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The Singapore River has great historical importance as the city initially grew around its trade and subsequent commerce development. Up to now, the area remains an economically important piece of land in Singapore.
Highlights along the Singapore River include the CBD, pub area Boat Quay and Clarke Quay and landmarks such as the esplanade and Merlion Park. It is most commonly visited at night where tourists hop onto bumboats to enjoy a leisure cruise on the river. Prices start at $3 for a simple ride and $15-$25 for 40-60 min tours.
Once the boat had arrived, there were only one couple and a few men who run the boat. We had the rest of the boat to ourselves. We drove pass the bars along Clarke Quay and pass Liang Court. Then we saw the bright city lights among the dark skies which was the heart of Singapore River. In total the ride was about 20 mins. We alighted at the Merlion Park, nearby the famous Merlion. I definitely will bring my family on the boat trip!
There are still many fun parts, though. I would watch the various types of boats cross the waterway, and stare right across the river. This is just a magical place to relax.
There are also quite a few high end restaurants around here, although I just walk past them, because I cannot afford them. There is also a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf here, which is an excellent place to relax. The boat tours they offer here are actually quite expensive, so I would not try them.
It is a different world. Is it a better world? In terms of the cleanliness of the river, certainly. Like the rest of the world, it is a modern area. Thankfully, enough of the old buildings remain, revitalised, reused, refurbished. Instead of coolies and bumboats and trade, you have coolers and fat tourists and trade of a different kind. The port has long since gone and is still going! One day all that filthy commerce will end up on Jurong Island.
Does its resurgence and rebirth mean it is less interesting? Far from it. A walk up the Singapore River from the Fullerton to the Copthorne is a true urban delight. Of course, it has been developed for tourists, and the planners have done an incredible job.
Warehouses are no micro breweries. Bumboats are now tour boats. Old homes are now swank bars and restaurants. Where harsh river banks once tried to cope with the lugging of large loads and the stacking of shipments from all over the world, balustrades, cobblestones, trees and flowers line the river creating a delightful modern environment with enough of the past to suggest Amsterdam in one corner, Paris in another, and importantly, Singapore throughout.
Definitely, a walk up the banks of the Singapore River is a pleasure indeed.
Come about ten years later, many things had changed. Even Robertson Quay has hotels. Clarke Quay had been revamped. At the end of river, you can see a "surf board from outer space".
I missed the duck race where cute toy ducklings were thrown into the river and allowed to flow downriver. The first duckling to cross the finish line will win the owner a big prize.
Looking out to all sorts of activities that people are doing. Be it enjoying a sumptuous meal, drinking their life away or partying till there is no tomorrow. The bumboat could be replaced by duck tour now but you are still able to enjoy the scenery and lightings that is simple breath taking. So what if you are singaporean, certain things are still worth a try.
I used to go to Singapore River just to sit down at the steps and have heart to heart conversations with my friends, because there's just something about seeing ripples in the typically peaceful river that gives us a sense of calm.
Although the Singapore River looks a little murky in the day, with bottles and bottle caps adrift in the river. That said, it was probably much worse in the past, and when compared to rivers in other countries, locals tend to realize that our river isn't so bad after all.
Visit the Singapore River at the night! That's when you won't be able to spot any rubbish in the water, and the brightly lit buildings at the opposite ends definitely serve as an amazing backdrop. Be warned though, try not to stay out too late, as there are often people who's had too much to drink lurking around the area as well, and ladies may feel a little uncomfortable with that.
With the Marina Barrage in operation, the river now experiences no tides and the water is slowly turning into fresh water. Personally, if someone had actually tasted the water, perhaps you could leave a comment behind to confirm the taste?
But after travelling and seeing a few rivers in other countries, I think we should really appreciate the Singapore River more. Some rivers in cities like Melbourne are even more murky, smellier, and filled with litter.
Instead the Singapore River is kept relatively free of litter. There are numerous tours you can take to cruise on it and around Singapore as well. Not to mention, the hottest nightlife spots are located around it.
I visit it frequently now as my daughter loves standing beside it and watching the boats and people sail by.
There are many food chains lined along the river for people to eat and relax. I cannot understand how anyone can enjoy a nice meal with such an eyesore.
Call me pessimistic but the Singapore river is not a choice location for me to relax.
Also, the Singapore River seems to be calm all the time. I know the government has taken measures to slow down it's speed, which I felt it worked too well. Also, with many buildings by the side, it's as though the river is man-made.
To me, the Singapore River really is just an elongated water body, rather than an actual river.