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St Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi, VietnamĀ 

St Joseph’s Cathedral is stunning gothic monolith, just a stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. It’s a marvel of history and architecture and beautiful even just to witness. The church still runs masses in various languages. However, it’s worth visiting for the sheer beauty of the structure. The area around it is a meeting place for tours and has plenty of cafes and restaurants. Lots of boutique handicraft shopping in the area as well.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), Hanoi

This lake is a central location for tourists in Hanoi. It’s close to everything in the Old Quarter and most attractions are within walking distance from the lake. All around the perimeter are streets of excellent cafes and restaurants so it’s easy to just head in that direction without a plan. If you go on the weekend all the streets will be blocked for pedestrian access only and there’s a festival-like atmosphere with families and balloons and live music. 

The lake itself is stunning. Try and learn the history around it and the myths surrounding surrounding the island in the middle. Definitely recommend to all.


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Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands Skypark is a must do in Singapore.  You’ll get unparalleled views of the Harbour and surrounds- the sea, the port, gardens by the bay, the central business district, the suburbs. 

I highly recommend you time your trip to be at the Skypark at sunset. That’s when you get majestic skies and the city lights twinkle and awaken. If you wait even longer, you’ll get a light show on the Harbour (but I disappeared before then to grab a bit to eat). 

The Skypark itself runs like a machine. It costs about $26SGD per person to get to the top, and you’ll find it can get very crowded up there. There are trinkets and food/drinks available up there but if you don’t want to be hit by tourist prices for a meager hot dog, then eat before you go. 

There’s always the option of having dinner up there, but reserve a place as I don’t think they take walk ins and it gets filled pretty quickly. Also, don’t expect to be anywhere near the famed infinity pool. Lastly, the queues to leave are long and windy as there are only 2 lifts available up to the SkyPark, so leave yourself a loose schedule because you could be waiting a while to get down. 

All in all, the experience is worth it. The panoramic views are breathtaking and the rest of the experience is just incidental.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.