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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
78 October / November 2010 Thank you Elizabeth Elizabeth Roberts (pictured with R ACT Chief Operations Officer Har vey Lennon) has left R ACT after 24 years w ith the organisation. Elizabeth started her career with RACT as a travel consultant. Over the past decade, Elizabeth has held the position of Travel Operations Manager. In that capacity she has taken a lead role in the development of the travel section of Motor News Journeys and in arranging infor mation functions for travel clients around the state. We thank Elizabeth for her contribution to RACT’s travel division and wish her all the best for the future. I’ve always wanted to visit Vietnam and Cambodia, so when my husband saw an R ACT Travelworld story about the Pandaw Indochina trip and asked if I’d be interested, I didn’t hesitate – ‘Yes!’ I said, before he could change his mind. That’s how we came to be boarding our Singapore Airlines jet in February this year, full of anticipation about the journey ahead. First stop was Siem Reap in Cambodia, the starting point of our tour to the Angkor Wat temples – a truly amazing experience. The ruins of Angkor Wat and the associated Angkor Thom, Thommanon and Ta Prohm are in varying stages of restoration – Ta Prohm is still virtually overtaken by the jungle. In Siem Reap we stayed at the beautiful Raffles d’Angkor Hotel, full of old-world charm and atmosphere and a welcome oasis from the bustle and heat of the city. After two nights in Siem Reap we transferred by bus to join the Pandaw Indochina for our seven-night cruise dow n the Mekong River. Built of teak, the riverboat is a replica of the steamers from the Irrawaddy flotilla company, which was established in Bur ma in 1865. River of contrasts Rowan cruises the Mekong With only 30 twin cabins, the vessel promises exploratory soft adventure on a personal scale, rather than a big cruise. All cabins front onto a promenade deck w ith outdoor seating. The observation deck has the bar and sun lounges, so it’s the perfect place to relax as the boat glides down the river. Every day, sightseeing tours, included in the cost, are arranged but participation is optional. At the end of an afternoon’s sightseeing it’s lovely to come back to the boat, enjoy cocktails on the obser vation deck and watch the sunset over the Mekong, before making our way to the dining room for dinner. The river is incredibly varied. In Cambodia, it’s quiet and rural – fisherman ply the river, a myriad of crops grow along the banks and children shout a welcome as you pass by. But once in Vietnam, the pace of the river picks up, with larger boats and more local industr y. The bustling Mekong Delta is a mass of small canals and backwaters, with villages and markets offering a huge variety of fruits, vegetables and local wares. Visiting the local markets is a real treat and an assault on your senses, with colour, noise and exotic smells. All too soon, our time on the Mekong was over and we had a short coach transfer to Saigon, where we spent four nights at the Caravelle Hotel, superbly situated opposite the Opera House and just off the main shopping street of Dong Khoi. Ancient temples, colourful country markets, r iverbank life and a huge, bustling city – our Pandaw Indochina cruise showed us the contrasts and highlights of two fascinating countries, linked by one mighty river. Exclusive to MS Tasmania Total Value $90,000 Tickets $10 each 2nd Prize $10,000 Paris Dream Holiday for Two incl. $2,000 spending money 1st Prize Tickets $10 To enter go to: www.mstas.org.au or call 03 6220 1111 Rowan Matthewson I’ve been involved with the travel industry for 28 years, 15 of them as a consultant with Qantas Airways. After all those years of travelling, I still don’t have a single favour ite destination – but I loved the Pandaw trip and I’ve also really enjoyed exploring Thailand, Turkey and the national parks of Kenya. You can contact me at RACT Travelworld’s Collins Street office or call me on 6222 9206.
Aug Sep 2010