Singapore is a city-nation dedicated to business. The spires of its skyscrapers look like a big bar graph pointing to the sky. It is incredibly clean and crime is virtually unknown. But amid this obsessive neatness is a madly chaotic welter of peoples and cultures, drawn to Singapore in pursuit of the almighty Singapore dollar. Get a taste of colonial Singapore at the Raffles Hotel, where the Singapore Sling was invented, Emerald Hill, with its charming pavilioned pre-war homes, the Victorian botanic garden and the green lawns of the Padang Cricket Club. And lest you forget, be sure to visit Orchard Road for non-stop shopping.
Parai Beach, Banka Island, Indonesia
Pulau Seribu / Thousand Islands - Java, Indonesia
Pulau Seribu means a "Thousand Island" but actually consists of 128 small islands located in the Bay of Jakarta. A few of the islands have been developed for tourism and offer general tourist facilities. The beaches are golden and fringed with coconut palms and the abundance of marine life make this another excellent choice for diving and snorkelling.
East Madura / Giligenteng Island, Indonesia
To the south of Madura lies a small island, Giligenteng, a community of four peaceful little fishing villages, where everybody knows each other. The village of Bringsang consists of one small street, a mosque and a few local shops. There are no tourist attractions but it is an authentic fishing village and will give you an insight into the everyday life of this little community. The atmosphere is one of quiet content and the people are remarkably hospitable and friendly, saying hello and waving greetings as they go about their business. The beach here is really beautiful with clear water and pristine white sand.
Lovina Beach - Bali, Indonesia
North of Bali, the Lovina tourist area stretches over 12 km and consists of a string of coastal villages: Kaliasem, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Tukad Mungga, collectively know as Lovina. Lovina’s black sandy beaches are quite lovely, the sea is very calm here and safe for swimming. The atmosphere on the beach is one of laid-back tranquillity with colourfully decorated traditional outriggers called perahu dotted along the shoreline.
Gili Meno & Gili Trawangan - Lombok, Indonesia