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A visual visit to the island city state, just off the coast of Malaysiav

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The 57-storey high Marina Bay Sands hotel was built to resemble a ship as it overlooks Singapore’s busy port.

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The rooftop infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

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The trishaw (a combination of bicycle and rickshaw) has been used in Singapore since the early 20th century.

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The bird lovers of Ang Mo Kio, a suburb of Singapore, meet twice a week to show off their songbirds in elaborate cages (many are decorated with ivory).

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The air is stifling and the smell intense around this durian fruit stall in Geylang, Singapore.

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A fruit seller at the Geylang Serai market in the Malay community.

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Geylang, Singapore’s red-light district, is also home to the best local chefs. Be prepared to eat in alleys on cheap stools at large plastic tables that you’ll likely share with some questionable characters. This is where you’ll find the true taste of Singapore.

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At Kim Choo in the Joo Chiat neighbourhood, Peranakan beaded shoes feature English and Chinese motifs, such as Chinese peonies and English roses. The craftsmanship is stunning. The handmade shoes start at $380.

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Colonial shophouse homes are restored with Peranakan flair on Koon Seng Road.

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An oasis of calm at the Shangri-La Singapore Hotel.

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