Off The Beaten Track In Singapore: Private City Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Details :
    Serangoon, Singapore
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Ready to experience a side of Singapore like a local, with a local? This is a tour, unlike any other! If you want to take a step away from the touristy path, there's no better way than by diving into the city's alternative side. Welcome to Hougang!

If you're done with the main highlights, why not step away and take a less-traveled path that will show you an unexpected side of Singapore? Follow a local guide on a private tour full of surprises and check out Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Sri Darma Muneeswaran Temple, and more that let the true form of the city shine!

Withlocals Off the Beaten Track Tour is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.

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Discover the unexpected side of Singapore! Slow down and go back in time to see where the local community loves to hang out and lives everyday life. On this tour your private guide will show you places that cant be found in travel guides and are unseen by tourists!

The Serangoon district is one of Singapores oldest residential areas and is known for its public housing. Find out how life is organized in this wonderful melting pot of cultures. It only takes a few steps into the luscious greens of the community park to understand how one of the densest cities in the world turned beautifully green. Youll soon understand why Singapore is nicknamed City is a Garden.

Experience how the three main cultures of Singapore practise religion and live in harmony. Spend a few moments admiring the Hindu and Chinese temples at Southeast Asia's largest shrine for Sri Muneeswaran and the unique Hiang Foo Siang Temple.

Ready for a quick thirst quencher? Enjoy an ice cold coffee or tea in a bag and drink it on the go. Check out a Chinese medicine shop and find out how Chinese medicine is different from Western medicine. Your host can share the best recipes!

Theres never a dull moment in the city and youll understand why when visiting Singapores oldest community center. Known for its fun workshops, theres something for everyone. Dont forget to check out the wet market! Locals love to buy the freshest food here.

Round off your tour and take a bus to Singapores last surviving Kampong! You wont believe your eyes, it feels like a true jungle! Be amazed by the houses, the wandering pets and chickens. This peaceful village feels as though time stood still. Veggies are homegrown and tropical gardens are filled with banana and coconut trees. Walk around as your guide tells you fascinating stories about this tranquil village that has remained undiscovered by tourists.


Private guide


No guest pick up nor drop off

Food & drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Guides required to regularly wash hands

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  • 24-Oct-2022

    My guide Richard Koh gave a very inspiring, informative and memorable tour with Hougang as the starting point. Richard is knowledge, a true nature lover and committed. Upon request he gave me a customized tour which was both spot on and included surprise visits to interesting places I would never have found on my own.

  • 10-Oct-2022

    Joisse was a pure joy to meet and work with. We loved learning more about Singapore 's unique housing policies and getting to ask a local aaaallll the questions. We definitely walked away with a better understanding of this unique city-state. Joisse is a real asset to WithLocals. We would book another tour with her again, without hesitation.

  • 18-Mar-2020

    Had a great walk around Singapore. Meng Teck was a very knowledgeable host, very friendly and he easily adapted our needs to the days plan. He communicated with us before the trip advising us of the latest news of the coronavirus and what to expect. Not many tourists but everything we planned to see was open so a great time to travel.

  • 16-Mar-2020

    Our guide Richard took us on a journey in his local neighborhood and it was a true pleasure. We learned so much about the 'hidden side' of Singapore and the culture and we experienced many things we would not have come close to ourselves. Richard was fun and a great host of this tour. His whole approach was very personal witch we enjoyed a lot!

  • 31-Jan-2020

    Joisse has a wonderful sense of humour and a good knowledge of Singapore and the people who live there. She was patient giving us lots of time to ask questions. At 74, I was a little worried about the duration of this walking tour. I needn't have been. We went at a leisurely pace. Joisse looked after us extremely well pointing out steps etc so we didn't trip or slip.....I am a little prone to this!! I would thoroughly recommend this tour if you want some insight into how the locals live away from the bustling city.

  • 09-Jan-2020

    We could see how the locals live in Singapore. If we hadn’t met Richard, we couldn’t have seen it.Richard understood exactly what we wanted to see.He is friendly and knowledgeable.We would highly recommend this tour.Thanks Richard!

  • 01-Jan-2020

    RICHARD was friendly and informative and showed us a side of Singapore that we would not have seen otherwise. Very interesting and intriguing tour. I would highly recommend touring with RICHARD!!

  • 29-Dec-2019

    Surprising insight in the public housing system of Singapore. My guid Richard did an outstanding job. He had great knowledge in all things we can across during this very interesting day.

  • 03-Dec-2019

    My husband and a friend spent 6 hours touring Singapore with Ronnie as our guide and Louie as our driver on Nov. 23rd, 2019. Ronnie was very personable and extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. He balanced his planned itinerary and our desires nicely to make this a fun day and interesting day. We saw several of the classics in Singapore (Merlion Park and Gardens by the Bay) but also stopped for local snacks in one of the many Hawkers establishments and in China Town.Ronnie also offers walking and subway tour, but Louie's car was luxurious and saved us from too much walking.

  • 10-Nov-2019

    Our guide, Joyce, met us at our hotel lobby. She was extremely kind, knowledgeable, and happy to cater to our needs. We learned so much about Singapore, especially the history and cultural information which we both enjoyed. She provided us with MRT cards, so we could take the metro, and city buses. We observed a part of Singapore that we wouldn't have ordinarily seen, and had lovely conversations with her about life and society in Singapore. I highly recommend one of these tours.

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