River Taxis, Singapore
A great way to see Singapore is to take one of the many traditional 'bum boats' that chug up and down the Singapore River. These boats were once the workhorses of the river, and in the days before modern container shipping, goods were transported to the warehouses up river from the great ships in the main port. Most of the bum boats are painted with traditonal patterns, including eyes at the front which are meant to bring good luck.
A 45 minute trip is likely to cost around $12-15 (Singapore dollars) and you get a tape recorded comentary explaining the many sights to you as you go by. You will see the rivers many distinctive bridges, and see the contrast of the towering modern skyscrapers alongside grand colonial buildings and more humble waterfront shops and bars at colourful Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.
Tickets can be bought at several points along the river - I took a boat from Raffles landing site - and as they leave pretty frequently you won't have to wait long.
The Cheng Ho is a recreated Imperial Chinese ship. It's quite pretty. They have a few daily tours/outings. Breakfast, tea and dinner. They have tours around the Singapore harbor and to nearby islands-such as Kusu island. You will pass a few other islands. A nice experience.
It's one of things that you must to do in Singapore. The boat leads you to see the beautiful metropolis.
Each boat has 8 people seats. The Chinese traditional boats use diesel and are going to be replaced by glass modern boats.
To and back takes around 30 mins and it will stop at Merlion. It's a good timing for pictures taking!
if you want a more personalized cruise of the singapore river with few person instead of a lot, then try the Singapore River Taxis. One way river transport that brings you from one point to another point along Singapore River. The stops are Merlion/Fullerton, Boat Quay, Liang Court, Roberston Quay and prices for a one way transport is $ 4 , $ 8 and $ 12 depending on the distance. the maximum amount of persons is 10.
Address is: High Street Centre
1 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179094
the taxi stations are in: Boat Quay and Liang Court and Merlion and lastly at Robertson Quay.
1. Merlion Park
2. The Fullerton Singapore
3. Boat Quay
4. Riverside Point
5. Grand Copthorne Waterfront
8. Raffles Landing Site