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What to do (and not do) in the Jewel at Singapore’s Changi Airport

I wanted to live in Singapore’s Changi Airport for 24 hours. I know that sounds weird, but it is the number one airport in the world. The airport has four terminals and the Jewel. This article is part two of my guide to Singapore’s airport. Part one covers the terminals, while part two covers the Jewel. 

Part One – How to spend 24 hours in Singapore’s Changi Airport

Honestly, skip the jewel and spend the 24 hours exploring the airport terminals unless you have extra time. There is even a secret way to see the world’s tallest indoor waterfall without leaving the terminals.

What is the Jewel at Singapore’s Changi Airport?

The Jewel is a mall that is open to the public. The centerpiece is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

What is the layout of the Jewel?

L4/L5 of the Jewel appeared to be kid-oriented. L3 had the majority of sit-down restaurants. L1-L3 was dedicated to shopping. Let me rephrase: high-end shopping. B2 had a food court and a grocery store. 

Where to Stay?

We spent one night at the YotelAir, which was outside security. We landed late at night, and staying at the YotelAir was the easiest. They have free coffee in the morning and a sitting area overlooking the mall with internet. It is a great place to get work done. 

What about luggage?

Please store your luggage if you are visiting the Jewel for the day. We spent too much time dodging people’s large bags. The baggage storage in the Jewel is located on Level 1 (near the Early Check-In Lounge). Due to the long walk, I recommend picking up your luggage before heading to the terminals. There are places to store your luggage in the terminals themselves. Baggage storage is available 24 hours a day. See prices here

Get a Free Singapore Sling 

Get a free Singapore Sling at the Tapas Bar if flying on Singapore Airlines. Simply present boarding pass and spend SGD 30. The Tapas bar is located on Level 3.

What unique attractions are in the Jewel?

Motorized “Children” Animal Ride

Outside the Yotel were motorized animals that you (children) could ride a part of the mall. These are for children, and the first person I asked said I was not allowed to ride them, but I asked another woman who begrudgingly agreed. It costs SGD 12 for five rides. Cliff ended up with the slowest animal and was getting lapped but all the children.


We found a foosball table, and we had to play a round. I lost. 

Shiseido Forest Valley’s West Trail

The best way to experience the waterfall from inside the Jewel is the Shiseido Forest Trail. This walkway is accessible from each level and winds down the side of the wall surrounding the waterfall. Best Part: It’s Free

What attractions should be avoided in the Jewel?

Canopy Park

DO NOT DO! This includes the Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze, Walking Net and Bouncing Net! It was SGD 54 for an adult. Each attraction is a small walkthrough with nothing more interesting than the jewel itself. 

Entrance to Canopy Park (It doesn’t get much more exciting)

Canopy Bridge

DO NOT DO! The Canopy Bridge is a 100 feet long glass-bottom walkway with the same view as the free walkway 10 ft away. 

Avoid the Elevators

The elevators take forever and are full of people and luggage. Take the Shiseido Forest Valley’s west trail for a quicker trip and a better view.

Everyone needs a photo with the waterfall

You can not visit Singapore’s Changi Airport without seeing the infamous waterfall, but that doesn’t mean you must visit the Jewel. There is a way to see the waterfall without even leaving security, and in my opinion, the view is more impressive. Take the train between terminals 2 and 3. It passes through the Jewel next to the waterfall. You can take the train both landslide and airside.

If you are a shopper or foodie, then the Jewel might be for you, but I think there are better ways to spend your 24 hours living in the mall. Check out my guide to spending 24 hours in Singapore’s Changi Airport.

How to Spend 24 Hours in Singapore’s Changi Airport

It might sound wild to want to live in an airport for 24 hours, but Singapore’s Changi Airport is ranked #1 in the world. Imagine an airport where you can lounge by the pool, watch a movie, and ride a bike. You can also shop at the Jewel, a mall that is famous for the largest indoor waterfall.

DisclaimerAlthough the waterfall is breathtaking, skip the Jewel unless you have more than 24 hours to explore the airport. If you decide to check out the Jewel, check out my next blog on the Do’s and Don’t of visiting the Jewel. 

So, what can you do for 24 hours in Singapore’s Changi Airport?

See the World’s Largest Indoor Waterfall at the Changi Airport Jewel 

Yes, you are reading that right. I don’t recommend going into the Jewel, but I do recommend seeing the waterfall. In fact, the best way to see it without a 100 tourists in your way is from above. Take the Skytrain that connects Terminals 2 & 3. The train, accessible without leaving security, slowly passes through the Jewel right next to the waterfall.

Everyone needs a photo with the waterfall

Rent a Bicycle and Do Some Plane Spotting

Nothing about this airport should shock you. GoCycling, part of Hub and Spoke, rents bikes by the hour that will take you around the airport and through the Changi Jurassic Mile – a short one-kilometer paved path with life-size dinosaurs, both plant and human eaters. Be brave and rent a tandem. Cliff and I did and we are still talking.

Disclaimer: First, the signs and map make it seem like Hub and Spoke is in the airport. It is not. It is a trek from the Jewel and other terminals. Second, we assumed they would have a place to lock up our luggage, but instead, we had to pay for shower access and lock up our luggage in a small locker room. Later, we passed a row of bike lockers near the rental counter that was cheaper and the perfect size for our luggage.

I also want to thank Cliff for riding a bicycle midday in hot and humid Singapore. And with a smile on his face.

Get a Workout In

Hahahaha… that’s funny. However, multiple gyms are located throughout the terminals for all the overachievers. Several lounges had fitness centers either free or with a day pass. A gym is also available at Hub and Spoke and the pool. Yes. I did say pool.

Tip: Lounge Pass

Buy a lounge membership. Free Alcohol, Free food, free showers, free nap rooms, free fitness centers (boo) and did I mention FREE Alcohol.

Take a Nap Without Leaving Security

We didn’t want to be completely miserable and exhausted for our long flight home, so we decided to get a little horizontal sleep. We did entertain the thought of canceling our reservation and just napping in the lounge so we had more time to play, but then responsible Cliff decided it was a bad idea. Don’t tell him, but he was right. We reserved a room at the Aerotel Transit Hotel, located right in the Terminal. It wasn’t cheap but convenient. Rooms are reserved by the hour, but I promise it’s not “that type” of hotel. The reservation includes access to the pool and free room service.

Eat at the Lounge

Save money on expensive airport food and drinks. Go to a lounge and eat and drink for free all day. Singapore has 26 Lounges. Many are included in a priority pass membership or through specific credit cards. If you still need to go down the lounge rabbit hole, certain lounges will allow you to purchase a day pass. Use to see what lounges are available.

Lounge by the Pool

Imagine spending the day poolside lounging in your cabana and drinking piña coladas under the clear blue sky. It sounds like the perfect day. Would you believe you could spend your three-hour layover in this situation? 

At Changi airport, you can. The pool and attached Aerobar are part of the Aerotel, but day passes are available. There are also showers and a fitness center. Just beware that the pool is only open from 1200-2200. On his last visit, Cliff attempted to go to the pool after 2200 and was a very sad human. 

Tip: Don’t Shower at the Pool 

If you are from the East Coast, you will understand the phrase “sweating in the shower.” The bathroom is very humid and not refreshing. There are showers in most lounges, and in the case you do not have a lounge pass are pay-per-use.

Get Fresh Air and Visit the Gardens

Being allowed to get fresh air while waiting for your plane is rare, especially in the United States. Singapore Changi’s airport has multiple gardens to escape screaming children and frustrated parents.

Check out the Art in Changi’s Terminals

Singapore’s airport is well known for its art. There is art throughout the airport that make good photo ops for all you Instagrammers out there. Cliff wanted me to see the Immersive Wall in T4, but there is no airside connection between T4 and the rest of the terminals, meaning you must leave and re-enter security. I am okay with leaving security, but it takes extra time that we didn’t have. More proof that 24 hours is NOT enough time in the airport.

Take a Ride on the 3-Story Slide

It was closed. I was very sad, but it looked awesome and a little scary. 

Have a Date Night at the Movies

There is a movie theater in Terminal 3 (Airside). It is open 24 hours; the best part is the price free. It is also a great place to take a nap.

Movie Theater

This list is just a sampling of how to spend 24 hours in Singapore’s Changi Airport. Cliff and I agreed that we could have easily explored the airport another day. I successfully marked an item on my bucket list, but I still need to return and ride that slide. 

Romanian Roadtrip: Ukraine Border and the Merry Cemetary

Romanian Road Trip Map

Day 2: Sighisoara to Vișeu de Sus

For information on what to do in Sighisoara, check out Day 1.

Day 2 was a long day of driving but had beautiful countryside views. The plan was to get to Vișeu de Sus so we could take a ride through the Romanian forest on a steam engine train.

We stopped for lunch at a random gas station restaurant, found a royal family crypt, and discovered that bicycles are the primary mode of transportation in small villages.

Unique Stop: Teleki Castle and Family Crypt

Another Geocache find. We took a narrow dirt road up to a cemetery in search of the crypt of the Teleki Family. The Teleki family is an old Hungarian noble family dating to the Holy Roman Empire. The door to the crypt was open, and although the entrance was gated, you could see the remnants of tombstones of several of the family members. The crypt was vandalized, and the bodies were removed when the family fled during World War 2. Even if you aren’t into geocaching, take in the view from the top of the hill. Located in Sárpatak Glodeni, Romania.

Found a Geocache

Check out my complete list of unique places to visit in Romania.

Where to Eat: Stop at a random restaurant on the side of the road. Choose something that seems so local; it is out of your comfort zone. The camera function on Google Translate will help you read any menu. We stopped at a gas station restaurant and had a fantastic meal.

Where to stay: Casa Mocanitei (Strada Moldova 4, Vișeu de Sus 435700, Romania) – This hotel is right across the street from the Mocanita Train. The room was more of a mini-suite with a sitting area and bedroom and was very clean. There is a restaurant onsite that was perfect for a late dinner.

Day 3: Merry Cemetery and the Ukraine border

The best way to get to know someone is to wash their underwear. Before our road trip, Rahat and I both needed to do laundry. While he was working, I took one for the team and took our dirty clothes to a laundry mart I found online. I had planned to get some work done while I waited, but I ended up talking to the owner. We had so much in common; it was great to hear about Romanian from someone with my mindset. Before I left, she recommended the Mocănița Maramureș.

Unique Stop: Mocănița Maramureș

A narrow gauge steam engine train that takes you into the Romanian forest up the Carpathian Mountains. Although it was a local tourist attraction, we were the only English-speaking people, making it very authentic. The signs didn’t even have English translations, and the instructions given by the conductor were only in Romanian.

You can buy tickets online up to 48 hours prior. After that, it is possible to purchase tickets at the ticket counter but beware that the train leaves on the dot, so arrive early. The ride takes about 4.5 hours, including stops for breakfast and lunch. There is an option to include snacks and lunch in the ticket price, but you can also buy food el la carte. There is also entertainment and a hiking trail at the lunch stop.

The Ukraine Border

First, for anyone about to yell at me, consider I was as close to the current conflict as Massachusetts is to Ohio. There is no reason not to visit northern Romania. On that note, please do your research, as things can change anytime.
A small river separates the northern border between Ukraine and Romania. The main road we were on runs parallel to the river. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant on the Romanian side of the border crossing. It was a unique and weird feeling to be staring into Ukraine. A place that seems so far away when watching it on the news.
What was the border like? It is one of the furthest borders with Romania from the conflict, so I wonder how busy it got at the beginning of the war. There weren’t many cars going in either direction, and one box truck got turned away trying to enter Ukraine. A few people walked in both directions and appeared to be commuting for work or leisure. There were tents with supplies, but no one was utilizing them.

Unique Stop: The Merry Cemetary

The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Romania, contains beautiful blue crosses depicting the life stories and final moments of the deceased in vibrant paintings and funny limericks. Compared to other cemeteries, the graves in Sapanta describe an accurate, if sometimes negative, portrayal of the person’s life. As the creator, Dumitru Pop, states, “There is no hiding in a small town.” 

One cross reads, “Underneath this heavy cross. Lies my mother-in-law poor… Try not to wake her up. For if she comes back home. She’ll bite my head off.” Another shows the deceased as the town drunk. 

There is a small donation to enter the cemetery, and it closes at sunset.

Where to Stay: La Conacul Vesel (775, Săpânța 437305, Romania, +40 740 523 043) – Situated across from the Merry Cemetery, this hotel is the perfect place to finish your road trip. I suggest calling to book through the hotel itself. We did and were given an enormous room with a wrap-around balcony looking over the cemetery. I can’t guarantee it was because we called the property directly instead of using a third-party site such as, but I feel that helped. They also serve an excellent breakfast for a small fee.

The next day we headed to Cluj, Romania, where we said goodbye. I left on a train to Hungary, and Rahat stayed to hang out with a Tinder girl.

We made it!