Have you ever wonder what you can do at the airport after you’ve check in for your flight? Or are you one of those that feel there isn’t a need to reach the airport too early, since all you need to do is check in your luggage and head straight to the boarding gate? You might want to reconsider after reading this 😉
Changi Airport has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1981, when Terminal 1 first opened. Today, we have three terminals, with the fourth in construction and planning for a fifth.
Being the sixth busiest international airport today, Changi Airport is a major air hub in Asia, serving more than 100 international airlines flying to some 320 cities in about 80 countries and handled more than 54.1 million passengers in 2014. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 secs! WOW~
With about 350 retail and services outlets and 160 F&B outlets at Changi, Changi Airport is one of Singapore’s best places for shopping and dinning, as well as a favourite destination for Singapore residents, especially families.
Alright, enough introduction of Changi Airport, let’s move on to the 10 things that you can do here before you flight!
Catch a Movie!
If you are awaiting for a flight transit or your flight got delayed, you might want to visit the movie theatres located in Terminals 2 & 3 where you can enjoy movies of different genres, ranging from the recent shows to classic. These entertainment hubs are open 24 hours daily 😉
Movie Theatre Terminal 2 : Near the Sunflower Garden at Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 3 Terminal 3 : Near the Ambassador Transit Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 3
Interact with the Nature!
If you are a nature lover, you will love the Butterfly Garden! Located in Terminal 3, the butterfly garden is an all-time favourite and the first to be featured in an airport. You can gain insight into the life cycle of a butterfly and get interaction with the thousand butterflies here! Do refrain from hurting these butterflies okay?
Another place for the nature lover to visit too. With a total of 500 sunflower planted in the sunflower garden, it never fail to bring cheer to anyone whom visit the garden. Not only you get to see the sunflowers, you will get a view of the runway as well as the aircraft parking bays too!
Craving for some food or coffee? Hop on to the Hard Rock Café for an extensive menu ranging from Nachos to their famous burgers and fajitas. You can do some shopping at the Rock Shop with limited edition merchandise for you to bring back home!
Hard Rock Cafe Terminal 3 : Departure Transit Lounge Opening Hours : 6.00am – 1.00am
Have a Taste of the Local Delicacies
Enjoy local delicacies from Bak Chor Mee, Fried Kway Teow, Bak Kut Teh and many more at the Singapore Food Street. Especially when you are gonna be away from Singapore for a long time, these will help to satisfy your crave for abit. 😛
Singapore Food Street Terminal 3 : Transit Area, Level 3
Feeling tired after a long flight before catching your next transit flight? Go make yourself comfortable at the free rest areas on the snooze chairs and massage chairs. Yawnz~ it’s snooze time! Do Not Disturb.
Rest Area Located at all three Terminals.
With over 500 free internet terminals located in the airport, you may now stay connected on your social media channels or checking email and even booking of tickets and rooms! I even did a blog post using these terminals before i flew off for one of my trip hahaha~ it’s really convenient!
Internet Terminals Available at all three Terminals
Not to worry if your electronics devices is hungry for some power juice. Power adapters can be found everywhere in the airport and you can recharge you devices and never miss a moment from you travel trips due to a power failure.
Power Adapter Sockets Available at all three Terminals.
The children’s playground is a place suitable for children aged from 1 to 12 to have moments of fun and they can be located at all the three terminals as well 😉
Children’s Playground Terminal 1 : Departure Transit Lounge West, Level 3 Terminal 2 : Next to Family Zone at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2 Terminal 3 : Next to SATS Special Service Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge Central, Level 2 : Outside gate holdroom A16 – A20 at Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 2
If you are departing from or transiting at Changi Airport, you can enjoy tax and duty free shopping at the airport. What’s more, you can also shop online and collect them at the airport before you fly off! and if you are a Changi Rewards member, you will also be rewarded for shopping with iShopChangi as you can earn Changi Rewards points with your online purchases.
The Social Tree is a new attraction that uses interactive technology for travellers to share their photo and video memories instantly and to retrieve them on subsquent visits to the airport.
Located at Terminal 1, this giant tree is made up of 64 giant 42-inch high-definition screens where travellers can ‘attach’ their photo onto the colourful and animated crown of the structure.
Here’s a wefie taken with my travel buddies on a trip to Kalibo! more about the trip coming up soon on the blog 😉
The Social Tree Terminal 1 : Main entrance upon entering the transit area.
Splashing Good Time!
Do you know that there is a swimming pool in the airport?! Dip yourself in this Balinese-themed swimming pool and enjoy the relaxing ambience. Pool and jacuzzi is free for all passengers staying at the Ambassador Transit Hotel while non-resident of the hotel can pay a fee of $13.91 to access the pool and jacuzzi, inclusive of shower facilities, towel and complimentary non-alcoholic drink from the bar.
Swimming Pool Terminal 1 : Near Transit Hotel at Departure Transit Lounge East, Level 3
Battle it Off!
Battle it off at the Gaming Room located at Terminal 2 with the Kinect Sports for a new sports gaming experience and hours and hours of entertainment for your family/friends!
Entertainment Deck Terminal 2 : Departure Transit Lounge, Level 3
There’s simply so much things you can do at the airport! So, will you consider to check in earlier and enjoy these facilities?