Singapore is a microcosm of Asia, populated by Chinese, Malays, Indians, and a large group of workers and expatriates from all across the globe. Singapore has a partly deserved reputation for sterile predictability that has earned it descriptions like William Gibson's "Disneyland with the death penalty" or the "world's only shopping mall with a seat in the United Nations".

When to go

March - June

High season

December - February

Yacht charter in Singapore is available for traditional, week-long itineraries as well as day-long cruises that are ideal for business and corporate events. The island nation boasts a skyline filled with jaw-dropping contemporary architecture that towers high overhead, and at night it looks almost like a fireworks display with all of its colors and neon reflections along the waterfront. You can find everything here from tradition to modern exuberance, including shopping for many of the world’s fineries. Several islands are within easy cruising distance of Singapore. In the Riau archipelago is Batam, where you can find a round of golf, luxury spa treatments and more. Also nearby is Bintan, a popular starting point for scuba-diving day trips. They are surrounded by many more islands where you can enjoy fishing, hiking and other relaxing activities. Yet another option is Tioman Island—a bit farther away to cruise than Batam and Bintan, but well worth the time thanks to its designation as a protected park. The marine life here is fantastic, and the inland rainforest gives the entire island a feeling of almost prehistoric beauty. A sea turtle and conservation society is here as well, if you want to interact with the protected species.