Boat Quay, Singapore

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    Boat Quay

    by aussirose Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    Oh no!!  Janine, Don
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    Then we travelled underneath the pass and walked slowely along the Boat Quay. This is a lovely walk, checking out the beautiful artwork statues along the way and lovely river with cute bumboats in.

    Hey......something's not quite right in this pic?

    ......Oh and those other pix......gee kids can be embarrasing at times.....lol

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    A Place to come to together...

    by cokes Updated Aug 5, 2006

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    If you heading off to Clark Quay you might as well stop at Boat Quay as there to is whole lot of pubs and restaurants there to. You can also catch a boat ride here. I guess its a place whereby people come together to eat and drink and just enjoy the outdoors by the river. Around Bout Quay you have these beautiful tall buildings , the Parliment house and the Asian Civilisation Meseum.

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    by biggeorge Updated Apr 17, 2004

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    Great place to spend the evening , full of resteraunts and bars ,including the mighty and now sadly closed Kilimanjaros, you can watch the junks and barges mill about surrounded by skyscrapers or drink Guinness with the Chinese in the Penny Black English Bar , it's expensive and full of euro-trash and expats but spectacular enough that it doesn't matter.

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    DAO's SECRET SINGAPORE !!!!

    by DAO Updated Jul 31, 2011

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    THE BEST VIEW OF SINGAPORE
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    HELLO!

    Let me let you in on a secret. The best views of Singapore can be seen for free unless you really want to hire a helicopter. There used to be an observation area in the Boat Quay on top of one of the tall bank buildings. It has been closed since September 2001 for security reasons. My secret observation area offers better views and is FREE! It is the Equinox Restaurant inside the Swissôtel The Stamford (there are 2 Swissôtel’s in Singapore). The hotel is Southeast Asia's tallest hotel and you can see panoramic views of Singapore, Indonesia and parts of Malaysia! It’s on level 69 just to make it sound even more impressive.

    Here’s how I did it. Jo into the lobby of the hotel and go to the far left and you end up in a bar/lounge. Now go to the far right and at the end turn right. You should be looking at a small lobby with an elevator. Go inside and push the button for the top. You’re in! I went at about 10am in the morning before it opened. When you come out of the elevator you are looking at a series of huge windows and the best view of Singapore! The staff said they were not open, but there are no doors to close so they let us take pictures after we asked nicely. Even if they had said no I would still have been able to do it. Or come back when they opened. There is no security or charges. You do not have to eat or drink here to see it.

    Please do 2 things before you go to Singapore:

    1) Add this to your Virtual Tourist ‘Custom Travel Guide’
    2) Rate this tip because I let you in on the secret!

    THANK YOU!

    DAO

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    Boat Quay

    by diageva Updated Mar 29, 2004

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    Boat Quay

    A very place for go during the afternoon is Boat Quay, where you will have a very beautifull view of the city and where you can drink or eat something.
    Beautifull place but I didn't liked what I aet much. Better ... much better go to the perpendicular street where you will can eat stay ... stay wonderful stay.
    In 1800s, this used to be a busy trading area where coolies slogged and merchants bartered.

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    Live rythm n'blues at Harry's riverside pub

    by Leodapoz Written May 3, 2007

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    Harry's Bar in Boat Quay is the place to go for some excellent rythym n' blues. Get there early as seating is limited indoors but you won't be disappointed by the performers. Everything from Marvin Gaye to Aretha Franklin and a little bit'o Motown will have you rocking in your seat. You can also enjoy a good criket or soccer match as well on the Plasma screens spread around and behind the bar. Drink prices are reasonable and although the food is limited to bar food it was tasty and well prepared.

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    View from the Swissôtel Stamford

    by phil_uk_net Written Oct 15, 2003

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    View from the Swiss��tel Stamford

    For the best aerial view of Singapore go up to the 70th floor in the Swissôtel. There is a bar and restaurant and the best vantage point in the city.
    A good time to go is around 6:30 in the evening so that you can see Singapore in daylight at first and then watch it light up as the sun sets. The view is quite spectacular.

    The picture below is of Boat Quay. Sorry about the poor quality but I wasn't geared up to take proper photographs from up there. If you go, take a polarising filter to cut down the reflections when shooting through glass. Also take a tripod for long exposure shots after the sun sets.

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    BOAT QUAY

    by Umea6 Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    Boat Quay is a part of Singapore where you can indulge in romantic dinig by the river side. It is located in the Business district of Singapore. It is hard to believe that this picturesque place used to be dirty and the water black only 40 years ago.

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    by Kriesta Written Jun 27, 2006

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    Every tourist have to visit Boat Quay...It is situated in the central of CBD - Central Business District with a view of the Singapore River. U can find a whole stretch of restaurants along the river such as Sundanese restaurant, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and lots more. As you know, Singapore are known for the food and also for shopping. Restaurant and pubs are closed during the afternoon, but at night, they are busy with patrons. Around Boat Quay, you can find The Parliament House, Asian Civilization Museum and also the well-known Fullerton Hotel. You can just walked by the river to feel the air of Singapore. A boat trip on the river are available with a price of SGD$9. The boat ride ended to the end of the river where u can see the famous statue of Merlion - Head of a lion with body of a fish.

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  • Dinner and a Harbour tour - don't miss it.

    by fellman01 Written Aug 28, 2003

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    Eating by the Singapore River at night is one of the pleasures that the visitor to Singapore must not deprive themselves of. There are many restaurants, all a bit pricy, but well worth it. Combine dinner with a night tour on the harbour on a bum boat and your evening is complete

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    Boat Quay

    by bryINpoland Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    Nadine with Boat Quay behind her
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    One of the 3 famous Quays along the Singapore River, Boat Quay holds its own against the others.

    Reconized by the Chinese as an area of prosperity and wealth due to the fact that the shape of the river at it's location was similiar to that of a belly of a carp (In Chinese belief symbolizes prosperity and wealth) The area was soon built up, and by the 1860s, accounted for 75% of Singapore's shipping business.

    Times change and after the opening of the shipping port Pasir Panjang, the Boat Quay took on a whole new life. Now it accounts for one of the busiest spots for a night out on the town. The old shophouses have since been converted into waterfront restaurants, pubs and clubs.

    *Interesting fact: Looking at the row of shophouses along the south bank of the river. You will notice that they all stand at different hieghts. The wealthier a business was, the higher the owner built his or her shop.

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    Boat Quay

    by limledi Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    Boat Quay is popular with expatriates, this riverfront area has alfresco restaurants, bars and pubs. The shophouses vary in height. This was a sign of wealth - the higher the shophouse, the wealthier the owner. It is located at the heart of the business district. Across the river is Empress Place where Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore. You can find the The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and waterfront dining here.

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    Boat Quay

    by tim07 Updated Feb 15, 2009

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    Boat Quay

    On the Singapore River with its conserved shophouses, Boat Quay is the place to visit for entertainment & dining.

    The area was busy both day & night, with its restaurants & bars. It was a great place to sit & relax after a days sightseeing.

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    Boat Quay

    by icyjo24 Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Boat Quay & Singapore River @ Nite

    This is one of the places to hangout if you feel that the night is still young. There are many pubs and restaurants here. My personal favourite is Harry's where there are live jazz performances on friday nights.

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    Boat Quay

    by martin_nl Written Oct 17, 2006

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    A modern piece of architecture
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    All along boat quay you can see many statues. Some are very modern, others a bit more traditional. You can see the bumboats pass by while either walking along the quay's yourself, of by having a drink at one of the many bars. It's great to walk around this bit of Singapore, cross the bridges along the way and enjoy the spectacular views of Singapore Skyline.

    One of the statues represents a couple of kids jumping into the river. Many children died here, however. The Singapore river is not very deep, although it does seems like it is.

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