The Muslim centre of Singapore is a traditional textile district, full of batiks from Indonesia, silks, sarongs and shirts. Add to this mix rosaries, flower essences, hajj caps, songkok hats, basket ware and rattan goods, and you have a fair idea of the products haggled over in this part of the city.
Housed in a magnificently restored 1865 building, the ACM is one of Singapore's icons and a must-see. Set over three levels, the 10 permanent exhibits explore traditional aspects of pan-Asian culture and civilisation, including all of Southeast Asia, China, India and Sri Lanka.
One of Southeast Asia's most stunning pieces of architecture, the Esplanade was created to announce Singapore's arrival on the world arts scene and also as a challenge to the city's deep-seated environment. It succeeded on both counts, with a year-round programme of opera, classical music, jazz, theatre, dance and a host of extreme events.
Showing one of the largest bird collections in the world, the Bird Park is a mixed bag of enchanting open-concept aviaries and depressing little cages. Don't miss the Waterfall Aviary, the African Wetlands and the Lori Loft, as well as the Birds of Prey show.
Located half a kilometre off the Singapore coast the British then, turned the island into a military fortress in the late 1800s. In 1967 it was returned to the government who developed it into a holiday resort. Like its imported sand and piped tin-drum renditions of Summer Holiday, kids love the flashy rides and there are some great museums and activities for adults to chew on.
This is the world's largest observation wheel and one of the key Marina Bay developments. The 30-minute ride is best done on a clear blue day, or on a clear night, when the lights of Indonesia and Malaysia frame the spectacular pan-Singapore views.
Sentosa's saving grace, Gracie the dugong is the star performer at Underwater World. Leafy sea dragons and wobbling Medusa jellyfish are fascinating, while stingrays and 10ft sharks cruise inches from your face as they pass through Ocean Colony's submerged glass tubes. Watch divers feeding the fish, or muster some nerve for the 30-minute Dive with the Sharks experience.