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The best airports in Asia

Moving on with our best airports category, we now proceed to explore the best airports that the Asian continent has to offer. Like we said earlier, a great airport can help in providing the perfect setting for your upcoming holiday and getting stuck in an airport which ranks among the very best is a much pleasurable experience than getting stuck at an airport which is known to offer a horrendous experience. Yes, most of the airports in Asia might not rank up there with their European counterparts, but there are some airports which are known to be among the very best in the world. Here is our list of the best airports in Asia.

10. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD), Hyderabad, India

The story of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is quite similar to the New Delhi Airport. It has successfully transformed itself from an old world, downtrodden and shabby airport to one of the best and most splendid airports in India. Some of the facilities offered by the airport include spa services, luggage storage areas, pay-in lounges, shower rooms, prayer rooms and free WiFi for 45 minutes.

09. The Kansai International Airport (KIX), Osaka, Japan

The Kansai International Airport is popular among travellers for its friendly staff and thoughtful service. The airport offers its overnighters with armrest free seating options that can be converted into comfortable beds, blankets for the night, shower facilities and 24 hour pay-in lounges. Other facilities at the airport include prayer rooms, changing rooms, free WiFi, a hotel connected to the airport, luggage storage facilities, internet kiosks and dedicated rest lounges.

08. The Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), New Delhi, India

No, we’re not talking about the old airport in New Delhi. Any traveller who might have been to the Delhi airport in the past might still recount some of the horrors faced there. However, the relatively new Indira Gandhi International Airport is another experience altogether. It has transformed itself into a world class airport that offers travellers with a number of facilities such as prayer rooms, transit hotels, pay-in lounges, free WiFi for 20 minutes, luggage storage facilities, 24 hour restaurants and a number of shops. Try to ensure that you visit the brand new T3 (known to be the best airport terminal in India) when at the airport.

07. The Narita International Airport (NRT), Tokyo, Japan

Apart from the world famous pay-in lounges and the famous Oxygen Bar, the Narita International Airport also offers travellers with a number of cultural activities such as Origami and Kokeshi making sessions which makes it one of the best airports in Asia. You can even purchase various kinds of origami as souvenirs from the airport gift shops. Other facilities at the airport include free WiFi, shower facilities, luggage storage facilities, day rooms, pay-in lounges, quiet areas and changing rooms.

06. The Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) , Taipei, Taiwan

The Taoyuan International Airport is known to be one of the most splendid and spacious airports in Asia. It also boasts of a splendid architecture and unique mood based lighting. Add to this the cultural activities, museums and four themed lounges (including Hello Kitty) and you have the perfect place to hang out and spend time while you wait for your onward connection. Comfortable chairs which offer seating as well as sleeping facilities are spread all over the airport and the staff also provide travellers with free shower kits. Other facilities at the airport include free WiFi, 24 hour restaurants, prayer rooms, dedicated rest zones, free computer stations, a transit hotel, shower facilities and free cultural activities.

05. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

From dimmed lights to long movable benches which make extremely comfortable beds, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport definitely takes care of its sleeping passengers. The airport is divided into two terminals – the KLIA, catering to the international airlines and the LCCT, catering to low cost carriers operating in the region. The KLIA is known to be far better than the LCCT and boasts of facilities such as a swimming pool, a gymnasium, spa services, pay-in lounges, 24 hour restaurants, free WiFi for 180 minutes, shower rooms, luggage storage facilities and prayer rooms.

04. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Bangkok, Thailand

The comfortable seating arrangements, adequate WiFi access and plenty of plugs all over the airport ensures that there is more than enough room at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport despite the huge number of crowds that arrive and depart from the airport on a daily basis. The staff is known to be extremely courteous and it is possible to get a deliciously cheap meal from the food court located on the first floor of the airport. Some of the main facilities offered by the airport include pay-in lounges, free WiFi for 15 minutes, prayer rooms, free internet kiosks, sightseeing tours, day rooms, luggage storage facilities, spa services and shower rooms.

03. The Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), Hong Kong

The Hong Kong International Airport, always known to have ranked among the best airports in Asia, is one airport where tourists would actually love to get stranded. It offers a number of facilities such as free WiFi, pay-in lounges, shower facilities, prayer rooms, video games, access to a golf course, IMAX, beautiful gardens, 24 hour restaurants, an Aviation Discovery Center, an Education Park for children, luggage storage facilities and art exhibition galleries. However, sleeping might be a bit of a hassle at the airport due to the heightened security measures.

02. The Incheon International Airport (ICN), Seoul, South Korea

From spending time in the beautiful airport gardens to watching traditional dance performances, from ice skating to learning how to make local handicrafts such as bags, fans and pencil cases, the Incheon International Airport has a lot to offer to travellers who need to kill some time before they can catch their connections from the airport. Other facilities include free WiFi, 24 hour restaurants and coffee shops, free internet lounges, a casino, dedicated rest areas, transit hotels, access to a golf course, laundry services, a museum, pay-in lounges, shower facilities and laundry services.

01. The Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore

It truly doesn’t get better than the Singapore Changi Airport. The airport has been voted as the best airport in Asia for more than a decade and is known to be a haven for travellers from all over the world. The airport boasts of 6 different dedicated rest zones which offer travellers with reclining sleeper seats, comfortable seating options and armrest free seating areas. Other facilities at the airport include 24 hour restaurants, free WiFi, video games, prayer rooms, a movie theatre, beautifully manicured gardens, transit hotels, shower facilities, free city tours, luggage storage areas, live music and slides.

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