Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

Airports might not be one of the many favorite place of many travelers however, you can exclude Changi Airport in Singapore from that list. Changi Airport has been famous as one of the famous airports in the world that showcases many beautiful and interactive attractions for all their guests.

During our recent layover in Changi Terminal 1 bound to Bangkok, Emily and I had an opportunity to visit the famous Cactus Garden. And you will be amazed how much they maintained it beautifully!



Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

It was 3:00PM in the afternoon of Monday when we decided to pay it a visit while waiting for our next flight to Bangkok. The Cactus Garden houses more than 100-species of cacti and arid plants from the desserts and dry areas of Asia, Africa, and America. This roof top garden is famous for many tourists and guests to enjoy the sun, while watching the plane coming and going, and also one of the place that is a huge relief for many smokers. Apparently, this is one of the few places in Changi where smoking is still allowed.



Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1



There is a bar and coffee shop on the rooftop, which is perfect while enjoying this beautiful view.
These cacti contributes a lot in making this part of the airport eco-friendly. Cactus are known for absorbing carbon dioxides, and making the air fresh and clean, and these little fellas can survive longer without water.

Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

Notable plants featured in the garden include various forms of Cycads – a tenacious survivor of the dinosaur era – and other surreal plants like the Golden Barrel cactus, Oldman Cactus, and the giant Ponytail trees. You can also see some edible apple cactus and prickly pear cactus and other economically important arid plants from different parts of the world.



Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

It is amazing that the Changi Airport Management decided to put this beautiful garden on their rooftop and have their visitors enjoy it. You see, airport pollution isn’t good for all and having this little place to help absorbs those carbon dioxide is very lovely. Having a little garden place makes this airport very welcoming to all their guests.

Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

How I wish that our international and local airports in the Philippines would apply this concept, and I think it would be that so hard considering my country is composed of thousands of islands having various species of plants. A strong collaboration with our environment agencies and air transportation management would be a great effort to realize this dream.

How nice it would be to showcase the Philippine’s many plant species for many travelers every day!



Also it would be a great tourism promotion to encourage travelers to visit these many provinces where our local plants and vegetation grows.

Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

Cactus Garden at Changi Terminal 1

Access is free for all and taking pictures are encourage. However, you should never dare to pick these cacti and put it inside your luggage, or sneak under your hoodie unless you want to end up having a long vacation in Singapore jail. This garden is well equipped with surveillance camera.

Having some souvenir photos and videos are enough, so please don’t abuse the generosity of Changi Airport.

If you like this garden, you are free to share #ChangiExperience to your friends and family using your social media.


We just had a short layover in Changi Airport, and hope we can stay longer on our next girl trip.
…until our next Singapore trip!


xoxo, Blair


66 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. I've been to Singapore once but we did not explored the airport. Next time that we visit we'll check out this cactus garden.

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  2. Hala! Sayang hindi ko man lang to napuntahan 😭

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  3. I believe that we can also have this kind of garden in the airports here in the Philippines. If only the airport crimes here are not that rampant, the management can give their attention to beautification of our airports.

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    1. We actually have more potential to have this even to the ne airports around the country. One particular airport that got huge potential is the new international airport in Bohol, which have quite a little resemblance with Changi Terminal 1.

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  4. I've been to Singapore a few times but I never had the chance to explore the whole airport yet. It's amazing how they managed to make their airport a tourist spot already. I wish PH could also do that.

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    1. This is what our airports are missing. We have thousands of shops, and malls and its tiring enough. We need gardens like this.

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  5. It's my first time to see a Cactus garden, and with the airport in Singapore, it seems that you won't run of activities and sights to explore while you are inside the airport itself, waiting for the next flight and layover. I hope more airports in Asia will adapt this eco-friendly venture.

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    1. That's true. And Changi Airport excels in this department.

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  6. Nakapunta na ko sa Changi Airport pero di namin nalibot. May ganito pala. Huhu sobrang ganda talaga nito! Sana makabalik ulit.

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    1. There's a new attraction in Terminal 1 called Jewel Changi, an indoor oasis!

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  7. grabe ang changi aiport sa ganda, tourist destination na rin sya no?

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    1. Yes! That's why during long layover, it is nice to explore Changi!

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  8. Can you go to Changi Airport to just look around? Can you go there even if you’re not flying somewhere? Ang ganda dyan eh. 😍

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    1. Yes you can. Changi Airport is not only a gateway but also a destination! Just like our NAIA Terminal 3, you can visit Changi even you are not going to travel. After all, you can't enter the departure area, unless you have a ticket.

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  9. Heard great things at Singapore's airport and definitely this is one of the place to visit. Who would have thought they have that at their airport? Sana sa Pinas din.

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    1. There's more actually, but we haven't got much time to explore. We will come back very soon!

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  10. What?! I never tried or even thought that Singapore have this kind of garden, timely that we scheduled a flight to Singapore for month of August. Will check this out.

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    1. Changi Airport have 4 Terminals and each terminals have its own attractions you must not miss.

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  11. I love it when airports have little gardens or just something different for travelers to look at and experience. I grew up next to the desert and love cactus. There are so many different varieties to look at here! And definitely don't pick up one, incarceration aside! They hurt!

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    1. I know there are visitors who can't help themselves to feel satisfied on taking photos, and else trying to steal one - that's why I put a warning note :D
      Nobody will like to be incarcerated in Singapore jail (I heard one of the worst in the world!).

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  12. OMG I love Changi and I seriously fly Singapore Airlines when I go to Europe so I can stop in Changi. Also, its the best airport to get stuck in cause there is so much to eat and do and oh....the shopping! Did you see the new sky waterfall? Amazing!

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    1. Yeah I heard that Jewel Changi is now open. Maybe soon we will visit it!

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  13. Jane Dempster-SmithApril 20, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    I don't know how many times I have transited Singapore Changi Airport and never ventured out to the roof top. Next time I am definitely visiting. How calming. Changi is always a delight but this rooftop garden makes it even better in my opinion.

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    1. That's true! And each time I travel to Singapore, I always wish that Philippines should also have it.

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  14. I remember this place! It's such a cool relaxing spot. Also, it's one of the main reasons why Changi is one of the best airports in the world. So creative!

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    1. That's true! Changi never fails to impress their millions of guests!

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  15. It's so refreshing to see a cactus garden. Kadalasan kasi puro flowers lang talaga.

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    1. That's true, and I bet only brave ones who will dare to pick some of these on their way to transit, lol

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  16. What a lovely concept! I agree that our own airports should apply something similar taking advantage of our local plantlife.

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    1. Of local Department of Agriculture can collaborate with NAIA management for this concept.

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  17. What a pretty garden area to hang out in while waiting at an airport.

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    1. That's true! You can enjoy your coffee here or have your quick smoke, and no need to go out of Changi during layover.

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  18. That is pretty amazing to see. I have always wanted my own garden, but I have learned my green thumb has a long way to grow. Right now have two cacti name Spike and Chilly. It's great to see how many cacti would look like together. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hope your babies will grow more and have their own community!

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  19. I don't like cacti that much, but they are fascinating plants. My kids would probably be interested to see them when we visit SG next year.

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    1. That will be great! You can take your ootd here :D

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  21. Kung ganto din siguro ang mangyayare sa mga airport ng Pilipinas maiibsan kahit papano yung boredom ng passenger kapag delay ang flight.

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    1. Yeah that's a good idea. But many Filipinos need discipline too, and not flaunt the privileged of being a democratic citizen, and kept the attitude of do what they like to do.

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  22. Will share this with my boss. She's a big fan and cactus collector.

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  23. But this is one place where smoking is allowed? lol... the irony of it. the plants have to absorb all those coming from smoking.

    Wendy

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    1. Yes, and don't worry coz cacti can absorb them!

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  24. I've never seen a cactus garden in person, but I love this. I especially like that it's at the airport, allowing travelers a little taste of nature along their journey. Great idea!

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    1. There is just a small garden. They just opened a bigger garden and this time with manmade falls!

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  25. Wow! I am just so amazed with these brilliant ideas at the Changi airport. How our wish our airports in the Philippines can recreate those or make something similar.

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    1. I bet we can, our government just needs more push.

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  26. I have been to Singapore thrice already but have only used the airport once and that was long time ago. But even then, I was already mesmerized by Changi Airport's charm. I wonder how fab it is now. I have seen a lot of photos and videos about the new look of the airport. There's only one way to know - *smile*

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  27. What a cool thing to have at the airport. I think that makes for a great experience when we travel to different places and are in transit.

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    1. Something to help ease our tiredness and appreciate its beauty.

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  28. I absolutely love the look of this airport! I like visiting new ones and still love the BBQ and rocking chairs in Charlotte, NC.

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  29. These are great photos. We also have cacti. 2 of them in small pots. :0)

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    1. That's true. I found them adorable when they are still babies. But quite scary when they grow!

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  30. I love this garden. I fell in love with cacti when I visited the Californian desert last fall. This would be a peaceful place to be at an airport.

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    1. Yeah and they helps to absorb those smoke from smokers.

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  31. Annemarie LeBlancMay 15, 2019 at 9:56 PM

    Wow! A cactus garden in an airport compound. That's so unique. Nice place to take a stroll while waiting for your flight or passing time during a layover.

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    1. yes it is and totally cool. And it is enjoyable to watch the plane taking off while sipping your coffee.

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  32. A layover at Changi airport might not be so bad with so many things to do and sights to see. I must visit soon. Lavern Moore

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    1. That will be great! You don't need to be bored inside Changi!

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  33. Omg I can't wait to visit the cactus gardens too. I absolutely love these plants. Seems like you had an amazing time.

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