Whether you’re an intrepid explorer, a gourmand or a culture buff, Singapore is a trove of experiences that’s bound to ignite your passions.

With all that our city has to offer, you may feel a little overwhelmed by choice. This shortlist of Singapore Tourism Awards (STA) winners from 2018 and 2019 will jumpstart your exploration of our city’s many gems.

2019 Winner and Finalists

SINGAPORE 1920s: TRAILS OF TAN AH HUAT
A re-enactment of Tan Ah Huat on the bicycle

Tour operator: Let’s Go Tour Singapore
Best Tour Experience 2019 Winner

While some may think of a country’s history as being influenced by famous individuals, Singapore was built from the passions and perseverance of thousands of pioneers.

Putting the ‘story’ in ‘history’, ‘Singapore 1920s: Trails Of Tan Ah Huat’ hearkens back to a Singapore of yesteryear, and follows the fictionalised narrative of one of these pioneers. A tour with a personable twist, this bicycle trail brings to life the story of Tan Ah Huat, a purveyor of medical oil in 1920s Singapore. 

Visitors will cycle down memory lane, and discover Singapore’s vibrant past through a series of storytelling sessions and multimedia slideshows. Whether you’re an avid explorer of the past or a student of new cultures, this charming experience is bound to warm your heart and expand your perspectives.

About the tour operator:
Singapore’s leading bicycle tour company, Let’s Go Tour Singapore has entertained, educated and thrilled thousands of tourists and locals. Their array of cycling and experiential cooking tours span myriad themes, from Singaporean street art to Hainanese food culture.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 9004 4332.


THE JEWISH HERITAGE OF SINGAPORE
Tourists gathered around inside of the Maghain Aboth Synagogue

Tour operator: Jane’s Singapore Tours
Best Tour Experience 2019 Finalist

More than just a city, Singapore is a complex cultural tapestry, comprising dozens of religions and races.

To delve into religious architecture, custom and community, journey into ‘The Jewish Heritage of Singapore’. Visit the grounds of Eden Hall—originally designed by the Jewish merchant Ezekiel Manaesseh—and uncover the stories of the Mahallah (Jewish quarters), which now spans the neighbourhoods of Bugis and Little India.

The tour will also bring you to the Maghain Aboth— the oldest synagogue in Southeast Asia— and the Chesed-El, a sumptuously-restored place of Jewish worship. 

About the tour operator:
Led by Jane Iyer and her team of veteran tour guides, Jane’s Singapore Tours provides visitors with insights into the many facets of our island's culture and tradition. From hawker centres and museums to colonial bungalows and historic enclaves, Jane and her team will present you with the unseen sights and untold stories of Singapore.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 9879 2088.


THE ART OF CHINESE TEOCHEW OPERA
Tourist dressed in opera costumes performing a skit

Tour operator: Xperience DMC Private Limited
Best Tour Experience 2019 Finalist

With its global status as a modern metropolis, it’s easy to overlook Singapore’s trove of traditional treasures and cultural practices. ‘The Art of Chinese Teochew Opera’ by Xperience DMC Pte Ltd takes culture lovers backstage, and into the world of Teochew opera.

Visitors will get to meet third-generation members of Singapore’s oldest Teochew Opera and Puppetry troupe, and learn how these young performers have rejuvenated this venerated artform. 

Lovers of global culture will gain new knowledge about this age-old tradition, from the nuances of stage makeup to the symbolic meaning of gestures, facial expressions and fight choreography. 

Visitors will also get the chance to embody these practices and push their creative limits by donning opera costumes, learning to play traditional instruments, and performing a skit under guidance.

About the tour operator:
Lion dance troupes. Mermaids. Masters of Wing Chun. These are just some of the passionate individuals you could meet when you embark on a tour with Xperience DMC Pte Ltd. Helmed by a dynamic team of veterans, these tour operators bring the stories of Singapore to life.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 6513 4337.


SINGAPORE IN A NUTSHELL
People on a vespa, Singapore Sidecars Vespa tour

Tour operator: Singapore Sidecars
Best Tour Experience 2019 Finalist

If the notion of exploring our gorgeous city from the sidecar of a vintage Vespa sounds appealing to you, ‘Singapore In A Nutshell’ will be right up your alley. 

Taking place in the heart of the city, this two-hour tour will bring you on a balmy, evening ride through some of Singapore’s most gorgeous heritage districts. Forget about walking, this tour will have you zipping to some of the must-see landmarks in our gorgeous tropical cityscape.

More than just a snapshot of our city, Singapore In A Nutshell is ideal for explorers hoping to add to their trove of cherished memories. Marvel at the colonial architecture of Singapore’s Civic District, take in the temples and tradition of Chinatown, and be enthralled by the shimmering lights and ultra-modern architecture of Marina Bay.

About the tour operator:
With its dynamic young team of passionate storytellers, Singapore Sidecars offers a different perspective of our city—from the sidecar of a vintage Vespa. Sample city nightlife at beloved bars and sizzling supper spots, discover cultures old and new in the Civic District and explore Kampong Glam—the seat of Malay royalty in Singapore. 

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 9620 0166.

 

2018 Winner and Finalists

BLACK & WHITE HOUSES TOUR
Tourists entering a black and white colonial house

Tour operator: Jane's Singapore Tours
Best Tour Experience 2018 Winner

Once a crown jewel of the British Empire, Singapore used to be a thriving port, a legacy that’s apparent in the gorgeous colonial architecture that can be found all around the city.

History buffs looking to add to their trove of knowledge should consider signing up for the ‘Black & White Houses Tour’. An exploration of Singapore’s colonial past grounded in architectural and historical insight, the tour will dive into the history of Singapore’s most iconic colonial houses, and the stories of their past residents.

About the tour operator:
Led by Jane Iyer and her team of veteran tour guides, Jane’s Singapore Tours provides visitors with insights into the many facets of our island's culture and tradition. From hawker centres and museums to colonial bungalows and historic enclaves, Jane and her team will present you with the unseen sights and untold stories of Singapore.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 8297 9177.


JOURNEYS TO HELL™- DEATH & THE AFTERLIFE
Tourists at the entrance of Haw Par Villa listening to a tour guide

Tour operator: Haw Par Villa by Journeys Pte Ltd
Best Tour Experience 2018 Finalist

For an exhilarating jaunt into Chinese mythology, embark on a tour of the famous Haw Par Villa. Founded in 1937, this Asian cultural park is a repository of folklore, history and myth, most famous for its graphic murals depicting the Taoist underworld.

The ‘Journeys to Hell™—Death and the Afterlife’ tour will bring you on a twilight expedition into the Ten Courts of Hell and the Chinese afterworld. Visitors will get to explore the millennia-long history of Chinese folklore and uncover the story behind Haw Par Villa. The experience will prove to be riveting for thrill-seeking guests, and revelatory for those with a love for mythology.

About the tour operator:
A travel company that specialises in heritage-based tours, Journeys’ guides make history come alive through their knowledge of Singapore’s past. 

Its themed tours of Singapore’s many districts unearth the little-known stories and overlooked cultural gems of each locale, from the forgotten tombs of the Malay kings on Fort Canning Hill to the fascinating tale behind the Civic District’s Armenian Church.

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 6325 1631.


NEXT GENERATION HAWKER FOOD TOUR
Tourists have their picture taken with a hawker chef at local hawker centre

Tour operator: Wok ‘n’ Stroll Pte Ltd
Best Tour Experience 2018 Finalist

Gourmands craving both food and food for thought should embark on the ‘Next Generation Hawker Food Tour’. A great way to tantalise your taste buds and explore Singapore’s urban landscape, this tour shines a spotlight on Singapore’s up-and-coming generation of hawkerpreneurs (“hawker-entrepreneurs”).

Whether you’re hankering for traditional Teochew braised duck or craving to sample a delightful fusion of two distinct noodle dishes, Wok ‘n’ Stroll is certain to pique your appetite.

About the tour operator:
Founded by expatriate-turned-Singaporean food lover Karni Tomer, Wok ‘n’ Stroll’s tours are an ode to local cuisine, with explorations of wet markets, hawker centres, restaurants and ethnic dishes. 

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 8338 3571.


SINGAPORE AFTER DARK THE HIDDEN SECRETS
Tourists gathered outside a satay stall

Tour operator: Monster Day Tours
Best Tour Experience 2018 Finalist

With its world-class cocktail bars and buzzing nightlife districts, Singapore is truly a city that never sleeps. Discover the city after dark on this three-and-a-half-hour tour, which encompasses the Singapore River, Clarke Quay and Central Business District.

Attendees will get to learn more about Singapore’s hawker food culture, tickle their taste buds with bold new flavours at the various watering holes along Clarke Quay, and drink in the beauty of the metropolis’ shining lights.

About the tour operator:
A tour operator run by a team of bright young guides, Monster Day Tours offers a dynamic range of free walking tours that combine exhilarating urban adventure with engrossing storytelling. 

For online bookings, find out more here or call +65 9151 7567.