According to well-traveled insiders, shopping is Singapore's raison d'être. This city-state has a fascinating history and an interesting mix of cultures Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, European; it presently is also in the enviable position of being the world's fifth-wealthiest country. It's also one of the most expensive cities, so don't expect the bargaining free-for-all you find in Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. Orchard Road is the most famous shopping street, while Clarke Quay is a trendy riverfront area that's great to visit at night as well. Little India offers more of the chaotic, bazaar-style experience; within it, don't miss the spice/fragrance area on Serangoon Road. After a day of shopping, well-heeled travelers head to Long Bar in Raffles Singapore, the legendary hotel where the Singapore Sling was invented many years ago.