Singapore

Ditch the sterile stopover cliché, this island city-state offers the best of Asia in a user-friendly package. A sleepy fishing village in the early 1900s, Singapore has well and truly reinvented itself. Shimmering skyscrapers tower above the slick financial districts and elegant colonial buildings preserve a lingering old-world charm. Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures converge offering visitors the chance to travel the continent without leaving the island. Inhale the scent of spices as you roam Little India, watch locals gather for mah-jong matches in Chinatown, and feast on tasty Malay satay on bustling food streets. Shop up a storm on the renowned Orchard Road then indulge in a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar at the luxurious Raffles Hotel, where the iconic cocktail was developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender.

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