The London Eye has really spoilt me. Whenever I now go to a city, I look to see what the tallest spot is in the city and if I can have access. I seem to have a need to take stock and to see a city in its entirety. In Singapore, joy of joys, you have a couple of options.
Equivalent to the height of a 42-story building and taking 30 minutes per rotation, the views are undoubtedly grand – looking out over the Singapore River, the Harbour, Raffles Place, Merlion Park and Express Place. The downside? The special glass they use lends a blue tinge to everything (as you can see).
Details: SD33 for an adult, SD21 for a child, SD24 for OAPs. Open from 08.30 – 10.30 pm and you can pre-order online. You can also upgrade your basic flight with other packages.
The second viewpoint is from the observation deck of the nearby three towered hotel complex known as the Marina Bay Sands resort. As it does have three towers, topped by an enormous curved boat shape platform, it’s also known locally as the cricket stump!
Visitors can only visit the Observation Deck rather than the skyline swimming pool – but it is very well done and worth visiting in my humble opinion.
A word to the wise, although its fun to amble around the hotel searching desperately for the observation deck access, the entrance to the Skypark is actually outside the building, down the escalators via a basement retail park.
Details: SD20 for adults, SD14 for children 2-12, SD17 for OAPs. Open from 09.30 – 10 pm weekdays and until 11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you are free to wander around the deck for as long as you like.
I thought the view was unbeatable and your city photographs will be better than the Flyer as the Skypark had slits in the glass walls to allow camera lens access!
Contributor: Sue Lowry
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