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Singapore: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. Singapore: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

See the best of Singapore with a Big Bus hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Grab a seat with the best views on the open-top, double-decker bus, and enjoy sightseeing at your own pace. Your ticket gives you access to two hop-on, hop-off sightseeing routes. Jump on the Heritage Tour (Red Route) to visit the 3 ethnic districts of Singapore – Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam – where you’ll find pre-World War II conserved shophouses, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and traditional trades and handicrafts.  On-board the City Tour (Yellow Route), you can check out the UNESCO world heritage site Botanic Gardens, as well as, glamourous and glitzy locations where the hit movie Crazy Rich Asian was filmed, like Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay.  Top sights on the red and yellow routes: Marina Bay Sands Singapore Flyer Gardens By the Bay ArtScience Museum Merlion Statue St Andrew’s Cathedral National Gallery of Singapore Clarke Quay Robertson Quay Singapore Botanic Gardens Orchard Road National Museum of Singapore Raffles Hotel Little India Kampong Glam Chinatown Choose a 1-day Discover Ticket and hop off at any stop to explore Singapore your way. Pick a 2-day Essential Ticket for another day on the bus. Go for a 2-day Explore Ticket that comes with a 3-hour guided Night City Tour.  The Night Tour is a 3-hour live guided tour in English on an open-top, double-decker bus tour. The tour begins with an excellent view of the city skyline as the sunsets at Marina Barrage. Next, enjoy a sampling of local food at Lau Pa Sat hawker market. Finally, catch the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay.

Singapore: Half-Day City Tour with Hotel Transfer

2. Singapore: Half-Day City Tour with Hotel Transfer

Discover Singapore by getting to know its famous Civic District. Begin your journey at Kampong Glam, an area where modernity meets tradition. This district has a history that dates back to Singapore’s colonial era as the allocated area to the Malay, Arab, and Bugis communities. Explore the city by driving around the Civic District, passing by the Padang, Singapore Cricket Club, historic Parliament House, and the National Gallery Singapore. The Gallery consists of the former Supreme Court Building and the City Hall. Next, stop at Merlion Park and enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay. Do not miss out this picture-taking opportunity with The Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, before driving past Chinatown. Proceed to Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and walk through the National Orchid Garden which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants.

Singapore: National Orchid Garden Entry Tickets

3. Singapore: National Orchid Garden Entry Tickets

Spend the day surrounded by vibrant colors and succulent scents on a visit to the National Orchid Garden, nestled in the heart of Singapore’s Botanic Gardens. With over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids on display, the garden is a true delight for nature lovers. At your own pace, explore this beautifully styled garden, which takes its influence from the English garden at Burkill Hall. The garden is separated into four color zones, the Spring Zone which is bursting with bright colors and lively golds and yellows, the Summer Zone which offers shades of red and pink, the Autumn Zone where you can find more matured visuals, and finally the Winter Zone, home to a pallette of blue and white.

Singapore: Private Tour with a Local Guide

4. Singapore: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Your expert local city guide will show you the city's best parts, including many hidden secrets you can’t find easily on your own. On this walking tour will be able to see a lot of sightseeing points within a short timeframe. Apart from explaining the sightseeing points your guide can provide insight into the history and culture of the city and the country in general. The focus of this tour is to see the city like a local. However, this private tour can be customised according to your wishes. Sightseeing points to visit can be agreed upon in advance or discussed when meeting up. STANDARD sightseeing places we can easily visit during the tour are: - Marina Bay Sands: world-famous landmark, take in the excellent views from the observation deck - Gardens by the Bay: this beautiful futuristic garden is a must-see attraction - Singapore Botanic Gardens - Jewel Changi Airport: this majestic dome is home to over 280 dining and retail outlets - National Gallery Singapore: mostly dedicated to local and Southeast Asian art from the 19th century to the present day - Universal Studios Singapore - Singapore Zoo: one of the most impressive zoos in the world - Night Safari: observe over 2500 nocturnal animals from 130 species - Bird Paradise: Immerse in a symphony of colours at Asia's largest bird park. Experience over 3500 birds across 8 aviaries with dining and fun. Some examples of HIDDEN SECRETS we can visit: - Pulau Ubin: explore the lush greenery and abundant wildlife on Ubin Island - Haw Par Villa: weird and wonderful park full of surprises - Baba House: one of Singapore's best-preserved Peranakan heritage homes with elaborate rooms full of antiques - Chijmes: former convent school brimming with bars, restaurants and cafés - MacRitchie Reservoir: Singapore’s oldest nature park - Southern Ridges: easy treks through the jungle with forest-canopy walkways Please note that it is not guaranteed to visit all the sightseeing places listed here. How many places you can visit depends on the length of the tour booked and how much time you spend at each place. After booking you can discuss the detailed itinerary with your guide.

Botanic Gardens & Tiong Bahru Walking Tour with Breakfast

5. Botanic Gardens & Tiong Bahru Walking Tour with Breakfast

As Singapore’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens are definitely a must-see on every visitor’s bucket list. Spread across 82 hectares with a plethora of walking trails, the Gardens are best enjoyed with an experienced guide who can lead you to the most popular spots and hidden gems effortlessly. Inhale the fresh morning air, do your morning stretches whilst you catch the breathtaking sunrise from one of the best vantage points in Singapore, watch the locals practise taichi and qigong, spot wildlife like jungle fowl, monitor lizards, smooth-coated otters, etc which make the Gardens their home, and learn about the rich history of the Gardens, as we go on a leisurely stroll together. On this tour, you’ll also come face-to-face with homes of the ultra-rich, the Good Class Bungalows of Gallop & Woollerton Park, and have a local breakfast at one of Singapore’s most popular hawker centres. After breakfast, we’ll explore the quaint alleyways and experience the old world charm of Tiong Bahru with its bustling wet market, heritage street art, Art Deco architecture, disused bomb shelter, and more than a century old Monkey God Temple. ***Note: Please bring along your credit card or MRT pass as we'll be taking the MRT once during the tour.

Singapore: City Centre Exploration Game

6. Singapore: City Centre Exploration Game

Explore the charming city of Singapore on a city exploration game. See the main highlights like Cluny Court, Adam Park, and more with your mobile phone as your guide. After your booking, you will receive an email with download instructions to play the game on your phone. You will start the city game starts at Botanic Gardens MRT Station. Apply your knowledge throughout the game and learn interesting facts about the city of Singapore. You will visit the only tropical botanical garden inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Poh Ming Tse Temple, and many other places. Solve riddles and uncover many secrets while playing the game. Feel free to pause the game and stroll through the streets at your own pace. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups. 

Singapore: Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Singapore: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the Singapore Self-Guided Audio Tour, where the spirit of exploration meets the joy of independence. Here, we celebrate your preferences, offering a unique blend of freedom and flexibility that allows you to craft your own adventure through the dynamic streets of Singapore. In a city where history whispers through the alleyways, where culture dances in the vibrant tapestry of everyday life, and where architectural marvels stand as testaments to human ingenuity, our audio tour invites you to unlock the secrets of this enchanting destination. Picture yourself wandering through the historic precincts of Singapore, each step a revelation, as you unravel tales of bygone eras and delve into the cultural mosaic that defines this cosmopolitan metropolis. From the colonial splendor of the Civic District to the bustling markets of Bugis Street, every corner tells a story waiting to be heard. But what sets our self-guided tour apart is the freedom it affords you. No rigid schedules, no crowded buses—just you and your curiosity, charting your own course through the city. Feel the thrill of discovery as you stumble upon hidden gems and unexpected delights, from tucked-away temples to hole-in-the-wall eateries serving up culinary delights. And let's not forget the wealth of knowledge at your fingertips. Our audio guides are more than just companions; they're your personal storytellers, illuminating the history, culture, and architecture of each attraction with fascinating anecdotes and insider insights. Learn about the myths and legends that have shaped Singapore's identity, and gain a deeper appreciation for the intricacies of its diverse heritage. Learn more about the top 21 tourist attractions in Singapore. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central location and then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Gardens by the Bay East 2. Flower Dome 3. Cloud Forest 4. Splendid Supertrees 5. Marina Bay 6. Helix Bridge 7. ArtScience Museum 8. Chinatown 9. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple 10. Sri Mariamman Temple 11. National Gallery Singapore 12. Asian Civilisations Museum 13. Merlion Park Waterfront Promenade 14. Peranakan Museum 15. National Museum of Singapore 16. National Library 17. Little India 18. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple 19. Singapore Botanic Gardens and National Orchid Garden 20. Singapore Zoo 21. River Wonders Whether you're a history buff, a culture vulture, or simply a curious traveler eager to explore the world, the Singapore Self-Guided Audio Tour promises an unforgettable journey of discovery. So, embrace the freedom to roam, to linger, to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this extraordinary city. Your adventure awaits.

Singapore Half-Day City Tour

8. Singapore Half-Day City Tour

Meet the tour guide in your hotel lobby and start to explore the city of Singapore. Drive around the Civic District, a central area of Singapore, passing by the Padang, Cricket Club, historic Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall.  Next, stop at the Merlion Park and enjoy impressive views of Marina Bay. Do not miss a fantastic picture-taking opportunity with The Merlion, a mythological creature that is part-lion / part-fish, a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, before driving past Chinatown. En route, stop by a Local Handicraft Center and observe craftsmen at work.  Proceed to the National Orchid Garden, located within Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants. Finish-up at Little India where you will be entranced by the scent of jasmine and spices.

Singapore: Botanical Gardens Entry & Photography Session

9. Singapore: Botanical Gardens Entry & Photography Session

This is a casual photowalk experience to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a place honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will meet at Learning Forest drop off point. We will start off from Learning Forest (1 Cluny Road) and I will bring you to beautiful photo spots around the garden. This experience include entry to the National Orchid Garden where you get to see products of the Gardens' orchid breeding programme. We will end off at the famous Bandstand Gazebo photo spot. If you are into greenery and would like to get away from the city crowd, this memorable experience you wouldn't want to miss. I will guide you with poses and candid moments along the way. This is a private session with a maximum of 5 person. Delivery period : 7 days Link to the online gallery will be given for download of the images. Images will be lightly edited. Minimum 40 edited images. No original/raw files will be given.

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What people are saying about Singapore Botanic Gardens

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(419 reviews)

Did red line first - really good but the audio kept on breaking up so some of the descriptions of things we couldn’t understand - happened to both myself and the wife - so must have either been our seats or the bus. Yellow line - got off at Botanical gardens and spent 2.5 hours wandering around - before boarding to finish off the route. Overall, very good

To get a good first overview of a new destination, a tour with the Big Bus is always a good choice! After a tour with the bus, you can then head to the places on your own that may not be included in the route - but that you are personally interested in because you have researched them online beforehand.

Our guide, Monica was great. Very knowledgeable and lots of fun. Just the right amount of time at each activity. We loved the National Orchid Garden and the Temple. The Mosque was so grand and loved walking through Kampong Glam area and seeing the old buildings. Value for money

The Big Bus is great if you are only staying 3-5 days in Singapore and you don't have time to learn the metro. It will take you to all the major sites in a short period of time. Also, the audio on the bus gives you a brief history of the area.

Very nice. We should have included more sights. Paul was so good.