Singapore Experience Awards 2012: Heritage & Stories Rediscovered

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Into its fourth edition, the Singapore Experience Awards honours outstanding individuals and organisations from Singapore's dynamic tourism sector, delivering the best holistic customer experience. In the 'Best Travel Experience' Award, unravel the many layers and stories that make this nation unique and fall in love with it many times over

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First published on 9 Jan 2013. Updated on 31 Jan 2013.

It is said there's no better doctor than one's right and left leg. So put on those walking shoes and let your feet take you back in time with these unique walking tours that bring the unwritten stories of Singapore and its heritage to life. Hosted by qualified and quirky tour guides, these walking tours reveal the many layers that make up Singapore and go beyond a superficial stereotype of the island nation.

Dhobis, Saris and a Spot of Curry™

RECIPIENT: BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Journeys Pte Ltd (The Original Singapore Walks)
Hear the cries of the bhai susu (milk men) as they rang their bells and called 'Milk, fresh milk!', competing with the cries from the abbattoirs just beside. It once was said that there are three ways to India from Singapore: by ship, by plane, and by a short walk through Little India. This popular tour recently won the Best Travel Experience award. Open your eyes to witness a sagely old bird, gifted to foretell, don a garland, excite your senses with some spice, and find yourself mesmerized and lost in the beauty of mystical India, conveniently encapsulated in this historical entrepot trade-hub that is Singapore.

The Time of Empire™

FINALIST: BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Journeys Pte Ltd (The Original Singapore Walks)
Recognising Singapore's excellent port and strategic location in the early 19th Century, Sir Stamford Raffles wasted no time in declaring its status as Great Britian's. Ever since, Singapore's colonial history has shaped every facet of this nation. This walking tour, a Best Travel Experience finalist, takes a step back into the haydays of Singapore's past where it stood an unparalleled trading outpost of the British Empire, gets you acquianted with the influential Sarkies brothers and shares the birth of the national newspaper – The Straits Times. Get to know the minority groups such as the French Missionaries and Armenians and the exciting role they played in developing Singapore. And of course, discover the story behind the famous 'Singapore Sling'. If you are lucky, you might even be able to take home its secret recipe!

For the complete list of finalists and recipients, visit www.SingaporeExperience.com.

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