Trace Singapore's journey by taking walking trails

Bumboat captain Sazali Kassim showing NHB assistant chief executive of policy and community Alvin Tan sights of interest that he points out to passengers on his boat as he ferries them up and down the Singapore River. Mr Sazali has been using a new b
Bumboat captain Sazali Kassim showing NHB assistant chief executive of policy and community Alvin Tan sights of interest that he points out to passengers on his boat as he ferries them up and down the Singapore River. Mr Sazali has been using a new book published by the NHB and SPH to brush up on his knowledge of Singapore's sights. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Bumboat captain Sazali Kassim showing NHB assistant chief executive of policy and community Alvin Tan sights of interest that he points out to passengers on his boat as he ferries them up and down the Singapore River. Mr Sazali has been using a new b
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 PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

New book has historical details of sites, practical info and a map

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 on 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 book can be found at museum shops and major bookstores, and retails for $29.90.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2018, with the headline 'Trace Singapore's journey by taking walking trails'. Print Edition | Subscribe