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Marina Bay, Singapore
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Need a holiday? Try Singapore. As one of the most culturally diverse countries in Asia, home to a fusion of cultures from Chinese and Peranakan to Indian and Malay, it's like visiting all of Asia in one place.

Multiculturalism is evident in every part of Singapore - food, architecture and even the languages spoken. If you want culture you can't go past Chinatown, perhaps the most multicultural part of the city. Though shopping is one of the main attractions, it’s the history and culture of the area that make it an absolute must see.

Kampong Glam has been Singapore’s Arab-Malay quarter since the early 1800's. If you're a shopper, check out Haji Lane, a trendy laneway offering a range of independent boutiques, stylishly cool second-hand clothes stores and quirky outlets. At first glance it seemed like an unlikely spot for fashion finds, but stores such as Know It Nothing, Pluck and Salad make it a must-visit when you want to splash out on quirky, conversation-starter pieces.

Little India is another must-visit. Serangoon Road is the heart of the area, where munching on a roti prata and trawling the shops for cheap and cheerful jewellery should be high on your list. One of the most well known spots is the Mustafa Centre - a 24hr shopping centre where you can pick up everything from Indian spices and knick-knacks to electrical goods and clothing. For something a little bit different, you can even have your fortune read by Mani the parakeet - a local star.

Ann Siang Hill and Club Street offer a more sedate shopping experience. One of the most beautiful areas in Singapore, this road is stuffed with pastel-coloured shop houses which house the bohemian, the high end and the hipster.

Sentosa Island - Located just half a kilometre off the southern coast, Sentosa is the adventure capital of Singapore. Attractions range from the Butterfly Park and Fort Siloso to Wavehouse, Maritime Experiential Museum and Universal Studios. It’s easy to spend your entire trip just enjoying the activities on Sentosa.

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