Singapore, at least as far as landmass is concerned, isn’t all that big.

We’re talking about an island nation state that is just slightly larger than New York City, but it’s become one of the hottest global destinations in the last few years and one of the most important members of the global economy – a real driving force for innovation, technology, and financial success around the world today.

Tourism to Singapore has spiked significantly in just the last few decades as well. Bordering the southern tip of Malaysia, the island has about 5.6 million residents that live here on a permanent basis – but according to recent reports, they could expect 10 million or more tourists coming through Singapore beginning in 2018 (with that number expected to grow significantly in the years to come).

Regardless of whether or not you’re in Singapore to take in the sights, to register a business, or just to see what all the fuss is about makes no difference. If you’re going to be spending any time in Singapore, these are some of the top destinations you’ll want to make sure you check off of your itinerary.

Do not miss out on the heritage tours

Singapore was a British colony for almost 150 years (1819 to 1963), and as such they have a very unique and distinctly colonial heritage that you don’t want to miss out on. Beautiful Victorian era architecture can be found throughout Singapore, but specifically along the Singapore River – just outside of Marina Bay and you’ll feel like you have been transported back in time.

Eat EVERYTHING

Consistently ranked as one of the best cities as far as the local cuisine is concerned, Singapore is home to the world’s least expensive Michelin starred meal – available at a food card on the street for just $1.42! You’ll have no trouble at all finding incredible restaurants to try everything from the most traditional Singapore cuisine to more modern and fusion inspired options, including some of the best French cuisine outside of Europe!

Breathe in as much culture as you can stand – and then explore some more

Singapore is very much a melting pot of different cultures, which makes it a fantastic place for exploration and those that want to really immerse themselves in this part of the world.

You’ll find Chinese influences, Malaysian influences, Indian influences, and obvious British colonial influences, as well as a distinctly Singapore historical culture that is quite unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else on the planet.

It’s important that you explore as much as you are able to, if only because there will inevitably be far too many sites to take in just a single trip – would you want to hit just as many of them as humanly possible while you are here.

Beautiful temples, beachside resorts, incredibly colonial architecture, and very modern hotels and shopping centers are all on full displayer here in Singapore. You’d have to be at least a little bit crazy not to fully immerse yourself in the culture as much as possible, really shooting to soak as much of it in as you can!