• Location: Singapore, Singapore
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Learn about Singapore’s history and local cultures on this half-day tour to the east coast and Changi. With a guide, you’ll visit Kampong Glam, a Malay community on Singapore’s east coast where you can see what mid-20th-century life was like in a traditional dwelling known as a ‘kampung.’ Then, visit Tampines New Town for a look at local island life. At Changi Beach hear about the Sook Ching Massacre that took place here during  World War II and the effects of Japanese occupation on the local area.

Highlights

  • Learn about Singapore's WWII history with a visit to Changi Beach
  • Experience traditional Malay living in Kampong Glam
  • Stop at Tampines New Town, Singapore’s largest residential area
  • Drive through Changi Village, rich with ethnic Malay cultural heritage

What You Can Expect

East Coast and Changi Half-Day Tour from Singapore

Changi Chapel and Museum, Singapore

This historical and cultural tour of eastern Singapore introduces you to local life on the island both past and present. Begin your trip with hotel pickup, traveling by comfortable coach to Kampong Glam – named after the Gelam Tree. Once the seat of the old Malay Royalty, it still retains the charm of a bygone era and the influence of the Arab traders.

Afterward, stop at Tampines New Town. This United Nations World Habitat Award winner, with its green spaces, linked walkways, and impressive urban design, offers a fascinating insight into island life today.

Next, continue on to Changi Beach, site of the World War II Sook Ching Massacre. Listen as your guide provides information about this tragic event and how the Japanese Occupation affected the area, and visit the memorial plaque dedicated to the victims of war. 

Finally, head to the Malay community of Changi Village with your guide and experience laid-back island life. Admire the scenic beaches, ferry terminal and village hotels, and, if you wish, indulge in some of the areas street food.

Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Sean G Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A great tour for anyone interested in the history of Singapore. Very knowledgeable guide and I would do this tour again.

Helen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A must do to pay respects and as a reminder how luck one is now . Highly moving. Whilst you can't take photos in the museum, there's really no need as the articles and photos in the museum will stay with you forever. Allow a minimum of 1 hour. Kristna was very informative.

David E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent tour, very informative, the guide was extremely good and was full of knowledge of Singapore and the areas we visited

Graham J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

First class

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Thanks Phillip for a great tour. Our coach picked us up from the hotel, and we received an amazing history of the lead up to and including World War II and the Japanese occupation of Singapore. We especially loved the visit to the small market square.

Jane P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fab tour fab country

Suer52 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

The hotel pickup was excellent - friendly and on time. We were then transferred to a meeting place and allocated buses for our various tours. Given the huge numbers of tourists and buses, this was extremely well organised, and we were soon on our way.

The guide covered so many areas of interest in his onboard commentary, and we got many insights into Singapore life as well from the Muslim area and Tampines housing area. It's an amazing place, if you have a guide to point things out!

The Museum and chapel were small, but provided stark and poignant evidence of POW camps and Singapore under Japanese occupation.

A worthwhile experience.

Lynne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is the second time I have done this tour. The tour guide was one of the best guides I have had in Singapore most are really good! and gave use really good insight into the history of Singapore and the current state of affairs. I learnt lots of new things this time. The Changi museum is always confronting but I think really worthwhile. I highly recommend this tour.

Jane T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A fabulous insight to a little bit of Singapore history with a wonderfully knowledgeable tour guide. Really enjoyed learning about his every day life too.

Sejil M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

really enjoyed this tour!

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