Perhaps Singapore’s best known attraction: the Singapore Flyer. Standing at 165 meters (540 feet) it is the world’s largest observation wheel and a wonderful way to become acquainted with Singapore’s amazing landscape. Enjoy a full 360-degree, panoramic view of one of Asia’s most triumphant cities for one of the best opportunities to take a great photo of the town.
Although the capsule is only able to rotate 180-degrees, you spend half an hour taking in the views, which not only include the city, but parts of Indonesia as well. You also get to see the more than a hundred ships preparing to enter Singapore’s port, as well as the new gardens and Marina Bay. A word to the wise, the Flyer can be quite crowded, but if you can avoid going on the weekends and instead go on weekday mornings, you will face little to no queues.
The huge structure is less than 10 years old, conceived by Dr. Kisho Kurokawa in 2005, and opened to the public only in 2008.
For a bit of extra fun, the flyer comes with several things to keep you occupied and include specialty outlets that include a modern massage parlor and fish spa, specializing in foot reflexology. There is also a start-up pottery studio for making custom ceramics and a modern and fun flight simulator. With the simulator, you get the option to fly in or out of 24,000 airports worldwide, all approved by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. Not bad.
Getting to the Flyer is virtually effortless and can be reached by Mass Rapid Transport (MRT), taxi, bus, or on foot. By MRT, simply get to the Promenade Station, and it is as five minute walk.