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Tina Barnes's Port Reviews of Singapore, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Hong Kong
Azamara Quest cruise in January 2010
Member Name: Tina Barnes
Cruise Date: January 2010
Embarkation: Singapore
Destination: Asia
Member Review: Tina Barnes's Azamara Quest Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Too jet lagged and not enough time to take much advantage of what Singapore has to offer. Went on evening of arrival to Raffles where one beer and one Singapore Sling in the famous Long Bar cost us 40 US$! However that did include live music and as many peanuts as you could consume!

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Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
As first-timers to Bangkok with limited time, we took the Highlights Tour and are very glad we did as it crammed in as many of the sights as possible in the 7 hours available. If you do this city on your own, you should take a cruise on the Chao Praya river, stopping at the Wat Arun Temple and the Royal Barge Museum. The Grand Palace is also a must, although expect to share the experience with thousands of other sightseers. Be aware that there is absolutely no time for shopping on this tour. Also be aware that if you take the City Orientation and Bangkok On Your Own Tour, you will not get to see any of the historical sights as it takes you to the shopping area of the city. Fellow cruisers who took the tour to a floating market outside Bangkok said they had enjoyed it.

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Hong Kong
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took the morning Highlights tour around the western and southern sides of the island. First was the tram ride to Victoria Peak, unfortunately shrouded in mist, so no views to be seen. Then 45 minutes in Stanley Market - really not long enough for serious shoppers to browse the stalls! Then a sampan cruise around the fishing harbour in Aberdeen. Finally 45 minutes in an expensive jade jewellery shop - far too long! So would recommend you see these places on your own and at your leisure - by public transport or taxi. In the afternoon we walked through Kowloon, where the ship was docked, via Salisbury Road, Nathan Road and Granville Road to the History Museum where we spent a couple of interesting hours - of special merit there is the early 20th century model village. In the evening we watched the Laser Show from the pier behind the cultural centre. We were warned it would be underwhelming as indeed it was! Could have seen it just as well from our starboard balcony!

Azamara transferred us to the Regal Airport Hotel early that morning where we were given a room for the day before a late flight home. Some people went back into Hong Kong - there was ample time to do so using the MTR system from City Gate (complimentary shuttle takes you there from the hotel)as it takes about 45 minutes each way. We went to the shopping mall in Tung Chung at City Gate where there is a fabulous food hall with every conceivable type of asian and chinese cuisine available at incredibly cheap prices - most dishes costing about 34 Hong Kong dollars or £3.

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