For many who visit Singapore, the city is nothing more than a stopover point - a convenient destination to break the long flight home, and perhaps squeeze in some good shopping. What a waste!
Many will have heard how well organised and clean this island city is, but visitors who take the time to dig a little deeper, and perhaps stay a second (or third and fourth) night, will be rewarded with a truly multi-cultural destination full of flavour, culture, and great cuisine.
In many ways, Singapore is the perfect introduction to Asia. There are a number of non-stop flights from cities across Europe, the city is extremely well kept, there is an excellent transport infrastructure, and a range of hotels to suit all budgets. Thanks to the mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures (to name a few) a stay in Singapore always delivers variety.
Eat as much as you can handle! The variety of food here is exceptional and delicious. A fusion of cuisines from all over South-East Asia and beyond is available to everyone, no matter what their budget, from the hawker stands found on every street corner to some of the world's finest restaurants. The street stalls are surely the most hygienic on the planet, and you can eat like a king for just a pound or two. One local delicacy to seek out at every opportunity is the iconic Chilli Crab.
Gardens by the Bay. You can easily spend a day exploring the impressive bio-domes, walking through the Heritage Gardens and marvelling at the super-trees.
Along with Singapore Zoo's Night Safari and the city's Formula 1 race track, the city is also known for its world class shopping malls, many of which can be found along Orchard Road. If this all seems a little too organised, then be sure to search out Little India and China town for some hectic bartering action.