The Singapore River Cruise is one of the things most tourists enjoy doing that is truly unforgettable. The cruise however, is nothing without the bumboats, which are used for carrying passengers on their tour along the riverbanks.
A cruise on a bum boat along Singapore River takes about 30 minutes.
The bumboats were once used as a means of transporting goods and cargo back in the early days of Singapore history. Originating from the 1600s in Europe, these boats are very different from the earlier versions which had sails, were powered by oars or guided by long poles to move them up and down the rivers.
As run-down as they may sound, don't look down on these bumboats. They were vital in driving trade activities on the Singapore River for over a hundred and fifty years as they carried cargo from one destination to the next.
Years have passed and Singapore is preserving the good old days. Now, the bumboats are used for bringing passengers on the river cruise to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the waterfront.
Taking a leisurely ride on the river cruise will take you past the landmarks of the Rafffles' Landing Site, Asian Civilisations Museum, row of old shophouses along Boat Quay, Fullerton Hotel, Esplanade Singapore, The Merlion Park, Singapore Flyer and the latest attraction Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort.
Bumboat with Asian Civilisations Museum in the background
Cruise tickets can be purchased in the above kiosk located along Boat Quay
Be part of this journey on the River Cruise, where you are given the option of either a day or night round the waters of the Singapore River.
A day ride lets you soak up the sun and feel the breeze blowing through your hair as you sit on board the bumboat with ongoing live commentaries for an even more enhancing experience!
A night ride on the River Cruise is similar to that of the day ride, minus the discomfort of the sunny heat. In place of the bright sunlight, a dark blue sky shadows your journey down the riverbanks, giving you opportunities for some stargazing at the same time. Whether you decide on taking a day or night ride on the Singapore River Cruise, one thing's for sure - you'll be embarking on an experience like never before.
But for those of you are still contemplating on which one you should take, I'd strongly suggest for a night cruise. Without the worries of the scorching hot weather or the glaring sun, a night ride along the Singapore River is actually relaxing, romantic, and mesmerizing - taking you away from the hustle and bustle of city life, while you're still in the city! How awesome is that?
9am to 11pm daily (last boat at 10.30pm), regular departures at approximately 15-min interval. For any enquiry, please call (65) 63366111.
The Singapore River Experience is 'the tale of 2 quays', covering Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay - known for the view of the bay, and within distance of Singapore's central shopping district.
Adult ticket: S$25, Child ticket: S$15 (12 years and below), duration 40 min.
You may embark at the following jetties:
Click on the Singapore River Cruise Map which shows a visual map of all the above jetties. You may purchase tickets from these jetties except for the following jetties: River Valley, Clemenceau, South Bridge and Marina Barrage.
Don't let anything, not even the weather stop you from maximizing this ultimately breath-taking experience on the Singapore River Cruise!
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