One of the things we hate the most about travelling is the time we waste at airports. We always end up sitting at the gate for way too long, praying that our phone battery lasts long enough, and hoping that guy charging his laptop leaves soon so we can use the only plug in the terminal. You probably know the feeling too.
But that was far from the case at Singapore Changi Airport. We showed up four hours before our flight because we actually wanted to spend time at this airport. Are we crazy? Nope! Changi Airport was just named the best airport in the world in the 2018 World Airport Awards by SkyTrax. For a 6th year in a row based on votes by 13.73 million customer nominations. Across more than 100 nationalities, with more than 500 airports worldwide taking part. So we can’t be wrong here.
There’s so much to do here, that you’ll soon want to move in. We sure did!
First, the gardens. Just in Terminal 2, alone, you have 3 magnificent gardens. One with orchids, another called the Enchanted garden that has its own Koi pond, and my favorite, an outdoor terrace garden full of sunflowers. And if you think that’s all, think again. The other terminals also boast a cactus garden, a butterfly garden and a water lily garden. Now that’s pretty damn impressive.
Ok. So maybe gardens aren’t your thing. Rather disconnect by getting an entertainment fix? Cool, they thought of you too! They have a movie theatre, game lounge and huge screens where you can watch whatever big sports match is on. There are also over 550 internet stations across the airport and 2 hours of free wifi available for you.
Still not impressed? It’s all good. We’re just getting started!
There’s a gym, rooftop pool and jacuzzi, clinics, pharmacies, convenience stores. A ton of stores, with one of our favorites being the bookstore. Because let me tell you, English books are hard to come by in South East Asia. So seriously, why would you ever want to leave this place?
Are you getting tired from discovering all the cool things at this airport? No worries, they have rest lounges and free leg massage machines. They have a ton of restaurants and bars where you can fuel up too.
You have loose change left over from your stay in Singapore? They have these machines that trade your change for a surprise gift depending on how much you have left.
Not a fan of any of this, but still want to discover Singapore? Cool! Because if you have at least 5.5 hours to spare, you can join one of the free 2.5 hours guided tours with 2 short stopovers. They have the Heritage Tour which runs 4 times daily or the City Sights Tour which runs 2 times a day.
If art is your thing, Changi has you covered. It boasts some impressive kinetic displays. The first one that caught our eye upon arrival is a Kinetic Rain installation made of 1,216 bronze rain drop shaped sculptures that rise and fall in incredible sequences.
The next one that left our jaws hanging open was the A Million Times at Changi. Both a kinetic art display, and a real time clock, it is the world’s largest kinetic clock.
Less flashy, but convenient AF was a feature we really liked. The fact that there was no main security check point. Don’t worry though, each gate has its own security check-in, which makes getting through a breeze!
Even the 3-4 hours we had at the airport wasn’t enough for us to discover everything it had to offer. Guess it’s a good thing we plan on coming back! But if you have more time to spare in Singapore, check out our 3-day itinerary.
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