Fly A Plane & 3 Other Things to Do at Marina Bay

Marina Bay

1. Flew a plane

There’s surely no shortage of things to do at Marina Bay. Located at The Singapore Flyer, Flight Experience is the closest anyone can get to flying a plane without a license, and with the companion of a real life pilot no less! There is a variety of packages to select from, ranging from 30 minutes (cost about $175) to 90 minutes (costs about $395). There are also group packages and you can bring another 2 friends along and challenge each other on your flying skills.

During the flight, you can pick any destination and airport of your choice. And if you’re stumped, try getting a recommendation from the pilot and they may just throw you into some of the most challenging airports for landing! (But don’t expect any special CGI, I picked Egypt and was rewarded with a couple of small pyramids on the screen.) The 60 minutes package I took was enough to bring me to 3 to 4 destinations (i.e. go through the takeoff and landing process 3 to 4 times) which was just the right amount of time to sorta get familiar with the process. My pilot didn’t do much besides instructing me on the necessary steps so the novelty could wear off after some time.

Be it for an outing with family or friends, a company event or even a day with the children, there is something for everyone. It’s a tad pricey, but it would certainly make a great gift for special events – what better way to create a unique memory?

After the session, you can also opt to have a copy of the video of your flying session or a photograph for memorabilia.

And for the more serious flyer, Flight Experience even offers pilot training should you want to take your interest to the next level.

Here’s some reviews and walk-through of what to expect from a session at the Flight Experience:

Weekend x SG Flight Simulations

Pretending to be a Pilot – My Flight Simulator Experience

Flight Experience Singapore
30 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039803
Tel: 6339 2737
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm | Daily

2. Got engulfed by the human DNA

After a safe landing, head towards Marina Bay Sands via a relaxing stroll across The Helix, possibly the most sculptural bridge in Singapore. From afar, the inspiration from the human DNA is clear. And check out the lighted letters “A”, “T”, “C” and “G” all long the bridge for a nice touch on the DNA concept. It’s so geeky (and I kinda love it).

And as you enter the bridge, it’s easy to imagine yourself and the people around you as tiny cells passing through the human body.

The Helix would take you all the way to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

3. Shopped like the rich

Marina Bay Sands needs no introduction. Even if you are not into the branded stuff on display in most shops, it’s still fun to look at those price tags and snicker at the models (I mean seriously, does that bag really fetch that price?) I’ve always wondered who actually shops here. *shrugs*

But if there’s one thing all Singaporeans willingly splurge on, it has got to be food. And the crowd favourites here are:

Cuisine: Japanese, International
Tel: 6688 7771
Opening hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10pm | Daily
Price range: weekday lunch – $42 to $46 | weekday dinner – $58 to $68 | weekend lunch – $64 | weekend dinner – $68
Check out the review by The Food Nomads

Pizzeria Mozza by Mario Batali
Cuisine: Italian 
Tel: 6688 8522
Opening hours:  12pm to 11pm | Daily
Price range: ~$20
Check out the review by ladyironchef

Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine
Cuisine: Chinese 
Tel: 6688 7788
Opening hours: 11.30am to 10.30pm | Daily
Price range: ~$30
Check out the review by Foodie Pink

4. Stood over hundreds of zooming cars

When you’ve exhausted yourself with shopping and eating, travel up to level 4 of the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The escalators leading up are strangely well-hidden. You can find one at a corridor labelled “to Gardens by the Bay” at the central wing beside Chanel (it will be hard to miss Chanel). You’ll find another near the entrance of the Shoppes just after the entrance from the Helix. This would bring you to the rooftop, a quiet escape from the masses. Here you’ll find the extremely breezy Garden Bay Bridge which connects to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. At night, the dimly lit rooftop and bridge would allow you to soak in the atmosphere while watching the cars rush by beneath your feet.

5. Watched trees burst into stars

Crossing the Garden Bay Bridge will bring you into the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, one of the most popular stays among celebrities visiting Singapore. Pass through the hotel and you’ll reach Lion Bridge – a picturesque spot to capture the entire grandeur of Gardens by the Bay without even having to step inside. Time your visit to catch the daily light shows at 7.45pm and 8.45pm and watch the colours transform the night sky.

The light shows are best seen up close, so if you’re up for an evening walk, take the escalator to the ground floor and make your way to the Gardens by the Bay. When the lights come on, the crowds are hypnotised to a stop and it’s a surreal experience to walk among people bathed in the colours of the lights, all frozen in their steps and looking skywards.

The Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and OCBC Skyway closes at 9pm but the outdoor areas are opened till 2am.

Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Opening hours:
Bay South Outdoor Gardens – 5am to 2am| Daily
Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and OCBC Skyway – 9am to 9pm, last ticket sale at 8pm, last admission at 8.30pm | Daily

Date timer: ~ 4 hours

Any one has any luck finding cheap and good food in this area?

* Images designed by Freepik


About DownloadADate

Kia is a Singaporean who likes to make lists and plans. She sees her weekends as sacred pockets of time that should be used for more than just movies and food. She enjoys cuddling up with a book as much as exploring new places by foot in the insane Singapore humidity. Listening to her friends who lament that there’s “nothing to do in Singapore” and fly all over the world for holidays, Kia seeks to look for escapades closer to home. She found that even in such a tiny country, there are many places she hasn’t been, things she hasn’t tried, and old places are being revamped into new ones all the time. Soon, she saw the places around her like how tourists would see them, but better – fresh and yet familiar. Kia then sets out to plan itineraries for her weekend escapes and it became a habit she enjoyed. And now she wants to share them with you. After all, there are 52 weekends in year and only so many holidays you can take. What if you can turn your dates with family and friends into holidays every week? Check out her adventures at

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