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What you should know about Clarke Quay

A former industrial area which has undergone a complete revamp in recent years, Clarke Quay is a charming combination of modern and historic. The renovated warehouses and ancient junks maintain a link to the area’s industrial past, while modern attractions such as the Singapore Swing and G-Max Reverse Bungy attract a younger, fun-loving crowd. Clarke Quay hotels reflect the modern, urban feel of this bustling neighborhood and the area abounds with modern, glass-fronted edifices, and quirky, backpacker hostels.

Hotels in Clarke Quay

The quality of available accommodation matches the chic ambience of this trendy neighborhood. Luxury hotels in Clarke Quay tend to cluster along the riverside, while cheaper options can be found a couple of streets back. At the higher end of the market are the 4-star Park Regis Singapore Hotel and Swissotel Merchant Court, which both offer fabulous views across the harbor. For those traveling on a budget and looking to make new friends, there are a number of reasonable no-frills options, including City Backpackers and the Beds and Dreams Hostel in Clarke Quay.

Things to see in Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay combines commercialism, culture, and spirituality in one neat package. Thrill-seekers will love the range of high-adrenaline attractions. Art galleries and high-end boutiques sit side by side with the latest in virtual reality gaming. The G-Max Reverse Bungy, which catapults passengers into the air at speeds of more than 100 miles an hour, shows Singapore from a whole new angle—if you can keep your eyes open! Lockdown Singapore in The Central shopping mall also offers excitement, this time rewarding cooperation amongst players as they work together to escape a “locked vault.” It is not just modern attractions that draw tourists to Clarke Quay. Culture lovers will enjoy looking round the range of modern art galleries on offer while those looking for a more mystical respite will want to visit the Hong San See Temple, a UNESCO-recognized landmark and a place of spiritual importance to the local Buddhist community.

Good for independent travelers

Young couples and solo travelers looking for adventure will enjoy the hustle and bustle of this up-and-coming area on the banks of the Singapore River. Clarke Quay is a newly transformed historic district which mixes spirituality, colonial history, and modern entertainment. In the daytime, visitors can wander around ancient temples or indulge in a spot of shopping, but it is at night that the area really comes alive. You will love exploring the restaurants, bars and nightclubs which hide behind the doors of refurbished factory buildings and heading below deck for a refreshing beer on one of the tongkangs—traditional Chinese ships which are docked in the harbor.

How to get to Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is a short 20-25 minute taxi ride from Singapore’s Changi International Airport. It is also possible to get there by MRT train, just change at Outram Park and get off at Clarke Quay. In rush hour, it might be worth getting off a stop early in Chinatown in order to avoid the crowds. One of the nicest ways to travel in Clarke Quay is on the water. Hop on a riverboat taxi and enjoy the view as you cruise along the Singapore River. Buses are also available from Scotts Road and the City Hall MRT station.

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