Singapore is one of the most enjoyable cities in South-East Asia.
Few cities can boast such a fascinating ethnic brew. Nowhere else in the world you can dip into the cultures of China, India and Muslim Malaysia all in one day, against a backdrop of ultra-modern Western commerce. Singapore’s history of migration has left a rich cultural and architectural legacy that makes wandering the streets an absorbing delight.
It's popular to dismiss Singapore as a kind of Asia Lite - blandly efficient and safe, a boringly tasteless, disciplinarian and unadventurous place where citizens are robbed of their cherished freedom to spit on the street and chew gum. You could not be more wrong.
As you zoom in from one of the world's best airports along the lushly tree-shaded expressway or on the zippy MRT train line, you'll quickly realise this is no traffic-snarled Bangkok. And as you stroll through the fashion emporiums of Orchard Rd, poke around antique shops in Chinatown or take a walk around one of the dozens of beautiful city parks, you'll know the city bears no comparison to crime- and poverty-ridden Manila or Jakarta.
It's a fascinating place that you will never forget!