Changi village is a somewhat laidback place where one can escape from the virtual concrete jungle that is singapore, for a taste of what it perhaps once was when it was less developed.
Don't worry, even if you are not interested in seeing a less built up side of the island, it is wonderful to simply take a walk through the village and the beaches surrounding it, and watch the world (and the numerous ships) pass by.
If you are more adventurous, take a walk along the main road up a slope, pass the le meridien changi village hotel, and continue along the main road till the end. You will eventually arrive at this series of boardwalks along the sea. It is really quite a sight, especially during sunrise and sunset. Walking along the boardwalks, you will feel as if you are walking along the shoreline of a simple laidback village, without the hassle of having to go over bumps and rocks.
Should you want to venture to the outlying island of pulau ubin, which i do recommend should you be a nature lover, you can catch a ferry at the changi village jetty for a mere fee of S$2 per way.
At the end of the day, do not hesitate to try out the numerous hawker stalls at the changi village area.
I love this long stretch....... Changi Coast Road. Riding a bicycle under the shade of the trees watching planes taking off and landing. The sunset can be beautiful too. The breeze is refreshing but can be challenging. Please watch out for coconuts!! You can take a peek at the army's private jetty and hovercraft. At the end of the journey, you can stop by Changi Beach for sugarcane juice or coconut juice.
Go to carpark C or D. You can easily spot planes landing and taking off. Best times are around 6pm and 10pm. I love the reflection of the light from the planes. It looked light a pathway to heaven :) Take bus 2 and drop and Changi Village or bus 29 and drop off at the beach's carpark.
The eastern runway of Changi Airport is flanked by Nicoll Drive. On the way to Changi Village, stop by the perimeter fence of Changi Airport to get a close up of aircraft landing and taking off. A perfect spot for the aircraft enthusiast.
On 11 November 2005, the Airbus 380 arrived at Changi Airport in the morning after a 13-hour flight from Toulouse. Singapore Changi Airport was the first destination outside of Europe on the A-380's airport compatability flight. Singapore Airlines will be the first airline to fly the A380 in October 2006.
Changi Village is the gateway to Pulau Ubin. It is a good place for the locals bored with city life and want to getaway to some seabreeze and quietness.
The food centre at Changi Village is famous for its nasi lemak and BBQ food.
Some will queue for 30 mins or more to try the famous Nasi Lemak. There are many competitors and all claiming their is the best. You got to try it.
There are a few stall selling BBQ food like stingray, squid, otah, chicken wings .... (we term them as posion food ;p) u must try some poison while in Singapore.
Changi Beach Park is one of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore. It is link by a bridge to Changi Village and to the Changi Ferry Terminal to get to Pulau Ubin.
The park is 3.2km long with stretches of sandy beaches between Changi Point and Changi Ferry Road.
This is the place where families can gather over the weekends for picnics, swimming, barbecues or overnight camping. Sitting by the beach, you can look out to the sea overlooking Pulau Ubin.
Bring your own food here, or you can get some Nasi Lemak at the nearby Changi Village.
Go to Changi Point to walk these transexuals. They are located at the car park of Changi Point and come out at night. They look very beatiful compared to those transexual in malaysia. Seriously, you will thought that they are women until the moment they speak. To get there, just tell the cab driver you want to go see ah-gua at Changi Point. The nearest MRT is tampiness MRT.
Singapore, along with the rest of the Malaysian Peninsular, was occupied by the Japanese for three and a half years. The Japanese Imperial Army landed in Malaysia and southern Thailand making their way down to Singapore. The occupation took the Allied forces by complete surprise and was quite brutal. Chinese Singaporeans were treated particularly badly, some being tortured and others executed. As an example to others the Japanese decapitated Singaporeans leaving their heads displayed in prominent places around the island. A note would be attached to the effect that this person had disobeyed the authority of the Japanese Imperial Army and had been suitably punished. Anyone thinking of disobeying them would be treated similarly. This kind of behaviour must have been quite a deterrent.
The British who were governing Singapore at the time were made prisoners of war along with soldiers from other Allied countries, notably ANZACs. Some were forced to work on the famous Death railway.
The museum charts this period of Singapore's history with photographs, artefacts and quotes. It is not very large but is touching. There is also some artwork, quilts made by women POWs and a shop that has a number of books for sale about the subject. It will not interest everyone but if you are interested in the history of the region or perhaps have a relative that was in Singapore during this time it is worth a visit.
To get there take the MRT to Tanah Merah station and then take a number 2 bus which stops right outside.
These are the rage now. They are boarded walks that wind around certain areas and are mostly "close-to-nature" walks around 2km.
There's one in the East around the Changi area (marine), and another in the North for the Kranji district (mangrove swamp). Check out the flora and fauna without paying entrance fees and get to meet families during their weekend outings.
Watch the plane landing (!), enjoy the sand or even spend a night there camping...
The park is very narrow but looooong. Great place for bike ride.
Very nice and safe at night
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