A lot of people don’t know that it was the Singapore River that built the now prosperous city of Singapore. While tourists flock from all sides of the world to marvel at the city’s attractions and stay at its lavish hotels, local residents and a few others know that a greater adventure is to be found along the ancient river. In fact, the merlion– the icon Singapore is most recognized for– originally stood guard at the river’s banks.
One of the river’s must-see checkpoints is the Boat Quay. Here lies a most interesting mix of restaurants, bars and pubs. Working professionals and expatriates always find time to drop by and enjoy themselves here. Since the 1860’s, this quay has never lost its charm for attracting people. According to the Chinese, Boat Quay is especially lucky because the south bank is in the shape of a carp belly which is believed to store weath and prosperity. I suppose someone did their Feng Shui right. ~:>
Another part of the river offers alternative entertainment for those willing to experience another side of Singapore. Although Clarke Quay contains the usual array of dining options, this is also where flea markets and antique shops parade themselves for tourists and locals alike. A more adrenaline-inducing attraction here is the G-max Reverse Bungy. It is Singapore’s first extreme ride and involves a capsule being catapulted with bungy cords. It just might prove to be the most memorable five minutes of your life. ~:>
Robertson Quay provides a more relaxed atmosphere than the two other settlements. Hotels stand close to each other along the water and there are many alfresco dining outlets, wine bars, art galleries and cafes. The environment here is a far cry from Clarke’s quirky sense of style and Boat’s pedestrian mall.
This just proves that the Singapore River is just as diverse as the pool of people that reside along it. From the Chinese, the Malays, the Indians, the expatriates, the business class, the artist-types and everything in between, there is something for each and every one of them…