Singapore, Singapore, Singapore. Why didn’t I hear about just how awesome you are much earlier in my life? I surely would’ve come to you sooner. Seriously!
It was day 1 of my 4-day adventure in the ‘Lion City’ when I left my hotel and walked a mere 5-minutes to Clarke Quay, a bustling leisure, dining, entertainment, and nightlife strip in the city.
After a quick stroll around Clarke Quay I discovered a booth advertising a scenic boat ride through Singapore River. The boat passed historical landmarks and statues, bridges, and went through Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) before landing in Marina Bay, a beautiful tourist-friendly waterfront promenade.
I had already planned to reach Marina Bay Sands Resort by subway but couldn’t resist hitching a scenic ferry passage down into the area. Best. Decision. Ever!
Within minutes I hopped on a boat with a few other tourists as a colorfully written, pre-recorded audio guide began spewing out facts about Singapore. All of us shared a good laugh at just how entertaining and vibrant the guide really was. Trust me, whoever wrote the script for the tour service definitely deserved an Oscar!
The first checkpoint we reached was Riverside Point, a shopping mall and dining center situated across from Clark Quay.
Next up we made a quick u-turn, passed by Clarke Quay, and got a remarkable vantage point all of its brightly colored buildings.
Afterwards we arrived at Boat Quay, another prominent dining and nightlife hub in Singapore. If visitors in the area weren’t strolling along the paths or munching on delicious food, they were surely kicking back on the steps next to river and enjoying the scenery.
Before long we passed a diverse mix of bronze statues depicting Singaporean life in the past. Perhaps the most popular statue was of a few children jumping into the river; an ode to a generation of kids that once used the river as their own personal pool.
Following the statues we came up on Fullerton Hotel, a grand 5-star luxury hotel that was designated as a national monument of Singapore.
A few minutes later we passed through the backend of Singapore’s CBD, which was a blossoming commercial and business center brimming with too many towering skyscrapers to count.
I didn’t consider Singapore’s CBD as a tourist attraction to explore, but as an avid fan of gazing out at spectacular skylines, a trip to the area was certainly something that I made sure to plan for my next visit.
After a grand total of about twenty minutes we finally arrived at Marina Bay’s Merlion Park, a popular landmark attraction consisting of an 8.6 meter tall statue of a mythical water spouting Merlion, or, half lion, half fish.
The best aspect of my cruise along Singapore River, though, was catching sight of the Marina Bay Sands Resort, a sprawling 194-meter hotel, casino, and shopping center equipped with a 3-column frame that’s topped off by a colossal surfboard-like structure connecting them.
After arriving at the Bayfront South dock, I couldn’t help but unleash my camera on the spectacular panoramic views that Marina Bay offered.
What’s more, when I was finished I stood on the dock for another ten minutes just to take in and admire the scenery. The cruise along the river was a truly awesome way to be introduced to Singapore.
C’mon, tell me these aren’t some of the best travel pictures you’ve ever seen!
The cruise down Singapore River was a truly awesome way to be introduced to Singapore!
Oh yeah, later in the day I also had the opportunity to hop on a night cruise back to Clarke Quay. Here are some more photos from my experience.
Safe and happy travels!
Find out more about taking a cruise along Singapore River at the Singapore River website
Directions to Singapore River Cruise: A cruise along Singapore River can be accessed from various docking points. Nevertheless, if you want the best experience, I suggest starting off at Clarke Quay and heading to Bayfront South. So, hop on a subway to Clarke Quay station.