With all the trips we have done Changi Airport in Singapore has been the one thing that we are able to rely on. We have always had a stopover at this wonderful Airport.
When we went on our first trip we did not have the information that we do have now and when we tell people about the facilities that are available to them, most are extremely surprised.
Have you flown through Changi Airport
1: You can have a shower at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
Yep, you read that right! After 12 hours plus without a shower I love that descent into Singapore. You do have to pay for your shower but after 12 hours and goodness knows how long more it is the best shower in the world. We have found that the gyms or the wellness centres are the places to go to.
The girls always love getting into their pj’s after a shower and waiting for the next leg to begin. If you are also inclined you can use the gyms and other facilities like massage, manicures, facials that they offer but all at a cost. The Singapore airport transit hotel has a price list that is available upon request.
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2: Shopping Changi terminal 1 shops
If you want it, Changi will have it. There are so many shops that you can look in and try some of the things that they have. There is an abundance of shop assistants to help you chose or look for the product you want. There are not only alcohol and cosmetics there are also chocolate shops, confectionery, clothes, handbags and speciality brand name stores. For some products, you need to have your ticket with you and your passport. There is also a time restriction on how long before your flight you can purchase your item. If you are unsure ask anyone of the helpful assistants and they will help you.
3: Abundance of restrooms.
This might seem like something that should be the norm for an airport of this size but these would have to be the most well maintained and cleaned toilets I have ever been to. We went to one that was out of the way and it was not the greatest, so there is the small screen you can alert cleaners to the mess that is in there. I did that and as we were walking out a crew of ladies were already on their way to fix it up. It is an amazing feet to keep that many restrooms clean with the number of people going through there but it is done so well.
4: Kids stuff at Singapore Changi
For us keeping the kids happy is hard after a long day and another leg still in front of them. Kids are well looked after in Changi, The airport has plenty of play areas, a butterfly garden (I would go in there before your shower as it is very humid in there), a Koi pond and plenty of garden areas that they can look at. Our girls loved the Koi pond as the fish in there were quite happy to come up close to them.
We spent a long time there as there was a small area we could sit down and watch the girls comfortably as they wandered safely around the pond. Last time we had a longer than usual stopover and decided to use the pool to wear the girls down a little more. They loved having a play in the pool for an hour
5: What to eat at Singapore Airport
When we first went on our trip, fussy children were not in our sights at that stage! Now at Changi airport, there is plenty of different options for you to enjoy. From fast food outlets to small restaurants, there is something for everyone.
It is a good idea to do your homework before you leave and I suggest having a look at the website before you go to see what Changi can offer you. It is also a good idea to make sure that the things you want to see are within the terminals as some of the things we wanted to do were outside passport control so we decided not to do them.
Getting from terminal to terminal is extremely easy with the monorail between them so you do have time to go and look in some of the others if there is something you would like to see in them
All in all Changi Airport is a little world within its self and it is extremely easy to navigate for first-time travellers and the well-seasoned ones as well!
Where to stay in Singapore
We have stayed at and recommend Holiday Inn Express for your accommodation in Singapore.
Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road – Located right in the middle of the city and just a few steps from the famous Orchard Road. You will find shopping centres, food courts and attractions right at your fingertips. Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road offers an outdoor setting area on the ground floor and the 4th floor. Rooms feature comfortable beds, adjoining rooms, a cafe and a gym. Click here for more information and prices.
Another option is to browse Booking.coom for all options fron budget to 5 star, to suit all travellers.
How to get to Singapore:
Singapore by plane: Singapore Changi Airport is the 6th busiest airport in the world and rated the worlds best airport for the last 7 years running. Singapore Changi is the home base airport for Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Scoot, and Jetstar Asia Airways . Changi is located 20 kilometres from the downtown area which is easily reachable by train, bus, taxi and Grab.
Singapore by bus: Travelling by bus to Singapore is convenient, comfortable and cheap. All buses to Singapore come from Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur and closer direct towns. Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by bus takes around 6 hours including stops at immigration and food breaks.
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Bec Wyld is a mother, wife and once reluctant traveller. Bec has been to over 30 countries across the globe. I have planned and stressed in all of these places. Becs writing can be found on Wyld Family Travel and as a guest poster and contributor on many other travel websites including Lonely Planet Kids