War Trails by Changi Museum

“If you just do one tour in Singapore, make it one of these.”
– Lonely Planet

Be treated to a fascinating and deeply-enriching tour experience – our guides are known to walk the talk (quite literally!). Journey through hidden corners of Singapore and discover the historical significance of the sites you encounter, coupled with witty observations on culture, tradition, architecture…the list goes on!

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Launched concurrently with the Walks, CHANGI WWII™ – Life, Death & Remembrance (Wednesdays & Saturdays) relates the story of the Defence and Fall of Singapore during WWII and are dedicated to the memory of all who fought and suffered during those dark years of captivity.

These motorcoach-facilitated guided trails revisit selected WWII sites that lend varied perspectives to the disastrous manner by which Singapore believed to be impregnable succumbed to Japanese forces on the 15th of February, 1942. Find out what really happened, as we take you through grand strategies, explosive action and intense drama, while debunking long-held myths and exposing deceptive propaganda. Contemplate the magnitude of human tragedy and the response of selfless camaraderie in the face of death. Vividly recounted and sensitively portrayed by specialised researcher-guides, few have left these trails unmoved.

NOTE:
Our tours do not run on public holidays – please refer to the list of public holidays below.

Public Holidays in 2018:
1 Jan, 16 Feb, 17 Feb, 30 Mar, 1 May, 29 May, 15 Jun, 9 Aug, 22 Aug, 6 Nov and 25 Dec

*Please note that guides and trainee guides are not allowed to join the tours, without express written permission.​

Click on our award-winning war trail below for more details.

“A most informative and moving tour. We now understand the ordeals that the prisoners had to endure to just stay alive. The tour leader was most informative with extra snippets of information that clearly painted the picture of the reality of the situation at that time.”

~ Lindsay M, Australia

BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE AWARD WINNER
– 2013 Singapore Experience Awards

Commemorate the fight of brave men and women during World War II in Malaya and Singapore, and the trials and tribulations of their subsequent internment. Turn back the clock in Changi, once the site of many prisoner-of-war camps during the Japanese Occupation, the nexus of much pain and suffering, where life lay on a knife’s edge. It is said that more Australian PoWs perished from incarceration than in battle itself. Then, take in the solemn sights of Kranji War Cemetery, the final resting place of thousands who perished in Malaya and Singapore. Hear their stories of bravery and commitment, and be inspired by the power of the human spirit. Finally, contemplate the Cenotaph, a war memorial which is an oasis of peace amidst the bustle of the Central Business District. See the battle scars of history frozen in time even as the city-state races into the 21st century.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drive past Changi Prison
  • Visit Changi Chapel (open till end Dec 2018)
  • Explore Johore Battery, with its replica WWII 15-inch gun
  • Drive past Selarang Barracks (A WWII Japanese PoW internment camp)
  • Learn the colourful pre-war and wartime history of Changi Village (take a short snack break, own expenses)
  • Changi Beach (Site of Sook Ching Massacre)
  • Take in the solemn sights of Kranji War Cemetery
  • Visit the Singapore Cenotaph
  • Every Wednesday (2.00pm-6.00pm) and Saturday (10.00am-2.00pm)
    [NO TOURS: 22 Aug 2018 (Hari Raya Haji)]
  • Meet at Pasir Ris MRT Station, outside Exit B
  • BY CAB: Alight at Pasir Ris Central, in front of White Sands Mall. You will enter the MRT station via Exit A. Exit B is just across.
  • END POINT: Cenotaph (Nearest MRT Station: City Hall)

TICKETING:

Enjoy UNLIMITED walks and tours
when you get our Multi-Day Pass!

(*offered for the days that the pass is valid for and applicable for
ALL 7 of our scheduled walks and both of our coach trails
– which means savings of at least S$X-S$X!)

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SINGLE TOUR TICKET:

S$58.00 (Adult) / S$30.00 (Child)

3-DAY PASS:

S$X.00 (Adult) / S$X.00 (Child)

1-WEEK PASS:

S$X.00 (Adult) / S$X.00 (Child)

Please note that the standard cut-off time for online bookings is 1 day in advance. For last-minute bookings on the tour date itself, please check with our team on tour availability by phone (+65 6325 1631) or email. We’ll be happy to welcome you aboard if seats are available. Thank you!

Our Awards

Much raved and well-loved, The Original Singapore Walks® is THE EXPERIENCE to go for when you’re in Singapore!

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

We are honoured to have been awarded the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence once again! The Original Singapore Walks® consistently earn great reviews from travellers – join our tours and you’ll find out why!

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Singapore Tourism Awards 2017 Finalist

Our tours are proud winners and finalists of the Singapore Tourism Award and Singapore Experience Award, a celebration of outstanding experiences in Singapore’s tourism sector.

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Singapore Tatler 2018 (Best Inbound Travel)

We’ve been recognised as Best Inbound Travel Company on the definitive guide to luxury lifestyle, Singapore Tatler! From wonderfully curated tours to customised offerings for groups, we are just a call/click away.

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Hear it from those who matter – our wonderful guests who have conquered our tours and emerged triumphant with smiles and new-found knowledge 🙂

Before Your Journeys With Us…

Here’s what you need to know before you embark on The Original Singapore Walks®

Do I need to book in advance?

We welcome walk-ins for our scheduled walks, however, online pre-booking is preferred for a seamless experience for both our guides and guests! For walk-in guests, please meet your guide at the meeting point 15 minutes before your tour start time for a quick registration and cash payment. In the rare event of an unusually large turn-out or a single walker, the tour goes on (sometimes with an additional guide) and no one will be turned away.

 

Advance reservations through phone (+65 6325 1631) or email (fun@singaporewalks.com) are highly recommended for

  • Parties of 8 or more
  • Changi WWII™ – Life, Death and Remembrance Coach Tour

Our team will send you an email confirmation once we have secured your spots.

 

If you have a group of 20 or more, we strongly recommend a separate tour just for your group. Please send in your request by filling out the enquiry form at least 2 to 3 weeks ahead.

Where is the tour meeting point? Is there a hotel pick-up?

The tour meeting points are mostly at MRT station exits (above ground) or at the entrance of a museum. The meeting point varies depending on the walk or coach trail of your choice. Please refer to the individual tour descriptions for more details. Hotel pick-ups are currently not available.

How do I recognise the guide?

That would be the person waving our brochures madly in the air. Alternatively, look out for a group forming at the meeting point and the guide who is wearing a Singapore Tourism Board guide badge.

What if I don’t find the guide at the meeting point?

There are generally two scenarios where this may happen: guests sometimes end up at the wrong meeting point, or, they turn up after the scheduled tour departure time. Our guides usually wait an additional 5 minutes after the scheduled departure time in case of any latecomers. Otherwise, a guide no-show rarely happens. If in doubt, please feel free to call our hotline +65 6325 1631.

How is payment done?

For a hassle-free experience, you are encouraged to book and pay online. Alternatively, you may make payment to the guide in cash prior to your tour. Exact change will be much appreciated by our guides!

How long do the tours last?

The walks generally last 2.5 hours, although, depending on the interests of the walkers, they’ve been known to go up to 3 hours. The coach trails last around 4 hours, again, depending on guests’ interests and road traffic conditions.

Do the tours run as scheduled on public holidays?

No. Our scheduled tours take a break on public holidays in Singapore (we love our festivals!). Please see check our homepage or our red brochure for the exact dates. Private tours may still be arranged on Sundays and public holidays, depending on the availability of our guides.

Is there a discount if I am planning to go on several walks / coach trails?

Check out our Promotions tab for the latest deals for our tours and attractions.

 

Currently, we are offering an ONLINE EXCLUSIVE, where you can get a sweet 10% off your total when you book 2 or more tours on our website (offer is valid with 2 or more DIFFERENT tours booked – we want you to discover different facets of Singapore with The Original Singapore Walks®!)

 

Now and then, we also present exclusive promotions through partners such as the Association of Singapore Attractions and the Singapore Tourism Board. Do look up their websites for the latest deals.

What are the tours like?

Charming, witty, illuminating and highly addictive. By foot, we will explore the many nooks and crannies that run abound in these lovely corners of Singapore and foray behind the scenes to see, hear, touch and feel things that you won’t on most other tours. We take pride and pleasure in exposing the depths, dishing out the dirty, pointing out the eccentricities and regaling you with astonishing true stories of the city-state we grew to adore. Simply go on one and you will see what we mean…

How are the War Trails by Changi Museum different from The Original Singapore Walks®?

The War Trails by Changi Museum are motorcoach-facilitated guided trails that visit selected WWII sites in Singapore. Please note that we will be running Changi WWII™ – Life, Death and Remembrance from 1 Apr 2018 onwards due to the closure of Changi Museum for redevelopment. This is a refreshed and enhanced version of our long-running Changi WWII™ tour. The 4-hour long coach tour explores the Occupation Experience and run every Wed & Sat (reservations recommended as seats are limited).

Will we learn anything about local festivals, celebrations and commemorations on your tours?

Definitely! During festive months, selected tours will be enhanced with festival-specific content. Learn more about our local festivals and how we celebrate them by hopping onto one of our special festive tours! Important events that have shaped our society are also emphasised during commemorative months. Follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theoriginalsingaporewalks to get the latest updates!

Are there other tours apart from the scheduled ones?

Yes, we have a whole gamut of tours available for private bookings. Based on our research team’s accumulated knowledge of local history, military history, the arts, religion and culture, Journeys is able to tailor make tour programmes and packages according to various special interests. Our forte lies in programmes which require educational and professional focus and content. Simply drop us a line at +65 63251631 or send in your details by filling out the enquiry form at least 2 to 3 weeks ahead.

For programmes requiring a full suite of destination services, visit www.journeys.com.sg/tours-and-services

What if it rains?

As long as guests are game, our promise is to run our tours regardless of rain or shine. Guests are advised to wear comfortable, weather-resistant footwear and bring along a cap, umbrella or poncho. Much of the walks take place at sheltered walkways and buildings, which our guides keep to in the event of rain. Coach trails are hardly affected as sites can be viewed from within the comfort of the coach vehicle if necessary. We reserve the right to avoid touring sites due to potential safety hazards under certain weather conditions, such as the open-field Kranji War Graves during a lightning storm.

Is photography / video-recording allowed on the tours?

In protection of the intellectual copyright that goes into the tours, note-taking and any forms of video and audio recording are not allowed on the tours. The interesting stories that we share with you are the result of painstaking research over many years, so do show your appreciation by listening with attentive ears, open hearts and obedient hands! By the way, photography is allowed but not in such excess that it disrupts the tour.

How should I dress to walk under the local climate?

Dress comfortably, preferably wearing a cap and comfy shoes. Bring along sunglasses, an umbrella or poncho, and a bottle of water. When all else fails, put on a big grin and face it like a real globe trekker! (Note: Walkers considering the Sultans of Spice™ tour should remember to dress modestly – sleeved top and full-length skirt or pants – in view of a Mosque visit during the walk.)

Will there be a problem having infants, elderly guests and guests in wheel-chair on the tours?

We put in every effort to make the tours as convenient to all as possible. The walking routes are planned to include sheltered stops, if not stops that allow walkers to enjoy a short sit-down while the guide shares with the group. Most walks (except Red Clogs Down the Five Foot Way™ that goes to Ann Siang Hill via long ramps or stairs and Of Graves, Guns & Battles™ that is conducted on Fort Canning Hill with several flights of steps) are on level ground and we maintain a comfortable walking pace throughout. All guests are urged to be mindful of personal safety while crossing roads, which is hard to avoid while walking around an urbanised city. Guests who rely on wheel-chair to get around may require a considerable level of support embarking on / disembarking from the tour buses used for War Trails by Changi Museum.

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