Last Day of the Celebrations.

Trip Start Feb 13, 2011
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Friday, February 25, 2011

After our BIG meal the previous night we decide that a sleep in is needed, we make our way down for breakfast at The Line which has 16 different cooking stations offering food from all cuisines. After arranging a late check out we grab a taxi to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino, on the way we certainly notice just how clean, green, modern & organised Singapore is compared to the Vietnam cities.

The Marina Bay Sands complex is HUGE, we check out the miles of shopping arcades first which are all very impressive. but we doubt that any are actually making any profits at this stage. Try to get in to the Casino to try our luck and cover the cost of the holiday, but are turned back as we do not have our passports with us to prove that we are foreigners, as if I need a passport to prove that. If I was a Singapore National I could get in by paying a fee of S$100, what sort of Casino charges to get in???

Eventually we find the lift that takes you up to the Skydeck roof for a cost of S$16, but the views and the experience is well worth the cost. In the middle of the Skydeck is the gigantic infinity swimming pool that would be a great experience to be in, but it is for Hotel Guests only to enjoy. It is getting hot and it is time for a cold Stella, find a table in the shade with a good view and order a beer and a pineapple juice $28, Phuc me, we only had one drink and said our good byes.

Head on back to the Hotel, but stop for a little retail therapy on the way, packed up, stored our bags with the concierge, Julie goes shopping, Richard back up to the Club Lounge to pay the bill and wait until it is time to head to the airport for our 10:20pm flight

Check in at airport was a bit different, Business Class Passengers are ushered into a separate lounge area to sit down with your personal check-in manager where your luggage is attended to.
The Qantas Lounge was a different and was very down market in style, service and quality, maybe we have just be spoilt too much in the last 12 days.

Easy flight home, 6 hours 30 min, good feed, good movie, good sleep and we are soon flying over Yorke Peninsular and landed in good old Adelaide.

On the flight we think back to the great experiences that we shared over the trip, are we glad we chose Vietnam, definitely yes, would we have changed anything, no, but would we go back again, no. Our thoughts are that China is far more developed and aesthetically beautiful with loads more history.

Was it a 60th birthday to remember, no question about it.

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Colin Causby on

Thanks for the great emails, Happy 60th to Julie, cannot wait to beat you at golf again??

sheridan alm on

thanks for including us in your blog, have enjoyed the cultured distraction from harvest - hope you had a happy birthday os.

bw on

welcome home. it's been great reading - armchair travelling is a good option with the likes of this blog available!

Mr Dudley on

Welcome home Thanks for the usual high standard blog you make us feel part of the holiday

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