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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...more
200 Joo Chiat Road Betel Box Backpackers Hostel | Betel Box Backpackers Hostel, Singapore 427471, Singapore
Joo Chiat
+65 6247 7340
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have already reviewed our experience when invited, as well as written direct to Betel Box Tours, so far without a response. This tour was not as advertised, too much walking, listening, standing outside closed temples, ogling prostitutes and illegal gamblers - no photos allowed....More

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Reviewed July 20, 2018

This was a wonderful introduction to the food culture but also the history & the traditions of Singapore

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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic day learning about the great people & places in Singapore. Highly recommend Leong. Learned so much from him and had fun along the way. Nancy M Washington, DC

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Reviewed April 21, 2018

Three friends, in Singapore for a weekend between business meetings, decided to take this tour and could not have been more pleased. Leong was a wonderful guide and balanced humor and insights into the history and culture of Chinatown and Singapore with stops for some...More

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

It was an eye opener and insightful tour. The quality of the food that I had was amazing too. Definitely worth while to go for this tour.

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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

Journey through Singapore’s off-the-beaten path to uncover juxtaposition that defines Geylang on Betel Box’s Sin & Salvation Tour! You will find yourself immersed deeply in local culture, community and the discovery of real Singapore! Awesome Guide, Awesome Tour! #ComeHungry #VisitSingapore #PassionTours

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Reviewed March 25, 2018

I was on the Sins and salvation tour with Leong, and it was such an eye opener understanding and learning about the history and daily happenings at Geylang. Leong is very knowledgeable and helpful - ever ready for any questions the group might have. The...More

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Reviewed December 27, 2017

Very good comprehensive information about Singapore culture and history and contemporary policy issues alongside sampling some spectacular local food. Overall very good. Definitely worth doing.

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Reviewed November 26, 2017

What a great tour! I now feel as though I know this amazing city much better - not just the food but also the culture. We signed on primarily because we were interested in learning more about the food, which we definitely did and all...More

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Reviewed November 25, 2017

We had a fantastic tour guided by Leong through the streets of Chinatown. We discussed the history and the lives of Singaporeans through history, and learnt of the plans and ambitions of this very modern and inclusive City. The food was fantastic and Leong was...More

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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 neighborhood is
packed with colorful 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
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January 26, 2018|
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Response from BetelBoxHostel | Property representative |
Hi NapaTJ, Thank you for your interest in our tours. Our tours can be customised to your specific requirements; covering both historic and a variety of neighbourhoods. We do so by visiting locations often left out by... More
March 4, 2017|
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