Meet the Mythical Merlion, Singapore’s national icon. Spouting water from its mouth, the half fish, half lion structure is a must-see. Shop until you drop at one of the world’s best shopping areas, Orchard Road, where shops generally stay open until 10pm.
For unique crafts and locally produced goods, the markets at Clarke Quay are the best option. Clarke Quay also has some of the best restaurants and street food and vibrant nightlife. Local favourites include Char Kway Teow (fried noodles) and chilli crab. In comparison with much of Asia, Singapore’s Chinatown is home to some good gay venues including Tantric Bar, May Wong’s Cafe and Taboo Club. Whilst Singapore’s LGBT laws can be less than friendly, the gay scene is undoubtedly lively.