MilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 869 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2503 times:
You really won't have much time at SIN. You will have to be at the gate 25 mins before departure, so that leaves only about 1.5hrs.
I wouldn't necessarily bother going to T1 just for the open air area. There's a 'relatively' little-known open-air area in T2 where you can sit down and relax. There's an OK view of 02R and the T2 gate areas. It's on the 3rd floor right outside Timezone, which is right next to the Transit Hotel. You need to take the escalators to get up to the 3rd floor. The escalators you want (it's a bit confusing) are the last ones right down near the F concourse.
If you do want to go to T1 you take the train over there, and this is quite an interesting thing to do. Make sure you press the button for the train - the first time I didn't realise you had to do this and stood there for about 10mins waiting!
One other thing, don't be too panicky about the way 'FINAL CALL' is used at Changi. When the Gate area opens the monitors will display BOARDING. 'FINAL CALL' is used once the plane starts boarding, which can be as early as 40mins before actual departure. As long as you arrive at the gate 20-25 mins before departure you'll be fine. I think it's just SIN's way of keeping things moving along.
I have been to HKG, ICN, PVG and many other great airports in Asia. IMHO SIN is the best by far. It might not be as modern looking at the other ones I mentioned, but it is just such a comfortable and pleasant place to be, with heaps of GREAT value shopping (but cigarettes are cheaper in BKK as they always have specials like 20% off a second carton).
Jubilee777 From Singapore, joined May 1999, 528 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2460 times:
Basically, i have no idea what you and your wife want or prefer to do.
As MilesDependent says, we have a open area (Garden Terrace) at Terminal 2 beside the Transit Hotel where you can view the planes. There is also another open area where you can view the apron, located inside the smoking room. From the comfort of air con, i would recommend the area opposite Gate E11, where you can get a good view of Runway 2.
You can also enjoy live band performance in the evenings ( or piano performance for Sundays only) at the center of the Transit Hall, no entrance fees /purchase required.
You can also opt to take part in our second series of "Whats your Range " gameshow, which will feature questions about the upcoming World Cup event, sponsored by JVC - 20 Years of World Cup sponsorship.
This will most likely start from 15th April.
For paxs who hasn't been to Changi Airport, you guys just missed Mercedes Benz F1 car at the Sport Lounge at T2, which was on display till 31st March to celebrate the F1 race in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur.
Jubilee777 From Singapore, joined May 1999, 528 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2446 times:
i will leave your sex lives private.
Most of the shopping areas will be in the centre of the Hall. If let's say you are near Gate E1 ( the one end of the shopping area), and need to go to F59 (the furthest gate on the other side), you will need no more than 12 mins to walk there.
SQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2446 times:
On the average, it's about 10mins walk from one end of T2 to the other. If you stay within the limits of T2, you should have no problems getting from the shopping and entertainment area (which are all located centrally). Pretty neat layout and not at all complicated like some other new airports around the region.
Changi Airport was built with the transit passenger in mind (the bulk of Changi's visitors are transit passengers). As such, lotsa thought went into designing and coming up with activities for transit passengers. I agree with the rest, 2 hrs just isn't enough to really experience one of the most popular airports in the world.
Nicolasrolland From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2417 times:
They have lovely shops, lovely garden, lovely whirpool where you can see airplanes, lovely tv sofa, lovely smoking area (outside) looking the airplanes, lovely food... (not as good as in the country itself) but humm yum yum try laksa my friend you'll see mix of Malay, chinese and indian food delicious try
Nasi Lemak I think delicious I think too hehe
enjoy the observatories,
talk to the nice peoples...
All this to do during that 2h you should think about making this 2h for a night out in Singapore.. cannot change the reservation to get a full night out in singapore.. they ahve lovely irish pubs, best food
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2405 times:
There's heaps to do in Changi. Many Singaporeans go there for fun on weekends, especially now that the train station has opened.
Also, there's this game show in the transit lounge which transit passengers can take part in, and is a bit like Who wants to be a millionaire, except that you just win $1000 or something like that.
There's also a small cinema where you can catch HBO movies. Which means the movies will be at best 1-2 years old.
If you have a lap top, you can log on to the internet at the many free internet connection booths in the transit area.
Changi doesn't have the kind of modern architecture we see in HKG and KUL, but it's bright, cheerful and comfortable and is in no way ageing.
6-8pm are the busiest times of the airport. Most of the first wave of European flights come in between 4 to 6.30pm (the second wave comes in at 6.30am) and most of the Aussie flights leave at 8pm. Which means you'll see heaps and heaps of Qantas planes. (That's at Terminal One though)
Ryan, how long will your transit time be on your way back from BKK? If it's at least 4 hours, you can take the free Singapore tour and have a first hand feel on how our clean and perfectly-organised, prim and proper city combats the evils of jaywalking, spitting and gum-chewing, which could prove detrimental to our economic well-being!
TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2395 times:
SIN is a GREAT airport! If you are into plane watching, try any window or the terrace ( can be humid). You can get a shower in the transit longe. There is a cinema on the upper level where SQ flies out of. I really LOVE SIN!!