An aerial shot of the Singapore skyline on a sunny day
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Singapore

Asia

  English, Malay, Tamil, Chinese Currency:  Singapore Dollar

Mouth watering food? Check. Awesome hotels? Check. Unbeatable shopping, excellent public transport and warm weather pretty much all year long? Check, check, check. The island city-state of Singapore is all that and then some, which explains why it's such a magnet for travellers and tourists looking for adventure. Plus, despite dense urbanisation, more than 50% of its land area is covered by greenery, transforming the city into a seductive blend of lush garden and futuristic metropolis.

The Republic of Singapore, as it's officially known, is just 700 square kilometres - which means it's smaller than the five boroughs of New York City; and with more than five million residents, it's second only to Monaco as the world's most densely populated country. But despite its size, Singapore is a veritable melting pot with an impressive variety of cultures and people (mainly Chinese, Malay and Indian).

Clean and green

Famously, Singapore has rather strict laws when it comes to cleanliness. In some cases this can come across as a tad draconian (like the law banning the selling or owning of chewing gum), but it also means that the city is a joy to explore. Spotless, litter-free streets and impossibly pristine pavements are the norm here, and anyone who threatens to ruin them can face heavy fines.

The country's cleanliness extends not only to the streets, but also to the environment. In fact, despite heavy urbanisation Singapore is one of the greenest countries in the world, home to countless innovative renewable energy projects and sustainability efforts.

Case in point: the Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare nature park in the centre of the city. This famous green space features 18 "Supertrees" which are covered in plants and equipped to harvest solar energy. Top tip: Visit the Supertree Grove at night to see it come to life with a mesmerising light and sound show.

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