Synopsis
Changi Village is a collection of small shops and cheap eating places - a reminiscence of Singapore's past.  Its surroundings are scattered with old colonial houses, government holiday chalets and clubs. Changi Village was previously used by the British army and for a short period, the Japanese army. Many of the buildings were designed for either military or recreational purposes. There is also a pleasant 2.6 km coastal boardwalk, starting at the jetty for Pulau Ubin.

How much time you will need: 2 to 5 hours (5 if you want to cover the entire coastal boardwalk, 2 if you want to only check out the shops and perhaps Changi Beach).

What we thought of it: A must if you're following the historical trail of Singapore. Worth a visit if you have time and enjoy rustic seaside village. Also, if you're visiting Pulau Ubin, you might want to consider dividing your time between Changi Village and Pulau Ubin (for more information on Pulau Ubin, see the write-up on Pulau Ubin).
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Bazaars and Street Markets
Beaches
Entertainment
Events
Food
Gardens, Parks and Nature Reserves
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Historical
Museums
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Short Trips From Singapore
Nature Related Attractions
Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
Changi Beach
Changi Village and Boardwalk
Chinese Garden
East Coast Park Beach
Japanese Garden
Jurong BirdPark
Labrador Nature Reserve
Nature
Night Safari
Pulau Ubin
Singapore Botanic Gardens & National Orchid Garden
Singapore Zoo
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Tanjong Beach
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Page created on 12 Nov 2007
Page last modified on 15 Aug 2011

Review
When you are in Changi Village, you can quite easily forget that you're in Singapore. It's a good place to come to unwind. Be it browsing at the shops at the Village or walking the coastal boardwalk, it will slow you down, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Come in the morning and explore the coastal boardwalk. You may even catch the fishermen bringing in fish from their kelongs (fish farms in the sea) at the jetty. The fish will be headed for the local markets and restaurants.
Favourite spots of the boardwalk include the Sunset Walk and Kelong Walk where kids look forward to see what fish the anglers have caught. Another favourite spot is the Creek Walk - just to stop and watch the boats go by. Finish your walk using the road, you'll also see the old colonial buildings.
Come in the late afternoon to enjoy a stroll round the shops, across the pedestrian bridge to Changi Beach Park and then back to the village for dinner. You may catch a Boeing 747 Megatop or a Airbus A380 taking off or landing, making it an unforgettable evening even for the adults!
At the village, Changi Hawker Centre is full of activity at lunch time, offering cheap local dishes. Try out the fresh whole coconut - thirst-quenching and refreshing. Some of the more popular dishes sold here include the malay nasi lemak (coconut-fragrant rice, usually eaten with deep-fried chicken, egg and crispy anchovies with peanuts. The sweet chilli sauce that goes with it on the side, is an important item of this dish), chinese char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles in dark soy sauce and cockles), etc.

In the evenings, the coffee shops, restaurants and pubs are busy with groups of families and friends. Seafood dinner is popular at the coffee shops. Try another popular local dish "chicken rice" (fragrant rice cooked with chicken and garlic and steamed or roast chicken).
If you love nature, Changi is the best place to see the exotic Tanimbar Cockatoo and the Red-breasted Parakeet in the wild. They are found nesting in the tree holes on the trees along the road near the shops. Look out also for heritage trees - they're marked.

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Tips
If you plan to have a dip in the sea, there are few public changing rooms or showers - the nearest one is on Changi Beach. There is none along the coastal boardwalk.

Things to Bring
Bring drinking water. Along the coastal boardwalk, you can buy drinks only at the clubs and at the jetty for Pulau Ubin. If you want to stop for a dip in the sea, bring swim-wear and a towel.

Opening Times
Opening times: Changi Village is awake in the early hours of the morning and stays active well into the night. Bumboats to Pulau Ubin operate from sunrise to sunset.

Best time to go: Morning - when the air is fresh and cool. Or late afternoon - when it gets cooler and shadier.

Admission Fees
Not applicable

How to Get There
By Taxi - All taxi drivers know Changi Village. This is the fastest and easiest way to get there. Tell them to let you alight at the jetty for Pulau Ubin. You can head towards the shops or start the boardwalk there.

By MRT - Alight at Tanah Merah MRT Station on the East-West line. Take SBS bus 2 to Changi Village bus interchange and walk towards the car park. The jetty for Pulau Ubin is next to the car park.

Alternatively, alight at Tampines MRT Station on the East-West line. Go to Tampines Interchange and take SBS bus 29 to Changi Village bus interchange.

To Pulau Ubin, it is a 15-minute bumboat ride from Changi Village (cost: $2 per person).

Other Attractions Around Changi
Changi Beach Changi Museum
Changi Village and Boardwalk Johore Battery
Pulau Ubin Singapore Airshow
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