Fixed Route
:
Vanishing Craftsmen
TOUR SUMMARY
2.5
hours
Hosted in
English or Japanese
Up to 10 persons, minimum 4 to startˆ
ˆThe tour requires minimum 4 persons to start. Offbeat reserves the right to reschedule to another time/date in the event there are insufficient participants.
Tour priced from
$
70
per person
*
Price is ...

* Price includes food tasting of 2 dishes.

Route Details
Start from Jalan Besar MRT → Finishing near to Lavender MRT
tour story

Wherever we are from, we remember snacking on ice cream from mobile carts, catching a glimpse of hunched over men crafting furniture, whim of delicious scents coming from open kitchens, and the all familiar red brick structures we thought looked like houses from 'Hansel and Gretel'.

Vanishing Crafts, here, are of all colours & shapes, peeking through the memories of the young and old, giving depth and texture to our rapidly-modernising city. In the face of commercialisation, redevelopment, changing tastes, and better job opportunities they fade rapidly, into forever.

Before we miss them all, let's walk among Singapore's impressive buildscape, contrasting that with what we experience and hear first-hand from residents of their tales in our favourite neighbourhood.

We will pass our judgement together if the trades, scenes and even the food presented, root people to this land; and how endangered are these intangible cultural heritage in this nation that renews itself every 5 years.


  • Reminisce early Singaporeans and their pride in the achievements of their trades
  • Engage our five senses as we wiggle past trades, streetscapes and everyday living
  • Meet the personalities in our heartlands and interact with them in their comfort zone
  • Dabble your tastebud in local dishes (at least 2) that have almost disappeared

PRICE LIST
Base Prices:
  • $160 per session (For 2 pax)
  • $216 per session* (For 3 pax)
  • $272 per session* (For 4 pax)
*Discount is valid for limited time period only.
Add-ons (optional):
  1. Your ‘Untold’ ride sweeping you off from one location to our meeting spot @ $20 flat per person
  2. An ‘Untold’ meal of either lunch or dinner @ $30 per person (inclusive of alcoholic beverage)
  3. Additional hour @ $50 if you find 2 hours too short
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do i need to wear or bring?

Personal water bottle (our tap water everywhere is super safe), comfy walking wear and shoes and an umbrella.

(only for 'Vanishing Craftsmen' please bring along a house/office key for an activity)

What if it rains during the tour?

Looking ahead a day before us meeting, we will update everyone, usually on Whatsapp, of any possible changes or updates. Please look out our messages.


For light rains during or before, the Experience continues unabated. In the event of a potential thunderous shower, we will take a decision 2 hours before our meeting time, the Experience may then be postponed or continued.

Should said shower occur during the tour, we will take a decision then and there. For all postponements, please discuss with us separately.

However, should the weather turn sour while we are deep into the Experience, the host will provide an alternative plan to ensure everyone’s safety first, and carry on as per normal.

I have registered but now I can't make it.

Do DM us at +65 8021 0271 or drop us an email, and we will do our best to make alternative plans/suggestions for you.

May I leave halfway?

Yes, you are not obliged to stay throughout. For whatever reason you need to leave before the end, please inform us so we don't panic and call the police, which is what a panicked us would do ; p

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THE REVIEWS
TK Loh
May 2024
Great experience getting to know the neighbourhood around Jalan Besar. Very interesting neighbourhood, and it’s nice to understand more about the traditional and vanishing trades in Singapore
Shu Wen Chye
May 2024
Jan was a great and enthusiastic guide 🌞 I learnt alot about tradesmen, vanishing craftsmen and how Jalan Besar has evolved as a community and neighbourhood! Highly recommend Offbeat tours.
Gepp K.
May 2022
The tour itself was an eye opening experience. We visited about 3-4 spots to understand the historical significance of that specifc place and how it how it has changed through times. There was an interesting mix of unassuming places which helps highlights the parts of history that is overlooked.
Serene W.
Feb 2022
Jan is a great storyteller who draws interesting parallels between the places we visited and local cultures. We had fun sampling some local delicacies (I was even offered a taster portion of laksa today by one of the hawker stalls. Lucky me!), and we also caught glimpses into the daily lives of some residents in Jln Besar. I never knew there were so many hidden gems in the neighbourhood. Thanks for the fun tour, Jan! I’d highly recommend this tour.

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