7 Singapore's Culinary Masterpieces

Ask any Singaporean, and he’ll bemoan the rising costs of living, the surge of mega-malls, the skyrocketing housing prices, the overcrowding, and even (especially) the heat. But mention one thing — food — and that grimace will morph into an earnest, forthcoming grin and a flurry of suggestions. No other city invests so much of its soul and identity into its cuisine, which, like the city itself, is a kaleidoscopic mish mash of cultures, traditions and flavours.

The Lion's Roar

If Singapore was a man, he’d walk on water. What was once waves on the Singapore Straight just 10 years ago is now the shiny new face that Singapore likes to show to the world. A combination of government spending and foreign investment has sat world-class architecture, tourism spots and cultural centres on land reclaimed from the sea.

Bali: A Tale of Two Towns

As we drove the 34km from Seminyak Beach to the town of Ubud, the boutique shops, restaurants and luxury resorts, morphed into villages, farmland, rivers and narrow winding roads. Then, as suddenly as they had disappeared, once again we were surrounded by the trappings of tourism. But despite some similarities, the two towns have unique souls.

A journey to the land of whispers

North Korea feels frozen in time. It lies somewhere between a 1930s Soviet Union and a futuristic vision of society, as imagined back in the 1970s.

With untouched jungle, some of Vietnam’s rarest primates and a stunning landscape, Cuc Phuong National Park is well worth the trip. Words and photos by Nick Ross

While it’s every traveller’s goal to experience a new destination through the eyes of a local, unless you have friends or family living there, that can be a next-to-impossible task. Happily, in Ho Chi Minh City, there are a few places that aim to turn tourists into locals.

While Hanoi and Saigon look towards the future, the central city of Hue still finds itself frozen in its imperial past. Words by Kim Megson. Photos by Aaron Joel Santos

An African safari inevitably figures on almost every adventure traveller’s bucket list, sandwiched somewhere between Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. After all, who hasn’t dreamed of following the footsteps of intrepid explorer, David Livingstone, one of the first westerners to overcome deadly diseases and wary natives to cross the continent in the mid 1800s? Or Scottish journalist Henry Stanley who, with the help of 200 porters, forged through 1,100km of African jungle to finally meet up with Livingstone and utter the now famous greeting, “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”

No time for a holiday, but want to get out of the smog? Alex Field jumped on his trusty Honda Wave to see what adventures he could find in a day — and still be home for dinner. Photo by Aaron Joel Santos

Located to the northwest of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is the exquisite Tango Peninsula. Boasting more than 2,000 temples and shrines, all hidden around every bend, this sparsely populated region is an untouched treasure trove that even locals don’t know about. Words and illustrations by J Muzacz

Ryan Connor discovers the remote town of Ba Chuc and its eerie past

Tom Hodgson traverses the plains of Laos’s history-rich northern city to uncover an otherworldly land of secrets. Photos by Aaron Joel Santos

 

On the Malaysian island of Langkawi, Lucy Porter meets the world’s only marine and coral curator

 

The ancient port town of Hoi An has become a must-see stop on any tourist’s visit to Vietnam and a regular get-away for domestic tourists — both foreign and Vietnamese.

Hoa Le and her gang of travellers escape Hanoi, forgoing the crowds of Halong Bay for the isolation of Co To Island

A trip to Kuala Lumpur need not be focused on Chinatown, The Petronas Towers and the Golden Triangle. This is a city with a booming arts scene. Rachel Jenagaratnam speaks to the industry folk and discovers that there are only more exciting times ahead

Puerto Princesa, a gateway to Philippines’ Palawan. Words and Photo by Robert Stockdill 

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