The largest of the waterfront developments, Clarke Quay was named for the second governor of Singapore, Sir Andrew Clarke. In the 1880s, a pineapple cannery, iron foundry, and numerous warehouses made this area bustle. Today, with 60 restored warehouses hosting restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, the Quay still hops. River House, formerly the home of a towkay (company boss), occupies the oldest structure, a beautiful building that's become a popular bar and restaurant run by the Indochine group. During the day, children can play in the water jets that shoot up from the floor in Clarke Quay's central hub, but when the fountains are switched off, the area is used for special events and occasional markets.
Also here, G-Max Reverse Bungy (3E River Valley Rd.; tel. 65/6338-1146; www.gmax.co.nz) will strap you and two buddies into a cage and fling you around at the end of giant bungee cords for only S$45 each. You'll go up 60m (197 ft.) high at 200kmph (124 mph). Whoo! Despite its name, the next-door Xtreme Swing is slightly less extreme, propelling five people above the river and back for S$45 a time, though it's still not for the fainthearted. Open Monday to Thursday 2pm to 1am, Friday 2pm to 3am, Saturday 1pm to 3am, and Sunday 1pm to 1am.