A wonderful mingling of old tradition and modern sensibilities is what makes up the backbone of Singapore. Notoriously known as being the world’s most immaculately clean and well-behaved city, many flock there for the sights and the security.

This mecca for cuisine, commerce, and comfort offers residents and guests alike a wealth of activities and attractions to enjoy. Pristine greenways provides places for quiet reflection and relaxation, and a raucous nightlife gives you a reason to stay up and play.

Singapore is not short on high priced lodging. In fact, it specializes in it. Catering a large business travel clientele, the city offers a number of top notch luxury accommodations, with admirable amenities and price tags to go along with it. There are lower priced lodging options that are comfortable and have nice features, so do not be discouraged.

An historic and award-winning national landmark, Raffles Hotel celebrated its 125th year in business in 2012. Recently refurbished, it retains a lot of the elements of its 1920’s heyday, with guest rooms done in the early 20th century style. The high price tag gets you luxury and excellent service, but also the opportunity to claim that you were a part of Singapore’s colonial history.

The Berjaya Singapore Hotel is a lovely little boutique hotel that harkens back to the colonial days in Singapore’s history, before the arrival of the skyscraper. There is an excellent French restaurant on site, and breakfast is included in the very reasonable rates.

Located in Marina Square and offering incredible city views, the Mandarin Oriental is a calming and serene oasis among the chaos of the city. Luxury abounds at a fairly reasonable price for Singapore. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated with calming tones, Italian marble bathrooms, and all of the techie amenities. Enjoy a daily buffet at the on-property cafe.

You can find a little bit of everything to dine on in Singapore, from traditional Chinese, Thai, and Malaysian favorites to French and Indian imports.

Dine on authentic Thai cuisine at Thanying, and save room for the scrumptious dessert buffet. Blue Ginger is popular for its faithful execution of Malaysian and Chinese dishes, featuring ingredients like chicken, prawns, and durian fruit.

A strong Indian population in Singapore means that real Indian cuisine is readily available to everyone.

Banana Leaf Apolo is a popular spot among locals looking for authentic Indian food so spicy that your eyes will burn. Samy’s Curry is a well-kept secret in Singapore, but well worth the effort to find and experience.

Les Amis, a high class and high priced French restaurant wins rave reviews for its menu, its wine list and its opulent decor.

Singapore is a city that can be enjoyed and appreciated by anyone. Night owls will love the club and restaurant scene. Families will enjoy the plethora of kid-friendly attractions and generous green spaces.

There are also plenty of religious landmarks to visit.

Visit the Singapore Zoological Gardens during the day, but head next door to the Night Safari later on. This park is the first park in the world to be designed for viewing the wildlife at night.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are over 150 years old, and feature 128 acres of gorgeous Victorian gardens, including plenty of gazebos and pavilions, along with massive lake populated with Australian black swans.

Visit and enjoy the diverse religious sites in Singapore, including the Sultan Mosque, Thian Hock Keng Temple, and the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.

Singapore enjoys tropical weather year-round, with the rainy season occurring toward the end of the year.

Late summer and early fall seem to be the best times to visit, though, due to thinner crowds. There are plenty of discounted hotel rates to be found during these times of the year.