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Everything you’ve heard about Singapore – that it’s so clean, well-run and law-abiding – is true, which may make it sound a bit staid. Yet this island city-state is anything but boring, with its rich heritage of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian traditions all mixed into one tasty melting pot.
The most memorable thing about a trip here is the food, from savory street hawker stalls in Chinatown and Little India to Michelin-starred gourmet restaurants. A drink at the grand colonial Raffles Hotel, where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented, is another must-do. After eating, shopping is the most popular national pastime, whether you’re searching for high-tech futuristic electronics or international name-brand designer duds.
By day, wander inside the city’s many cultural museums, or get a breath of fresh air at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which blooms with 400 species of orchids. Visit the Singapore Zoo, where lemurs and baboons swing from the trees, and where you can experience the unique Night Safari, an after-dark tram ride for spying exotic nocturnal wildlife.