DHL Balloon, Singapore
WELL TRAVELING AROUND SINGAPORE GOT TO SEE THIS COOL BALLOON THAT CAN SAIL UP TO ABOUT 40 STORIES HIGH IN AN ELEVATOR TYPE FASHION!! !Launched in April this year , it took 40 people, 12 hours and 6,500 cubic metres of helium for the balloon to fully inflate. It can take up to 29 passengers and drifts upwards to a height of 150m ........ ..... the DHL balloon is located at Bugis Junction (Bugis MRT), on the open plot of land next to the 7th Storey Hotel. It flies at regular intervals of two to six flights an hour. The ride will last about seven to 10 minutes. Tickets are priced at $23 (adult), $13 (child) and $2 (toddler).If you want a Cool view try this out !!!!! Opening hours: 11am - 10pm daily
This is a balloon that is tethered to the ground. The sights are great from this. It doesn't go up if there is high wind. The only way I will ever go up in a balloon. It was good and not scary at all
An update, I have heard that this attraction is closing on September 30th, 2008.
What a shame, perhaps it is moving somewhere else.
A flight on the DHL Balloon takes you up to a dizzying height of 180m which is some 48 storeys high. It is tethered to the ground so there is no danger of floating away in the breeze!
From the top you can see all over Singapore and all the way to Malaysia and Indonesia. We took a night flight to take in the bright city lights.
As the site on which it is located will accommodate a new MRT station, this attraction was due to close on the 30th September 2008.
But because it is so popular with locals and visitors alike, there is talk of relocating it to another site in Singapore.
Balloon Flight Information
Launch Pad : @ Bugis
(Tan Quee Lan Street)
Operating Hours : 11.00 am to 9.30 pm
Flight Duration : About 13 mins for 180m über flight
About 10 mins for 150m standard flight
Flight Altitude : über flight @ 180 metres
(48 storeys high)
Standard flight @ 150 metres
(40 storeys high)
Flight Capacity : Max 29 pax per trip
über 180m Flight : $29.00/ Adult (>12 yrs)
$17.0/ Child (3-12 yrs)
$2.00/ Toddler (3 yrs)
Standard 150m Flight : $23.00/ Adult (>12 yrs)
$13.00/ Child (3-12 yrs)
$2.00/ Toddler ( 3 yrs)
u should try to ride in this one..i think u should just forego boarding the CARLSBERG tower in sentosa, and choose the balloon instead..u could see almost all of singapore(the city)..all the buildings..be aware of the weather though, they won't "fly" even in the smallest hint of rain..if it's cloudy but no wind and rain, they would fly..as long as there's no threat of lightning..it's not gonna fly around the city though, it's only like going to the topmost of the tallest bldg in singapore as it's anchored to the ground..it costs around S$25.and the staff is the friendliest singaporeans i ever encountered during my stay there...by the way, there's no hot air needed for this balloon to fly but i dont know where to categorize it in sports/outdoors, so i chose hot air balloon..ü
Locals Take Note: There is an ongoing promotion (till 31st May 2006) for all locals, PRs, and EP holders of Singapore. Just print out the coupon here and use it at the ticketing counter during purchase. Official information about the DHL baloon can be found here.
Some people will probably consider taking the 10 minutes ride in the DHL Balloon a glorifed elevator ride. After all, it only limited to the vertical motion of going up and down, and all the while connected to a rope which is released to fly the balloon up and then retracted to land it. Even the elevators in most of the skyscrapers in Raffles Place goes higher than the maximum of 150m (or 40 storeys) the ballon can fly to.
Yup, this S$2M DHL Balloon is not your usual hot-air balloon, but the world's largest tethered helium balloon that is actually certified as an aircraft!
The ride or flight as they call it however, is anything but boring. All my pre-conceived notions were changed after I had taken the flight. Not only was the flight upwards kind of thrilling, the vantage view of the city from the ballon was spectacular. No other place in Singapore will offer you such a fantastic panoramic view of the city!
The price of the ride is S$23 per adult (age 13 and up), S$13 per child (age 3 - 12) and S$2 per toddler (age 2 and below). Why would anybody take infants up, I am not sure, but there is a S$1 discount for all Singaporean citizens so do remember to bring your NRIC.
Operating hours are from 11am to 10pm and each ride last between 7 ~ 10 minutes. Weather permiting, the departure frequency is 30 minutes and it can take 10 ~ 29 passengers each time.
I took the 6.45pm one which allowed me a fantastic view of the sunset. :-)