Teams from around the globe converge on this Southeast Asian island nation to see who can paddle a dragon boat the fastest. Staged at Marina Bay, the festival’s carnival-like vibe includes music and local foods like the ma chang (rice dumplings) that are ubiquitous at dragon boat races around Asia. But the main event is rowing to the beat of Chinese drums and team chants as thousands cheer on their favorite boats; yoursingapore.com.
While you’re here: Take in a show at the futuristic Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, a waterfront arts complex that resembles a giant fly’s eyes.
Where to stay: The epitome of the British Colonial hotel, Raffles was founded in 1887 and has hosted many celebrated authors over the years, including Rudyard Kipling and Noel Coward. The hotel is within walking distance of many of Singapore’s main attractions. Rates start at $466; raffles.com/en_ra/property/rhs.