Wednesday, December 17, 2008

~ DUKW Tour and Singapore Flyer ~

17th Dec 2008

Initially we only decided to bring the children to the Singapore Flyer.. but learning that there is a promotion for the Captain Explorer DUKW (pronounced DUCK) tour (2 adults and free 2 kids), we decided to go for both rides. :)

Photo taking while waiting to get on-board.

We hopped on the authentic revamped Vietnam War Amphibious vehicles and there is also a lady guide to assist us through the DUKW tour.

It started of with the city exploration. A drive around Esplanade, Padang, Supreme Court, City Hall, War Memorial, Suntec City, Marina Square and later the "Bus" is transformed to a "Boat" as it splashes down into the water at Marina Bay. The sea ride takes us on a view of the Marina Barrage, Singapore Flyer, Floating platform, Benjamin Sheares Bridge and of course the iconic view of the Merlion.

The entire DUKW tour ride took about 1 hour. It would be a good touring experience for the tourists but probably a bit less interesting for Singaporeans since we are so familiar with the landmarks already. :) The funbassador on board was friendly and did a good job board guiding us throughout the ride.

Denver and Gladys enjoyed the part when the bus transformed into a boat and drives in slowly through the waters. Denver is amazed and wondered what kind of vehicle this is which can travel on the land and the sea. The DUWK ride is a one time experience for us and we probably won't be taking it anytime soon unless it is free. :)
Next on... The Singapore Flyer! Singapore Flyer is the world's largest observation wheel to date. Standing at a stunning 165m from the ground. It's our 2nd time on the Flyer... The first time we took it during the night, so we decided to go and see the view in the day this time :) We boarded the Flyer once again using our Annual Family pass (Friends of Singapore Flyer) which we purchased the other time. It gives us free unlimited rides on the Flyer for the whole family for a period of 1 year at a one time price. Quite a good deal especially if you are boarding the flyer frequently.


The children enjoyed putting on their headsets :) They have lots of fun running around in the capsule.. especially Gladys. The view in the night is enchanting, pretty and romantic with the lightings. During the day, you get a good view of the Singapore skyline, buildings and landmarks, not forgetting the clear blue sky.

IR still in construction

It takes about half an hour to complete the entire cycle. It is advisable for adults and children to go to the washroom before entering the capsule. :) A total different experience to on board the Flyer during the day and the night to catch the view of Singapore at the very top. Since we have accomplished both, it will be sometime later before we will take on the Flyer again..

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