Concierge.com's insider take:
One of the best ways to get your bearings in Singapore is to take a river cruise in a bumboat. These sturdy, low-slung vessels were once the main transport for commercial goods in Singapore; now they're floating tour buses. The cruises, which wind along the Singapore River past skyscrapers, colonial landmarks, and traditional Chinese shophouses, last just over an hour. The boats depart from Boat Quay in Marina Bay, a major shipping center 50 years ago that's now lined with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Take your bumboat cruise in the evening, and then pop by Harry's Bar, at number 28, for sundowners and live jazz (65-6538-3029; www.harrys.com.sg/boatquay.htm).