January 23, 2016

Review: Singapore Changi Airport

Planning & Booking
American Express Centurion Lounge DFW
Emirates A380 First Class Dallas to Dubai
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates 777-300ER First Class Dubai to Male
Transfer to Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Park Hyatt Maldives - Resort & Park Villa
Park Hyatt Maldives - Water Villa
Transfer to Male
Singapore Airlines 777-200ER Business Class Male to Singapore
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Singapore Airlines The Private Room Singapore
Singapore Changi Airport 
Singapore Airlines 777-300ER First Class Singapore to Hong Kong
Singapore Airlines 777-300ER First Class Hong Kong to San Francisco

After a great meal in The Private Room, we set out to explore the airport.  I don't normally write reviews of airports but Changi is among the world's best and a logical stopover for many traveling to Asia.  We've visited the airport multiple times but until this trip, hadn't properly explored all that the Changi has to offer.

We left Singapore's lounge facility located in Terminal 3 and headed left at the bottom of the escalator.  Emily did some duty free shopping as we made our way through the terminal to the skytrain.

Airtrain view of Changi's control tower

We took the train to Terminal 2 to explore the indoor orchid garden.  How cool is this?

Located on the main (second) airside level of the terminal, the garden is big enough (700 orchids and 30 species) that you can walk through it and get a bit of a taste of the "real" orchid garden at the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

Next up was the outdoor sunflower garden.  Located on the third level of T2 above the orchid garden.  We stopped to smell the flowers.

While watching some pretty awesome Singapore Airlines traffic before we headed back in to the air conditioned terminal.

Located next to the sunflower garden is a movie theater (there is also one in T3) screening free movies nearly 24 hours per day.  Here's a recent screening list:

There was so much more we wanted to see but we were running out of time.  We headed back over to T3 to clean up a bit before our flight in The Private Room.  

We had one more glass of Champs before heading over to our gate where our gorgeous 777-300ER was patiently waiting to take us to Hong Kong.

Final Thoughts:

Changi is my favorite airport in the world.  It is super clean, efficient and passenger friendly.  There is enough to do to keep you (and/or your family) occupied for hours.  Even if you're just flying through Singapore, I would highly recommend a stopover in the city and a few hours at the airport.  You'll be glad you did.

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