Built predominantly on one island, and surrounded by more than 60 other much smaller islands, Singapore is a sprawling modern metropolis that is well-known for being a key stopping point for thousands of birds on their annual migration along the East Asian Flyway.
It is also one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world, and is noted for its very stable tropical climate, with temperatures rarely falling below 21 degrees Celsius.
Celebrating its grand opening in 2011, Universal Studios Singapore contains half a dozen roller coasters and is only the second Universal Studios in Asia, with the first being in Osaka, Japan. Visit the Ancient Egypt section and its magnificent pyramids and obelisks, head to the New York section to see an identical version of the New York Public Library and other key landmarks of the Big Apple, and don't forget to see the enchanting fairytale-themed Far Far Away Castle
The Singapore Flyer
Opened in 2008, the Singapore Flyer is an enormous observation wheel that is 165m in height and was, for a brief period, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Visitors can take a 30-minute ride on this formidable landmark and enjoy fantastic uninterrupted views of the city, whether it's the morning or after sunset.
The Marine Life Park
Whatever plans you have in the city, no holidays in Singapore would be complete without seeing the Marine Life Park, which is the home of the world's largest oceanarium and the S.E.A Aquarium. In fact, the attraction even has its own aquarium restaurant, the popular Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, and showcases more than 100,000 marine animals.
The Singapore Botanic Garden
Open until midnight each day, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was founded in the 19th century and holds the thriving Singapore Garden Festival, which exhibits more than a quarter of a million plants. This park also has a special heritage tree collection and many picturesque themed gardens such as the Bonsai Garden in the Tanglin Core and the Ginger Garden in the Central Core.
Eating out in Singapore
You can enjoy some tantalising Italian recipes at the Fratini La Trattoria or Ristorante Amarone, mouthwatering international dishes at the Carousel Buffet, Royal Plaza on Scotts, or delectable contemporary cuisine at Bitters & Love.
For other divine Mediterranean and Middle Eastern recipes, consider Fill a Pita, or try Shinji by Kanesaka for some divine Japanese cuisine.
A selection of the city's best-rated hotels
If you're looking for high-end accommodation, you could book a stay at the very hospitable AMOY by Far East Hospitality, the princely The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, or the immaculate, chic Raffles Hotel Singapore. Other more affordable places to stay in Singapore include The Quincy Hotel by Far East Hospitality and the Village Hotel Katong by Far East Hospitality.