Singapore is a cosmopolitan city-state that became independent from the British in 1965 and is now one of the world’s leading economic centers in shipping and banking.

Singapore is expensive by Southeast Asian standards with everything costing about double what it does elsewhere in the region.

While most people come here for a couple of days just to “do” Singapore and check it off their bucket list, over the past few years, the city has shed some of its stuffy nature and become a much more fun and cosmoplitian city.

There’s a growing cocktail and foodie scene here. Lots of activities are popping up too.

Singapore is one of my favorite cities in the world and a destination I love looking forward to so I can all the hawker food, Indian food, delicious seafood, and wander the lovely hiking trails in the north and sit on the beaches in the south.

Singapore rocks – and deserves more time than you plan on giving it.

Use this Singapore travel guide to help plan you trip and save some money.