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8 unusual things to do at the Jewel Changi Airport
5 min read
Updated on May 23, 2024

This is part of the Been There, Done That series, where our expert globetrotters travel the world to get the insights and information you need for a seamless travel experience.

The Jewel of Changi Airport is a magnificent gem that sparkles with a wealth of exciting and unique experiences.

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Travelers enjoy the Jewel at Singapore Changi International Airport. | iVisa

From hiking through lush indoor forests to catching a movie, this magnificent airport has something for everyone.

iVisa tip: Apply for your Singapore eVisa and pre-fill the arrival card on our site to enjoy the Jewel Changi Airport hassle-free.

Plus, the Jewel has early check-in and a secure baggage hold area, so you can enjoy the Jewel without needing to lug your luggage around.

So, let's explore the top things to do at Jewel Changi Airport, ensuring your layover is anything but normal.

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Travelers sit outside one of the entrances for the Shiseido Forest Valley at the Jewel at Singapore Changi International Airport. | iVisa

1. Hike the Indoor Forest

Step into the Shiseido Forest Valley, a verdant indoor garden that spans five stories. This lush oasis is perfect for stretching your legs and breathing fresh air between flights. Stroll along the meandering paths and marvel at the diverse flora, including exotic plants from around the world.

Take a moment to unwind and de-stress by sitting near the HSBC Rain Vortex indoor waterfall, as the soothing sounds of cascading water and the vibrant greenery that envelops you create a serene atmosphere, transporting you from the bustling airport to a peaceful, natural sanctuary.

The indoor forest opens at 10 am on weekends and at 11 am on weekdays. It closes at 10 pm daily.

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Travelers take a photo atop the Canopy Bridge at the Jewel at Singapore Changi International Airport. | iVisa

2. Go onto the Canopy Bridge

For a bird's-eye view of the Shiseido Forest Valley, venture onto the Canopy Bridge. Suspended 23 meters above ground, this bridge offers breathtaking views of the Rain Vortex, the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

Remember to snap some Instagram-worthy photos here! Feel free to ask one of the many workers at Sky Park to snap your photo.

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The Sky Nets sits at the top floor of the Jewe lat Singapore Changi International Airport. | iVisa

3. Hike the Sky Nets

Don't miss the Sky Nets if you're feeling adventurous. Choose between the walking net, which offers a gentle stroll high above the Canopy Park, or the bouncing net, where you can jump and play to your heart's content.

Both options provide a unique and thrilling way to experience the Jewel and are great places for kids to run out of energy before their next flight.

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You can purchase tickets for all the Jewel attractions online or at the top floor of the Jewel. | iVisa

To purchase tickets for any of the Sky Park attractions, go to one of the e-ticket kiosks located on the top level or via the Changi App.

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The HSBC Rain Vortex is the largest indoor waterfall in the world. | iVisa

4. Check out the World's largest indoor waterfall

The centerpiece of Jewel Changi Airport is undoubtedly the HSBC Rain Vortex. At 40 meters tall, this stunning waterfall is the world's largest indoor waterfall and a sight to behold.

Make sure to catch the light and sound show, which takes place daily, for an even more magical experience.

For an alternative view, go down to B1 or the Jewel to see where all the water for the HSBC Rain Vortex is collected before it shoots back up to the top of the Jewel.

5. Catch a movie

Need a break from sightseeing? Head to the airport cinema and catch the latest blockbuster.

With comfortable seating and state-of-the-art technology, you'll enjoy a first-class movie experience without leaving the airport.

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Travelers can enjoy shopping and restaurants at the Jewel of Changi, like Don Don Donki. | iVisa

6. Experience Singapore's culinary delights

Foodies, rejoice! Jewel Changi Airport is a culinary paradise, boasting over 140 dining options.

From local favorites like chicken rice and laksa to international cuisine, there's something to satisfy every palate.

The Jewel of Changi has one of my favorites: Don Don Donki. Don Don Donki is a Japanese chain offering any Japanese snack or dish that you could want. It is a must-stop for me when I travel to the region to stock up on snacks, especially airplane snacks!

Remember to indulge in iconic Singaporean dishes before you leave or have unique experiences at the Jewel, like Beanfolks, for a hot chocolate flight from chocolates worldwide.

Make your reservations on the Changi App.

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Travelers can enjoy multiple floors of shopping at stores like funClaw at the Jewel at Singapore Changi International Airport. | iVisa

7. Get your shopping fix on

Shopaholics, and prepare to be dazzled by the sheer variety of retail options at Jewel Changi Airport. With over 280 stores, you'll find everything from luxury brands to unique souvenirs.

Check out Jewel's exclusive stores, such as Pokémon Center Singapore or funClaw, for a truly memorable shopping experience.

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Singapore Changi International Airport Travelers can book services like haircuts or nail appointments at the Jewel. | iVisa

8. Get Pampered

The Jewel of Changi has multiple hair salons, spas, state-of-the-art shower areas, and nail salons to indulge in to kill time before your flight out of Singapore Changi International Airport.

Pro Tip: Book your appointment well in advance of your flight from Changi, as spots fill up quickly. Use the Changi App to book and earn points for your next trip to Singapore!

Jewel Changi Airport is more than just a transit hub – it's an exciting destination in its own right. With so many incredible things to do, you might wish for a longer layover to explore everything this magnificent jewel offers.

Don't forget to read our other guides before embarking on your Singapore adventure:

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