Take a walk through history with new Singapore Trails book

Singapore Trails: Singapore River Walk and Jubilee Walk details two specially-curated walking routes that take in the city's development from a 19th Century port to a modern city.
Singapore Trails: Singapore River Walk and Jubilee Walk details two specially-curated walking routes that take in the city's development from a 19th Century port to a modern city.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
(From left) National Heritage Board assistant chief executive of Policy and Community Alvin Tan, Chester Goh and Sazali Kassim from boat operator Water B.
(From left) National Heritage Board assistant chief executive of Policy and Community Alvin Tan, Chester Goh and Sazali Kassim from boat operator Water B.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - As a bumboat captain, it is not just Mr Sazali Kassim's job to ferry passengers up and down the Singapore River.

"Sometimes they ask me: 'What is Boat Quay?' I'll tell them: 'It's where Singapore started its humble success'," the 38-year-old said. "Sometimes they ask me for recommendations in the Central Business District. I'll tell them: 'Go to the top floor of One Raffles Place - that's the world's highest al fresco bar'."

Mr Sazali has been brushing up his knowledge of Singapore's finest sights with information from a 259-page book just published by the National Heritage Board (NHB) and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

Singapore Trails: Singapore River Walk and Jubilee Walk details two specially-curated walking routes that take in the city's development from a 19th Century port to a modern city.

Aimed at tourists and locals alike, it contains historical details about local heritage sites, archive photographs and practical information like addresses and opening hours.

It also has a detachable map of the two trails.

Water B - which runs cruises along the Singapore River - has been using reference material from the book, and Mr Sazali said it has helped him become "a better ambassador for Singapore".

Speaking of the tie-up with SPH, NHB assistant chief executive of Policy and Community Alvin Tan said: "We are always on the lookout for partnerships which promote public access to our heritage and allow us to give back to society in a meaningful way."

The Singapore Trails publication is for sale at museum shops and major bookstores, priced $29.90.