30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore
There are many places in Singapore that offer an immense panoramic of this beautiful city – and this is probably the best of the rest. The Singapore flyer, much like the London Eye, is the perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of Singapore with the best times for a rotation coming at sunset. This was the time we chose on our trip to one of Singapore’s most famous landmarks.
It can be a little confusing how to get to the Singapore’s big wheel but we managed it after alighting at Promenade metro station and heading down the main streets until we found ourselves underneath the huge structure staring upwards at the revolving pods in the sky. Strangely there wasn’t a large number of people around as we wandered up to the box office counter to purchase two adult tickets at $33 SKD (£18) each.
With tickets in hand we had to pass through the obligatory security checkpoint which involved a conveyor belt and x-ray of all bags and a metal detector, common now at many of the world’s top sights. Inside the building leading up to the flyer groups of tourists had gathered from seemingly nowhere to enjoy a sunset rotation. If you are feeling flush with Singapore dollars you might want to opt for the Moet and Chandon experience at $79 SKD (£44) – an exclusive pod for yourself and your party with a glass of champagne to enjoy on the way round.
The staff are really good at dividing you all up into each pod so that you have a fighting chance of actually seeing something. The pod’s themselves are spacious and during the rotation you don’t become disorientated or even notice that you have moved for the majority of the experience. Our pod contained fellow Instagrammers who took every opportunity to catch the perfect shot.
The view across Singapore was stunning, even more so as the sun went down. Commentary comes in from time to time stating facts about how Singapore was once upon a time just a mere fishing village and now a global heavyweight. Just beside The Flyer F1 fans can have an unrivalled view of the track used in the Singapore Grand Prix.
Experiences like this live long in the memory. It seemed so fast by the time we reached the bottom to finish our journey off but as the saying goes ‘time flies when you are having fun’. For those of you who arrive hungry there are a selection of decent restaurants serving typical Asian dishes at a good price.
The views were well worth the money and we cannot recommend the Singapore Flyer enough. After our experience we walked from the wheel all the way over the incredible Helix Bridge where down below on an island a game of football under the floodlights was taking place. On the bridge a couple of newlyweds were having their first pictures together as man and wife while all around people were jogging, playing sport or just chilling out. A perfect end to an amazing day.
Opening times: Daily 0830-2230
Nearest Metro: Promenade