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Day 8 South Africa - Cape Town (+2 GMT)

semi-overcast 26 °C

We travelled to Cape Point today, the most SW part of Africa, it was very windy but the walk up to the old light house and along the track to the lookout point was refreshing. Spent some time on the beach at the Cape of Good Hope, it was windy here too. Travelled back N to Cape Town along Chapman's Peak Drive to Hout Bay, and the town of Claremont to spend our last day here at the Waterfront in the city.

Not looking forward to a 13 1/2 hour journey to Singapore tomorrow, those in flight films had better be good on Singapore Airlines. Actually we won't be in Singapore tomorrow, with the extra 6 hours time zone to add we land on Thursday morning.... Day 9 is going to be a chore, but at least that is the 2 long flights out of the way.

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Day 9 South Africa - Flying to Singapore

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Having had 2 cloudy windy days this morning was back to sunshine and blue skies.

This was our first experience flying with Singapore Airlines - they beat BA and Virgin - they have a 32 inch seat pitch (that extra inch makes a big difference!). They served 3 meals (including the option of fish and noodles for breakfast) and 2 or 3 snacks during the flight - you can even have a Singapore Sling as your pre-dinner drink!

The flight took about 12 hours 30 and we gained 6 hours, so we are now +8GMT......we landed at 7am the following morning.

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Day 10 Singapore (+8 GMT)

semi-overcast 34 °C

We landed in Singapore at 7am local time, although our body clock thought it was 1am.

The airport shuttle was quick and easy to use, and the roads near the airport are festooned with flowers. It took about 20-25 minutes to get to the Hotel Royal at Queens, and even though it was about 8:30am we were given our room straight away - probably a good job as Rob's snores would have disturbed everyone in the lobby!

Its really humid here - far too hot to walk around for long. We're about 5 minutes walk from Raffles Hotel, where I'd pre-booked High Tea in the Tiffin room. They provide quite a range of food - soup, noodles and dumplings as well as the traditional cucumber sandwiches, scones and little cakes. The mini Lemon Meringue tarts were very nice!
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This evening we wandered around the Orchard road area - taking refuge in the occasional shop to cool down - even at 9pm it's still too hot in a strappy t-shirt. SI_tigerflowers.jpgThe tiger behind me is made of flowers.

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Day 11 Singapore (+8 GMT)

semi-overcast 32 °C

Today it was cloudy, and it rained, though the rain was hot, and we definately walked too far in this humidity (about 6 hours). Most folk are really short, but the hot weather does make for short shorts and skirts :)

A long sleep in today, and fried noodles for breakfast. We spent the day walking around the Marina area, down Bras Basah Road to Raffles Boulevard to the Singapore Flyer.
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Along the bay to Merlion Park, inland into Chinatown, along New Bridge Street into the markets and then into the Indian area, before stopping at a noodle bar on Orchard Street for diner at 10pm (I can imagine that the 2 meals a day comprising of noodles being quite common for the next week or so, it's too hot to eat during the day). Even walking back to the hotel about 11pm the streets were still very crowded... hey its a Friday evening so what would you expect.

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Day 12-13 Thailand - Phuket (+7 GMT)

semi-overcast 36 °C

The flight with Air Asia was good, we had emergency exit seats with loads of leg room (more than the Virgin and Singapore Airline flights) it's nice not be on a plane for 11+ hours for once.
Our Hotel is the Kamala Beach Hotel, about 40 mins from the airport. Kamala is a small bay with a number of hotels and market stalls come restaurants in it, some little more than a gazebo with chairs. We have room 4010, opposite the massage pavilion on a lily pond. The frogs seem to have loud conversations at night.

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The beach is where we spend most of the time, the sea is actually warm, which is nice after the cold waters in Africa.
Food is cheap, 2 mains, 2 starters and 2 drinks costs about £12 at the hotel, this is for Thai food, a Thai Curry with rice costs about £3, fish and chips costs about £7.

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We had quite a heavy downpour of warm rain on the morning of day 13 which lasted about 15 minutes, it rained again in the afternoon. Jen still managed to fry herself, and is now looking like a overcooked lobster. It is still too humid here.

2 days of relaxing was a nice break, off to Bangkok tomorrow.

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