Day 28: Gardens at the Bay

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January 6th 2013
Published: January 8th 2013
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Our final day in Singapore, and just a few more places on the list to visit. We started with brief trips to Chinatown and Little India. These frantic frenzy places are often where the true culture and diversity can be seen within a city. I was particularly wowed by all the beautiful sari's, headresses and jewellery availble to buy (gutted there is no room in my backpack!). We also went to see a couple of the Hindu temples, with there amazing entrances. In the afternoon we went down to the Marina, taking in some of the historical sights, such as Raffles landing sight, and the very modern 'Gardens at the Bay'. These gardens are completely man-made, and are built on reclaimed land but nevertheless very impressive. The tree structure stand out in the Singapore sky line and you can enter two conservatories to see additional plant species (if you so wish). We went up to the skywalk where you can see the Singapore flyer (wheel) in the backdrop. Early evening we made our way across to the airport for our night flight over to Australia.

Asia run down:

Best Place: Koh Tao Island - being in the sea on Christmas Day

Best Activity: Hill Tribe Trek, Chiang Mai

Best Hotel/Guesthouse: Courtyard @ Heeren, Malacca

Best Hostel: Glur Hostel, Ao Nang

Best Meal: Suzy'z on Silom Road Bangkok and battered prawns from Ao Nang street stalls

Baileys bit:

On our first night we went past an ice cream shop called Cold Stone creamary, the queue was out of the door. I promised we would go back to taste its delicacies before we left. When we went in our last evening there was a short queue which was good as it gave us time to make our choices. However once we had made our order the server asked me if I could catch. I said yes and was told to stand at the end of the counter with a tub in one hand. She then proceeded to scream for everyones attention and then throw the mixed ball of ice cream (luckily Cats, not mine) in my direction. Thankfully for Cat I caught it in the tub, good entertainment and great ice cream. I had a coffee, oreo, peanut butter concoction with a waffle with Cat having a brownie, pecan and caramel mix!

Daily mileage: 6.5 Went out to Fort Canning park which is, unsuprisingly, based around the old fort so on a hill. Good running surface and different trails to explore!

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