With its blend of traditional shophouses and trendy cafes, Tiong Bahru is high on tourists’ must-visit lists for its Instagrammable dishes and building-side murals. But it’s also a microcosm of Singapore history, particularly the last century, as well as a hub of heritage trails and hidden green spaces. StraitsJourneys expert Dr. Tai Wei Lim said […]Read More A Tasting Course of Singapore Architecture
It’s easy to forget that the map of the globe wasn’t always the way it is today. Borders have been redrawn too many times to count. Populations were abruptly combined into states by colonizers. The names that locals gave to their lands sometimes stuck and were sometimes overwritten by a foreign nation’s interpretation. The names […]Read More The Tangled Roots of Countries’ Names (Part 1)
The Republic of Singapore turns 53 this year and as usual, the National Day fireworks will take place where the Singapore River empties into the bay. Much like the country itself, the river reflecting these lights has shapeshifted throughout the past century. In the final scene of the film Saint Jack (1979), the protagonist throws […]Read More A Look Upstream
Our mission is to transform the guided tour sector from overdone standard packages into highly-personalized, knowledge-driven experiences. We welcome experience seekers, knowledge providers and all who share our love of immersive cultural experiences to join us on this journey. Be sure to keep an eye out for exclusive promotions that we’ll be offering to celebrate […]Read More StraitsJourneys is Counting Down to Launch!
The end of Ramadan is fast approaching and there’s excitement in Singapore’s humid air. Hari Raya Puasa (also called Eid al-Fitr) is a holiday about generosity, charity and reflecting on one’s past actions. Since practicing Muslims conclude a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, it’s no surprise that food is also a huge component. Every year, a […]Read More The Multicultural Mosque
When the phrase tea ceremony is mentioned, you likely think of Japan’s meticulous rituals or of Chinese wedding traditions. However, the lesser-known tea culture of Taiwan is no less captivating. “Tea is not merely a drink but an art form in Taiwan,” states Dave Lim, owner of Sun Ray Cafe in Singapore and winner of […]Read More The Cultivated Elegance of Taiwanese Tea
As the largest religious monument in the world, the architecture of Angkor Wat is unquestionably impressive from a distance. The central temple stands at 213 meters tall. The entire complex spans 162.6 hectares. The city is comprised of more stone than all of Egypt’s pyramids combined. But equally impressive are the details, both the physical […]Read More Zoom into Angkor Wat