Singapore is small, but very densely populated with people from a variety of cultures. On the north bank of the Singapore River is the historic district. Though the majority of the colonial city is gone now, important government buildings remain as well as a statue of Singapore’s founder, Stamford Raffles. The south bank is the modern business district, where you’ll find peculiar attractions like the towering Merlion statue among the skyscrapers. If you’re going to Singapore for shopping, you can’t do any better than Orchard Road. There are shopping malls for miles, and many of them are even connected by underpasses so you can avoid the heat and rain. For a much different shopping experience, visit the antique shops and the stalls in Singapore’s Chinatown. You’ll see some of Singapore’s older architecture here as well, so it’s worth a visit even if you don’t feel like emptying your pockets. Little India is another great place to find unique shops and stalls, and the colorfully painted buildings are an attraction in themselves. Another beautiful area is Kampong Glam, the old Malay district. It has been largely modernized, but you’ll still find beautiful historical buildings like the Sultan Mosque and the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque here. It’s lucky that Singapore is so small, because you’ll want to thoroughly explore all of its neighborhoods.