SINGAPORE (KHON2) - Singapore is located on the southern tip of the Malay peninsula.
The island was once a tiny, underdeveloped society, but it has transformed into one of the most advanced economies in the world.
Singapore today is a place of old and new, a picture of contrasts in architecture, culture, and exploration.
It's no wonder it's become one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia.
Part 1: Peranakan Cultural Experience
Alvin Yapp turned his home into an award-winning private cultural museum, called The Intan, as a way to celebrate his roots.
"When you see Peranakan culture, it's 80-percent Chinese, 20-percent local with very strong European influence," he said. "You have the beautiful furniture, you have the beadwork and the embroidery, but what's really unique about Peranakan culture is our food, our cuisine, because it's got a mix of Chinese and Malay all into one."
Trini enjoys a traditional Peranakan meal that includes some of Yapp's mother's signature specialties.
Quick Stop: Shopping on Haji Lane
Haji Lane is a tiny lane in the Kampong Glam neighborhood of Singapore. What it lacks in size, it makes up for with its variety of sights, sounds, and activities.
Part 2: Singapore Zoo's Night Safari
Singapore is home to the world's first safari park for nocturnal animals.
Singapore Zoo spans nearly 90 acres and is home to more than 2,500 animals.
Its Night Safari is one of the country's top attractions for both locals and visitors.
The highlight is a 40-minute tram ride that takes visitors through seven geographical regions to meet the diverse wildlife that inhabits them.
Animals are also on display for the Creatures of the Night live, interactive show, and visitors can also explore four walking trails through the rainforest.
Quick Stop: S.E.A. Aquarium
S.E.A. Aquarium is located on Singapore’s resort island of Sentosa. It's home to more than 800 species in a variety of habitats.
Part 3: Hawker Center Street Food
Singapore is home to some of the best street food in the world.
These markets, where vendors sell ready to eat food, are called hawker centers.
"Singaporeans eat out so much, that we always go to the hawker center to have our breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we have about more than 300 hawker centers in Singapore," explained blogger Maurine Ow. "What's so special about it is, every stall tells a story. Imagine if you go to a chicken rice stall and they chop the chicken for you and hand it over to you. It's not just about food. It's about their culture, their history, and their recipe passed down from generation to generation."
Trini even samples a Michelin-star meal for under $3, the cheapest in the world!
Quick Stop: Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a futuristic nature reserve located in the heart of the city. It is made up of three distinctive waterfront gardens that showcase 1.5 million plants in a unique architectural and technically enhanced environment.
Part 4: Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is a destination for those who appreciate luxury.
From shopping and restaurants to its rooftop pool and breathtaking views, this resort has it all.
It's even transformed the city skyline, making it one of Singapore's most iconic buildings.
"You've got a 2,561-room hotel with a three-acre sky park that sits right across the top of it," said Ian Wilson, senior vice president for non-gaming operations. "You've got Broadway-style shows that show in our theaters. You also have a world-class art and science museum with great exhibits, such as a street art exhibit that's on right now, so really all sorts of world-class exhibits all in one place, which makes it very unique."
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