What’s so special about Changi Airport?

Travel Tips — By mariannerogerson on January 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Singapore’s Changi Airport is the seventh busiest international airport in the world, serving more than 100 international airlines flying to some 210 cities worldwide. It is also known to be one of the best airports in the world and is often awarded as such by various international travel magazines.

But what is it that makes it so special?

Yes there’s a whole host of shopping, dining and drinking options, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from modern international airports. Even the free internet stations spaced throughout the three terminals don’t set Changi apart from most other international airports these days.

 

Changi Airport Terminal 2 - photo courtesy of Changi Airport Group

But how many other airports boast an Entertainment Deck with free Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 games? Or two 24-hour movie theatres (also free of charge)? Or how about the four different children’s playgrounds that are placed throughout the airport, or The Slide@T3 – the world’s tallest slide in an airport, standing at 12 meters (or four storeys) high?

 

Changi Airport Movie Theatre - photo courtesy of Changi Airport Group

If you need to stretch your legs between long flights, there’s a series of gardens to explore – including a tropical butterfly garden with more than 1,000 free roaming butterflies, a 6 metre waterfall and a collection of 200 carnivorous or insectivorous plants. There’s also an orchid garden, fern garden (both featuring koi ponds), a cactus garden and a sunflower garden to wander around – the latter transforms into a light garden at night with an illuminated bamboo walkway.

 

Changi Airport Butterfly Garden - photo courtesy of Changi Airport Group

Or for a few hours of total relaxation, there is the Balinese-themed outdoor swimming pool complete with Jacuzzi, showers and bar, or you could choose to head to the spa for a relaxing massage or a spot of foot reflexology. And if all you want to do is sleep, then you can do that too – The Rainforest Lounge offers cubicle-style beds available in three-hour blocks, while the Transit Hotels offer rooms based on three and six hour blocks. Free ‘snooze’ chairs with leg and head rests are also available.

 

Changi Airport Rest Area - photo courtesy of Changi Airport Group

And last, but by no means least, if you have at least five hours to kill between flights, then you can sign up for a FREE two-hour sightseeing tour of Singapore.

Now that’s what makes Changi Airport so special!

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