Ask anyone living in Singapore about their experience and they will tell you, “it works.” Singapore is a crystal-clean operation, and one of the few countries that truly runs like a private enterprise. As the corporate gateway to Asia, this is very fitting. Boasting the strongest banking and financial institutions in the Far East, this tiny sovereign island would sink if you counted its weight in gold. And while the polished shopping-malls housing Michelin restaurants and climate controlled culture is everywhere, Singapore also holds onto its winding cobblestoned streets and bustling fish-markets. There is something for everyone here, particularly those seeking a reliable launching pad into the rest of Asia. Craving something a bit more, rugged? Just drive to Malaysia.