Located at the very southern tip of Southeast Asia’s Malay Peninsula, just one degree from the equator, lies the island state of Singapore. Officially known as the Republic of Singapore, this thriving, meticulous metropolis is one of the world’s most liveable cities. Filled with imposing modern edifices that intertwine with old temples and British colonial buildings, the Lion City’s architecture is as diverse as its people—Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western.
Besides its museums, visitors can take a short bumboat ride along the Singapore River to glimpse at the city’s landmarks, quays and bridges, or immerse in the tranquil Singapore Botanic Gardens. Entertainment can be found at the indoor conservatory Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, and the famed themed park island Sentosa. Divided into four main districts, Chinatown is particularly lively in the evening. Little India and Arab Street also have their own distinct charm. A shopper’s haven, Orchard Road is not to be missed. Catering to all moods and tastes, eating is a Singaporean national pastime, offering everything from hawker centres to upscale dining. Evening revellers will delight in the countless bars, lounges and casinos. A gateway to exploring Asia—Singapore.