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Singapore, the diamond shaped island known as Asia's 'Garden City', famous for it's orchids and blossoming trees lining the boulevards, lush gardens and city parks, is a colourful, go-at-it alone city. Tough on crime and mad about cleanliness, Singapore can be explored worry-free. Although this city-state once belonged to Malaysia, it's northern neighbour, Singapore has an identity all of it's own. You might be surprised at how much there actually is to do on this tiny island. Enjoy a Singaporean breakfast whilst listening to the songbirds at Jurong Bird Park, browse in world-class shopping complexes, or take part in a festival. You name it; Singapore has a festival for it - art, film, music, food, or flowers. When night falls, roam around the night markets, watch Chinese street-operas, check out Orchard Road, the heart and soul of Singapore's nightlife, or explore the 'nightlife' of over 1200 nocturnal animals on a Night Safari. Boat and Clarke Quay are also both excellent for evening dining and entertainment.

Shopping , Singapore's favourite pastime is one of the island's greatest pleasures. This sophisticated, pristine city-state is a feast for any shopper's eyes. Whether you delight in a bargain at a neighbourhood shop, picking up a quaint item or two as you stroll through the colourful, ethnic quarter or immersing yourself into one of Singapore's 'shopping cities', you are sure to find what you are looking for (unless it's chewing gum of course!). The contemporary shopping complexes that captivate visitors can be found on Orchard Road, which is a bustling commercial centre offering a wide range of quality products. Great shopping however is not just confined to Orchard Road, ethnic trinkets and treasures can be discovered at bazaars and markets in Little India, Chinatown and Holland Village. It is also worth checking out the shopping around the financial district before ending your decadent day with a Singapore sling at the famous Raffles Hotel.

Worked up an appetite after a day of retail therapy? Well, you're in luck - in Singapore, food is art. Reflecting it's multi-ethnic society, hotels contain restaurants that specialise in dishes from all over Europe and Asia, but for a true taste of Singapore, step outside your hotel and visit the food hawker centres. Here, one can taste Indian, Malayan and Chinese dishes all in one night. From Hainanese Chicken Rice (nearly the national dish), pepper crabs, Singaporean laska and fish head curry, the hawker centres have it all. For a real epicurean extravaganza, visit in April when the Annual Food Festival is taking place - the ultimate foodie tour with eight thematic zones to revel in. For some frenetic activity and amongst other things Ming Fa Fishball Noodles, check out the Market Place - Raffles city, the Japanese Fast Food area. Don't miss the 'kopi tiam', the 24-hour coffee and teahouses, which also serve breakfasts. And one last thing, only eat with your right hand, locals believe the left should be reserved for other bodily functions.

For a days escape from Singapore's skyscrapers and mass consumerism, venture to one of the Singapore Isles. Pack a picnic and check out Sisters Islands or cycle around Pulau Ubin.

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