10 things to do in Changi Airport

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Photos: Christina Pfeiffer

Flying through Singapore and have a few hours to spare in Changi Airport? Fortunately, Singapore’s Changi Airport is designed to keep weary travellers happy, relaxed and refreshed. Here are our top 10 things to do in Changi Airport

1Visit the Social Tree

Upload your photos and videos at a touch-screen photo booth and you’ll soon see yourself on the giant 360-degree screen of this nine-metre tall and 11-meter in diameter digital “Social Tree”.

The display has a rotating selection of phantasmagorical backgrounds including a mystical forest, deep sea setting, Marina Bay skyline and Singapore heartlands. You can even upload those photos and videos to Facebook and Twitter.

2Go for a swim

3Visit the Aviation Gallery

Ever wondered how in-flight catering meals are prepared or which commercial airliner is capable of reaching supersonic speed? Aviation enthusiasts will love the Aviation Gallery in Terminal 3.

It offers insights into the airport’s ground operations and history of aviation in Singapore.

The gallery is a multimedia zone with hands-on interactive displays and a display model airplanes that have flown through Changi.

4Ride the slide

5Relax in a garden

Wind down in nature and breathe fresh air in one of these Changi Airport gardens. There’s a butterfly garden, a cactus garden, a fern garden and an orchid garden with a lovely pond filled with koi.

6Watch a movie at Changi Airport

7Go shopping

Shops in Singapore’s Changi Airport range from fashion and beauty to the latest electronic gadgets. My favourites are footwear store, Charles & Keith, and Pandora, where you can sometimes pick up charms that are made especially for the Asian market.

I bought a dragon charm in the year of the dragon. Changi Airport also has a transit programme where you can claim back S$40 in shopping vouchers while in transit.

8Catch up on some work

9Relax in a spa

10Take a free tour