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Singapore river cruise by night

Updated on March 27, 2016
ArtScience Museum integrated to Marina Sands hotel. View from our night cruise boat
ArtScience Museum integrated to Marina Sands hotel. View from our night cruise boat

Story of Singapore

The story of Singapore starts right at the heart of the country - the Singapore River. It was here, years ago Sir Stamford Raffles first arrived and founded modern Singapore. Singapore evolved from a sleepy fishing village in the year early1900s to become one of the economic leaders of Asia today.The little island underwent Japanese occupation and communist insurrection beside British colonial rule for 140 years.

British statesman, Lieutenant-Governor of British Java, best known for his founding of Singapore.
British statesman, Lieutenant-Governor of British Java, best known for his founding of Singapore.

Colonial Architecture

World famous Raffles hotel named after the founder of Singapore is situated in the heart of the city close to St. Andrew Cathedral. It is officially opened in 1887 and the classic colonial look of this architecture is well preserved until today. It is considered highly prestigious for the affluent to have stayed or performed at Raffles.

Night life in Singapore has gone high over the years especially 2015 being their 50th birth day celebration year. From the cozy intimate bars in Marina Bay Sands Hotel to the loud thumbing night clubs in Clarke Quay to breath taking Bungy jumping adventurous sports to eye filling multi colored laser shows of Marina gardens by the bay. You name anything Singapore has them all.

Singapore has a cultural mix of Chinese predominantly, Indian and Malay ethnic groups. Tourism is one of the primary incomes of Singapore and in my opinion, they do that extremely well.

Old Supreme Court, an example of scrupulously built colonial architecture
Old Supreme Court, an example of scrupulously built colonial architecture

Few of the monumental buildings that we saw were the Old Supreme Court, City Hall, National museum, Old parliament house, Fullerton hotel, Andrew cathedral etc. These remnants of Singapore's colonial development and the history stand by the banks of Singapore River.

Fullerton hotel, view from our night cruise boat
Fullerton hotel, view from our night cruise boat

Marina bay Sands hotel

Nearly a kilometer long winding board walk with wooden galleries in front of the hotel is created by the hotel for sitting and enjoying the beauty of Marina bay by night. It is very pleasant to sit here for any amount of time alone or with your partner until late in the night. There is a free water show that can be enjoyed by sitting at this place is known as wonderful water fountain show. Show timing is from 8 pm to 9.30 pm.

Marina bay Sands Hotel. Notice the winding artificially created board walk.
Marina bay Sands Hotel. Notice the winding artificially created board walk.
ArtScience Museum integral to Marina bay Sands hotel.
ArtScience Museum integral to Marina bay Sands hotel.

ArtScience museum is situated almost at the middle section of the deck and if you walk further till the end on the board walk you come across the Helix bridge. The booking office for night cruise and the boat jetty is here near the entrance to Helix bridge.

Boat cruise booking at the Marina bay.

If you want to take a night cruise in Singapore River, Come by MRT (Metro Rail), by bus or by taxi and enter Marina bay Sands hotel. See around and come out to the bay side of the hotel, sit at the boardwalk and enjoy watching the marina bay and the financial hub across the bay. Take a long walk through the curved deck towards the ArtScience museum after seeing it and taking pictures walk further until you reach the entrance of Helix bridge. Here you can book the boat trip for the boat cruise. Last boat departs at 10:15 pm and it starts daily from 9 am. Rate for adult is S$25 and Child S$15

Singapore super tree LED lit up show and sky walk on the bridge attaching all the trees
Singapore super tree LED lit up show and sky walk on the bridge attaching all the trees

What you can do after booking a late night river cruise

While you wait for the boat you can do three things, First take a walk on the beautifully lit up Helix bridge. There are viewing galleries on this spiral bridge, you can enjoy seeing the floating platform and the beauty of Singapore River by standing on the viewing gallery. Second is going to the top of the Marina Sands hotel by making a payment at the hotel lobby. You will enjoy spectacular panoramic beauty of Singapore by standing at the viewing gallery on the top of the hotel. Third is going behind the hotel to the Garden by the bay to enjoy a sky walk on the super tree or lighting extravaganza of the super tree. Choose the time for boat ride in a manner that you get enough time to do all the above. I would suggest the last boat trip

View of Marina bay from the top of Marina bay Sands hotel
View of Marina bay from the top of Marina bay Sands hotel

With my friend in company had an opportunity to take the last cruise of the day at almost quarter past ten in the night. Oh, I remember it was a partially moon lit night absolutely quite on the still waters of Singapore River. All the boats have completed the days task and gone, ours where the only boat moving slowly in the bay.

Helix bridge Connecting Marina Bay Sands hotel and the floating platform across Singapore River
Helix bridge Connecting Marina Bay Sands hotel and the floating platform across Singapore River

We started our journey from the newly built Helix bridge near Marina bay Sands hotel getting soaked in the picturesque Singapore city skyline by night. The journey gave me ample opportunity to take some night photographs of the Singapore bay.

Singapore Flyer shot from Singapore River Boat cruise
Singapore Flyer shot from Singapore River Boat cruise

Esplanade - Theaters on the bay

As your boat slowly pass through the glittering still waters the blue neon lit bridges over you and the sky scrapers on the banks of the River puts out a stunning sight. Esplanade is the water front at the mouth of Singapore River.

Esplanede
Esplanede

This open area used to be the largest eating place, people in large numbers used to assemble here for bay walking. Now it occupies the largest performing theater here and eating place is moved to Clarke Quay. INA (Indian National Army) was formed in Singapore by Nethaji Subhash Chandra Bose with the help of Japanese occupying Force during 1943 to free India from British rule, the INA monument here attracted me among other memorials found at esplanade park.

Clarke boat jetty.  The boat we took from Helix bridge/ Marina Sands hotel was changed here at Clarke giving us enough time to spend in and around Clarke Quay.
Clarke boat jetty. The boat we took from Helix bridge/ Marina Sands hotel was changed here at Clarke giving us enough time to spend in and around Clarke Quay.

Clarke Quay

All the boats plying through Singapore River arrives here, it is indeed a big boat jetty. People arrives for eating, drinking and all kinds of merry making. You can notice the ambiance of the place in the pictures that I have given.

Clarke table top lighting. This low angle shot was made from the boat which was at a lower point from the hotel tables
Clarke table top lighting. This low angle shot was made from the boat which was at a lower point from the hotel tables

Singing, crowding, dancing, performing magic and eating at the table all kinds of fun and frolic taking place here. It is not a place for quietness if you want to have peace of mind do not come here. it is a place for fun and frenzy. Lots of pubs and night clubs around but no crime no obscene going around here. You can certainly enjoy with family here in Clarke

Clarke River Side Point
Clarke River Side Point

You have visited Singapore and not come to Clarke means you have done nothing in Singapore other than seeing some building, fish and flowers. Clarke Quay is the place to visit in the night. Most people who come to Singapore for shear enjoyment stay in hotels around Clarke. Hotels are expensive around here in CQ for staying but the fun is shared equally by all.

Clarke River side point
Clarke River side point

Merlion

Merlion is the iconic landmark of Singapore, many tourists visit at this attraction situated close to the financial hub of Singapore. There are two Merlions, this is the baby Merlion and the papa Merlion is located at the Santosa island the happening place of Singapore.

Merlion - The Singapore Icon
Merlion - The Singapore Icon

Marine Bay Financial Center (MBFC)

Singapore financial center is the top financial hub in whole of Southeast Asia according to latest economic survey reports. It is located at the Marina bay opposite to Marina Bay Sands hotel. It contains office buildings, living accommodations and shopping malls. The center is beautiful at night with all the lights passing out through the little openings of the towers

Singapore Financial Center
Singapore Financial Center

What do I suggest !!!

Reach here latest by 5 in the evening using any easiest means of conveyance. I would say MRT (Metro rail) is the right choice, Marina bay MRT station is located inside the Marina Bay Sands hotel itself. To have all the fun you will need 6 hours. Eat here and return by 11 in the night, there are all kinds of foods available at the lower level of Marina Bay Sands hotel shopping mall. Do not go home with out seeing Marina by night. Have a nice time

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      Sangeetha 19 months ago

      We never have been to Singapore. Thanks for writing such an informative hub about the beautiful spots in the world. After reading this and seeing those beautiful pictures we wish we should visit Singapore. Thanks again for sharing your experience. Great job.

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      George philip 19 months ago from India

      Oh thank you Sangeetha for such inspiring comment. Upon reading it I remain committed to write hubs more frequently.

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