I've seen it cruising up and down stream, time and time again but it didn't occur to me that this typically tourist attraction is actually quite relaxing especially after sunset.

After dinner at one of the more popular restaurants situated along the Singapore River, at Clarke Quay, I decided to stroll down to the Singapore River Cruise booth together with five other young ladies who were also eager to hop onto the traditional Chinese bumboat. These boats played a vital role in developing the island into one of the world's busiest port. Beginning with just 4 bumboats to commute locals and tourist, the service now caters to a larger crowd with over 24 boats.

There are several pick-up and drop-off points for the River Taxi. To name a few; Esplanade, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. Pay between S$3 to S$12 and enjoy a scenic ride along the river that holds so much history and memories.

I found myself a comfortable corner to sit back and absorb the cool breeze, dazzling lights and sounds coming from little restaurants and pubs established along river. I can understand why tourists enjoy this short cruise that usually last between 15 to 40 minutes, depending on the pick-up and drop-off location.

After cruising for about 20 minutes after boarding from the Clarke Quay terminal, we decided to alight at the Boat Quay terminal. Though situated along the same river stretch, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay are two uniquely different dining and clubbing areas that is equally filled with activities and services that tourist very much enjoy.

I took pleasure in the smooth ride under old and new bridges. I made several observations that convinced me that this wasn't the last time I'd be hopping on one of these boats: Brightly light sky-scrappers that tower over the river, historical monuments regally positioned, adding grandeur and age-old charm to the area and of course, the beautiful evening sky sprinkled with stars.

Perhaps the most ideal way to finish an evening at the Singapore River.

There are several ticketing booths:

Merlion Park, The Fullerton, Boat Quay, Riverside Point, Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Robertson Quay, Liang Court, Raffles Landing Site & Esplanade.

Call +65 6336 6111/+65 6336 6119

Written by:
Micheline Doray