Singapore River Cruise

Singapore River Cruise


Posted 2022-02-03 by Irenke Forsythfollow
After several days walking around Singapore in the heat, I decided it was time for something more relaxing and so I booked myself on an evening bumboat cruise along the Singapore River.

The traditional bumboat is a small boat that is used to ferry supplies to ships moored away from the shore but today in Singapore it is used as both a water taxi and a tourist boat for short tours.

Departing from the historic and colourful bustling Clarke Quay, the wooden boat took us on a journey upstream past the other popular riverside nightlife spot of Boat Quay and on to Fullerton and Marina Bay before returning back to the jetty at Clarke Quay.

Many interesting buildings were seen along the way as we passed under a number of bridges. Well-known landmarks, such as the huge Singapore Flyer observation wheel, the lion-headed fish Merlion, the intriguing Marina Bays Sands Hotel, the giant lotus flower building of the ArtScience Museum and the Fullerton Hotel, were also seen on this leisurely 40-minute cruise.

Commentary in English is provided on board and will have you learning about the rich past of the Raffles Landing Site, the Merlion, the Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, and more. An interesting fact learnt was that of the Marina Bay area being totally underwater and how it came to be now by adding stones and sandbags to the water to reclaim land and push the sea out further.

The cruise is a great way to see some of the sights if you have limited time and I chose the 7pm timeslot, which gave me the benefit of seeing the river in both daylight and darkness. The partially open boat was a smooth ride, allowing for plenty of photo-taking.

Opening hours for this cruise are Mon-Thurs 1pm-10pm and Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. You can book online or take your chance by rocking up to the ticket booth (labelled in large letters) at Clarke Quay Jetty, next to Hooters restaurant.

With history and modernity in one classic experience, at a cost of $25 per adult and $15 per child, the iconic bumboat is an icon on the Singapore River that one shouldn't miss.

In normal circumstances, cruises in the evening would also take in the nightly light and water show at Marina Bay but it is currently suspended until further notice due to Covid. It would have been nice to see the spectacular show, however, it was still a wonderful evening for me that was made prettier as the buildings and bridges lit up in the night sky.

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