SINGAPORE

This former British trading colony is now an international financial and high-tech hub, surprisingly convivial and with much to offer: world-class nature parks and museums, an exciting Asiatic cultural blend, unique cuisine, sparkling high-rises and diverting ethnic enclaves.

Albeit being a city of mostly ethnic Chines, there is also a Chinatown; its name is due to the fact that it seats on a speck of land where the first Chinese immigrants settled when Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore as a trading post back in 1819. Here is the centre of the latest cultural and culinary trends of the city.

Beyond its postmodern high-rises of the business district one may found iconic colonial buildings like the former General Post Office, a colonial colossus with Doric columns, cornices and coffered ceilings, now transformed into the Fullerton hotel.