This section is meant to be printed out and taken on a Singapore River walking tour.
For your pre-trip planning, it makes better sense to read the River Quick Guide.
|Raffles Place MRT Station|
|Mid/Late Afternoon till Evening|
At Raffles Place MRT station (1), take either exit A or exit B. Proceed to look for Chevron House - the only building here with a rounded surface. Enter it and walk through the entire length of Change Alley (2).
If you don't get distracted by the handful of shops, cafes and money changers here, you'll soon emerge onto Collyer Quay (road). Walk on in the direction of traffic and you'll arrive at the majestic Fullerton Hotel (3).
Enter and admire the beautiful atrium of the Fullerton Hotel, which was once used as a post office! You may also enjoy a drink at The Courtyard, the Post Bar or the Town Restaurant.
When you're done, take the underpass from the Hotel's basement to One Fullerton (4), where you may enjoy a drink at a waterfront cafe and enjoy the views over Marina Bay, for less than it costs you at Fullerton Hotel.
Proceed onwards to the Merlion Park (5) for that mandatory photo stop against the city skyline.
Departing the Merlion Park, walk below the Esplanade Bridge and continue until you reach the Fullerton Waterboat House (6), now used by a French restaurant and wine bar.
Skirt the Waterboat House and walk up a flight of stairs. You'll find yourself looking at Anderson Bridge.
Upon reaching the end of Anderson Bridge, head for the Asian Civilisations Museum (7), which is the building nearest to the bridge. Allow 1.5-2 hours here because the museum is a great introduction to Asian culture. Additionally, it also has an excellent Singapore River Gallery, which will help you make sense of the mixture of old and new you see along the River.
As you leave the Asian Civilisations Museum, walk to the edge of the river. Walk up-river and you'll soon come to a statue of Stamford Raffles (7). This is where Raffles first set foot on Singapore soil. Move away from the river, and admire the cluster of excellent colonial architecture here: the former Parliament House, Victoria Theatre, and Victoria Concert Hall.
Head back towards the River and cross the heritage Cavenagh Bridge. You'll find yourself once again at the entrance of Fullerton Hotel.
Walk up-river to Boat Quay (9), stopping along the way to marvel at the curious-looking sculptures by Fernando Botero.
Boat Quay - together with the adjacent Upper Circular Road (inland) - has several interesting restaurants and bars for a dinner/supper stopover.
Walking along the River to the end of Boat Quay, you'll arrive at Elgin Bridge (10). Walk along Elgin Bridge until you hit the opposite bank. Pause and take in the panoramic views of the Singapore CBD skyline.
After a photo stop, cross the road (South Bridge Road), walk along the River and cross yet another road (Hill Street). You are now at Clarke Quay. Have a laugh at those screaming crazily on the G Max Reverse Bungy (11), or join them.
Otherwise, have dinner at one of the river-side restaurants, or at one of those around the Clarke Quay Fountain (12).
The Clarke Quay MRT station nearby is an easy way back to your hotel, or elsewhere.
Page author: Gabriel Tan. Created 26 Dec 2009.