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
Take a dip in the rooftop pool, located in Terminal 1. If you’re staying at the Ambassador Transit Hotel you can use the pool and jacuzzi for free.
Otherwise it costs $13.91 but it’s good value as it includes the use of the shower facilities, a towel and a complimentary non-alcoholic drink from the bar.
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
The Slide@T3 is the world’s tallest slide in an airport. At 12m high or four storeys tall, the thrill of sliding at 6 metres per second is sure to chase the jetlag away.
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
There are two 24-hour movie theatres, in Terminals 2 and 3. Shows are free and the latest movie screenings on the Fox Movies Premium Channel can be found at Terminal 2 at Changi Airport.
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
There are more than 550 internet kiosks available for passengers to at no cost. WiFi is also free and there are plenty of charging stations for computers and smartphones.
Catch up with world financial news on a plasma set, which has cable channels like BBC World, CNBC, Channel News Asia and CNN, and up-to-date stock and equities information provided by Bridge Information Systems and Reuters.
9Relax in a spa
Wind down and put yourself in the hands of a therapist at one of the many spas.
Spa menus offer a large range of services including facials, manicures, reflexology, ear candling and specialist massages such as Tui Na, Thai and hot stone.
A unique thing to do is to book some time at the Fish Spa and let the fish nibble on your feet in Terminal 1 at Changi Airport.
10Take a free tour
If you have at least five hours between flights, a free tour of Singapore is the way to go. Tours run five times a day and there’s a choice of two.
The colonial tour showcases Singapore’s history as a trading port and includes a stroll along the Singapore River. The cultural tour takes in the sights of Singapore’s multicultural population including Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam. Tours are two hours long and are very popular so make sure you sign up as soon as you arrive.
Here is a list of airlines I’ve flown on either in or out of Changi Airport