Sightseeing: The best way to see the sights of Singapore

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. 

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Pulau Ubin is the second largest of Singapore's offshore islands and makes an excellent day trip from Singapore. As you alight on the jetty it is almost as if you have stepped back in time to the days when Singapore was a rustic village, with...  Read More



The Imperial Cheng Ho is a modern Chinese junk boat running cruises around the southern coast of Singapore. The fleet is named after a renowned Chinese Admiral who commanded the Chinese imperial fleet between 1405 and 1433. The boats used for...  Read More

Mount Faber Cable Car


The Jewel Cable Car links Mount Faber to the Harbourfront Centre and Sentosa, and is one of the more pleasant ways to get an aerial view of Singapore.

Start your journey at the Harbourfront Centre, and from here travel up to Mount...  Read More



Singapore's beloved three-wheeled trishaws were introduced to Singapore in the 1940s, and were once a popular form of transport here. Today they are strictly the preserve of the sightseeing tourist, but remain one of the most pleasant ways to...  Read More



The Original Singapore Walks narrated guided tours of the city take you on the road less travelled with an expert guide. The walks combine solid historical research with insightful guiding, and will reveal some hidden secrets of the city, while...  Read More



Singapore city sightseeing tour operator City Tours run both the FunVee double decker open top bus and the Captain Explorer DUKW. The FunVee open top bus allows you unlimited hop-on-hop-off sightseeing, its three routes (City attractions, Ethnic...  Read More



For a nostalgic way to tour Singapore, climb aboard the Singapore Trolley, an authentic trolley bus designed and built in Singapore. Half air-conditioned and half open-air, the Singapore Trolley offers fully- narrated tours by onboard...  Read More



Duck & Hippo are a one-stop sightseeing company that provides a wealth of tour options for your Singapore sightseeing needs. Hop-on, hop-off topless buses allow you to visit all the city's major sights at your own pace, while the HiPPO River...  Read More



The wooden bumboats that cruise the Singapore River used to carry cargo into the city from the ships anchored in the harbour. Today it is tourists who are transported up the river, taking in the surrounding sights and architectural variety....  Read More



The Singapore Flyer is currently the world's largest observation wheel, at 165m tall � the height of a 42 storey building, or 31 male giraffes stacked on top of one another! Needless to say, the Singapore Flyer boasts some of the best...  Read More


Meet Marianne Rogerson

Marianne is a freelance travel writer, who has lived in Singapore for six years. She is the author of a travel guidebook to Singapore and has written about Singapore for a range of...  More About Marianne