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  • Singapore is situated in South East Asia, just off the southern tip of Malaysia.

  • One of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world, Singapore is a breeze to explore.

  • Nothing is more than an hour away from the central business district.

  • Built at the crossroads of maritime trading routes, for well over a century, Singapore was the jewel in Britain's Empire.

  • When the city became a republic in 1965, few thought a country with so few resources and of vastly different ethnic groups could succeed.

  • But succeed it has, on an unimaginable scale!

  • Singapore today is one of the Four Asian economic Tigers, a futuristic bridge between East and West.

  • Yet despite blossoming into one of the great global cities, Singapore is a nation that still cherishes its Asian traditions.

  • Once filled with trading houses and opium dens, Chinatown's historic shophouses have been transformed into restaurants, boutique hotels and gift shops.

  • Pick up a good luck charm in the Pagoda Street Market, or find a few moments of quiet reflection at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

  • Across town, Little India crams all the colors, scents, and gods of the Indian Subcontinent into a just a few city blocks.

  • While in the nearby Malay and Muslim quarter of Kampong Glam, the streets are a treasure trove of handicrafts from the Arabian world.

  • One thing unites all Singaporeans: food. It's the national obsession!

  • For an authentic Singaporean 'Makan' experience, follow the satay smoke to the nearest hawker center.

  • For more upscale dinning, head to the bright lights of Boat and Clarke Quays.

  • Despite Singapore's high urban density, the island is incredibly fertile.

  • They say, if you stick a broom handle into the soil, it will flower overnight!

  • Escape the heat and enter a world of color at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and National Orchid Garden.

  • For a slightly wilder experience, explore the jungle paths of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

  • Singapore's animal residents are a pretty diverse bunch too!

  • Famed for its forest setting, The Singapore Zoo is home to over 300 species, including the world's largest captive colony of Orangutans,

  • while the Jurong Bird Park has been bringing human beings and birdlife closer together for over 40 years.

  • Singapore enjoys a hot tropical climate. When the cooling afternoon rains come, indulge in that other Singaporean obsession, shopping!

  • Orchard Road offers miles of retail indulgence. For a change of pace, head to the Bugis Markets to really rub shoulders with bargain-hunting locals.

  • When it's time to unwind, climb aboard a cable-car to Sentosa, an island playground filled with resorts, theme parks, beaches and bars.

  • At Sentosa's western tip is Fort Siloso, a vivid reminder of Singapore's darkest days during World War II.

  • Closer to town is Singapore's big backyard, East Coast Park.

  • This 10-mile recreational park is lined with bike paths and beaches, and is proof that busy Singaporeans do know how to kick back and relax.

  • A little further east is Changi Beach.

  • From here, catch a 'bumboat' to the island of Pulau Ubin for a taste of 'Kampong Life' that has all but vanished on the mainland.

  • Pulau Ubin's quiet beaches, mangroves and wetlands are a world away from the buzz of modern Singapore.

  • But you don't need to ride a 'bumboat' to head back in time, simply step through the doors of Raffles Hotel and order a Singapore Sling.

  • Many of history's greatest adventurers and writers have cooled off in Raffles' legendary bars.

  • In the 21st Century, Singapore is attracting the world's most adventurous architectural minds.

  • Marina Bay shines like something from a science fiction blockbuster, while Gardens by the Bay shows the endless possibilities of mankind's flowering imagination.

  • Welcome to Singapore, where the future is only ever a few steps from the past.

  • A destination that proves that with unity, diversity and daring, even the smallest of places, can grow into a giant!

Singapore is situated in South East Asia, just off the southern tip of Malaysia.

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