The Afar Guide to

The heat is on in the Lion City, a tropical city-state in the center of Southeast Asia that punches above its weight in arts, entertainment, nature, and the twin Singaporean obsessions—world-class food and shopping. In recent years, the Little Red Dot has transformed itself from a sterile layover into a vibrant destination in its own right. Craving glitzy hotels and air-conditioned super-malls? Singapore has them in spades. But don’t overlook the hawker centers and shophouses, temples and jungle trails that are the heart and soul of this cultural melting pot.

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Arwen JoyceSingapore Local Expert

Arwen Joyce practiced corporate law on two continents before deciding to focus on travel, writing and photography full time. From a home base in Singapore, she is rediscovering much-loved destinations from her vagabond childhood in Southeast Asia and finding new favorite places. She is a regular contributor to inflight magazines in the region such as Scoot, Fah Thai, Tiger Tales, Renaissance and JetWings. You can find her recent work at