“The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel located in Singapore, constructed in 2005–2008. Described by its operators as an observation wheel, it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.” – Wikipedia
I wasn’t expecting much of the Singapore Flyer. I mean, how exciting could a Ferris wheel be? Granted, it is the tallest wheel in the world, with booths that are probably the size of my bedroom. And there’s also the fact that it towers over a pretty fancy, quaint little shopping complex near Promenade Station that has a massive man-made rainforest garden with water features and rock formations right smack in the middle of the building. But, yeah, I hadn’t expected much of the ride itself. I don’t know why. Given how expensive a single half-hour flight was, you’d think I’d be more excited. Maybe it was the fact that I knew we’d have to share a capsule with a bunch of other people.
But really, all my negative preconceptions about the Flyer melted away once we actually went on it. It was amazing. Everything about the ride was amazing. Even the little girls who boarded the capsule with us provided everyone with some awesome Disney music (their singing was fairly off-key but they were good entertainment). Within that wonderful glass capsule decorated with lovely colour-changing lights, we oohed and aahed at the incredible panoramic view of Singapore by night.
I’ve always preferred Singapore after the sun goes down. You get to see millions of twinkling lights in a sea of amazing architecture and the inky darkness of night cunningly eclipses the gloomy grey blanket of clouds that frequent the skies. At night, Singapore looks like another world. At night, Singapore is a city made of stars.
What iconic landmarks can you see from up there? Well, the Singapore River, Collyer Quay, Raffles Place, The Fullerton Hotel, The Esplanade, Merlion Park, Empress Place, Fort Canning Park, The Float @ Marina Bay, the F1 Circuit, the Helix Bridge, the Youth Olympic Park, Marina Barrage and Marina Bay Sands, just to name a few. And on a clear day, you may well get to catch glimpses of the Indonesian islands, Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor of southern Malaysia.
I highly recommend that you give the Singapore Flyer a go. Nighttime’s the best time to fly, in my opinion. It’s too pretty an opportunity to pass up! For the 30 minutes that you’re up there, the some-say-steep price that the Flyer asks for (S$33 per adult) is definitely worth it. Other Ferris wheel rides last a measly 10 to 15 minutes. You also get to go through the Journey of Dreams, a neat little attraction that presents itself just before you board the Flyer. It involves an array of engaging multimedia displays that showcase the story of Singapore and how the Flyer came to be.
And, if you’re willing to pay more, you get to experience some sweet VIP treatment with the following packages to choose from:
THE SINGAPORE FLYER
30 Raffles Avenue
Daily Flights: 8:30am – 10:30pm (last admission @ 10:15pm)
Ticket Sales: 8:00am – 10:00pm