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This give a good oversight of the island of Singapore, with a look at some of its history.
A very full on and long day but a must do. Our guide was Foo Ah Chuan and he was awesome, so knowledgeable and passionate about his tour. We learnt a lot from him. We had lunch at Beaulieu House, lovely place, lovely food and gorgeous grounds. Would do this again.
Well paced tour, comfy coach, nice lunch, great way to see all around Singapore.
The tour guide Foo was excellent -- he was 70 and had lived in Singapore his entire life. Very knowledgeable and friendly. A little difficult to understand at times due to heavy accent. This tour was well worth the time and money -- saw several things that are not included on other, shorter duration tours..
Nice, informative and well guided. Recommended.
A long and emotional day. Phillip our guide for the day first took us to the top of Mt Faber the highest point in Singapore with great views over Sentosa with Phillip explaining how the public housing system works in Singapore.
On to Tiger Balm Gardens and an insight into the Buddhist version of Hell - quite garish and brutal.
Kranji War Memorial commemerating the 24,000 Allied Service personnel who died in Singapore during World War 2. Beautifully kept grounds but very moving especially when reading the young ages of these people.
Lovely Chinese style lunch at Baillieu House overlooking the Straits of Malacca into Malaysia.
Bright Hill Temple which is renowned for its wood carvings that are now a dying trade.Many local people praying and making offerings for the New Year. Then the highlight two two person dragons dancing very athletically to a band of drums and cymbals - very colourful and noisy and great fun.
On the ride to the Changi War Museum Phillip related what his parents had told him of life in Singapore during World War 2 which somewhat prepared us for what we saw at the museum which is housed in a replica of the chapel that theprisoners built during World War 2 .
Next past the Changi maximum security prison some the original walls of the prison camp have been preserved. On thew way home Phillip arranged a stop for anyone wanting to get off at the Bugis St Market.
I would highly recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in what happened in Singapore during the war, especially as Phillip and his family were so intimately involved.
Great tour. We visited places we would not have done on our own.
Guide was very chatty and present. Really interesting tour saw some amazing sites. Lunch was included which was excellent . Couldnt fault it had a great day
Was a great tour. We had a really informative and helpful guide. Saw a lot of singapore - loved the 10 courts of hell but need to see more of those gardens. The wave bridge had some spectacular views and was a nice walk. Paid respect to the fallen who are buried in a peaceful and well kept cemetery. Bright hill was an amazing maze of temples. And of course Changi prison - was interesting learning of the hardships and the taking of singapore. We had a very tasty lunch at Baileau House in what was a senior officers house. Lovely. Would highly recommend this tour.
The second world war sites are the main value of this tour. The Kranji War memorial is very well maintained and is a poignant reminder of the thousands of soldiers killed in the war. The Changi Chapel and museum is also a strong reminder of the terrible conditions civilians and POWs went through. There are great views from Henderson waves which is near the cable car station for Sentosa island. It is worth considering returning there later if you have time as this is the only rushed bit of the day. The Haw Par Villa and Bright Hill Temple are worth a look. Apart from this example, at all sites the amount of time available was reasonable - not too long and not feeling rushed. The lunch was a Chinese buffet and was tasty and I enjoyed it. This trip is good value for money and if done with the City half day tour on another day covers the main sites of Singapore very well.
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