Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN)

Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) Travel Guide

This Hong Kong–born souvenir shop brims with eclectic finds from the Far East and beyond. Browse the racks for embroidered kimonos or colorful cheongsam (a high-collared traditional dress).

Expect sensory overload at this free multimedia zone packed wall to wall with the latest in entertainment: a LAN gaming room, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles, and music booths equipped with built-in speakers and TVs showing music videos.

A seemingly endless selection of cartoon-adorned items includes quirky collectibles (you can’t miss the Voodoo Minis, plush dolls with mummy-style wrappings) and silly accessories (socks for your cell, plush toilet roll holders), plus stationery, confectionary, and clothing.

This tropical-themed retreat with straw furniture also has full spa services, plenty of napping corners, and “slumberettes”—small rooms with single beds (soothing music and aromatherapy optional). The bar serves up fruity drinks in hurricane glasses.

With branches all over Asia, Bee Cheng Hiang—the region’s top purveyor of barbecue meats—has finally hit Changi Airport. Dried sausages, sold by the link, hang above a counter displaying an array of the house specialty: the jerky-like bakkwa.

Travelers with a minimum five-hour layover can journey into the city on one of two free stopover tours. The Colonial Excursion retraces Singapore’s storied past via a walk along the landmark-rimmed Singapore River.

Orchids are Singapore’s national flower, and this shop’s three locations sell them in a variety of hues and hybrids. Look for the rare maroon dendrobium among the more usual whites, pinks, and purples.

This well-equipped public lounge has free Internet stations, LCD televisions with cable, and a “kiddie corner” television tuned into the Cartoon Channel. Or, pull up a sleek purple armchair and gaze out onto the runway.

Singapore’s Post Bar, in the iconic Fullerton Hotel, lends its swank style to its airport outpost. Behind an onyx bar, black-clad bartenders shake up zany twists of the classics like the Gold Sling, a Goldschlager-doused version of the national cocktail made with gin, brandy, and Benedictine.

The sweetly packaged cakes and crackers on sale here make great gifts, and the Indonesian delicacies taste as good as they look. Don’t miss the kue lapis, a steamed butter-and-egg-based layer cake too laborious to make on your own.

Changi’s two theaters play the latest blockbusters and cable TV movies around the clock, with up to 10 screenings daily. And the upholstered armchairs are cushier than plane seating. Check for schedules posted outside the theaters.

Singapore Changi Airport is the world’s seventh busiest airport, servicing more than 100 international airlines and providing flights to 210 cities worldwide.

The dark wood and chiffon screen niche at this 2,700-square-foot spa is the perfect antidote to traveler’s fatigue, offering massages in seven techniques (Javanese, Balinese, Swedish), along with facials, manicures, and pedicures. Treatments from $50.

Stop along Changi’s Nature Trail for a breath of fresh air. This tropical garden near the koi pond in Terminal 3 is home to 47 species of butterflies that roam free among hanging plants, including carnivorous pitcher plants, and palm trees—there’s even a waterfall.

Stop at this Singaporean chain store for Asian-inspired apparel with a modern twist, plus beautifully crafted accessories like pendants, bracelets, and necklaces fashioned from glass beads, jade, and topaz.