Orchard Road - the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels & hi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth much less known nooks & crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms - & yes, orchards!
And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church”, nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents - SOTA and LaSalle. A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the President of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, & you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion.
And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.
Small walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!
Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher as we are keeping the number small. The quality will be however very high.