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The Real Singapore Tours

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Address: 200 Joo Chiat Road | Betel Box Backpackers Hostel, Singapore 427471, Singapore
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+65 6247 7340

Our tours are creatively designed and led by professional guides who are...

Our tours are creatively designed and led by professional guides who are champions of Singapore culture.

With Guided Experiences and Activity-Based Touring, our Tours for the Thinking Traveller seek to fuse the heart and soul of Singapore together with fresh insights.

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Fantastic taste of Singapore

My husband and I wanted to see the real Singapore behind the glitz of high rises and man made architectural wonders. We took the Chinatown Tour and Joo Chiat Food Tours led by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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los angeles
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I wanted to see the real Singapore behind the glitz of high rises and man made architectural wonders. We took the Chinatown Tour and Joo Chiat Food Tours led by Leong. On the Chinatown tour, we were introduced to typical Singaporean food at a kopi cafe and hawker centers. He introduced us to Chinese Buddhism at the... More 

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Zabreh, Czech Republic
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best tours I've been at. Excellent food choices, the guide very well prepared, we had a good time, enjoyed every minute of it, highly reccomended.

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Thank DrZabreh
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was traveling to singapore & had wonderful time with Leong. I can't recommend Leong enough. He was the best guide ever.

Thank Marlin P
Perth, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With my husband and 2 kids (13 and 11) in tow, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Our expectation of the tour was to be introduced to the local food the way the locals eat it. We were not disappointed. Leong was an excellent tour guide. He showed us the best places to eat from the Kopi Express, hawker... More 

1 Thank Toni R
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed learning about the wonders of Singapore! What a country, so forward thinking. Leong was a fabulous and learned tour guide. He made the transition from information to curious culture very interesting!!

1 Thank donnas217
New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I spent 3 days in Singapore which we enjoyed tremendously. We hired private tour guides to give us a different perspectives of the country. Doing so really allowed me to compare guides. Experiencing food is a must for me when I travel to a new country. Singapore ha a great abundance of delicious food. One thing you... More 

4 Thank travel-manic215
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We travelled to Singapore pre-cruise and so had a few days to enjoy this wonderful city. Selecting Leong from Betel Box for our tour the first day was an excellent way to begin! He was full of information about the history, current issues and future plans of Singapore including politics, religion and beauty. And he was very friendly and personable... More 

Thank Jayne Z
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Insightful and enriching day trip which broaden my horizon pertaining to the historic chinatown. 👍 👍

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Thank davi0usc
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This tour allowed me not only to enjoy the food Chinatown has such as popiah, chee kuey, yummy fruits but also learn more about Chinatown's past. Visiting the URA city gallery allowed me to have a sense of how far Singapore has grown. IT is a must for tourists visiting Singapore to join this tour or even locals (if possible)... More 

Thank YangQi F
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. It was extremely informative and a great display of what singapore has to offer food wise. There was no question our guide didn't know the answer too. The food was delicious and I would highly recommend to anyone who is visiting singapore or lives there

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Joo Chiat
The Joo Chiat area is the traditional home of Peranakan culture in Singapore, an ethnic group descending from the blending of Chinese and Malay families in the 15th century. The neighbourhood is packed with colourful shops, local characters, and quiet charm. The main streets overflow with diners enjoying katong laksa, the signature Peranakan spicy noodle soup. Signs of youthful entrepreneurship are visible as well, with modern cafes, bars, and shops abounding. Visit Joo Chiat to take a break from the big city sights and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a laid-back and local vibe.
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