Bumboat Cruise

On Sunday evening before dinner we took a “bumboat” river cruise here in Singapore. The name of the boat comes from a Dutch word for canoe “boomschuit” or tree boat. We had planned to do this on Saturday evening, it was one of the only things I hadn’t booked in advance (it’s a small boat cruise with dozens of boats – shouldn’t need to prebook that!).

Well I was wrong, it was packed and completely sold out on Saturday evening. Sunday was vastly different, we could get tickets easily and sit wherever we wanted on the boat.


The cruise only takes about 40 minutes and doesn’t go all the far, just around Clarke Quay and into Singapore harbour and back, but you do get a nice little history lesson on this part of Singapore plus some fantastic views of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. I would do this later around sunset to get some pictures of all the lights.

Historic houses along the waterfront

Dinner was some great Cuban/Mexican fusion in Clarke Quay

The Singapore Merlion