Singapore River Cruise

Thursday, 6 December 2012
This morning the weather was absolutely gorgeous so after a nice breakfast we decided to go for a river tour of the city.

The "bumboats" are charming despite the unfortunate name (ha!) and some of the best views of the skyline can be caught from the water.

Our hotel, The Fullerton is on the water and we could buy a ticket and hop on almost just outside of the front door. There was just one other couple on the boat so we felt like we were on a private tour. The boat has an audio guide so we learned about landmarks along the way.

The ride provides a nice opportunity to check out the quays along the way. Our favorite is the Boat Quay but the below photo is of Clarke Quay. This is where goods used to be unloaded after coming into the port and up river. Now the warehouses are home to fun restaurants and bars.

Another interesting part of the tour included the Merlion Park. This is where tourists snap photos of the Merlion. It's a figure that is part lion, part fish. The significance centers on the city's history. 

The fish part of the fountain represents Singapore's beginnings as a fishing village. The lion part represents the "lion" for which Singapore was named after. Singapura means Lion City.

The ride lasts about 40 minutes and we got a little sun while putting along. It was very enjoyable.

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