Travelling in Singapore
Singapore runs like clockwork. More than four decades of political stability has led a level of infrastructure second to none. The government is a well-oiled machine that has created superb road, rail and air networks.
This becomes apparent to the traveller on arrival at Changi Airport, an airport which sets the standard for luxury and efficiency for airports across the world. Since its opening in 1981, after the renovation of an older airport, Changi has made its mark in the aviation industry as a benchmark for service excellence winning over 360 awards since 1981, including 27 “best” awards in 2009 alone.
Facilities include two different lounges with 24-hour napping areas; shower and spa facilities; hotel and pool amenities; and Singapore city tours for passengers in transit for up to five hours who are granted a special pass to leave the airport on one of four city tour options; and comprehensive dining and entertainment options.
In addition to a wide array of duty-free shops and eating outlets, Changi has six open-air garden areas, with each garden featuring a different group of plants: cacti; bamboo; heliconia; sunflower; fern; and orchid.
Within the international transit area of the interconnected Terminals 1 and 2, Internet and games facilities, prayer rooms, showers, spas, gym, swimming pool and a hotel are available.