Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore's circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha's teeth.
Dialing code: +65
Area: 719.9 km²
Currency: Singapore dollar
President: Halimah Yacob

Singapore has been described as a playground for the rich, and it's true that the small city-state does have a certain sheen of wealth. But Singapore offers more than just high-end shopping malls, luxury hotels, and fine dining (though it's worth indulging in those a bit if you can).

There is also a vibrant history and diverse ethnic quarters to discover, along with the many family-friendly attractions and lovely public spaces that make visiting this slightly futuristic city worthwhile.

Singapore has an excellent public transportation system that makes getting around convenient and easy. Once you've gotten a sense of the metro map, you'll have no problem zipping from one part of town to the next. English is spoken everywhere and signs are in English as well. In fact, Singapore is one of the easiest and most comfortable countries to navigate in Southeast Asia. And as long as you're not comparing prices to nearby Thailand or Vietnam, you're in for a lovely stay.

  • Singapore Flyer
  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Chinatown
  • Little India and Arab Street
  • Raffles Hotel
  • Changi Chapel and Museum
  • Singapore Zoo
  • Fort Canning Park
  • Sentosa Island
  • Orchard Road

Other Attractions of Note:
  • Clarke Quay
  • Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Pulau Ubin (Granite Island)