After being granted independence from Great Britain in 1955, Singapore briefly joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963. However, two years later, it was expelled and remains the only nation in the history of the modern world to gain independence against the will of its people. Over the course of time, Singapore has become a melting pot of cultures and the warm welcome you receive upon arrival will be unrivalled with anywhere else in Far East Asia.
Whilst this small, yet influential nation is home to an impressive financial sector of towering skyscrapers, Singapore is also renowned for its warm temperatures and peaceful gardens. The National Orchid Garden is home to a virgin rainforest, which features 1,000 natural orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. The Marina Bay, which cost $773 million to build, is home to an eclectic display of over 250,000 rare plants.
Singapore is perfect for exploring at your own leisure, with many large shopping malls and restaurants serving impressive cuisine. After a spot of retail therapy, why not enjoy high tea at the world famous Raffles Hotel, which is surrounded by gorgeous gardens.
Singapore is also one of Asia's most-visited cruise destinations.