I have been visiting Singapore for as long as I can remember. Few of my family members are living in Singapore for a long time and visiting them made me realize how beautiful and special this country is. During my first visit, I made a couple of rounds of the most renowned tourist places every weekend.
The next time I traveled back to Singapore back in 2007, when I was frequently traveling back and forth, Singapore changed a lot for the first time I visited in 90’s. Each time I visited this beautiful country, it was changing and expanding its roots, culture, and diversity in the world – the reason why it’s the wealthiest country in culture, food, and most important economy.
During my visit, I always visit the frequent tourist attractions in between catching up with my family and friends and trying out the local cuisines. Though in recent times, a lot of my friends and colleagues have moved to Singapore for work, so each time I visit Singapore, half of my time is spent in meeting and catching up with them.
A couple of years back, Wei launched Indie Singapore, a tour company which invites the locals and internationals to take the tour of the city. A guided tour providing free walking tours of some of the places like Kampong Glam, Chinatown, and Civic District. The tours are free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
This news might be upsetting to the visitors planning to visit the city on weekends, but for the visitors who are in the city to visit their family, friends, or in general find themselves with absolutely nothing to do on weekdays since the locals are either at work, college, or school.
The best thing about touring on weekdays is the fact that the places are not crowded, like on weekends. The tour usually starts at 9:30 am which I believe is perfect since the morning rush has passed away. A thirty-minute break in between is provided to the tourists to rest, stock-up on food, and hydrate if they want. In my personal opinion, the best Hainanese Chicken Rice is something which I recommend everyone to try; they are delicious. If you had missed breakfast due to the tour, try this dish on the go.
The best part about the tour is that despite being free of cost, the tour is not scattered in bits and pieces but a full tour. Wei, the guide puts his heart and soul providing with the most useful information about the city. Wei surely knows what he’s doing and encourages the tourists to ask questions about something they are not sure of.
The tour is well-planned and takes around different pathways which most of the new travelers will surely miss. Since the tour is entirely on foot, be prepared to walk for miles and hours but trust me, it’s worth it. I would suggest all the readers wear comfortable refurbished running shoes and dress appropriately according to the weather.
Even though the tour is free, Wei surely accepts tips from the customers. This is completely up to you, but I would suggest you give them a little based on the effort and passion they have for their work; they deserve it. However, they do ask the customers to write a review about their services on TripAdvisor or share your experiences on social networks, not a bad deal, I suppose.
In the end, I would like to wish Wei a successful career and deeply implore what he’s doing. I have played my part; it’s time that you guys do yours.