At approximately two miles (3.3 km) long, Changi Beach is a gorgeous stretch of beach that is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. It’s one of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore and has managed to retain a laid-back feel that is refreshing in the hustle and bustle of this very modern city. From the beach you can see Palau Ubin, one of the few undeveloped places left in the country.
From barbecuing on the beach to jogging or cycling on the wide recreation path, this stretch of white sand is a popular place to gather on the weekends to catch up with friends or simply enjoy the sunrise or the sunset. Along with the recreational activities, Changi Beach is also a location of interest for wildlife lovers. Several types of seahorses and pipefish are monitored in the waters off of Changi Beach and many different species of birds have been spotted from the land. Of course, there are also the mechanical birds that are easily spotted: Changi International Airport is not far from the beach and airplane spotting is another popular activity on the beach.
In the midst of the sun and sand on Changi Beach, though, there is a darker history. During World War II the Japanese invaded Singapore and Changi Beach was the location for the execution of POWs. Some visitors report hearing cries, screams and other unsettling occurrences, making Changi Beach one of most haunted places in Asia. However, most people visit this serene stretch of sand without any knowledge of its dark past.
You can reach Changi Beach by taking the MRT to the SAF Ferry Terminal. From there it's a 20-minute walk along the beach to Carpark 7 at the Changi Ferry Terminal. Or, Changi Beach is also served by SBS Transit bus services at several bus stops along its length. Alternately, take the bus to Changi Village and it’s a five minutes of walk across the pedestrian footbridge to the park.