Singapore, often called the “Switzerland of Asia,” is an island-state in Southeast Asia. What was once a fishing village in the 1800s is now a popular business and tourist destination.
Strolling along the skyscrapers scattered throughout downtown, you get a sense of the modern architecture and mix of historical landmarks, such as the luxurious Fullerton Hotel in the former colonial post office, and old Chinese shophouses now converted into bustling boutiques, hotels and restaurants. Dining in Singapore is top notch and varied, with nearly every kind of ethnic cuisine represented, especially in the city’s many quality food courts, which are several steps above those found elsewhere around the world.
For an evening expedition through the city’s tropical habitats, you can admire animals from the Southeast Asian rainforest, African savanna or Burmese jungle on a tour through the popular Night Safari. To purchase some Singapore souvenirs, visit the multi-story shopping centers located in the Orchard Road district. Stop by one of the many ethnic neighborhoods in Singapore including Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street, for a look into Singapore’s diverse cultural history. You can plan a day trip to one of the city’s museums including the Changi Museum or a family picnic at one of the approximately 400 public parks that are in downtown Singapore and along the Singapore River.