoon to rest and prepare for this evening’s supper tour through Geylang neighborhood. Supper is Singapore’s unofficial fourth meal of the day, eaten during late-night hours. Sample late night street food favorites such as riced noodles, dim sum, and fruits, while also enjoying the glittering neon atmosphere of this neighborhood that comes alive at night. 

Day 4

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Get off the beaten path and discover a truly local neighborhood not often seen by visitors. Slow it down and take in the morning with a little known hobby that transcended the kampong (village) era: bird singing. The older generation here still gather at designated parks with their beloved feathered friends in the mornings to bask in company and melodious chirps. Stop by an authentic  ‘kopitiam,’ for coffee and kaya toast with soft boiled egg like a true local. You will also stop by the local wet market and a hawker center to observe the quotidian and enjoy some treats as well. Then, take a boat ride to the small nearby island of Pulau Ubin to visit an aquaculture farm. Here you will fish for your own lunch which will be cooked and served up at a seafood restaurant by the docks. Enjoy one of the most famous Singaporean dishes, ‘chili crab.’ On your final night in Singapore, head out for some fun out on the town. Go bar-hopping to some of the city’s best, and hidden, bars. Learn how to shake - or stir - up a bespoke cocktails in a masterclass with a gin expert mixologist. 

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Day 5

Departure

Today concludes your whirlwind trip across Singapore and deep dive into its diverse cultures and cuisines. Take the morning slowly with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and time to relax before your private transfer to the airport for your flight onward. 

Terms & Conditions

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. 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.

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

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