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Boat tours

Once the lifeline of Singapore, the river still remains a city icon. Boat tours by Singapore River Cruises meander slowly along the river, passing grand colonial buildings, shophouses, ornate bridges and quayside life. Boats operate 0900-2230 and leave regularly.

Tel: +65 6336 6111
Website: http://www.rivercruise.com.sg

Walking tours

The National Parks of Singapore organise many guided walks on Saturdays. Popular walks including the Learning Forest Tour (Singapore Botanic Gardens), Trees of the Fort (Fort Canning Park) and various walks around the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Many walks are free although a small fee is applicable to selected tours.

Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg

Singapore excursions

Pulau Ubin

The quiet, pretty, tree-covered island is a popular getaway and a slice of authentic, old Singapore. It is easily reached by bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Once there, the best option is to rent a bicycle from one of the shops near the jetty and explore at your leisure.

Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg

Riau Islands

The Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan are a popular weekend or one-day getaway, enticing Singaporeans with resorts, golf, beaches, duty-free shopping and delicious seafood. Ferries leave daily from the HarbourFront Centre and the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.

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