A past winner of Best Travel Experience Award at the Singapore Tourism Board’s annual awards, Betel Box Asia’s ever-popular Joo Chiat/Katong Food Walk takes you through the Joo Chiat and Katong neighbourhood, which is culturally associated with the Malay, Peranakan Straits Chinese and Eurasian communities. Eat your way through 30 of the best local dishes, as you glean fascinating insights into the history and lifestyles of early Singaporeans.

For a glimpse into the Muslim community in Singapore, explore Kampong Glam with the Sultans of Spice walking tour by travel company Journeys. Learn about the history of the Spice Trade Route, Malay folklore and get the record set straight on Islam – a faith that’s often misunderstood. Highlights include visiting shophouses selling exotic products like perfumes, prayer rugs and sarongs, and taking a peek into the glory days of the precinct when it was the former seat of Malay royalty with the old Malay Palace and the Royal Graveyard.

Red Clogs down the Five Foot Way, also by Journeys, takes you on a nostalgic trip down Chinatown’s conserved shophouses and alleyways. Discover the life and times of early Chinese immigrants to Singapore at the Chinatown Heritage Centre, and meander along stalls peddling knick-knacks, traditional medical halls and ancestral worship shops, and stop by iconic landmarks such as the Thian Hock Keng temple.

Multisensory walking tour Spice Trail at Little India by Crave! Singapore lets you immerse in the colourful sights and fragrant scents of Little India. Serving up a delectable sampling of traditional North Indian food and live cooking demonstrations, Little India is also where Sri Veeramakaliamman temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore, is located. If you have the time, do also swing by Jothi Store and Flower Shop to check out their garland demonstrations.

Better yet, combine cultural exploration with team bonding for a unique local flavour to an incentive trip.

Masterchef wannabes can try their hand at whipping up authentic Peranakan dishes such as ayam buah keluak (chicken cooked with the buah keluak black nut) and kueh dadar (pandan flavoured crepes rolled and stuffed with grated coconut) – under the tutelage of experienced chefs. The Peranakan Cooking Masterclass, by private tour company Tribe, starts with a trip to the local wet market to learn how to select the best ingredients before adjourning to a quaint shophouse in Joo Chiat to begin your team’s culinary apprenticeship.

For more of an adrenaline rush, get ready for a race to the finish in this local version of The Amazing Race. The Amazing Heritage Race is organised by Food Playground and will allow groups to discover fascinating sights of interest and feast on mouth-watering food within Singapore’s Chinatown precinct.

With rich history and a unique range of cultural activities, incentive trip organisers can easily plan and include activities full of local flavour in their future itineraries.