water is flowing out of the rain vortex, the word's tallest indoor waterfall
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Jewel Changi Airport has been rated as the World’s Greatest Airport multiple times in a row, and honestly, it lives up to the hype.

Some people book flights so that they can explore everything it has to offer. I spent less than 24 hours there and barely touched the surface. There are hundreds of excellent restaurants and fun things to do.

Trust me, it’s unlike any airport you’ve ever been to.

Fun Things to Do at Changi Airport

Visit The Jewel

You cannot leave Changi Airport without visiting the legendary HSBC Rain Vortex. It’s the world’s tallest indoor waterfall surrounded by a lush indoor rainforest. At night, there’s a beautiful light show. It runs about every 15 minutes. The best photo opp is when the train passes while the waterfall runs. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. Afterward, you can visit one of the fantastic restaurants at the airport.

Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden at Changi Airport has over 1000 butterflies. It’s great for kids and nature lovers alike. Spend an hour watching the butterflies being fed.

Bouncing Net

The bouncing net is another family-friendly thing to do at Changi Airport. It’s a trampoline located towards the top of the airport. It’s an excellent way for kids to wear off some energy. Make sure to bring covered shoes and socks.

Free Singapore Layover Tour

If you’re transitioning through Changi Airport, you may be eligible for a free layover tour. The tours allow you to visit local neighborhoods, famous landmarks, and food courts. All tours are not created equally, so read more about my experience with the free Singapore Layover Tour here.

Best Restaurants in Changi Airport

You can find street food, casual eats, and luxury dining at Changi Airport. One of the most authentic places to eat is Singapore Food Street. It’s a lineup of lots of different authentic Asian eateries. You’ll have no issues finding vegan restaurants. Bikanervala serves samosas and perfectly spiced masala dosa. You’ll also find many halal spots throughout the airport, such as Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen and Andes by Astons.

Luggage Storage

If you plan on exploring the airport, you may want to keep your luggage in storage, as some places do not allow luggage. Luggage storage kiosks are available throughout the airport and start at 6 dollars. You cannot leave large laptops in storage so you may want to keep a smaller tote bag on your person.

Hotel Information

Hotels Near Changi Airport

There are a few hotels near the Airport. Most have free airport transfers. YOTELAIR Singapore Changi is located inside the airport and only a short walk from restaurants. Rooms are small but suitable for a comfortable place to lay your head. Crowne Plaza Changi is a bit more expensive but they have comfortable rooms, a swimming pool, and complimentary breakfast (depending on your room rate).

Does Singapore Airlines Provide a Hotel for Long Layovers?

No, Singapore Airlines does not provide complimentary hotel rooms for long layovers. There are lots of hotels nearby though. You can also hang out in one of the lounges for a few hours.

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