Perfectly located in tropical Southeast Asia, Singapore comprises one main island, surrounded by 59 smaller ones. A beacon for global finance, this most sophisticated of cities provides an excellent gateway to the Far East, with a definite ‘east-meets-west’ appeal. From the moment visitors arrive at the impressively slick and award-winning Changi Airport, or the state-of-the-art Marina Bay Cruise Terminal, the modern design, up-to-the-minute technology and high-end shopping, for which Singapore is famous, is glaringly obvious.
The bright lights of this attractive city are a magnet for all nationalities, especially those with a passion for fashion, or a desire for the latest technology. With an impressive list of calendar events –plus annual shopping sales, such as the Singapore Summer Sale visitors are expertly wooed with superb reductions – particularly for electronics, hardware and clothing throughout the seasons. The city extends the warmest of welcomes to those who flock to shop, with its immaculate pavements, and pretty Rain Tree-lined roads proffering a definite flavour of Asia. Its rich heritage rewards Singapore with a wonderfully multicultural population. Popular districts, such as Little India or Chinatown, regularly host colourful religious festivals and produce tasty fusion cuisine, in addition to selling attractive souvenirs from within its large indoor market area.
From the stylish Marina Bay area, with its glossy restaurants, bars and late-night shopping, to the extravagant designer brands vying for attention on Orchard Road and the eclectic mix of western and eastern brands within Raffles City Mall (ideally linked to the City Hall MRT rail station), there is an abundance of shopping venues and stores to suit all tastes. Equally enticing, and away from the large shopping centre complexes – which provide blissful relief from the humidity – are the small stalls and markets, such as Tekka offering deliciously fresh produce. Take time to indulge your senses and savour the local delicacy of chilli crab, before continuing to browse the many tempting stalls.