The perfect location for my maiden visit to Singapore.
Quiet by day and energetic by night, historical Boat Quay is located by the city centre, alongside the Southbank of the Singapore River.
Once the main shipping artery of Singapore during the 19th century, renovations have harnessed the energy of the past and recreated a lively entertainment district that is popular with both tourists and locals. Shops transformed into bars, warehouses into nightclubs and restaurants. Reconstruction also including the addition of accommodation, cafes, and alfresco dining with a variety of seafood, noodles and international cuisine available.
To be honest, I didn't put too much thought into the area I was staying in when booking my accommodation in Singapore. My visit was a stopover that I had stretched into three days, so all I primarily cared about was the quality of the hostel, the distance to the closest backpacker pub and whether or not I would be in quick reach of Gardens by the Bay. As it turned out, selecting Boat Quay was the perfect location for my maiden visit to Singapore.
BOAT QUAY INFO FOR BACKPACKERS/ TRAVELLERS:
ARRIVING FROM CHANGI AIRPORT VIA TRAIN (MRT) TO BOAT QUAY:
Navigating from Singapore Changi Airport by public transport to Boat Quay is easy. The smoothest train self-transfer I have found in any city.
On arrival at Changi Airport terminal 3, I followed clearly labelled signs for the Skytrain transfer to terminal 1. The MRT train system is accessible from terminal 1. After one simple transfer at Tanah Merah, Ruffles Place station is only a 20 minute, clearly labelled train ride away.
Alight at Ruffles Place station, find exit G (Boat Quay, UOB Plaza) and walk in the direction of Singapore River. From there, towards the restaurants on the left and you have reached your destination.
Boat Quay Location Map