There are plenty of fun ways to see the sights of Singapore. The Singapore Flyer, the world’s highest observation wheel is undoubtedly the most spectacular way to see Singapore from above. However, many of Singapore’s most spectacular views can also be seen from the Singapore River which flows from Marina Bay up through the heart of the Colonial District through Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. Several tour companies offer boat trips up the river.
Singapore River Cruises add a touch of nostalgia to their tour by utilizing the original bumboats that once transferred cargo in from the harbor. Hippo River Cruises may lack the historical boats, but live on-board commentary helps bring the journey to life. Both DUCKTours and City Tours’ amphibious DUKW add a fun twist to their tours with their World War II vessels, which will be appreciated by younger sightseers.
If you fancy venturing farther afield, then choose to head out to sea aboard the Imperial Cheng Ho allows you to see Singapore from afar and visit its Southern Islands, or board a boat to Pulau Ubin to see how Singapore looked before the skyscrapers appeared.
Back on dry land, both City Tours and Duck & Hippo offer hop-on-hop-off open top bus tours of the city, allowing you to explore at your own pace, while the Singapore Trolley adds a nostalgic twist to a similar concept. Singapore Trolley also run a unique night tour which takes you further of the beaten path. For something uniquely Singaporean, take a three-wheeled tour of Little India with Trishaw Uncle, while Original Singapore Walks run several themed walks around various parts of the city.