The September Singapore Grand Prix.

It’s not hard to imagine why people go half way across the world to watch a car race when you consider the spectacular backdrop of the event, which has fast become a stylish Asian rival to Monaco. It’s the first Formula One night race, which began in 2008 and draws thousands of fans from all over the world.

The cars roar around the Marina Bay street circuit, passing such iconic landmarks as the Raffles Hotel, the Durian building and the Singapore Flyer (the world’s highest Ferris Wheel). And of course Singapore by day for the visitor is sophisticated, the traffic orderly, the transport swish and reliable and its streets spanking clean.

Must see-stops include Chinatown’s 19th century Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore's oldest holy houses, and the Asian Civilisations’ Museum (www.acm.org.sg) which displays traditional artefacts from pan-Asian culture. In contrast the undulating steel curved pedestrian bridge, Henderson Waves, which connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park, is very much part of the present.

After your cultural input, head over to Orchard Road where Versace, Gucci and Louis Vuitton ‘hang out’, or try Ngee Ann City (www.ngeeanncity.com.sg) , the mall to end all malls. And you can’t leave town without trying a famous ‘Singapore Sling’, at the Raffles Hotel (www.raffleshotel.com), where the drink was invented.

This year the big race takes place on the 25th of September, so for those who haven’t already booked, check out flights with BA, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Airasia, or use a flight comparison site such as cheapflights.co.uk or Skyscanner.net to find the best deal.

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