Great event but felt rushed and queues were long. Had photo's with a python around my neck - first time, as don't like snakes, but was enjoyable. Photo's taken by Zoo photographer are great, but those he took with my camera (Nikon SLR on Auto) are very blurry and unusable, glad I purchased zoo photo package. Photo's taken of me and snake, with my camera, by a friend who had never used my Nikon before came out great. Morning tour is not long enough to realistically see all of zoo exhibits and shows (only 1 hour 15minutes after breakfast and photo's to be at bus outside to transfer back to City) . Felt I did not eat enough for breakfast due to feeling rushed. We stayed longer and took taxi back to our hotel in Clarke Quay, cost about S$30. I would advise to purchase entry and breakfast direct with zoo (even though more expensive than pre-paid tour) and take taxi in both directions so you would not feel rushed and get there at opening time so you get a table close to Orangutans and enjoy breakfast more leisurely ( gates open 8-30am, breakfast from 9-00am to 10-30am). Tour bus leaves zoo at 11-45am, so you get about 1hour to view the zoo before you need to make your way to tour bus. Most of the feeding sessions are between 10am and 1pm, we would have only seen 1 feeding session if we took tour bus back. Instead we saw 2 shows and 3 feeding sessions, left zoo at 2-30pm.
We met Wina in Pagoda Street Mall next to the escalator from Chinatown MRT station. There were 15 people in our group on 16/08/2013. I had done this tour 2 years ago, expected it to be the same, but Food Street - Smith Street - was closed and only 2 red light establishment left in Chinatown so we walked through to Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Club Street, where we boarded a bus and transferred to Gayling District where most of the red light establishments now reside. We stopped at a restaurant in Gayling to try Turtle Soup(from farmed turtles meat) and Crocodile Stew. Walking in Gayling is not something I would do on my own, glad we were on a tour, felt area is very rough. Dropped back at the Chinatown Tourist Centre at 9-15pm, make your own way back to your lodgings ore where ever you want to go. Very informative tour with lots of history and photo's of how life was when Chinatown was young. Highly recommend this and all the Original Singapore Walks tours. Much cheaper if booked with Viator than paying at start of tour direct to tour guide.
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