As the settlement along the Singapore River grew in the 1800s, communities started to move to areas outside the city centre. One of the favourite localities is that of the East Coast which contains sub-neighbourhoods such as Geylang Serai, Joo Chiat and Katong. The Geylang Serai neighbourhood is known as the heart of the Malay community here in Singapore. The Malays are the natives of this region in Southeast Asia. Within the Malay communities, they can be defined by ancestral origins and even their lifestyles. Some Malay families here are descendants of the “Orang Laut” or sea gypsies who were displaced by the port development at Singapore River.
Join me on this tour where I will bring you through the past, present and perhaps the future of the district. This neighbourhood is earmarked in the State’s Master Plan to be one of the 4 new secondary cities outside the Central Business District and it’s a district in transition as it tries to make sense of the current and new developments. As we traipse through the backlanes, shortcuts and hidden gardens we will snack on popular traditional and street foods.
Sample over 10 dishes of popular Malay & Muslim traditional/ street foods and Eurasian traditional dishes. Culture, trades and crafts of the Malay diaspora of Singapore. The Malay Emporium- Geylang Serai. Islam and its practice in Singapore. Halal cuisine & Muslim foods. Raw produce in a Muslim “Wet Market”. High-rise mass housing in HDB estates. The Paya Lebar Regional Centre. Singaporeana trivia.
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Meals Included in price on sharing and sampling basis. Beverages excluded. Please make known your dietary requirements & allergies.
Not Included Transfers to / from airport / hotel, porterage, tips, entrance fees to places of entertainment unless specified.
Advisory Light tropical clothing is recommended with comfortable walking shoes. Weather is not always sunny, please bring along an umbrella in case it rains. Please ensure sufficient personal insurance cover during tour.
Accessibility & Fitness Minimum medium fitness level recommended due to brisk walking pace. Total walking distance is about 3km on flat grounds (with lots of breaks in between) but there may be some staircases during journey.
Geylang River • City Plaza • Haig Road Estate • Eurasian Community House • Joo Chiat Road • Koon Seng Road Shophouse • Joo Chiat Complex • Geylang Serai Market
"If you want a tour that gives you an insight into what it is like to live in Singapore, and experience great food, I would recommend this."
"Excellent tour! I have been to Singapore countless times but learnt so much more just on this trip. Tony is a walking encyclopaedia of Singapore, lots of local knowledge and anecdotes which you won't find in travel or history books. Tony is very patient and keen to answer questions. Highly recommended!"
Lynne Haynes, Australia
"My partner and I did the Kampung Geylang Serai Uncovered tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide Tony was fun, knowledgeable, and willing to answer any and every question you had about Singapore. We really felt we got to know more about everyday Singaporean life through the many varied and interesting places he showed us that are definitely off the beaten tourist track. The food was delicious, plentiful and well-spaced out so we could try a bit of everything throughout the tour. If you want a fun and informative slice of the real Singapore, this tour is for you!"
Celeste Leich, USA