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The best ways to explore Singapore

Five ways to take in the sights and sounds of Singapore

By bus

City Sightseeing tours (from $39) let you hop on and off the bus at any of its stops across various routes. The two main lines connect you to hotels, shopping malls, major attractions around the bay, and cultural hotspots such as Little India and Chinatown.

Various locations (6338 6877, ducktours.com.sg). Various timings.

By boat

Start your tour by taking a wooden bumboat from any one of the 13 Singapore River Cruise jetties. On the 40-minute boat ride ($25/ adult, $15/child), be treated to a breathtaking view of Clarke Quay as you listen to the recorded commentary.

Singapore River (6336 6111, rivercruise.com.sg). Daily 9am-11pm, last boat departs 10.30pm.

By trishaw

From $55, let your Trishaw Uncle guide cycle you around Little India, Chinatown, the Civic District or Clarke Quay. The tours take either 45-minutes or 2.5-hours.

Albert Mall Trishaw Park (6337 7111, trishawuncle.com.sg). By appointment 1 day in advance, minimum two to go.

By bicycle

Work out while you explore the Lion City with Let's Go Bike Singapore. Three tours are on offer: a historical route takes you to a typical residential town, markets and along the Singapore River ($80-$99/pax). Add on an excursion to Little India when you book the Bike and Bites Tour ($165-$180/pax). Finally see the city lights in the Marina Bay Night Tour ($60-$79/pax, not available in Sep due to F1).

#B1-58 High Street Centre (9004 4332, letsgobikesingapore.com). By appointment online 24 hours before scheduled start. No walk-ins.

By walking

What sets Indie Singapore apart is that it’s free. The 3- to 3.5-hour tours take you through Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Bugis, or the Singapore River and Civic District. Just be sure to tip your guide for a job well done.

indiesingapore.com. Email info@indiesingapore.com to book a slot on the tours. Tour slots open four weeks in advance.

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By: Time Out Singapore editors