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The Tourist Loop Tour

By 5-6 pm, temperatures will start to drop and it's time to get back to sightseeing. Find the nearest MRT station and take the MRT to Raffles Place and head out via Exit H, which will deposit you right on the south bank of the Singapore River. The first bridge to your right is Cavenagh Bridge, the oldest bridge still standing in Singapore. Don't cross it yet, but do pause to admire the original sign advising that cattle are not permitted to cross.

 
 
 
 
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The massive white colonnade building just past the bridge was formerly Singapore's general post office but it has now been resurrected as the Fullerton Hotel, one of the city's best and most expensive hotels. Keep walking down the bank of the river, at one point crossing a road and then promptly heading back down to the riverside. Soon enough you'll see Singapore's official committee-designed symbol the Merlion, half-lion, half-fish, staring purposefully out at tourists. Join them and you'll be treated to a stunning view of the Central Business District's skyscrapers.

Fullerton Hotel, Singapore River

Fullerton Hotel

On the other side of the river you will spot two odd-shaped dome-like buildings likened (depending on your interpretation) like giant insect eyes, a durian fruit split in half or maybe even a pair of testicles. This is the Esplanade, a new complex devoted to fine arts. Retrace your steps and cross Cavenagh Bridge and walk along the north bank. To your left is Empress Place, now housing the Asian Civilisations Museum and the excellent but pricey IndoChine restaurant complex, also housing Bar Opiume and Siem Reap Cafe.

Cross Cavenagh Bridge and turn right to the long strip of restored, brightly lit and bustling shophouses and in front of you is Boat Quay, a favorite hangout and nightspot for Singapore's expat crowd. Push your way through the restaurant
and bars and all the way to the end of Boat Quay and cross South Bridge Road, while still following the river. A little way down you will find an outlet of Jumbo Seafood, famed for the iconic Singaporean dish chilli crab. The food and drinks here are terribly expensive for what you get, so decide if you have enough in your wallet or just enjoy the lively atmosphere. Keep on walking and you'll soon spy the bright lights of Clarke Quay and (further down) Robertson Quay, popular nightspots in Singapore.
Clarke Quay, Singapore River

Nightlife at Clarke Quay

 
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