Singapore

Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay

This city-state offers a little bit of everything, from family-friendly beach resorts on Sentosa Island to a slew of trendy restaurants and bars in Chinatown.

Gardens by the Bay, near the Marina Bay Sands hotel, is a relaxing place to start, thanks to the leafy green walkways, solar-powered SuperTrees, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.

Travelers have been known to fall in love with Haji Lane, where indie boutiques and little cafes offer a slice of the city's creative side.

Likewise, in the lanes around Chinatown, scores of colonial buildings and Chinese shophouses have been repurposed into restaurants and bars.

Sip creative cocktails at the formidable Operation Dagger speakeasy, or taste upscale hawker food at The Coconut Club.

First published October 23, 2017: 7:20 AM ET