A Natural Break Malaysia is a diverse region in so many ways, not least the wildlife. Its forests and jungles are home to no fewer than 8000 species of plants, as well as rare mammals, reptiles and birds galore, from elephants to monkeys and tigers to tortoises; while the clear waters around Pulau Tenggol have possibly the greatest marine biodiversity in the world, too. It's any explorer's dream destination!
Spot the Style Malaysia's fascinating cultural mix also shows up in its architecture, and part of the fun is to spot which styles are where! Influences include Hindu-Indian; Arab-Muslim; Chinese; and European, from Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisation. There's also a 'modern Malaysian' style, combining new ideas with the country's rich heritage.
Tantalise your Tastebuds Singapore's a dining delight, with everything from global franchises to gourmet delis to six-star settings. One of the best eating experiences is at the hawker centres; government-regulated concentrations of stalls selling a staggering variety of Singapore Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Peranakan, Indian, Thai, Japanese and Korean cuisine. As if that weren't enough, there are seemingly endless food promotions and tours too, including the Singapore Food Festival in July.
Don't Forget your Plastic Retail therapy was never so rewarding! Both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are a shopper's paradise, with everything from colonial antiques to the latest technology, and local handicrafts to luxury brands. From modern malls to lively markets, there's a brilliant choice; but the event not to miss is the legendary annual Great Singapore Sale in June and July – definitely the time to dust off your credit card and get bargain hunting!
Have a Beach Ball! Sentosa is Singapore's beach playground, just 15 minutes from the city centre. Billed as a relaxing island resort, it's actually home to all sorts of attractions too, including Universal Studios, the Underwater World oceanarium, and Dolphin Lagoon water show. You'll also find museums, a 131-metre-high viewing tower and a huge entertainment complex, as well as adrenaline-pumping rides. Brilliant fun for the whole family!
Life after Dark Singapore's Orchard Road has always been the main centre for nightlife, with its bars, discos and nightclubs. Many of the best-known places are located in hotels, with other favourites in Ngee Ann City. The ideal spot for an evening apéritif is the Raffles Hotel, renowned for its literary connections and the elegant Long Bar where the Singapore Sling was invented.