A major travel, finance and logistics hub just north of the Equator, Singapore doesn't really 'do' seasons; it's generally sunny with a shower or 2 each day. What this city state – including 63 islands – does do well is keep the streets and buildings gleaming, traffic jams non-existent and maintain its international reputation for fine food and shopping. Read more...
Clean streets, top shopping and fine food
The meticulously-landscaped 2.2-kilometre Orchard Road gives you 6 department stores, 22 malls and a bamboozling 5,000 brands. It's not the only kid on the top tourist block either. Landscaped, cage-free and touted as one of the prettiest in the world, Singapore Zoo is home to almost 3,000 free-wheeling animals on 26 hectares.
The official languages of Singapore reflect its diversity: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil – and this makes for gastronomic adventures when dining. When drinking, of course Singapore does more than a sling, but one of the fun and refined imports the locals have kept which you might like to try is high tea at Raffles Hotel. If your holiday in Singapore is brief but you want to make the most of the climate, head to one of the beaches down south on Sentosa Island.