Changi Airport is a major passenger hub in SE Asia serviced by many low cast carriers such as Tiger Airways and Air Asia. If you’ve spent anytime in SE Asia, surely you’ve passed through Singapore or Bangkok. The airport is consistently ranked one of the top airports in the world. I’ve outlined several ways to pass the time in Changi Airport.
- High-end Option: Crowne Plaza Hotel or Changi Village Hotel
- Mid-range Option: Ambassador Transit Hotel
- Budget Option: Sleep or hang out in the airport
The bed in the Ambassador Transit Hotel.
I think staying at the Ambassador Transit Hotel in Changi Airport is a great option if you’re arriving late at night and have a flight out the next day. There are locations in Terminal 1, 2 and 3. There are only budget rooms (with shared bathrooms) in Terminals 1 and 2. The Ambassador Transit Hotel is located airside so you must NOT clear immigrants and customs. If you are coming from the budget terminal, you will need to to get your boarding pass to pass through security to get airside.
Park Plaza Soi 18 Hotel Exterior.
Update: This hotel is now a category 3 hotel and cost 28,000 points a night. All 3 Club Carlson properties in Bangkok are now category 3 hotels.
I stayed at the Park Plaza Hotel Soi 18 several times during my last trip to Bangkok. I chose to stay at this hotel because Club Carlson was running a promotion where if you booked one award night, you would get 9,000 Gold Points. This hotel is a category 2 so each stay would cost me 15,000 Gold Points. Since I was getting a 9,000 point rebate with each stay, each night was effectively costing me only 6,000 Gold Points.
Aloft Bangkok Standard Double Room.
On my most recent trip to Bangkok, I checked out two of the newer Starwood hotels. Earlier in the trip I stayed at the Four Points Hotel. I also wanted to check out the Aloft Bangkok because it opened on December 1, 2011. In fact, the hotel was not yet completed when I stayed there in early January. I was given a room on the 20th floor but some of the floors above us were not completed yet. I was able to take the elevator up to the upper floors but the hallways up there were still unfinished.
The standard room at the Four Points Hotel in Bangkok.
I stayed at the Four Points Hotel in Bangkok this past December. The location of the hotel is great, right off Sukhumvit Soi 15. It’s about equidistant from the Nana and Asoke BTS Skytrain stations so it’s easy to access public transportation.
Before visiting Africa, I had to go meet with my doctor to get all my vaccinations and medication. Malaria is a real risk in some parts of Africa so I had to get medication for that. Here are the 3 main malaria medication options I discussed with my doctor: