Airport city tours: mini-vacation during business tripAirport city tours: mini-vacation during business trip

11/26/2018 8:07:02 AM

Arriving at an international airport, with a layover of five, eight or even twelve hours? Are you going to an airport lounge and work – adding to your fatigue? Why not get adjusted to the new time zone and take advantage of the city tours that many airports offer!  

The practice of offering free city trips is very much alive in Asia, BusinessInsider reports. 

  • If you have a 5.5-hour layover (or longer) at Singapore Changi, you have a choice of two city tours, each of them lasting 2.5 hours. The Heritage Tour runs four times a day, covering sight such as Chinatown, Little India, the Kampong Glam district (Arab Quarter), Merlion Park. The City Tour is offered two times a day and covers Singapore Flyer (the world's second tallest observation wheel), Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade and Gardens by the Bay. 

  • Starting from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, the shortest outing lasts one hour and whisks travellers out to the 1,347-year-old Yonggungsa Temple. The longest tours last five hours with four itineraries to choose from, covering traditional and modern sights, such as the 600-year-old hanoks of Bukchon Village or UNESCO World Heritage site Changdeokgung Palacethe 774-foot N Seoul Tower and Myeong-dong cosmetics district. 

  • Tokyo offers several tour choices, from self-guided options to being escorted around by a volunteer guide. There are four self-guided itineraries to choose from.  

  • In Taipei, transit passengers must have at least seven free hours (and no more than 24) to take one of the free tours. One outing covers a Daoist temple founded in 1769, the New Taipei City Hakka Museum and a special stop at Tai-Hwa Pottery. Afternoon tours visit Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers and Longshan temple, built in 1738.  

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