Come visit Singapore, a city located in… Singapore! Yep, it’s both a city and a country in one, one of only three independent “city-states” left in the world. So whether it’s a big city or a small country, it’s definitely a big deal… but it’s also young. Singapore as we know it was founded about 200 years ago as a British colony, and has only been independent since the 1960s. But it looks a lot like a place from the future — entirely urban and packed with ultra-modern skyscrapers, yet more than half of the land has actually been carved out for green space like the lush, sprawling Botanic Gardens or Jurong Bird Park. With buildings and greenery coexisting, it’s no surprise that this “Garden City” is also a melting pot of cultures, religions and languages… think Victorian buildings, Buddhist temples, Arab bazaars and lots and lots of English spoken everywhere.
- Experience layers of history as you sip a classic “Singapore Sling” from the source: the famed Raffles Hotel, named for Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles.
- Explore the architectural side of faith in the elaborate Sri Mariamman Temple, stunning Sultan Mosque or important Thian Hock Keng Temple.
- Get up-close for photo-ops with many of the animals at the Singapore Zoo, a rainforest environment where you won’t find a cage.