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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

OUR TREASURES: Changi Airport







There’s only one airport in Southeast Asia that keeps winning just about any “Best Airport” awards in the worldSingapore’s Changi Airport. What makes this little enclave so magnetic anyway? Whose idea is it to give this place almost a hotel like feeling to it? Why does everybody – from airport-dwelling backpackers to seasoned travelers only have good things to say about this airport?

Their secret? – UPGRADING. While we go ga-ga over other airport's internet cafes, prayer rooms, shopping, and good eats; Changi upgraded it all -- free mobile charging, free tours of the city, alarm clocks on the chairs, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, massage and spa facilities, live bands, extensive gardens, a special "official" napping corner, and free movies. Is there any airport like this around our village called Southeast Asia? Or even the whole world!?




One of their add-ons is the Free Singapore Tour. If you have five hours to spare between connecting flights, you can register for the free 2 hour Singapore tour, which will take you around the river area, and includes a 20 minute bumboat ride. Available from 10am to 7pm with the last booking available at 6:30pm. Seats are limited though.

Changi Airport was officially opened on 29 December 1981 although it was operational since the 1st of July -- The very first flight it accommodated was Singapore Airlines flight SQ 101, carried 140 passengers from Kuala Lumpur, touched-down at 7:00 am on that day.


Is there such as thing as a “five star airport”? – If there is, Singapore’s Changi Airport is one of the world’s few. Absoloutely one of Southeast Asia’s treasures.


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--Pisanu in Singapore

16 Comments:

Mariani said...

It's so clean, I can eat off the floor. :-)

Googoosh said...

I wonder how much they spend on the cleaning ladies over there. Oh my!

Hanifa said...

Apparently, Jakarta is the worst airport in Southeast Asia. And Denpasar airport too.

George said...

You forgot to mention the MRT that connects the airport to the city proper. LOL

Bjarne of Norway said...

Spot on, isn't it? Changi is a mall, a hotel, a living room, and entertainment center, a garden rolled into one.

Akihiro said...

Hey dude! You're in Singapore? What the hell? Call me, I'll follow you guys.

Sanne Dee said...

And they are still not happy with 2 world-class terminals! The 3rd one is coming up for the tiny red dot.


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aries said...

goodness...is this paradise owned by the government? how do they keep up with the expenses?

they have a lot of free stuff, terminal fees must be high. i think...

Jeff said...

I have been in and out of this airport many times and have to agree. Especially, if your arriving from far away i.e the States it nice to have a comfortable place like this.

MISTERHUBS said...

This airport makes our international airport look like a garage.

riain said...

I love Changi! It is soooo convenient that I can just hop on the MRT and get to the city... Oh my, if only all the airports in the world is like this.

MischMensch said...

Have been living in Singapore for months, almost a year now and I love going to Changi Airport. Maybe that's why I stay near Changi Airport. LOL. I love sending off and meeting new people there it's so fun. I could stay in Changi Airport all day! It's like my favourite place in the whole Singapore. Haha

Erique Fat Owl said...

The only airport in the world that I wouldn't be embarrassed caught sleeping in!

(because for many people, sleeping in airports is synonymous of stinginess!)

And also, Changi makes sleeping so...effortless. They've got FREE daybeds placed on tranquil, spa-like settings - complete with ambient lights, tranquilizing water fountains, and ethereal music, for goodness sakes! DAYBEDS!!!!! (Singapore has too much money!)

the dreamer said...

wowwwwwww! this airport sure is a luxury! singapore always fascinates me of their landmarks...

vevero said...

Changi Airport voted as World's Best Airport.

Anonymous said...

hahahaha. you people are funny. if you only knew the deep dark secrets of changi airport. like no actual grid reference system.. they have an effin' paint marker on the beginning of the runway 1 called 0,0... hahahaha. wow. an engineering marvel indeed.

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