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The Original Singapore Walks

D'Centennial Building, 100 Lorong 23 Geylang, #07-01, Singapore 388398, Singapore (Downtown Core)
(65) 6325 1631
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Ranked #9 of 189 Activities in Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The walks work on a simple principle: to bring people into places most other tours don't. Graveyards, smoke houses, wet markets, gun batteries, the... more » Owner description: The walks work on a simple principle: to bring people into places most other tours don't. Graveyards, smoke houses, wet markets, gun batteries, the city’s best-kept secret places. You name it, we have it. Since 2003, the Walks led by an eclectic bunch of researcher-guides have taken locals and travellers alike off the beaten track, and entertained with an endless store of anecdotes that reveal the true heart of the city. Pre-booking not necessary! « less
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Turin, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Among my best experiences in Singapore. The guide was a young lady whose surname was Dragon ( I apologize with her if I haven't spelled it well) She was very kind, she was relly well trained, she explained us the history of Singapore, she told us many interested things, some hidden curiosities and she was able to answer all our... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Helena conducted our walking tour through Chinatown and she did a great job of presenting an overview of the Chinese experience in Singapore. If you want a structured experience with good historical perspective, well worth your time, even in the rain.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was the first walking tour ever for me in a foreign country.. The tour started well and was overall informative but there were remarks given by the tour guide, Ms. Hemlata (The Time of Empire), which were really uncalled for in a multi cultural group. These remarks were derogatory and condescending towards Indians in general. Also, no other country... More

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SingaporeWalks, Owner at The Original Singapore Walks, responded to this review

Dear Neeti Virmani We are very concerned about your comments as well as those made by your husband, Rajeev M, below and have started investigating the matter. You say that our guide Hemlata made racist remarks in her tour commentary, however you don't explain what those remarks were. We are genuinely puzzled, for in our over ten year history in... More

Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I bought the 3 day pass & was able to participate in 4 walks which worked out to be very good value. The guides were very friendly & well informed. It was great to see Singapore of the tourist trail. I would highly recommend these tours to anyone travelling to Singapore & wanting to learn some history about this very... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I did two walking tours with The Original Singapore Walks - the Kampong Glam Walk conducted by Geraldine, which was an excellent insight into life in the Kampongs and the Malay origins of Singapore, how the Arabs and the Europeans came in - I thoroughly enjoyed the walk. I would give it a 10/10. But unfortunately, the second walking tour... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Overall very good tour; definitely a good value. I recommend that you go, for sure. The company give specific tours on specific days - so schedule accordingly. It was a bit confusing as to where to meet. The instructions were specific, however I arrived about 15-20 min before the tour and could not find anyone. A few min later there... More

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Woodside SA
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It is not often you want to hear your tour guide speak for even longer than the allotted time, but Carol Dragon is an exception. I didn't know the history of Australia's involvement in Singapore beyond the knowledge that the experiences at Changi were horrific. This is such an informative, respectful and compassionate tour that I would recommend it to... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We did this walking tour with our brilliant, witty and very knowledgeable guide Hemlata on a lovely Thursday evening. We met outside the Asian Civilizations Museum, where we learned a lot of interesting stories, about the history and development of the area, and later about Raffles himself, as well as visiting some very lovely sculptures. The tour usually ends at... More

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Perth, Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We have done a number of Walk in London and, based on those experiences, tried the Singapore ones.. You can book from your hotel or just turn up at the entrance to the relevant MRT station where you meet your Guide. The history of Australia and Singapore came together very poignantly in World War 2, and we wanted to know... More

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I did this tour in July 2014, Carol was the tour guide and she was excellent. She gave an interesting historical perspective of Singapore and how things evolved over time until now. Really enjoyed the sights in Chinatown and Gaylang, which was backed up with some interesting and humorous narrative from Carol. I would certainly recommend this tour.

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