I’ve been in London for nearly three weeks and I’m finally ready to dig into some of the more touristy adventures that the city has to offer! But as I’m preparing to board the world-famous London Eye, I find out that its already been beaten! That’s right, London’s not the only place to import tons upon tons of steel and glass in order to reconstruct a huge, spinning wheel that flies (slowly) skyward…sure, I’ll stand in the winding queue of tourists waiting for an unbelievable view of the city, and, sure, it will be beautiful and majestic, but what about its rival? The Eye is unbelievably tall, but the Singapore Flyer, pardon my pun, just flies a little higher.
I must admit that ever since watching Anthony Bourdain’s episode on Singapore, I’ve been dying to go! Yes, I just admitted to loving both the Travel Channel and Anthony Bourdain, but don’t knock ’til you’ve tried..er…watched it! Bourdain does an amazing job of discovering the local cultural and culinary hot-spots of each city he visits, and Singapore’s no exception. Not only does the Republic of Singapore provide a rich combination of Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian cuisines, but also a huge variety of tours, activities, and sites to keep even the pickiest tourist (like myself) entertained!
Though it may rest on a small island, the Republic of Singaporeis quickly becoming a well-known tourist destination. This month, the 165-metre-tall Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel (for those of you non-metric Americans, that’s over 540 feet!) turns one year old. Similar to the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer offers a 360° panoramic view of the surrounding city. And, while in London that might mean seeing, well, all of the city of London, the Singapore tower’s view stretches across to parts of Malaysia and Indonesia as well. If that isn’t enough to convince you to check it out on your next trip, the Flyer has already attracted almost two million visitors, and for students, the Flyer is also offering a special $10 fare to visitors from April 9th to May 29th.
Once you’ve seen the sites on-board the Singapore Flyer, why not check out a few of them firsthand? Singapore (apart from its diverse food), offers a huge range of activites for its tourist crowds. Everything from night safaris (it’s bongos, blue sheep, and buffalo this time) to a night out in Singapore’s Chinatown District, there is a huge variety of ways in which to enjoy your stay!