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After originally being founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore has flourished since declaring independence into one of the world’s most prosperous countries with the world’s busiest port. A melting pot of Asian cultures, with Indian, Chinese and Malay influences, this Southeast Asian island country has a lot to offer you, including a tropical climate and a bustling business scene. As a modern and affluent city-state, Singapore is the perfect location for business, emphasised by the presence of many multi-national companies who choose to base their operations in the region. On the ground, this area is extremely pedestrian friendly, so you will find getting around by foot could not be easier and, for longer journeys, taxis and trains are very accessible.

Singapore might seem, at first glance, like an odd place to take children, but Singapore’s celebrated efficiency makes it remarkably easy to explore as a family. You will be amazed at the eclectic opportunities there are to explore. Marvel at the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo, where a huge variety of nocturnal animals (from tigers to tarsiers) can be glimpsed, enjoy the beauty of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, one of two urban rainforests worldwide, or take a trip to Sentosa Island, with luxurious resorts and theme parks dotted around the small tropical paradise.

If you are more culturally-minded, Singapore is home to an impressive range of museums (such as the Asian Civilisation Museum), while the areas of Chinatown, Little India, and the Arab Quarter pay homage to the city's roots, and play host to some of the city's best cultural sights, events and cuisine. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the amount of open space Singapore has on offer, including going for a picnic in the urban rainforest of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve or experience the famous Night Safari at Singapore Zoo.

Singapore also lays claim to a vibrant (and pretty wild) nightlife, and the resort hub of Sentosa Island, where nightclubs and riverside bars stay open well past midnight. Are you a shopaholic? From the second you step foot on Orchard Road, you will feel as though you've died and gone to heaven - there are plenty of shopping opportunities in shops, malls and outlets. Shopping is a passionate pastime for Singaporeans, surpassed only by dining out.

With a high importance placed on corporate entertaining and the large enthusiasm the locals ooze for food, Singapore has an abundance of restaurants and eateries for you to enjoy. There are global cuisines available everywhere, with some restaurants serving local specialities and others offering a more relatable culinary experience with American and European dishes.

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Culture

Whether it’s sampling the local cuisine, infused with different other Asian influences, living life in the fast lane as a part of Singapore’s bustling business scene or trying some of the local tipple at a traditional bar, you won’t be short of opportunities to taste the local culture.

Shop

The retail and entertainment hub of this bustling city-state is Orchard Road. Here you will find enough shopping opportunities to last until your feet ache and you can’t carry any more bags – you will find it all, from clothes to the latest technology.

Explore

You will be amazed at the eclectic opportunities there are to explore in diverse Singapore. Marvel at the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo, where a huge variety of nocturnal animals (from tigers to tarsiers) can be glimpsed, enjoy the beauty of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, one of two urban rainforests worldwide, or take a trip to Sentosa Island, with luxurious resorts and theme parks dotted around the small tropical paradise.

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