The Changi Airport is known for being the best in the world, and here’s why!
As you can see from this informational sign, the Changi Airport offers many, many things to do. This sign is in Terminal 2 and lists only the things to do once you’ve gone through security or are in transit. It doesn’t even list the activities to do once you are outside of security.
Singaporeans make a day of going to the airport. There’s fun for the kids, great food, and great shopping, but we want to do the stuff inside, so here goes!
There are a number of gardens from orchids, to sunflowers, there are flowers everywhere. We were at the airport a couple of times at different times of the day, and each time we saw gardeners clipping, cleaning, watering, and making sure everything is beautiful.
The gardens are sculpted with water features, art installations, and informative signs. It is not only relaxing and pleasing to the eye, it’s educational.
Reading up before we arrived, we’d heard lots about the butterfly garden in Changi, so that was high on our list to see. Unfortunately, we got there as the sun was setting and the butterflies were settling in for the night, but we still saw quite a bit.
In such a small area, there was a staircase and observation platform to get up high, a vertical case containing collected chrysalis’, two feeding trays to attract the butterflies and make them very easy to see, and lots of plants and sunlight streaming in to keep them happy.
We couldn’t believe how many people were there. Mothers with children, old men, backpackers. Everyone wanted to see the butterflies. As we stood there a caretaker came and struck up a conversation with us. He told us he had been there to help build the enclosure and it was his job to take care of the butterflies and talk to the people about them. What a cool job!
One of the coolest sections of the airport was a media haven! There were booths and kiosks for playing video games, either individually or with others. We saw backpackers and families all crowded into one booth playing together; what a great way to meet some new folks!
In this same area, there was a theater with a free movie schedule, music booths where you could go in, play or even compose music. There were also smaller TV areas where you could pick your own movie to watch with your travelmates or family. There were plenty of computer terminals for surfing the Internet, and of course reading blogs!
Needless to say this area was packed with kids of all ages. There was a small cafe right there so you could get your drinks or snacks and just relax. I could tell the moms were thrilled to have something to keep their children occupied and happy while waiting for their flights!
Changi has so much to offer, there just really isn’t enough time to try it all! We checked at the hotel and spa to find that there were no rooms or spa appointments. You have to book ahead.
We did have our swimsuits with us and would have loved to take a dip in the pool, but we spent way too much time exploring. Next time, though, I’m definitely going swimming.
Have you been to the Changi Airport? What did you do while you waited? Tell us all about it in the comment section!
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Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.