24 Hours in Singapore – Stay at Novotel Clarke Quay, Take a FunVee Ride & a River Cruise

by Joseph Ellis on March 23, 2014


Most often than not, we come across visitors to Singapore who just have a whole day to sample the many sights that Singapore has to offer. This can be a daunting task considering the myriad of attractions that the city has on offer. So if you are visiting or have time to see Singapore in just one day read on.

Where to Stay?

Novotel Clarke Quay in Singapore is one of the most convenient hotels to stay at especially because it is located some 15 steps away Clarke Quay, one of Singapore’s best entertainment spots. The rooms are spacious and has a bath with a separate shower, ergonomic work area, TV, DVD Player and wireless internet. The rooms have either a city or river view.

Clarke Quay lies on the mouth of the Singapore River and is always teeming with life and activity. It has a colourful kaleidoscope of restaurants, bars, entertainment spots and retail shops. This makes the location of Novotel a popular choice. The MRT station is also a short walk away.

There is a money changer and a 24-hour convenience store just a couple of steps from the hotels main entrance. Novotel is also close to Singapore’s central business district and to Orchard Road – Singapore’s Premium Shopping District.

They have a pretty decent breakfast and their buffet lunch is superb. They also house a couple of really good in-house restaurants.

Novotel Clarke Quay is located at 177A River Valley Road, 179031 Singapore. For more details on their All-Inclusive Explore Singapore Package, click here.


Novotel view from the Singapore River


Our King Bed Superior Room


The work area


The walkway towards the hotel lobby is equipped with computers for guests to use


Clarke Quay is about 15 steps away from Novotel


Walking through Clarke Quay with Allan and Gerard


The Square Restaurant where breakfast and buffet lunch is served


My choice of a good hearty breakfast


The seafood and Japanese cuisine are really delicious in the buffet lunch


Not forgetting the desserts, they were simply quite lovely

What to do?

The best way to see the city is to hop on City Tours Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing Bus. This uniquely designed vehicle offers travellers an easy way to tour the city.

The City Tours current fleet includes FunVee Single Deck Open Top Buses, Double Deck Top Buses & Captain Explorer DUKW Amphibious Vehicles.

Use the tour as though you were glancing through a table of contents. Hop on to one of these vehicles and go around the sights in Singapore. Get off if you want to take a closer look at the attraction and hop back on to the next vehicle that comes by. This way you can see all the attractions that the island has to offer.

This is also a cheaper and time-efficient way of experiencing the city. The company also offers travellers a free iPhone app which will aid in navigation.

The City Tours Tourist Hub is located at the Singapore Flyer on 30 Raffles Ave, 039803 Singapore. For more details on cost, timetable and map, click here.


The Singapore Flyer, the City Tour Buses start from here


View of the city from the FunVee Open Top Bus


The iconic Merlion with Marina Bay Sands for backdrop

For a relaxing route back to Novotel Clarke Quay, hop on an electric bumboat run by the River Cruise from any of their many jetties and soak in the sights along the banks of the Singapore River.

The iconic Merlion, Raffles Landing Site, the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands are some of the landmarks that make for good photographs. The Singapore River has its own share of historical tales in the formation of Singapore and is a great way to end the day.

The Clarke Quay jetty is a few steps away from Novotel.  For more information, visit their official site.


The electric bumboat used by the River Cruise


A bumboat ride makes for beautiful photo opportunities – The Singapore skyline


On the river cruise with Sy and Rosemarie


Another shot of us with Gerard on the Singapore River


A bumboat cruising the river with the Esplanade as backdrop

Check these out and leave us a comment or two. Your experiences would also prove very useful to the next person checking this post out when researching options they can take if they only have 24 hours on the sunny island we call Singapore.

Disclaimer: We thank Accor Hotels for inviting Travel and Beyond to an exclusive hosted stay. All opinions are our own.

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Ariev Rahman March 25, 2014 at 6:03 am

Wow, you guys are so productive in blogging 😀

Greeting from Indonesia, hope we can meet again soon.
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Rosemarie John March 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

Have to be Ariev when we have to balance it with work. Got to use Sunday productively. 😉 hope to meet you soon too!


Heather March 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I loved Singapore so much and can’t imagine trying to experience it all in just one day. We had four days and it still wasn’t nearly long enough!
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Rosemarie John March 26, 2014 at 12:54 am

You right Heather… But then again 24 hours is insufficient in any country 🙂 but alas… Some people have only that much of time


Allan March 26, 2014 at 1:04 am

I had so much fun in Singapore, even if it was just effectively two days. Thanks for the Chinatown tip 🙂


Rosemarie John March 26, 2014 at 1:13 am

Now you can return and plan an amazing photography trip! Your photos are gorgeous! Keep at it Allan!


John March 29, 2014 at 5:41 am

Good article. You could also visit Chinatown and eat at a hawker centre or food court instead of the hotel. Food in Singapore is wonderful. I love the place and was lucky enough to live there for a year.


Rosemarie John March 29, 2014 at 8:09 am

Oh yes, Chinatown is a great spot to explore and also easy to get to via the hop on hop off service 🙂


ben March 30, 2014 at 3:12 am

I heard so much about how beautiful Singapore is. I wish I could visit Singapore soon! 🙂
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Rosemarie John March 31, 2014 at 3:05 pm

It is a wonderful South East Asian country…. Hope you get to her soon! 🙂


Micamyx|Senyorita April 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm

It was nice meeting you both in Singapore! Congrats to the well-deserved award 😀
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Rosemarie John April 7, 2014 at 7:21 am

It was lovely to meet you too Mica! 🙂 Happy travels!


Lesley Peterson April 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Wonderful photos! A room at the Novotel Clarke Quay looks a peaceful retreat from all the fun and bustle below. A boat ride is often the best way to get spectacular views of a city. I’d love to take a ride on a Singapore bumboat!
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Rosemarie John April 7, 2014 at 7:12 am

The bumboats used to be a traditional form of transportation way back when Singapore was merely a fishing village. It’s great to see it being integrated into the city this way! 🙂


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