Perhaps Changi Airport in Singapore is one the few air transportation centers that deserves its own post in a travel blog. It has won numerous awards for its service, leisure amenities and overall worlds best airport.
Our first visit was just a short layover, but on our second time through we had a dreaded seven hours to kill. If you’re going to have any extensive amount of time to waste in an airport, this is the one to do it in.
Singapore really knows how to look after a traveler. Everything you could possibly need while waiting for a flight is here. In addition to a nights stay the airport hotel offers the weary traveler other options. You can pay a nominal fee to take a shower and/or nap. There are several places offering back and foot massages, facials, manicures, pedicures or a haircut. If you didn’t get quite enough shopping in Singapore, you can keep yourself busy for hours in the myriad of stores. There are several restaurants and food kiosks offering all kinds of dishes from Chinese to Indian, French and Italian.
One of the main highlights of the airport are the beautiful orchid gardens and koi pond. There are also fern, sunflower and cactus gardens as well as an enclosed butterfly area with a six meter waterfall.
If you just want to chill you can choose from one of the several lounges, sit back and relax with a fancy drink at a bar, or see a new release at the movie theater.
The list of conveniences and entertainment options is endless, a medical clinic, several pharmacies, a prayer room and several business centers, PC, Xbox and Playstation gaming rooms, music listening stations, a jam studio where you can try out being a DJ, a swimming pool and children’s play areas are just a dent of what is available. There is even a “free” two hour Singapore tour offered on first come first serve basis.
A Passport Entry and Exit Stamp For A Starbucks!
One of the first things we looked for once inside the airport was a Starbucks. To our surprise there wasn’t one in our section. We were in a secured area so we couldn’t leave to go to where it was located. Do you think that stopped us?
After traveling for 15 months around the world our passports are identical with the exception of an extra Singapore entry and exit stamp that is now in Jack’s. He had to go through security and customs to get us a Chai Tea Latte! Now that’s a devoted customer, or perhaps just a sad admission of an addiction.