10 Things to Do During Your Layover at Asia’s Top Airports

If you have time to spare before your connecting flight, why not enjoy a relaxing massage, take a swim, or even play some golf?

Photo: Santai Reflexology

1. Ease your aches with a massage 

If your body is aching after a long-haul flight, ease those knots at Santai Reflexology in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The reflexology center is the world’s first to offer an urban twist on traditional Malay massages, with treatments that relieve tension and improve blood circulation.

More information here.

Photo: Changi Airport Singapore

2. Take a refreshing swim

Kickstart your tropical vacation with a dip at Singapore Changi Airport’s rooftop pool as you watch planes take off from the runway. For US$12, travelers can enjoy the amenities at Terminal 1’s Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel, which includes a jacuzzi, poolside bar, and shower facilities.

More information here.

Photo: Hong Kong International Airport

3. Recharge and rejuvenate

Relaxation Corner at Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 is what every tired traveler needs. It has cozy lounge chairs, charging pods, and free WiFi access to help you recharge and refresh during your transit or while waiting for your flight. Massage services are also available between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. daily from US$25 (20 minutes).

More information here.

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4. Try flavored oxygen

Need a quick fix for your jet lag? Head to Oxygen Lounge Juko at Japan’s Narita Airport to breathe in flavored oxygen from self-serve tanks, a method said to ease headaches, induce alertness, and even reduce the effects of jet lag. This oxygen bar offers exotic flavors like eucalyptus menthol and cinnamon.

More information here.

Photo: Changi Airport Singapore

5. Check out a butterfly park

Step into the world’s first airport butterfly park at Singapore Changi Airport and enjoy the wonder of being surrounded by over 1000 butterflies. A treat for weary eyes, this enclosure is abundant with lush greenery, flowering plants, as well as a six-meter-tall waterfall.

More information here.

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6. Zen out 

Enjoy some much-needed serenity at the Zen Garden without having to leave Dubai International Airport. Travelers can relax on a bench and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding fish ponds and trees. Parents will also be pleased that the zone comes with a children’s play area and baby changing rooms.

More information here.

Photo: Trip Advisor

7. Play a game of golf

If you’ve got a few hours to spare at Incheon International Airport, consider checking out the Sky72 Club & Resort. A mere five-minute shuttle ride from the airport, this 72-hole golf course is open all year round, with rates varying according to the season. Clubs, caddies, shoes, and carts can all be rented—all you have to do is show up and play.

More information here.

Photo: Changi Airport

8. Stroll in a sunflower garden

Soak up the sunshine at Singapore Changi Airport’s sunflower garden, which features several varieties of sunflowers grown in the airport’s very own nursery. While the blooms are lovely viewed in the day, they’re illuminated with a special light by night. Travelers can also enjoy panoramic views of the planes from the garden.

More information here.

Photo: The View From Here blog

9. Experience Korean culture 

While at Incheon International Airport, why not take the opportunity to learn more about Korean culture? The Korea Traditional Culture Center hosts a variety of exhibitions including ceramics and woodcraft. Travelers can try on traditional clothing, learn to craft jewelry boxes out of hanji (traditional Korean paper) and make craft cell phone straps using traditional sewing techniques.

More information here.

Photo: Be Relax

10. Try a virtual reality massage 

What’s better than a relaxing massage? A virtual reality (VR) massage at Dubai International Airport’s Be Relax Spa, that is. Simply strap on a VR headset and be immersed in a whole new world of swimming dolphins, roaming elephants, and even a 360° view from a hot air balloon, while you enjoy a foot massage.

More information here.

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