Walking Across the Causeway

More than a week ago, I visited Johor Bahru with a friend.

Unfortunately, we spent too much time there that we didn’t go back early enough to miss the jam. The bus queues back to Singapore were ridiculously long. And if that’s not bad enough, the jam was so bad that buses couldn’t even make their way in to pick up passengers at the immigration complex.

So, we decided to do something crazy.

We walked.

Yes, we decided that since the weather wasn’t so bad, we should try walking across the Causeway. This has been something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. But people have been telling me that it’s not possible because JB’s side had cut off the pedestrian path.

Well, we spotted a handful of people who decided not to wait for the bus and walk.

And with that, we decided to follow them. And off we went on our (not-so) adventurous journey!

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A few metres away from JB’s immigration complex
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After a few minutes of walking, you can see the HDBs in Woodlands, Singapore
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Singapore’s immigration complex. Looks like an intimidating fort from afar.
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Looking back: a view of the JB buildings along the coast.
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Fast approaching Singapore! Majulah!
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After 20+ minutes of walking, we’re already on Singapore soil!

Once we’ve reached Singapore, things got very interesting.

It turns out that Singapore has preserved the old pedestrian path for people who wish to walk across the Causeway. I’m not sure how old it is, but it looks pretty old.

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The start of the old pedestrian walkway. Who knows where this will lead us?
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This path was very interesting. Something about it made it feel as if I was playing one of those first-person shooter games, walking around in an abandon research facility.
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Wrong direction! We’re coming back!
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What’s next?

Well, after climbing a flight of stairs, we got out of this enclosed corridor, into this nice and airy open space.

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Stairs!
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Open space. It was very windy.
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As you go through this gate, you leave a piece of history and you return to the present moment, as if the journey didn’t happen.

And that’s the last photo. After crossing this gate, we arrived at the section where buses from JB would drop people off to do their immigration clearance.

The feeling was rather weird. The whole time as we were walking through this old pedestrian path, there was just a handful of us and a nice quiet and breezy stroll.

But once we passed through the gates, the setting changed immediately. We were met with the massive hoards of people alighting from the bus, rushing up the escalator to clear immigration.

And we walked with them – this mass of frenzied crowds – as if we had not taken that pedestrian route, as if we had been with them this whole time. It was a very strange feeling.

Nonetheless, it was a good experience.

If you’re curious and wish to try walking across the Causeway, the walk is about 30 minutes (it was 27 minutes on my activity tracker, about 2700 steps). Good exercise!