Whether you're flying into Singapore from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York, you'll be flying into one of Southeast Asia's busiest and most interconnected air hubs - tourists flying into Singapore's Changi Airport can fly practically anywhere into the region, on nonstop flights serviced by the region’s major carriers and budget airlines.
The following countries in Southeast Asia are connected directly to Changi airport via hundreds of nonstop links. Scroll to your preferred country and click through to compare rates on flights to your favorite Southeast Asia destinations.
Burma, an erstwhile hermit kingdom (actually, a former dictatorship now opening up to democracy) can be easily reached via direct links from Changi Airport; SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Burmese flag carrier Myanmar Airways International and low-cost carrier Jetstar service the three-hour nonstop flight from Singapore to Burma's capital Yangon.
Nonstop flights to Phnom Penh are serviced by Jetstar Asia Airways, SilkAir and Tiger Airways. The flight takes between an hour and a half to two hours - in a short time, you'll reach the capital of Cambodia, and get access to attractions like Wat Phnom and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, not to mention overland routes to Cambodia destinations like Battambang.
Visitors raring to see the temples of Angkor can use Changi Airport as a transit point between their US/Europe starting point and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Jetstar Asia Airways, SilkAir, and TonleSap Airlines (by December 2012) fly nonstop from Changi to Siem Reap International Airport, taking a little over two hours to connect the two points. Once there, visitors will discover other great things to do in Siem Reap apart from seeing the temples.
It only takes between an hour-and-a-half to two hours to make the nonstop flight from Changi Airport to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta: in no time at all, you'll have access to Jakarta's essential destinations, including Istiqlal Mosque, Monas, and Fatahillah Square. No worries even if you're traveling on a budget: low-cost carriers like AirAsia, JetStar and Tiger Airways fly this nonstop route, too.
From Changi Airport, Bali in Indonesia is only two and a half hours away by nonstop flight; Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Airlines flies this route, as does low-cost carrier Indonesia AirAsia.
Lao Airlines services a three-hour nonstop flight from Changi Airport to Wattay International Airport, Vientiane (prepare for the trip: read about Laos travel requirements and Laos Travel Information). From Vientiane, you can go overland to places like Luang Prabang, where you can participate in meaningful traditional ceremonies like the Morning Alms-Giving.
Singapore's closest neighbor is connected by both air and overland routes; the presence of low-cost carriers like AirAsia, Jetstar and Firefly make flying to Malaysia a practical option for budget travelers. The nonstop route from Changi to Kuala Lumpur takes one hour flat, after which you'll find all the things to do in KL at your fingertips.
Travelers to Penang can take one of the hour-and-a-half-long nonstop flights connecting Changi and Penang International Airport, allowing for easy acceses to Penang's historical streets, shopping, food scene, and many other things to do.
SilkAir and AirAsia service a number of nonstop flights between Changi Airport and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah State, on the island of Borneo. Sabah is two and a half hours away by air, but the wait is worth it: Kota Kinabalu's attractions include a number of nearby natural wonders, including Labuan Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, and the highest mountain in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu.
The Philippines can be easily reached from Changi Airport through a number of nonstop flights. Low-cost carriers like Jetstar, Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways fly the Singapore-Manila route, whose nonstop flights take three-and-a-half hours to complete.
Direct flights from Changi Airport to Bangkok fly to two different airports. Major flag carriers (like Singapore Airlines) fly to the bigger Suvarnabhumi Airport, while low-cost carriers flying the Singapore-Bangkok route land at Don Mueang Airport. Wherever you land, the Thai capital's shopping, riverside stops, temples, and other tourist attractions will be at your disposal as soon as you disembark.
Travelers aiming to reach Phuket, its top beaches and its shopping scene can also take advantage of the low-cost carriers flying between Singapore and this fun Thailand resort town. AirAsia, Jetstar and Tiger Airways fly the 1-hour, 45-minute nonstop flight to Phuket.
Hanoi's must see sights are just an hour and 45 minutes away from Singapore, thanks to the many nonstop flights between Changi Airport and Vietnam's historic capital. Fly into Hanoi to check out Hoan Kiem Lake , the Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the shopping at the Old Quarter. From Hanoi, Central Vietnam tourist destinations like Hue and Hoi An can easily be reached via Livitrans luxury sleeper train.
Visitors aiming to spend a weekend in Saigon, oops, the southern Vietnam metropolis is called Ho Chi Minh City these days, will find plenty of things to do, and if they're coming from Singapore, it'll only take them an hour and 45 minutes to get there via nonstop flight.