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June 17th 2009
Published: June 17th 2009
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Spent a day in Singapore. Its a crazy city. Half western, half eastern. Asia is so warm and humid. Vietnam is even madder. Cars and bikes everywhere. They do not seem to have a highway code. Its almost impossible to cross the road but when you do there are 20p beers to be had, so its worth it. To escape the mania we went on a relaxing cruise to Ha Long bay.

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Our hotel in Singapore.Our hotel in Singapore.
Our hotel in Singapore.

we dedcided to treat ourselves to a nice hotel after a week in a cold campervan. This is the hotel atrium and lifts. very impressive.
Chilli crab.Chilli crab.
Chilli crab.

A must have in singapore. I thought I had ordered a piece to try and ended up with the whole thing! oops.
Singapore's big wheel.Singapore's big wheel.
Singapore's big wheel.

What better way to see the city?
Strange cloud formation.Strange cloud formation.
Strange cloud formation.

I think it looked like a duck.
View from the wheel.View from the wheel.
View from the wheel.

The skyline is a bit more impressive than Belfast's.
Hanoi - Capital of Vietnam.Hanoi - Capital of Vietnam.
Hanoi - Capital of Vietnam.

They love their motorbikes. Traffic can be out of control.
A typical street.A typical street.
A typical street.

no room to swing a cat.......or a dog......which they eat over here...yum!
Gareth entering the temple of literatureGareth entering the temple of literature
Gareth entering the temple of literature

his favourite book is the BFG. Dont think they keep a copy of it here though.
I looked in and this is what I saw.I looked in and this is what I saw.
I looked in and this is what I saw.

do I really look like this?
Hoan Kien Lake.Hoan Kien Lake.
Hoan Kien Lake.

In the centre of Hanoi is this lovely tranquil lake.
Vietnam Paddy fields.Vietnam Paddy fields.
Vietnam Paddy fields.

On the way to Ha long bay.
Ha long bayHa long bay
Ha long bay

lots and lots of sticky up rock islands.
Relaxing on deck.Relaxing on deck.
Relaxing on deck.

We got a overnight boat cruise around the islands.

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