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Enjoying Singapore: Singapore by Night Boat PDF Print E-mail
Singapore by Night Boat
(used by kind permission of ZingAsia)
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All Aboard!

Fancy a look at Singapore in an entirely different light? Here's an idea : absorb the sights by night on a relaxed, unhurried authentic boat ride down the Singapore River. And as you put your feet up on this heavily romantic journey, the legacy of Singapore�s historical past will unfold before you.

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Boatsman at Clarke Quay
This simple yet entertaining river ride is situated at both Clarke Quay and Raffles Place (Boat Quay), popular watering holes for tourists and the working man alike. The ride is the perfect activity before or after a hearty meal at any one of the restaurants that line the stretch of both quays. Set on a diesel-splattering wooden vessel (otherwise known as a bum boat), it offers a novel way of seeing the island from an entirely different angle.

At night the sights prove to be especially sensational. The lights from cars whizzing past on the overhead bridge makes the water sparkle and dance, rendering the illusion of gliding through the night sky. To top it off, the reflection of the riverside's colurful nightlife on the water turns it into a bed of rich golden syrup. Throughout the entire journey the scenes that surround you are nothing less than postcard perfect.



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Mr. Ong Kok - The Oldest Boatsman in Town
The boatsmen are usually older boys, equipped with hefty experience. Polite and relaxed they eagerly help you on and off the boat. Our boatsman, 65-year-old Mr Ong Kok claims to be Singapore�s longest serving boatsman with 45 years experience.

As you chug along in wide-eyed wonder, they flick on a tape recorder with a voiceover offering a running commentary to accompany your historical journey. Timed to perfection and just loud enough to be heard, the mysterious voice reveals the history behind Singapore�s waterway and how it has progressed throughout the years.

The bum boats were the traditional workhorses of the river. Before the days of containerised shipping, these hardy vessels with eyes painted on the bows to symbolise good luck, piled cargo back and forth between ships moored in the busy port and many warehouses along the riverbanks. The cruise passes old shophouses, that stand as silent remainders of the past, then suddenly the towering business hub looms above to offer a striking contrast between the past and the present.

Some of the sights you'll see include government buildings hinting at Singapore�s cultural heritage, modern city structures that thrust boldly skywards, Clifford Pier, Marina Bay and the Merlion Park. At the guarding of the river mouth take in the majestic water-spouting Merlion - the half-lion-half-fish creature that symbolises Singapore�s tourism history and acts as the protector of sea vessels.

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Go and book your ticket
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Hop On!

Boat operator Mr David Lee says that the statue will be moving soon to an unknown but nearby destination. It is believed that in its present position the Merlion cannot watch over seafarers as it is blocked by a bridge.

This is certainly an intriguing way to see Singapore. If you're not wowed by the sights, at least you'll learn a little more about the Lion City and its history without having to read a book.

Ticketing and Departing Points include: Clarke Quay Jetty Clarke Quay Festive Market (Beside Hotel New Otani) Raffles Place Jetty (fronting UOB Plaza & Raffles Place MRT Station - Standard Chartered Bank Exit).

Price:
$10.00 Adult
$5 Child (under 12 years old)
Hours:
8am to 11pm daily at regular intervals (subject to tidal & weather conditions)

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