A staycation in retired public buses? with The Bus Collective in Changi Village, now you can.

Starting from December 1st, The Bus Collective has unveiled Changi Village’s newest quirkiest staycation haven.

The hospitality scene just got an upgrade with The Bus Collective – a resort hotel that’s turning heads and wheels in Changi. Picture this: luxury suites crafted from the bones of retired public buses.

Yes, you heard that right, and no, it’s not an automobile graveyard; it’s the freshest staycation haven in town. Staying at The Bus Collective is like checking into a time-travelling boutique on wheels. Who needs a room with a view when you can have one with a steering wheel?

The brainchild of the travel maestros at WTS Travel, this project is more than just repurposed buses; it’s a testament to sustainability, creativity, and a touch of nostalgia. Managing director Micker Sia, a seasoned veteran in the travel industry, spilt the beans at the grand opening, reminiscing about his early days as a bus driver.

“Imagine spending 34 years shuttling folks around and suddenly having an epiphany during a pandemic. What do we do with buses that are still kicking and ready to roll? We don’t junk them; we turn them into something spectacular.”

And spectacular it is. The Bus Collective boasts 20 Scania public buses, now transformed into 45 sq m luxury suites. They’ve retained the quirks – the windows, the driver seats, and even the steering wheels, now adorning the rooms as features. 

“It’s not just a hotel; it’s a journey. Each room tells a story. The story of a bus that once roared through the streets, and now, it’s found a new calling as your cosy retreat in Changi.”

But what about the price tag, you ask? Well, you can hop on this nostalgia train starting at $398 per night. Sure, it’s a tad steeper than your average hotel room, but this is not your average stay.

Now, let’s talk about room configurations. There’s one for everyone – the king-sized bed aficionados, the bunk bed enthusiasts, and yes, even a wheelchair-accessible room. The variety ensures that everyone can hitch a ride on this unique staycation experience.

The idea was simple – tourism, nature, and environmentalism cruising together.

“In a world of conventional hotels, The Bus Collective stands tall as the unconventional champ. It’s the green gem of East Coast, harmonizing with the vibrant spirit of Changi Village.”

Now, don’t go expecting a run-of-the-mill hotel experience. The Bus Collective isn’t big on pools and gyms; instead, it’s urging guests to explore. Book a tour, dive into history, pedal around Pulau Ubin, or catch the wind on a trishaw at Changi Beach. The experiences are as eclectic as the rooms.

Mr Sia also has expansion plans. He’s eyeing adjacent plots in Changi Village and even the outlying islands like Pulau Ubin and Kusu Island. Talk about turning the wheels of innovation.

So, if you’re ready for a staycation that defies the norm, rev up your engines and check into The Bus Collective. Because in Changi, the hospitality scene just got a whimsical, wheel-y good makeover.

Bookings for The Bus Collective can be made via its website at www.thebuscollective.com and travel booking sites such as Agoda, Expedia and Booking.com.

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Sean Loo

Ignition Labs' resident editor loves all things retro, even though he was born in the late 90s. His main job encompasses tons of driving (and a massive carbon footprint), but he swears he turns off the lights each time he leaves his room.

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