• From the bay to the river, see the cityscape from a flat-bottomed bumboat
• Grab a Moscow Mule in a glass-ball pavilion that hovers right on the bay
• Sip specialty blood-orange and guava margaritas at a Mexican street food favorite
The ride on a flat-bottomed bumboat from Marina Bay up the Singapore River takes about 30 minutes and is a relaxing way to see Singapore’s cityscape. Instead of taking the $24 SGD River Cruise, grab a River Taxi instead. Pay your fare with an EzLink card (buy one at any MRT station) and it’s a bargain at just $4. True, the River Cruise boats are gaily painted wooden affairs and play a narrated video onboard, but you won’t miss anything by hopping on the River Taxi: that video is propaganda-laced and hard to hear, and the boats ply an identical route. Instead, you’ll glide past the spouting Merlion fountain, the colonnaded splendor of the Fullerton Hotel (formerly the main post office), and the statue of city founder Sir Stamford Raffles in peace. Further upstream, you’ll chug past the restaurants, shopping malls, office towers, and restored warehouses that crowd the waterfront. Feeling thirsty before boarding? Duck into Catalunya, a glass soccer-ball-shaped pavilion that hovers sexily on the bay, for a well-crafted Moscow mule. Or stop for a blood-orange and guava margarita at Super Loco in expat-heavy Robertson Quay when you disembark—then grab a taxi back to the Conrad.
To start your aquatic adventure, head to Catalunya, which you’ll find right off Fullerton Road, in the heart of Marina Bay. Then, head down to Clifford Pier, just one minute south. Here, you can hop on a river taxi and cruise down the Singapore River to Super Loco, which is just beyond the Alkaff Bridge.
RIVER TAXI: Board at Clifford Pier, +65-6336-6111;
CATALUNYA: The Fullerton Pavillion, 82 Collyer Quay; +65-6534-0886; catalunya.sg
SUPER LOCO: 60 Robertson Quay; +65-6235-8900; super-loco.com