Changi Airport has consistently topped the list of the ‘World’s Best Airport’, we’ve actually won this award for 4 consecutive years! Let’s be honest, this isn’t a surprise. Changi Airport is clean, comfortable, has great 24 hour eateries and being a Singapore product is (of course) efficient! While Changi Airport has great basic amenities it’s the other attractions that make our airport the best in the world. Here’s 5 reasons why Changi Airport is great for travellers and locals alike!
1. The Exhibitions
Honestly, I’ve been to a handful of airports across the world and I’m pretty sure Changi Airport might just be one of the rare airports where locals head over just for the fun of it. There are a probably a few reasons for that;
- The open layout; So while the airport may be crowded, you don’t feel overwhelmed.
- Don’t lie: You’ve spent late nights here cramming for exams.
- THE EXHIBITIONS.
One thing that non-travellers can enjoy when they’re at Changi Airport is the exhibitions. Changi seem to come up with a theme ever few weeks because every time I head down there to pick or send someone off there’s a new display up!
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For Singapore’s 50th birthday, Changi Airport went above and beyond setting up several different displays and exhibits throughout the 3 terminals. Using different types of flowers , Changi Airport created a miniature outline of Singapore complete with LED lights. And what would Singapore be without the lion mascot from the Singapore Kindness Movement? Crafted mainly from sunflowers, the display highlighted one of our fondest memories from school.
The Great Adventure
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A theme park in a mall, has been seen and done. But a rollercoaster in the airport? Now that’s something I have to see. The Great Adventure exhibit targeted children from everywhere around the world. The exhibit has sand pits, stamps engraved with Chinese characters and of course the mini roller coaster!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Singaporeans love their movie franchises and what better way to attract local Singaporeans to Changi Airport then to build your very own models! My social media channels were filled of friends and family heading down to Changi Airport just to take snaps of this model X-Wing Fighter. Changi Airport even brought out Storm Troopers and Rebel Pilots for a Star Wars experience never seen in any other airport!
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Lord of The Rings is one of the most popular science fiction-adventure trilogy there is (besides Star Wars of course). LoTR fans were in for a treat when Changi Airport set up a model Hobbit-hole perfect for Bilbo Baggins! The fine details like the aging wood and hobbit sized accessories made the model look like it was plucked from the set! The greenery, like the grass on the roof just make the whole Hobbit-hole seem almost homey!
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Christmas means huge Christmas trees, falling snow, Father Christmas and of course presents! Changi Airport held its own by erecting its own miniature castle!The kids were in for a treat with a glimpse of Santa Clause and falling (artificial) snow! Who needs crowded shopping malls when Changi Airport is already providing some Christmas cheer!
2. Charging Points
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One thing any traveller can sympathise with is a dying battery. When you’re in a long haul flight, after you’ve exhausted options on flight entertainment having a laptop, cellphone or DVD player can keep you from boredom. Every international airport provides charging stations (in my opinion, this is considered a basic amenity). But charging stations in most international airports are far and few in between. Not at Changi Airport, there have more 800 charging plugs across the 3 terminals. What’s the best part? A lot of these charging ports are next to comfy seats!
3. The Restrooms
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While most airports can boast clean restrooms, not many can claim that they accept so feedback so well! If you’ve been to Changi Airport within the past few years you would have seen this interactive screen right before you exit the bathroom. What’s great about this interactive grading system is that you know who to thank for the clean restroom! And with a tap of your finger you can give your feedback to Changi Airport!
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If you’ve been crazy about Pokemon Go and are on the look out for Hotspots, look no further. Like many shopping malls and local attractions, Changi Airport has jumped on the bandwagon of making it a Singapore Pokemon Hotspot. Don’t just take my word for it, look at what a friend of mine caught in just 2 hours at Changi Terminal 1 and 3!
5. The Entertainment
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Flight delays and transits can be frustrating and boring. But at Changi Airport you might just be glad you get a few more hours to experience these entertainment attractions. There’s something here for any traveller whose bored out of their wits. You can head over to the movie theatre which shows up to date movies, if you’re more of a gaming buff you can head on over to the Entertainment Deck. This place is a Disneyland for anyone itching to get their hands on a gaming platform. Xbox Kinects and PS4s are filled with the most popular games. If you’re a fan of LAN gaming you’re in luck! Changi Airport has their own LAN gaming area!
6. The Giant Slide
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If you haven’t seen this beauty while walking around at T3 you’ve been missing out! This beauty is the largest of its kind. The slide spans 4 floors and it was a major attraction when T3 first opened. The best part? You only have to spend $10 in a single receipt to get your turn on it! And as long as you’re below 2 meters tall you can get your chance to slide down this mega slide!
Changi Airport is known internationally as THE best airport in the world. The airport sees about 55 million passengers come through its doors. It might be quite impossible to get bored at this giant playground, Changi Airport has built a nirvana for travellers and locals alike!
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