5 Ways to Pass Time in Singapore Changi Airport
Long layovers were never a problem in Singapore Changi Airport. Named as the Best Airport in the world for fifth year in a row, you will never run out of things to do.
Being travelers on a budget, we constantly end up booking tickets with long layovers and Singapore Air is always our best find. We’ve been to Changi Airport for about six times already, our layovers ranges from 7 hours to 10 hours long. Waiting for connecting flights were never boring in Changi, from gardens to food parks, to koi ponds, I think it can be dubbed as a tourist destination itself. Let me list down our favorite things to do while passing time in Changi.
Food Trippin’ in Singapore Food Street
Yes, you’ve read that right. There is a food street inside the Airport. If you’re into Chinese food like we are, this little piece of foodie paradise will never disappoint. Located in Terminal 3 Transit Area, this 1960’s themed food street will have you experience Singapore’s local delights from early Singapore era. They offer diverse feast of local favorites from Hainanese Chicken to a savory bowl of Beef Noodles. Just borrow a Singapore Food Street card from the front counter (see exhibit A), put in a sufficient amount of dollars, use it to buy food from the makeshift carts and be on your merry way of eating.
Quick Nature Trip in Changi Gardens
Singapore is known as a “City in a Garden” so its no surprise that Changi Airport has few gardens integrated in it. Be it orchids, sunflowers or even cactuses and succulents, the sight in these gardens will surely bring relief in your flight-tired eyes.
Need to catch a healthy dose of vitamin D? Head to level 3 transit area of Terminal 2; you’ll find a Sunflower Garden in the rooftop. It’s secluded from the hustling dining and shopping area so it will be just the sun, the flowers and you in solitude.
In Terminal 3 you’ll find a Butterfly Garden. Said to be the first Butterfly Garden inside an Airport, besides the variety of butterflies it also has lush greenery and a waterfall inside.
There is no such thing as too many flowers in Changi Airport. Just by roaming around, you’ll see remarkable orchid arrangements here and there. We have yet to see all the gardens, now that’s something to look forward to in our next visit.
Say no more says Changi Airport. From luxury brands to not-so-luxury brands to souvenirs, retail therapy in Changi is like no other. (Okay, I’ll say no more, we’re not inclined to spend money into airport shopping except when we need to change clothes and forgot to bring a spare. Lol)
Snoozing in Lounge Areas with a bonus of Koi Ponds
Whether a quick nap or an all-out-snoring-shut-eye, Changi is the best in the world for airport sleeping. There are pay-per-use lounges and there are free snooze lounges on all terminals of Changi Airport. Should you need a shower or a private place to sleep, go for the pay-per-use. For us who doesn’t shower until we’ve reached our destination (lol), we choose the free snooze lounges. Though it fills up fast and it’s not that quiet, the lounges are comfortable and surrounded by greenery that can partially if not totally relax your tired eyes.
FREE Singapore Tour
The best part of the long Changi Airport layover? Singapore Tour! Since it is the best, it deserves a separate blog post, Lols. Watch this space for an update. 🙂