Some people go to spas to relax. I go to airports (well, ideally airlines’ free spas at airports, though that’s neither here nor there). As a matter of fact, I’m spending 15 hours at one today. Yeah, I’m crazy, let me explain.
You see, I landed in Singapore this morning at 3AM, and my connection to Kuala Lumpur isn’t until 5PM (due to award availability). Originally I was going to go into the city, though I have carry-ons, have a bunch of work I need to get done, it’s over 90 degrees outside, and I’ll be visiting Singapore for a full day on my return journey in a few days (not to mention I’ve been there several times before).
So instead I decided to spend the day at the airport getting all of my work done so that I can spend the next few days exploring Kuala Lumpur with rather limited interruptions.
And while I’m as tired as humanly possible (keep in mind, I left Los Angeles yesterday afternoon after waking up at 7AM, had a 20 hour flight, and have now been in Singapore for 11 hours), I’m incredibly relaxed and getting a ton of work done. Usually my “office” is Starbucks or Panera, since all I need to work is my laptop. So this is my office for today.
When I got here at 3AM I had the massive lounge all to myself. It began to fill up eventually, and now it’s once again very quiet.
Anyway, that’s really not the point of this post. In addition to having a cup of coffee every six minutes, I’ve roamed the airport periodically in an effort to stay awake and get a bit of movement. What I’ve come to realize is that Singapore Changi really is, by far, the world’s best airport (I previously rated it as one of the best airports in this TravelSort article). While Hong Kong Airport is perhaps slightly more architecturally impressive, the features of Singapore Changi are second to none.
For one, Terminal 3 is about as classy of a shopping mall as any.
But lots of airports have great duty free shopping. It’s the other amenities that set them apart.
While it’s not in anyway useful, there’s a very cool open air butterfly garden in the airport. Butterflies are a lot more interesting when there’s a 777-300ER in the background.
Beyond that, the airport has a legitimate free movie theater. When I had a look, they were playing the new “Wall Street” movie (my point being, they’re not playing Wiggles reruns).
For whatever reason the airport never seems to be crowded, with plenty of comfortable seating.
I consider it a treat when an airport has free wifi. Not only does Changi have free wifi, but it even has free computer terminals for anyone to use.
And lastly, check out the immigration lines when I walked past them a few minutes ago:
Seriously, Changi is an airport I’d actually love to transit as a passenger without lounge access. Hell, I have lounge access, and I’ve found myself sitting outside the lounge just as much as inside the lounge so far today.