World’s 5 Best Airports For Layover

Flying direct from destination A to destination B may be too tedious for some, or maybe it’s cheaper to have a stopover/layover in between your departure and arrival country. But which airport should you have a layover at? Here are the world’s 5 best airports for a layover! (Below rankings are obtained from TIME & Culture Trip – in no particular order)

SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT – SINGAPORE

Singapore Changi Airport has been the Number 1 airport in the world for years and won over 400 awards. With the opening of Jewel Changi Airport, having a layover in Changi Airport is gonna be better! You will be amazed by the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, a Shaw movie theatre, tons of sumptuous yummy food outlets (e.g. A&W, Shake Shack, Burger & Lobster, Lady M) and the World’s first Pokemon Center (outside of Japan) here in Jewel Changi.

Other than the addition of Jewel Changi, the airport also features tons of art installations, the world’s first butterfly garden in an airport (in Terminal 3), an indoor slide (in Terminal 3), rooftop pool etc. For a long layover, Changi Airport also organises a free 2.5 hours tour of the city! Having a layover in Singapore Changi Airport will definitely keep you occupied from the time you arrived till the moment you depart.

MUNICH AIRPORT – GERMANY

Munich Airport, situated in Germany is a great layover destination for travellers heading to explore Europe, especially during the Christmas season! Where the airport is transformed into a German Christmas market, decked with an ice skating rink and carousel for kids to enjoy. In the summertime, prepare to surf your way while waiting for your next flight at the airport. There are classes for kids and adult beginner surfing lessons each day and then open sessions where the experts carve up the 1.5-metre wall of water.

For normal days, visitors can head to the Visitors Park (free-entry) to explore the fascinating and multi-faceted world of the airport. From the top of Visitors Hill, visitors can watch planes coming in for a landing or accelerating down the runway to take off. Similarly to Singapore Changi Airport, Munich Airport is packed with retail shops to fulfil your shopping wishes with about 150 shops available, with a supermarket opening till midnight.

SEOUL INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – SOUTH KOREA

The world of K-pop and Kimchi. Having a layover at Incheon International Airport will give travellers a taste of Korea through cultural performances and an impressive museum. There’s a movie theatre that features Korean hits, a year-round indoor ice skating rink and an 18-hole putting course on top of 7 gardens to keep you occupied during your layover time in Korea.

Love to see Korea for a bit during your layover? The airport offers free tours of nearby local spots with duration varies from a 1 hour trip to a nearby local beach to 5-6 hours shopping or temple/palace tour. There are tons of free showers, massage chairs and mini gardens in the airport, and tons of tantalizing shops around!

AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL – THE NETHERLANDS

Situated in the land of windmills and Heineken beers. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is another awesome airport to layover to further your travel to other parts of Europe, especially if you’re flying with KLM. Amsterdam Schiphol has tons of shopping opportunities around the airport.

There are art exhibits, thousands of books and a traditional Dutch cafe, an indoor park complete with the sound of chirping birds and even a viewing terrace for the aviation geeks in the airport. Do also spend some time visiting the free Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Museum at the airport. As for kids, learn more about science with 9 interactive exhibits at NEMO at Schiphol, situated right beside Rijksmuseum.

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)

The base for Emirates airline, situated at the largest city in the UAE – Dubai. Within the airport terminals, prepare to shop till you drop, eat till your tummies explode! What else is there? You could spend some time and treat yourself to the spa, stroll in the Zen Garden or pamper yourself in the Health Club with massages and manicure services.

But what makes having a layover in Dubai special and spectacular, is outside of the airport – in the city of Dubai. Where mini-tours from the airport will bring you to the tallest building in the World – The Burj Khalifa, the photogenic sail shape hotel – Burj Al Arab, and even shop even more in the largest mall – The Dubai Mall.

Not feeling enthusiastic to visit the outside? And want to just rest… There are also plenty of sleep pods available within the huge airport!

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Hotel Review: Tribe Perth

Just realized that I have forgotten to upload my hotel review on Tribe Perth that I’ve stayed during my trip to Perth. So here is it!

Tribe Perth is located near to King’s Park in West Perth, which is a 5 minutes drive to the city centre. The hotel has a rather modern unique exterior if you think that The hotel looks like some metal shipping containers stacked up together? You are pretty quite darn right!

Upon entering the hotel, it’s like you’re entering a fashion designer’s boutique store. The open-plan contemporary hotel lobby has a seating area opposite the front desk that’s filled with sofas of different textures. The hotel lobby is filled with eye-catching Instagrammable decor. Checking into the hotel was swift and enjoyable, all thanks to the friendly staffs! They also kindly assisted me with the parking arrangement within the hotel compound.

I have to admit that the hotel room isn’t as huge as what I expected (only 18 square metres), but it’s modern, minimalist and functional, with all the things that you will need! There aren’t many spaces for your luggage in the room, but it turned out that the bed was higher to accommodate your luggage to be placed below. There are a 40-inch Smart TV, free WiFi, free minibar and Nespresso coffee machine in the room too. The toilet isn’t huge too but it’s functional and comes with rain shower and Kevin Murphy hair and body care products. And… to add on, I love the floor to ceiling window a lot!

I did not book any breakfast from the hotel during my stay as I wanted to try out breakfast in the city centre, but other reviews did mention that the breakfast spread was right on point and is very tasty! So you might consider during your stay in Tribe Perth!

Overall, I felt that this hotel is perfect for holidaymakers, it’s affordable, it’s quiet and it’s within close proximity to the city centre. Since self-driving in Perth is quite common and having a secured-carpark within the hotel component is definitely a plus point (but do note that availability is limited, pre-booking is required). The hotel is modern, fresh and the staffs and very approachable and friendly, which made my stay a very enjoyable one!

Do look up Tribe Perth during your search for accommodation on your next trip to Perth!

Perth Weekend Itinerary

Perth, the capital of Western Australia. The city where Swan River flows into the Indian Ocean is Australia’s 4th biggest city after Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

Perth is just 5 hours away from Singapore and is easily accessible directly by Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Scoot.

It’s highly recommended to self-drive in Perth to fully maximize your time there, and also to give yourself more flexibility in time. Renting a car from Perth Airport isn’t tricky, as most well-known car rental companies are right in the Arrival Hall.

I rented my vehicle from Budget during my trip. It’s also recommended for you to purchase a SIM card from the airport and use Google Maps, as the SIM card will only cost you AU$10 for 5 days. Accommodation in Perth is quite affordable! For my trip, I’ve stayed in a boutique hotel near King’s Park & Botanic Garden – TRIBE Perth.

Perth isn’t a very large city and isn’t as bustling as the other cities, but there are still lots of things to do, sights to see that you shouldn’t miss, whether it’s within or nearby of Perth!

Perth City Centre

Why not start off your adventure in Perth from its city centre? Feel rich in The Perth Mint, where you will understand the history of Western Australia’s gold searching and the chance to witness the world’s largest coin – Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin.

 

Shopping usually isn’t the must-do in Perth, but if you are in for some shopping, visit Hay Street Mall and Murray Street Mall to satisfy your shopping needs!

P.S. Looking for outlet shopping? You could visit Watertown Brand Outlet for discounted items from Adidas, Calvin Klein, Skechers, Cotton On etc.

 

A short walk from the main shopping streets, you will find a rather special building – London Court. It’s a shopping arcade that was built to look like historic London. (Personally, do visit London Court if you’re nearby, else you could probably skip this.)

 

Elizabeth Quay

A short walk from Perth City Centre will bring you to the iconic Elizabeth Quay, where the waterfront promenade and a bell tower stands. The Bell Tower, Perth is 82m tall, contains a set of 18 bells that hands in it. Once at the top, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of Perth’s CBD area. Next, you will see a 28m tall sculpture called ‘Spanda‘, that represents ripples and links the Swan River, land and sky. The final iconic attraction you will see is the Elizabeth Quay Pedestrian Bridge, a superb location for you to snap some panoramas of Perth’s CBD area.

The Swan Valley

Your Perth’s adventure will never be complete if you do not visit The Swan Valley! A trip to The Swan Valley could take up at least half a day, depends on the locations you visit, and the time spent in each location. The Swan Valley is located in a region between Guildford and Bells Rapid.

To start off your day-trip, it’s recommended that you visit Guildford, where the Swan Valley Information Centre is located. You could also get your breakfast fixed at a nearby cafe – Little Guildford, where they serve a huge hearty portion of breakfast set that will definitely give you enough energy to start off your day right!

From Guildford, a 15 minutes drive will bring you to Caversham Wildlife Park. This wildlife park is a must-visit even though this place is overwhelmed with tourists. You will be able to get up-close with your favorite Aussie animals like koala bears, kangaroos, wombats etc,  you can feed kangaroos and wombats for free, spent some time watching animal & farm shows and many more! Admission prices for adults are AU$27 and AU$12 for children.

Next, a short drive will bring you to The House Of Honey where it sells delicious honey ice-creams and honey-made products. Their honey ice-cream was really good (a must-try).

Cheese-lovers could visit The Cheese Barrel, and be amazed by rows of different flavors of cheeses. Most of the cheeses were not made locally but were imported from all over the world.

What’s coming to Australia but not buying some nougats back? Do remember to visit Mondo Nougat! There are free tasting and you get to witness workers making the nougats.

Western Australia is popular for its winery, especially in The Swan Valley, you could find tons of them here! You could visit Homestead Brewery, Mandoon Estate, Black Swan Winery, Sandalford Wines, Lancaster Wines and many many more!

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Singapore has Singapore Botanical Gardens, London has Hyde Park, Perth has Kings Park and Botanic Garden. This 400.6-hectare park is one the world’s largest inner city park that overlooks Perth’s water and the CBD area. A State War Memorial can be found in the park where it honors the servicemen and women who fought and died during the wars. At the top, you will be able to see a beautiful view of Perth city, great place for panoramas!

A stone-throw away from the park is the popular-Instagrammable Blue Boat House (Crawley Edge Boatshed). There aren’t any carparks nearby for you to park your vehicle to visit the boathouse so you would need to “illegal park” along a residential road opposite it. But actually, you won’t be spending too much time there anyway, even though queues may be expected at times.

Fremantle City

Fremantle should be planned on the same day as Kings Park, visiting this neighboring city of Fremantle will take you on a 30-minutes journey south of Perth. Things that can be done there includes visiting the Fremantle Markets, Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Harbour for an authentic Fish ‘n Chips meal, WA Shipwrecks Museum, WA Maritime Museum.

Day-Trips from Perth

There are several attractions that are situated near Perth that are worth a day trip. You could decide on visiting:

  • Witness tons of limestones in The Pinnacle Desert.
  • Enjoy fresh lobster at The Lobster Shack.
  • Look for quokkas on Rottnest Island (ferry from Fremantle).
  • Stroll along the historic jetty at Busselton.
  • Try out world-class wines in Margaret River.
  • Slide down sand dunes in Lancelin Sand Dunes.
  • Feel tiny beside the magnificent looking Wave Rock.

I’ve been to The Pinnacle Desert & had a filling lunch at The Lobster Shack.

Flight Review: Qantas Economy (SIN – PER)

It’s June 2018, and it’s also my first overseas holiday trip of the year! Thanks to the Hari Raya Puasa long weekend, decided to travel to Perth for a short 4D3N vacation with my parents & girlfriend!

Even though Australia has been always on my must-visit list, but traveling there always got push back. And finally, got to travel to the Aussie!

Perth is located in the western part of Australia and can be easily reached by several airlines via direct or transfer. I’ve decided to fly with Aussie’s national airline – Qantas. It’s my first time flying with them, and was kinda excited!

Qantas flies Airbus A380 to larger Aussie cities like Sydney, Melbourne. However, Qantas flies daily with its Boeing 737 for the SIN-PER route.

FLIGHT DETAILS

QF 78 | Boeing 737-800

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 – Perth Airport Terminal 3

Flight Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Departure Time: 11:45pm, Arrival Time: 5:00am

Checking in and depositing of baggage was easy & smooth in Changi Airport, thanks to its FAST Self-Check-In kiosks.

This Boeing 737-800 flight has 2 different seating class – Economy & Business. There are 12 business class seats with the seating configuration of 2-2. The remaining 162 seats are for Economy with the seating configuration of 3-3. And yes, it isn’t a huge aircraft as compared to Airbus A380.

Let’s go in details on the seats. For economy class, Qantas equipped it with Marc Newson seat with 30-inch seat pitch, together with a 9-inch in-flight entertainment touchscreen display and USB port. As for business class, it comes with a 37-inch seat pitch, and up to 22-inch width between arms. It comes with a 10.6-inch in-arm in-flight entertainment touchscreen, extendable leg rest with fold-out footrest and USB port.

 

 

The flight was alright in the beginning, but I have to minus points off Qantas for their in-flight meal, which was quite bad… They gave garlic bread with butter inside and was quite hard to bite on. The warm food selection was quite limited in quantity too, as I was seated at the back of the plane, the option I have left was braised beef with mushroom & vegetables. Other than my complaint on their food, overall was alright for my flight to Perth, with Qantas.

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