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Singapore Flyer

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We love a fairground ride, and a fairground ride with a view, what could be better? Well, a fairground ride with a view and Champagne of course! Ok, we’re getting carried away — we didn’t do the Champagne ride, but it’s an option.


At the edge of Marina Bay, the 165-metre high Singapore Flyer held the title of the world’s tallest ferris wheel for the six years until 2014. That’s the problem with being “the world’s tallest, largest etc” — someone is bound to outdo you. Regardless, it’s still Singapore’s largest, and we think pretty impressive.

Twenty-eight air-con glass capsules are mounted on the outside rim of a 150-metre diameter wheel, providing unobstructed views on a clear day to Indonesia and Malaysia. Each can hold up to 28 passengers or five wheelchairs. Twenty-eight is a significant number to the local Chinese as it sounds like “double prosperity” in Cantonese.

Think big and round. Photo taken in or around Singapore Flyer, Downtown Singapore, Singapore by Sally Arnold.

Think big and round. Photo: Sally Arnold

On a similar note, interestingly when the Flyer first opened it turned counter-clockwise when viewed from Marina Bay Sands — according to local Feng Shui masters this was taking fortune away from Singapore. Of course that would not do, and the wheel was reversed at a cost of a six-figure sum to rebuild the sensors.

One scenic spin takes about 30 minutes, which is plenty of time to soak up the views. Premium options are available which include Champagne, Singapore Slings and dinner rides. The standard capsule for the ride provides a couple of hard bench seats, but honestly you’ll probably spend the time standing to take photos. The Champagne and cocktail rides (S$69) add a VIP-themed capsule (only available at specific times). For dinner flights (S$269++ per couple) the capsules are decked out like a restaurant and include a four-course meal and two ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Singapore Flyer
30 Raffles Ave
Daily 08.00—22.30 (last flight 22.00)
T: 6333 3311 
http://www.singaporeflyer.com/
Admission: Adults S$33; children (3-12) S$21

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