Singapore is a small country on a small island, yet has a population of just over 5 million people. Located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137km north of the equator, Singapore's economy has been ranked amongst the world's 10 most open, competitive and innovative.
With 4 official languages; English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay and Tamil; Singapore's multicultural nature is apparent. Riverside (Civic District) is Singapore's colonial core - home to a sensational array of museums, theatres and statues, not to mention restaurants, bars and clubs.
A wide selection of accommodation options are available throughout Singapore from luxury hotels, including the famed Raffles Hotel, to cheaper alternatives including a range of hotels and backpacker hostels which are primarily found in Little India, Bugis Street and China Town.
If you're looking to give your credit card a workout, there are a great variety of shops all over the island. For multinational brands and luxury shopping check out Orchid Road and the impressive ION Orchid shopping mall, while bargains can be found in the clustered markets and shops of Little India and China Town, and for something a little different go exploring in the historical district of Kampong Glam.
Food is an excellent way to experience Singapore’s multicultural heart with a variety of food halls, restaurant, cafes and street vendors providing a diverse range of delicacies. Visitors can sample curries, stir fries and satay dishes in the many cultural hamlets on the island including Little India, Kampong Glam and China Town.