Pinch of Singapore - Pay as you wish Walk & Tour

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: Jan
Quality Verified Registered on October 10, 2022

Jan has spent time living in Thailand and Japan and is now back in Singapore with fresh eyes (and ears) for anything pertaining to Singapore's history, culture and the arts. As someone who’s travelled extensively, his cultural sensibilities extend beyond the shores of this little red dot. He enjoys answering questions and sharing his honest perspectives of Singapore. Now and today, Jan runs these walking tours with a bunch of his loveliest mates, Roy, Stephen, Edwina and Jamie. Say hi and give us a hug when we see you!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

*Should a certain date be “full”, please feel free to send me a text here to enquire or at info@offbeat.sg or dm me at @offbeatsingapore on Instagram/Facebook*

Multi-ethnicity, multiculturalism, multiracial and interracial.
Singapore celebrates it all.

This offbeat walking tour (IN ENGLISH) in turn pays tribute to this exceptionally unnatural occurrence; from hearing the good, not so good; to tasting ethnic bites & smelling the roses of flowers knotted into garlands. We cover,

The highlights:

  • Not 1, not 2, but all 3 ethnic quarters 
  • Don't just hear, or listen, but bite into the local(est) snacks
  • Ask away any question about anything of this melting pot
  • Besides walking, we hop onto public transport too!**

Background Story (to date):
With colossal buildings, hurried development, and incredible economic growth that thrives as much as its greenery, this bustling cosmopolitan Singapore overflows with opportunities, businesses, and trade. But what's pulsating within the city is beyond what most eyes see. Made up of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and various other ethnicities, cultural heritage is what makes Singapore, Singapore — a gathering of different cultures coexisting in one agreeable space.   


i. Please reply our messages otherwise we ignore your reservation and cancel them whenever we see fit

ii. There’s a minimum of 8 participants (keeping our groups small under 15p) in order for this tour to start. We do our best to combine groups, and/or start as many tours as possible. Appreciate your kind understanding

iii. Suggested tip amount: S$30 ~ $50 per person (most of us are not crazy rich Asians, and life here is Expensive, we really do appreciate your love)

iv. This tour is designed to hit all the 3 ethnic quarters in a short & sweet manner providing you a clearer idea of what we are about. We are hopeful it'll give you a better idea where to spend more time in

v. We're taking public transport for short rides. Participants need their own visa/mastercard. YES! Your own card allows you to travel with ease (albeit with an additional S$0.50 fee) on this island's public transport system

vi. Photo of Meeting Point can be found in the photo slide show for reference

vii. Unfortunately, this tour is not designed for families with children below 12 years old; neither is it for folks with moving difficulty. The pace is medium to fast covering 3-4km; taking the train twice.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    72 Pagoda St, Singapore 059231
    72 Pagoda St, Singapore 059231
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    Start point: Chinatown MRT station exit A - above ground https://g.page/SiChuanRestaurantSg?share

  • 1
    Outside visit

    Once an enclave for Singapore’s Chinese immigrant population, the Chinatown of today is a beloved blend of old and new, with historic temples and medicinal halls sitting alongside award-winning bars and restaurants. You’ll be able to spend an entire day exploring this vibrant district, which encompasses 4 neighbourhoods; whether you’re exploring century-old temples or soaking in the vibes at hip watering holes, there’s always a new experience to be had here.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Little India

    Little India is truly one of Singapore’s most colourful historical districts. Lime pits, brick kilns and a race track once dotted the neighbourhood, and its streets thronged with herdsmen, merchants and garland makers plying their trade. To this day, this enclave of Indian culture retains its unique heritage. The district is a tantalising blend of new and old, with contemporary street art and hip eateries sitting alongside age-old temples and vendors selling a tantalising mix of spices, silk and flowers.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Kampong Glam

    One of Singapore’s oldest urban quarters, Kampong Glam is a neighbourhood where age-old traditions and trendy lifestyle come together in a heady blend. A history that dates back to Singapore’s colonial era, when Sir Stamford Raffles allocated the area to the Malay, Arab and Bugis communities. Since then, the area has evolved into a haunt for hip travellers and connoisseurs of culture alike.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Mariano 09 Jun 2024

Guided by Jamie
Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
First time I go on a guru walk tour. Jamie was friendly funny engaging and had always interesting info to keep us paying attention. You should also promote this through google maps so more people can find you! Mariano.
Megan 09 Jun 2024

Guided by Jamie
Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Jamie was informative and friendly. The tour provided facts on Singapore, good and bad.
Samuel 08 Jun 2024

Guided by Jamie
Travelled alone - Jun 2024
maxine 06 Jun 2024
Malvern East

Verified booking
Travelled in couple - May 2024
Great tour through very interesting parts of Singapore. Jan was an enthusiastic guide and not only told us good stories, he also gave us the chance to try local specialities and gave excellent recommendations of things to see and places to eat after the tour. Highly recommended!
Ibone 05 Jun 2024

Verified booking
Travelled in couple - May 2024
Stephen was the best guide we've ever met. Super passionate, involved, thoughtful, attentive and funny. We never thought that Singapore could have such an interesting story, and told by himself it was an unforgettable experience. He even bought us typical snacks from the area without expecting anything in return and left us money in cash for the offering of the Buddhist temple. 100% recommended.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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