After our little break in the UK and Germany, we headed to Singapore for yet another break before going back to Cambodia to continue our work on human rights. Singapore gets a lot of stick for being overly organised, regimented, and strict. In fact, you can even get arrested for spitting, jaywalking or littering. But whilst all of these rules can look a bit obsessive, it does make this lion city, as the locals like to call it, one of the most efficient and clean places I have ever been to (apart from ueber-efficient Germany, of course). Since our bodies had gotten used to the cold British weather during our visit home, we struggled being back in the tropical heat again so decided to take things easy. We found the perfect way to see the sights of Singapore in a relaxed and cool way – with a Singapore bumboat tour (feel free to snigger childishly. We did!).

Marina Bay Sands
The Merlion – half fish, half lion and Singapore’s mascot

These bum-boats (huh, huh, he said bum*) are traditional Singaporean boats, although ours had a modern twist to it in that it was electrically powered. So not only did we see the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore flyer, Raffles Landing site, Clark Quay and Singapore’s awesome skyline, we also did it in an environmental friendly way. All for you, Al Gore.

Bum boats
Marina Bay Sands by day…
…and by night
The awesome Singapore skyline
Downtown Singapore

Not all sights are visible from the Singapore bumboat tour, so we made use of the very cheap and very cold subway system to get to those. Having used the London underground for seven years, we were very impressesed by the one in Singapore. To this day I still don’t understand how the London transport system gets away with charging so much money for a subway system that is delayed, completely overcrowded, and often roasting hot. Yes, I am talking to you Boris Johnson! Anyway, some highlights of our little subway-assisted sightseeing tour were the Buddha Tooth Relic temple in Chinatown, the Gardens by the Bay, the Botanic Garden, Little India, and a very nice, albeit somewhat pricey, afternoon cuppa at the famous Raffles hotel.

Gardens by the bay
China town
Buddha tooth relic temple
Prayer wheel at temple
Little India
Botanic Garden

We enjoyed our few days in Singapore as they were the last days before we were back to work. But luckily we have a few nice trips to look forward to and pass our time when we are not at work fighting the good fight…

Have you tried the Singapore bumboat tour?
* for those of the Beavis and Butthead generation


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10 Thoughts on “In the Lion City – A Singapore Bumboat Tour

  1. Did you enjoyed a breakfast with the orang utans or visit on the Night Safari, which brings you into the world of nocturnal creatures.

  2. No we didn’t actually. We only had a limited time and the night safari was a bit too pricey actually. Otherwise we would have loved to do it. 🙂

  3. Welcome to my homeland! In fact, I just wrote a blog to travel Singapore on the cheap and guess what, it included the bumboat tour!
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  4. The great thing about Singapore is that there are always plenty of activities to do. Chinatown is indeed such a lovely place with all the temples, gastronomic hawker food and cultural experiences. You can find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Chinese Heritage Centre and Village Singapura, which brings you back to the charm of traditional Singapore, role-playing as merchants, rickshaw pullers and freshly-arrived migrants! It’s a fun and unique way to engage and bond with friends and families. =)
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  5. cheap hotels in singapore on September 15, 2016 at 10:08 am said:

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  6. I’ve only been into Singapore during a long layover but it was enough to whet my appetite for a longer stay. We walked around the Gardens and the Sands a bit, had dinner on one of the Quays, but I wish we’d taken the bum-bum boat!
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    • Tammyonthemove on March 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm said:

      You can do so many things that you can easily spend a whole week in Singapore. The bum boat tour was lovely, especially in that heat.

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