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Small Group Walking Tour: Singapore Up Close

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    What to Expect
    Join us on this small group walking tour of Toa Payoh (limited to 6 guests), the very first satellite town established by the HDB.
    • As we stroll through the Toa Payoh town centre, you'll be amidst Singaporeans going about their daily lives. See how the design of the town centre includes a whole host of amenities to cater to the needs of the residents, and how the transportation hub provides seamless and comfortable connectivity to the rest of the island.
    • Visit the headquarters of the HDB and learn about the Singapore housing story. Singaporeans today enjoy one of the highest home ownership rates in the world - a far cry from pre-independence, when we faced a severe housing shortage with half a million people in overcrowded slums and squatter colonies. How did we turn things around? The answer will be revealed right here.
    • Explore a nearby public housing neighbourhood where you'll gain some insights into the habits and practices that are unique to Singaporean apartment-dwellers. The HDB doesn't just build homes, they build communities as well and we'll take a look at the features and initiatives that encourage community bonding.
    • We'll take a break at a beloved local institution - a kopitiam (local coffee shop) where you'll learn how to order some local coffee or tea, like a real Singaporean!

    During the tour, your guide will share interesting trivia about this town, for example, the 5 reasons why Toa Payoh is special, and recommend some local food specialties for lunch. You'll also receive tips to 'live like a local'.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Toa Payoh, Singapore
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    Return Details
    Toa Payoh, Singapore
    • Small group walking tour (a maximum of 6 guests) for a more personal experience
    • A local guide who's fluent in English, articulate and professionally licensed
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • The maximum group size is 6 people
    • Due to uneven surfaces and steps, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
    • Children aged 12 and under can join the tour for free if accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian. However, the tour is not recommended for very young children (aged 0-6).
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 26 August 2019

    The tour guide, Shal, was very engaging and open with her stories and experiences. Even though I'm a Singaporean, I learnt more about Singapore on this trip and found the everyday landscapes painted in a new light with so much more meaning. I would definitely...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank faithohhhhh
    Shal_Lalwani, Owner at Ruby Dot Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2019

    Hi Faith, lovely to meet you and thanks so much for taking the time to post a review and for your kind recommendation :) So happy to hear that the tour was able to provide you with new perspectives and meaning for the 'heartlands' of...More

    Reviewed 23 August 2019

    This walking tour was the highlight of our Singapore trip. If you want to get a more in-depth perspective on the real-life of Singapore and how the locals live, this is the tour for you. On the tour, Shal explained to us how the Singapore...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank chenkail
    Shal_Lalwani, Owner at Ruby Dot Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2019

    Hi Chen Kai and Min! It was lovely to meet the both of you and I would like to express my thanks for your wonderful review and kind recommendation - it really made my day :) I'm so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed...More

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