Friday 23 December 2016

Europe’s summer season aboard the brand new Silversea flagship, Silver Muse

Enjoy Europe's incredible summer season aboard the brand new Silversea flagship, Silver Muse

From the spectacular natural wonders of Europe, to the breathtaking summer ambiances of the Grecian shores, ignite the peak summer season of the Mediterranean, aboard Silversea's new flagship, Silver Muse.  Silver Muse, is set to redefine ocean travel and enhance small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations.  

Examples of Silver Muse's unmissable voyages:

V6712 – Temples of the Gods: Departing Piraeus (Athens), Greece, on 15 July 2017, guests aboard this 12-day voyage can experience one of the most extraordinary islands in the Aegean, Santorini, and feel encapsulated by the rich history and culture of Palermo, in Sicily.  Guests aboard Silver Muse will also have the incredible opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sounds of four soloists from the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, who will perform the evocative librettos from the world's most magical operas on two occasions.  Fares start from AU$11,450 per person – in a Classic Veranda Suite, based on double occupancy.

V6713 – Minarets and Gondolas: Sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, to Venice, Italy, on 27 July 2017, this 12-day voyage enables guests to explore the ornate palaces and museums of Malta, enjoy the sun-drenched shores of Greece, and discover the large rampart and superb fortress towers that surround the tiny harbour of Dubrovnik.   Fares start from AU$11,450 per person – in a Classic Veranda Suite, based on double occupancy.


Early Booking Bonus: Save 10% if you book and pay in full by 30 December 2016.

Enjoy Savings on Mediterranean Voyages: Book now and enjoy AU$1,600 savings per suite* on above voyages.

Click here for all Silversea Exclusive offers

Silversea fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary onboard champagne, wines and spirits; and one hour of complimentary WiFi per day for each guest and unlimited WiFi for the ship's top suites (Medallion and higher categories) and all gratuities.

These voyages are subject to availability.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

*Applicable only for double occupancy suites. Single-occupancy suites will receive savings of AU$800.


Friday 16 December 2016

Luxury Valentines at Sarojin

The Sarojin is inviting couples to enjoy a romantic journey to this acclaimed resort in Khao Lak, Thailand for a memorable time away together during the month of Valentine in February 2017.

This stunning and popular holiday hot-spot for Australians is presenting a 3-night Luxury Valentine offer for couples including beautifully appointed residence or suite accommodation and special resort experiences.

The Luxury Valentine is valid 1 – 28 February 2017 and is inclusive of a 15% discount.

Rates are from THB 77,646 (approx. AUD 2985) for 3 nights in a Garden Residence for 2 persons sharing inclusive of a la carte breakfast with sparkling wine – served all day, a bottle of sparkling wine and flowers in room on arrival, one 90-minute Royal Oriental (aroma) body massage for each person, a romantic private dinner 'just for 2' beneath a candlelit jungle waterfall, spirit lantern release from the beach, last night romantic turndown service, return private transfer from/to Phuket International Airport with complimentary Wi-Fi, cold beers and soft drinks served and all taxes.

Couples may wish to upgrade to a luxurious Spa Suite and enjoy an additional 3 hours of Thai or Royal Oriental body massage per room, perhaps to be taken as 3 x 60-minutes or 2 x 90 minutes.

On one evening, couples will be carried by private limousine to a hidden location to continue their journey guided along a candlelit jungle path to a clearing opening up to a magnificent waterfall.

Wonderland will beckon with hundreds of candles glowing softly and romantically, encircling the natural theatre and creating the most magical of settings.

Every drop from the waterfall will be seemingly dancing as a private table awaits with a personal Chef to create the desired dishes for an incredible meal.

By day, a 90-minute Royal Oriental Aroma Massage for the couple at the resort's acclaimed Pathways Spa will include a luxurious blend of traditional Thai yoga and a herbal aroma massage.

This deeply therapeutic treatment is perfect to relax the body and boost the psyche. Designed to rejuvenate the body and the mind, the massage with oils, will take couples to another dimension of relaxation.

The couple will also be invited to participate in an amazing Spirit Lantern ceremony on the resort beach during their stay.

The Sarojin is beautifully set on an 11 kilometre stretch of secluded white sand beach in Khao Lak, just a 55-minute drive north of Phuket Airport, and is surrounded by five spectacular national parks and the world-famous dive sites of the Similan and Surin Islands.

Designed in a contemporary Asian style, the five-star resort's 56 deluxe residences and suites are nestled within 10 acres of tropical grounds leading directly onto the beachfront.

Each features a private garden and 'sala' sundeck, couples' baths with waterfall showers, and plunge and relaxation pools that blend into the natural habitat.

Other facilities include an attentive 'Imagineer'  who can create tailor-made experiences for guests and complimentary use of a fully equipped fitness centre, mountain bikes, sailing catamarans, sail boats, sea kayaks and windsurfing boards. Tranquility is guaranteed as no children under the age of 10 are permitted to stay at The Sarojin.

The Sarojin continues to receive prestigious accolades including, in 2016, being featured in the Lux Hotel & Spa Awards, Spa Finder Wellness Travel Awards, World Luxury Spa Awards' Luxury Hideaway Spas, World Travel Awards' Asia's Leading Boutique Hotels, US Conde Nast Traveler's Top Resorts in Asia, UK Conde Nast Traveller's Readers' Travel Awards for Best Hotels Asia, Wine Spectator's Awards of Excellence, Thailand's Green Excellence Awards and Trip Advisor's 14 Extraordinary Pools.

For bookings contact or


Saturday 3 December 2016

Win a luxury $20,000 European River Cruise including flights

Evergreen Tours is giving away a 15 Day deluxe Splendours of Europe River Cruise for two valued at over $20,000, including flights*!

The lucky winner will enjoy the luxury of space in their Emerald Balcony Suite as they cruise the Rhine and Danube Rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest. There's daily guided touring to 15 cities, towns and villages, an onboard pool and cinema, complimentary bikes, and "You're Invited" to unique cultural events. 41 meals plus wine and beer are also included with your lunch and dinner while cruising.

Enter now for your chance to win! You'll also receive an exclusive $200pp** discount off your next Evergreen holiday.

Good luck!

Friday 2 December 2016

Azamara Club Cruises 2017 offers

Australians can treat their loved ones this Christmas to an all-inclusive, immersive cruise with Azamara Club Cruises in 2017, thanks to reduced fares and a new free upgrade deal from the boutique cruise company - available for two weeks only.

Guests will receive a Club Oceanview Stateroom for the price of a Club Interior Stateroom on Azamara’s local 2017 voyages when booked before 15 December 2016.

Included in this incredible offer is a 15-night voyage onboard the recently revitalised Azamara Journey, following her maiden arrival to Australia on 19 February 2017. Departing Sydney, guests will cruise to Melbourne, Port Arthur and Hobart for an overnight, before cruising to Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Napier and Tauranga, where they spend another night before reaching their final port, Auckland. Book an Oceanview for the price of an Interior on this fascinating cruise from just AUD$3999 per person.

To make a booking or for further information visit, phone 1800 754 500 or contact your local travel agent.

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice on sale

Cruises on Australia’s favourite ship* are selling fast, but there’s still time to bag an exotic South Pacific cruise on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice this summer, with fares priced from as low as AU$999 per person on a 7-night South Pacific Sailing, departing Sydney on 13 April 2017. Guests will discover the magic of Lifou in the Loyalty Islands and Noumea in New Caledonia and experience the best of modern luxury on Celebrity Solstice, with her superb dining, exquisite spa offerings and impeccable service.

Or, sun-chasers can board a 9-night South Pacific sailing on 25 March 2017 from just AU$1099 per person. Departing Sydney, the cruise calls at the exotic havens of New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the Loyalty Islands before returning to Sydney.

For more information about Celebrity Cruises or to book a cruise, visit, call 1800 754 500 or contact your travel agent.

Royal Caribbean’s Local Wow Sale

Give the gift of a cruise holiday this Christmas, with Royal Caribbean’s Local Wow Sale, offering festive savings and upgrades on local sailings in 2017.

Guests who book selected 2017 local sailings between 3 December 2016 and 9 December 2016 will receive up to US$400 onboard credit per stateroom, as well as a massive 50% off the cruise fare of the second guest. They’ll also receive a Balcony Stateroom for the price of an Oceanview Stateroom, making a Royal Caribbean cruise the perfect family gift for savvy shoppers this Christmas.

Watch the family’s eyes light up as they unwrap an unforgettable 12-night South Pacific and New Zealand cruise on Australia’s newest, biggest and most modern ship, Ovation of the Seas, departing Sydney on 28 January 2017. Guests will be whisked to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and New Zealand, while enjoying a myriad of activities onboard including the IFly skydiving simulator, Flowrider surf simulator and the North Star viewing pod, which rises 90m above the ocean. The first guest will pay from just AUD$2849 while the second guest will pay $1409, receiving a balcony stateroom for the price of and US$400 onboard credit as part of the new offer.

Or, treat the family to a 10-night Explorer of the Seas cruise in their Christmas stockings. Departing

Sydney on 22 February 2017, guests call at Isle of Pines and Mare in New Caledonia and Mystery Island and Port Vila in Vanuatu, before returning to Sydney. Guest one will pay just AUD $1599, and the second guest just AUD $799, receiving a balcony stateroom for the price of and US$400 onboard credit as part of the Local Wow sale.

For further information or to book a Royal Caribbean cruise, visit, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Special Offers from El Questro

El Questro has two fantastic early bird offers, there is no reason not to visit this majestic place in 2017.

Over one million acres, El Questro offers a variety of stylish accommodation with plenty of activities to match. The Homestead is an exclusive retreat situated atop the Chamberlain Gorge - the ideal place to fully appreciate the  beauty of the Kimberley. Emma Gorge Resort offers comfortable accommodation in superior safari style Tented Cabins with all the facilities you would expect from a resort while The Station, located on the banks of Pentecost River, is perfect for travellers who want to be at the centre of the action and close to all of El Questro's activities.

From helicopter rides over the secluded Miri Miri falls to cruises on the beautiful Chamberlain River, you will sure find something adventurous to do no matter where you stay.



Stay 4 nights and receive 10% off PLUS COMPLIMENTARY Helicopter tour to Miri Miri for 2 people

Hidden in a remote corner of El Questro is Miri Miri Falls. Spring-fed water cascades over a 50-metre fall from the plateau into a deep pool, then into a dense valley of Livistona Palms and Paperbarks. Take a dip in the refreshing pool overlooking the Falls as you enjoy one of El Questro's most secluded attractions. Spend a couple of hours frolicking around this stunning location whilst enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch. Get this unforgettable  "Miri Miri Tour by Helicopter " experience for free and more with this early bird Homestead special!

Book between now and 30 December 2016, enjoy 4 nights at Homestead twin share Garden Room and receive 10% off for travel from 01 April to 03 June 2017 and 03 September to 28 October 2017.

Twin share Garden room priced from $7088 for four nights.

Key inclusions:

-        Helicopter tour to Miri Miri for 2 adults
-        Selected tours
-        All dining and selected alcoholic beverages

Emma Gorge or The Station

Stay 3 nights, pay for 2 includes daily breakfast for two adults

- Book El Questro Emma Gorge between now and 30 December 2016, enjoy 3 nights while paying for 2 for travel from 01 May to 03 June 2017 and 03 September to 29 September 2017.

Minimum three-night stay, twin share discounted-priced from $204 per night including daily breakfast for two adults.

- Book El Questro The Station between now and 30 December 2016, enjoy 3 nights while paying for 2 for travel from 01 April to 03 June 2017 and 03 September to 28 October 2017 (Blackout dates 14 – 17 April 2017).

Minimum three-night stay, twin share The Station Gardenview Room discounted-priced from $226, per night, twin share The Station Riverview Room priced from $272 per nights. Both include daily breakfast for two adults.

Offers subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information visit or call 1800 837 168

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Tour offer: Complimentary Adelaide Sightseeing

Adelaide Sightseeing Tours are offering a free Adelaide City Highlights tour when two full day Adelaide Sightseeing Tours are booked or 50% off an Adelaide City Highlights tour when one full day Adelaide Sightseeing Tour is booked.

Sit back in air-conditioned comfort aboard a luxury coach and discover all that Adelaide has to offer from its famous cellardoors to its quaint German villages and cosmopolitan city, all found in the wide range of Adelaide Sightseeing Tours available.

Book the full day Barossa Food & Wine Experience, McLaren Vale Food & Wine Indulgence, Barossa and Hahndorf Highlights, Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale Highlights, One Day Kangaroo Island Experience and Murray River Highlights and receive the Adelaide City Highlights tour for free.

Sample some of the Barossa's finest wines and gourmet food on the full day, Barossa Valley Food and Wine Experience. Visit cellar doors including the intimate TeAro Estate, Williamstown where guests will also enjoy morning tea and the award winning Pindarie Cellar Door, Gomersal. Be treated to a delicious 2-course lunch at Lambert Estate, Angaston, take in the views from the lookout at Mengler Hill and stop in at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop to sample her amazing food products.

The McLaren Vale Food and Wine Indulgence tour is a fantastic full day tour which explores Adelaide's southern metropolitan coastline and the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region. Sample wines from popular cellar doors including Wirra Wirra Vineyards, d'Arenberg and Hardy's Tintara. Have morning tea at the McLaren Vale Visitors Centre and a delectable 2-course lunch incorporating fresh, local produce at Red Poles.

The Barossa and Hahndorf Highlights tour visits the world famous Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre and Saltram Wine Estate to sample some of the Barossa's finest wines. Enjoy a sumptuous 2 course lunch at the South Australian Company Store, then sit back and relax as the tour passes through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide's oldest German settlement. Here explore the many picturesque cafes, shops and galleries full of local arts, crafts and German produce.

Discover Adelaide's Southern Vales and beaches and sample great wine on Adelaide Sightseeing's Victor Harbor & McLaren Vale Highlights day tour. Travel through the glorious Adelaide Hills and into the Fleurieu Peninsula before stopping off at the Scottish town of Strathalbyn for some morning tea. Then head through Goolwa where the Murray River meets the vast Lake Alexandrina and on to Victor Harbor, one of South Australia's most popular seaside towns. Visit the esplanade of Victor Harbor, filled with local craft stores and many cafés.

After departing Victor Harbor, pass through Horseshoe Bay, Rosetta Heads and Encounter Bay, steeped in whaling history. Then travel along the southern coastline and view the rolling vineyards, iron stone cottages, olive and almond groves of the McLaren Vale region. In McLaren Vale there is plenty of time to sample an array of local produce and wine tastings at nearby cellar doors before heading back to Adelaide.

The One Day Kangaroo Island Experience Tour shows off the islands highlights including Seal Bay Conservation Park, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Flinders Chase National Park to see nature's amazing Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Long-Nosed Fur Seals and other Australian native animals including kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies, koalas and echidnas in their natural habitat. The tour also includes a hearty 2-course lunch at Vivonne Bay Lodge Bistro, return scenic SeaLink coach transfers to Cape Jervis and return SeaLink ferry crossing from the mainland to Penneshaw.

Sit back and relax on the Murray River Highlights tour and cruise along the historic Murray River aboard the Proud Mary. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch and gain an insight into this unique river system with its magnificent landscapes, spectacular cliffs, weeping willows and huge red river gums. See an array of birds from pelicans and galahs to cockatoos and cormorants.

After lunch, take in the spectacular views and stop for a great photo opportunity at the lookout overlooking the township of Mannum. On the return journey to Adelaide, visit Melba's Chocolate Factory for afternoon tea (own expense) and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside.

You can't visit South Australia without experiencing Adelaide itself and better yet for free, on an Adelaide Sightseeing tour.

The Adelaide City Highlights tour takes in Adelaide's main attractions including Adelaide's cultural boulevard of North Terrace and its university, library, art gallery and museum; St Peter's Cathedral; historic North Adelaide; the famous Adelaide Oval and Haigh's Chocolates for a factory tour and tastings.

All Adelaide Sightseeing tours feature expert commentary by a local driver and guide and include pick-up/drop-off from selected Adelaide hotels and Adelaide Central Bus Station.

This great offer of a free Adelaide City Highlights tour when two full day Adelaide Sightseeing Tours are booked or 50% off the Adelaide City Highlights Tour when one full day Adelaide Sightseeing Tour is booked is valid until 31 March 2017.

For further sale information and bookings visit:

Saturday 12 November 2016

Top Attractions for Cruise Visitors to Helsinki

Most sights and attractions are in the city centre and are within walking distance, in addition getting around town by other means is easy. The Senate Square and the Esplanade Park are filled with concerts and other outdoor events and festivals during the summer Mönchs and the South Harbour is the centre of maritime city life. The Finns are friendly people and lots of them speak good English. Helsinki’s relaxed atmosphere makes it easy for visitors to feel welcome.

Take a walk and get a feel for the city

In Helsinki everything is nearby, Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis, which is easy to explore on foot. Whether you want to simply stroll around the city or see the sights on a longer jogging route, you can be sure to find the perfect route for your plans.

Are you a design fan? Different walking routes take you through the well-loved Helsinki Design District.

Combine lunch with a great excursion 

Enjoy some good local cuisine in one of the many Island Restaurants and get to know the maritime Helsinki. The sea fortress Suomenlinna is for example an ideal location. On the granite cliffs on the southern tip or in the beautiful parks, both are ideal for great picnics. Sightseeing cruises with lunch leave from the market square daily.

Admire Helsinki from the rooftops

Look around in all directions. In some places in Helsinki it is possible to have great views across the city rooftops and down to the sea. Up here you can relax and enjoy a nice drink. Visit for example the Olympic Stadium Tower, Finnair Sky Wheel, Hotel Torni’s Ateljee Bar and the rooftop of

Friday 11 November 2016

#travelcompetitions Win a trip to the 2017 Grand Prix

Groote Eylandt Lodge NT named one of the best Corporate Venues in Australia

Named one of the best Corporate Venues in Australia by Qantas Travel Insider*, Groote Eylandt Lodge, managed by Metro Hotels, offers organisations a truly unique corporate retreat experience in a stunning, untouched wilderness area.

Groote Eylandt is known for its pristine natural and marine environment, spectacular scenery, Aboriginal art and culture, and some of the best fishing in the world.

Located in the remote Groote Eylandt archipelago in the Gulf of Carpentaria, this Indigenous business owned by the Aninindilyakwan Aboriginal people combines your business program with world-class fishing, authentic Indigenous art and cultural experiences, and exceptional nature activities.

Groote Eylandt Lodge has released a special 4-night Corporate Retreat for $2,950 per person or $2500 twin share, which includes:

  • Return airfare from Darwin 
  • 4 night’s accommodation 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Two days meeting room hire with morning and afternoon tea
  • One day guided sports fishing adventure
  • Introduction to Anindilyakwa culture
  • All transfers on Groote Eylandt

The Lodge offers quality waterfront accommodation and a well-appointed and equipped conference suite, ideal for board meetings and small group functions, with the capacity to cater for up to 80 people. Full corporate support and equipment is available on site.

With same day connectivity to and from all Australian capitals, delegates can arrive on Monday and leave on Friday, recharged, rejuvenated and ready to reach new targets for the year ahead.

The Lodge’s Seagrass restaurant serves Modern Australian cuisine with ocean views, and can prepare morning tea, lunch and full corporate dinners.

The on-site Sports Fishing Operation provides delegates with one of the most thrilling sports fishing experiences in the world. The 300 square kilometres of prime, virtually unfished water surrounding the lodge is home to some of the most prized species in the world: marlin and sailfish, hard-hitting blue water species, plucky reef fish and the iconic barramundi.

Groote Eylandt has same day connecting flights from all Australian capital cities.

To book, contact (08) 8987 7077, visit or email


Enjoy Summer in the sky at Melbourne's Eureka Skydeck

Take the kids out of their comfort zone and high into the sky these Summer School Holidays at Eureka Skydeck.

Rocket 88 levels up in the elevator and enjoy long summer days with priceless views of the city as children pick their favourite landmarks, learn about the world's most liveable city, and be suspended 300 metres above.

Eureka Skydeck has a number of interactive displays on offer, including thirty viewfinders spread out across the space, which direct families to discover places of interest, including the MCG and Flinders Street Station.

Be one of the first to experience Eureka Skydeck's newest interactive attraction, The Heist. The immersive audio game lets you explore Melbourne's best views while guiding your team of master thieves through the diamond heist taking place below you. With your every move sound tracked, your movements drive the action forward.

For those who dare, Eureka Skydeck has the world's only Edge experience: a 3m by 3m transparent glass cube which slides out from the building, suspending guests above the Melbourne skyline. Patrons can also step outside to Eureka Skydeck's Outdoor Terrace and expose themselves to the elements 88 levels up. The Outdoor Terrace is right next to The Edge, so family and friends can view those inside.

The Skydeck Kiosk has you covered with snack food and hot and cold drinks, so there's no need to worry about going hungry high up in the sky. For something more substantial, you can always head down to the Southgate shopping and dining precinct, conveniently located at the base of Eureka Tower.

Hosting visitors over the summer break? Take advantage of the long opening hours and acquaint them with the city.  Eureka Skydeck will be open from 10am – 10pm daily throughout the Christmas School Holiday break, including 10am – 5pm on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Discounted car parking is available for Skydeck customers in the Eureka Wilson's Carpark.

For a foolproof way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays, look no further than Eureka Skydeck.

The Edge experience will cost patrons between $8.00 - $12.00, plus entry to Skydeck.

About Eureka Skydeck:

Eureka Skydeck is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. Located on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the observation deck provides patrons with 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne and beyond. During the school holidays guests will also be able to take full advantage of the Outdoor Terrace. Enclosed by a wire grid, the Outdoor Terrace exposes guests to the elements on Level 88. The Terrace is right next to the Edge, so family and friends can view those inside.

For further information about Eureka Skydeck, visit or call 03 9693 8888.

Monday 7 November 2016

Economy class etiquette - don't make your flight a nightmare

Just because you're travelling in coach, don't leave your manners at home.

The trouble with commonsense guides like these is that the people who need to read these most never do. We've all been there, maybe even transgressed a few. What do you think?

Saturday 5 November 2016

Taste of Thailand Spectacular at Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok

Delicious Thai Buffet Thursdays 6.30pm – 10.30pm

The luxury 407-room Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok has launched a mouth-watering culinary journey across the four regions of the Kingdom of Siam accompanied by live traditional Thai music - A Taste of Thailand.

Hosted at the famed Red pepper restaurant on the 1st floor of the Rembrandt hotel every Thursday, 6.30pm. – 10.30pm, A Taste of Thailand features delicious cuisine from North, North East, Central and Southern regions presented in a traditional Thai Buffet style.

Prices are THB 433 net per person with half price for children (6-12 yrs) and complimentary for a child accompanied by two paying adults.

Highlights include Thai favorites: Sai krog e-sarn (E-sarn sausage), Nhaem see krong moo, and Kao soy gai from the North; Kao tang nah tang (crispy rice cracker with coconut dip) from Central Thailand; Kanom jeen nam yah from the South; and, a choice of wicked desserts. Selected Thai beers at 99 THB net / bottle and a variety of local wines are available.

"We wanted to create an outstanding presentation of cuisine that showcased world-famed Thailand food," said Mr Eric Hallin, general manager of the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok.

"The challenge was to develop exquisite authentic dishes prepared from the best available locally-sourced meats, wet seafood, rice, noodles, and garden-fresh vegetables and complement them with the earthy flavors, textures and rich aromas of Thailand."

He said all dishes featured in A Taste of Thailand were prepared in a time honored way and presented in a mist of luscious taste and lightness.

For reservation, please contact 02-261-7100 or book via or please visit

19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Sukhumvit Rd., Klong Toei BKK 10110 Tel 02-261-7100 ● 2


Friday 4 November 2016

Celebrity Cruises offering savings of up to $400

As the temperatures soar, Celebrity Cruises is celebrating all things summer with savings of up to $400, plus Oceanview bookings and above receive a free Classic Beverage Package. Cruise the tropical South Pacific, discover New Zealand, explore exotic Asia, uncover Europe or be awed in Alaska, all at amazing value.

The offer is available to book until 30 November 2016, and includes hundreds of sailings globally of four nights or longer departing from 2 December 2016 through to 30 April 2018.

Fares start from just $1,449 per person twin share, including a saving of $200 and a free beverage package, for an Oceanview stateroom on an eight-night South Pacific voyage onboard the recently revitalised Celebrity Solstice. Departing Sydney on 22 October 2017, the sailing includes calls to Noumea, Lifou and Loyalty Island, as well as four sea days to experience the $11.25 million makeover including new features like the "A Taste of Film" cinema experience under the stars, new Lawn Club cabanas, and the authentic Japanese restaurant, Sushi on Five.

Or explore South East Asia for 12-nights onboard Celebrity Millennium from just $1,929 per person twin share in an Oceanview stateroom - a saving of $200 plus a free beverage package. Departing Hong Kong on 14 January 2017 and sailing to Shanghai, the voyage includes two days docked in Hong Kong and calls to Hue/Danang in Vietnam, Manila in The Philippines, Taipei in Taiwan and Busan in South Korea.

Save $200 and receive a free beverage package for a Western Mediterranean sailing, with Oceanview staterooms from only $2,769 per person twin share. Cruising for 12-nights onboard Celebrity's newest ship, Celebrity Reflection, the voyage sails roundtrip from Rome on 9 October 2017, and calls to some of the best destinations in Europe including Florence, Nice, Barcelona, Malaga, Gibraltar, Cartagena and Ibiza.

For more information about Celebrity Cruises or to book a cruise, visit, call 1800 754 500 or contact your travel agent.

Tuesday 1 November 2016

P&O Takes Guests to a Whole New World in Latest Program

P&O Cruises will open up new worlds for its guests onboard and on land next year, with the launch of Australia's first virtual reality experience at sea as well as the cruise line's first port in the remote Kimberley region.

As part of an exclusive partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia, P&O will unveil a PlayStation®VR experience which will take guests to extraordinary new worlds at sea. The technology will roll out across the fleet over the next 12 months, starting with Pacific Jewel later this year.

P&O has also announced it will make its first call to the Kimberley, adding Kuri Bay - a remote coastal bay north of Broome boasting magnificent red rock escarpments and a turquoise bay - to its cruise offerings from Fremantle.

During calls to Kuri Bay, guests will have the chance to explore the spectacular wilderness of the Kimberley through walking tours and scenic flights or visit a Paspaley pearl farm. Fares start from $1099* per person quad share for a nine-night cruise to Kuri Bay departing May 16, 2017, and also featuring a call to Exmouth and an overnight stay in Broome.

Thursday 27 October 2016

Save on Tasmania's Overland Track with World Expeditions

The Overland Track, deep in the Tasmanian wilderness, holds legendary status as one of the finest and most beautiful walks in Australia – with its dramatic mountains, glacial lakes, spectacular waterfalls and rainforests.

World Expeditions, one of the most experienced operators on the trail, is offering a $200 discount on its six-day Overland Track walk in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park for bookings made in November, 2016.

The six-day, five night camping adventure will cost from $1890 per person (conditions apply)*.

The full pack Overland Track trek is suitable for first-time bushwalkers as the inclusion of food drops and modern lightweight equipment will ensure backpacks are as light as possible.

*Offer is for direct bookings only on six-day Overland Track camping based walk. Not available for pre-existing bookings. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Available for bookings made between 01- 30 November 2016 and valid for departures from 01 November 2016 up until 31 May 2017. The offer is subject to availability and trips reaching minimum numbers, cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer and is not redeemable in cash.

Phone 1300 720 000 or see

Sunday 23 October 2016

Asia on Sale: Huge savings to 58 destinations with Cathay Pacific

Low fares with flights from $591* return to China

If you are thinking about a trip to Asia to see friends and family, or to mix business with pleasure, or simply for a fun and affordable holiday, now is the time to book. Cathay Pacific has put Asia On Sale offering special fares in Economy Class and Premium Economy Class to 58 destinations across Hong Kong, China and Asia and special fares in Business Class to 24 destinations in China. Economy Class fares to Beijing start from as little as $591* return and Business Class from just $3,397 return. With deals this good, they won’t last long so be sure to book quickly.

Cathay Pacific’s Asia On Sale fares are for new bookings made from now until 11 November 2016, for travel between 01 November and 09 December 2016 or between 06 February 2017 and 31 August 2017. Some blackout periods and further terms and conditions apply.

Live a ‘Life Well Travelled’ with Cathay Pacific return flights to Beijing starting from $591*, flights to Hong Kong from $681*return, return fares to Tokyo and Seoul from $818*. There are also fantastic deals on Premium Economy to Hong Kong, China and Asia and Business Class flights to China, for those who want to travel in more style and luxury.

Selected destinations are listed below, but please visit for full details and terms and conditions:

Thursday 6 October 2016

Win a road trip with Apollo Motrhomes

Australia's favourite motorhome hire company has teamed up with Experience Oz to offer a dream self-drive holiday valued at up to $7,000 for one lucky winner.

The 'Choose your fav Road Trip' competition is now live with the option to vote for one of nine suggested itineraries showcasing Outback Adventures, Coastal Getaways or Natural Escapes with nine suggested themed itineraries throughout Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Each itinerary includes a range of local tourism activities offered by Experience Oz such as Snowy Mountains Horse Riding in New South Wales, Outback Quad Biking Queensland or A Lake Argyle cruise in Western Australia.

The focus, says Apollo Group Marketing Manager Tara Eller, is on encouraging travellers to realise road trips are the best way to explore Australia and the unique experiences available in our own backyard.

"A two-week road trip in an Apollo motorhome, campervan or 4WD camper can take travellers from the top to the bottom of Australia with unforgettable adventures at every stop," Ms Eller said.

"Research consistently shows that collecting memories not things increase our feelings of gratitude and happiness," she said.

"We've had a lot of fun putting together the itineraries and ideas for this promotion and we're looking forward to seeing the most popular itineraries and experiences voted for, then following the lucky winner's adventures on their holiday of a lifetime," he said.

The 'Choose your fav road trip' competition will run until 31 October, 2016. Entrants simply need to select their fav Outback, Coastal or Nature Itinerary and write in 25 words or less what excited them most about that road trip. The successful entrant will win the dream itinerary they voted for. Terms and conditions apply.

Entry is via

Experience a relaxing afternoon High Tea with Banyan Tree Phuket

An indulgent afternoon high tea at Banyan Tree Phuket is just the thing you need after a hectic week at work. This week, reward yourself and relax, chat with friends and sip some of the rarest teas in the world best relished with tiered afternoon tea sets filled with artisan pastries and savoury delights.

Enjoy an exquisite range of teas and fine eats at Banyan Tree Phuket every day from 2-5pm at our Lobby Bar. Guests seeking a little pampering in the afternoon will be able to treat themselves to a cup of 'The Teamaker's Private Reserve from Dilmah' and receive unlimited refills on a selection of speciality coffee and tea and enjoy a scrumptious accompaniment of sweet treats.

Served in the sleek and stylish Lobby Bar with its comfortable warm-toned wood furniture, and sprawling view of the diamond-blue lagoon, the setting is ideal for intimate tête-à-tête or casual conversations as you enjoy your cup of tea with that special someone or a table of close friends.

The highlight of Banyan Tree Phuket's Afternoon High Tea is 'The Teamaker's Private Reserve from Dilmah.' Widely known as some of the finest and rarest tea in the world, 'The Teamaker's Private Reserve from Dilmah' features handpicked leaves from some of the most highly regarded tea estates in Sri Lanka. Just as every person has a unique fingerprint, each selection of tea has its own signature taste, texture, and hue. Guests are welcome to appreciate the delicate Ceylon Single Estate Silver Tips or the more pungent Ceylon Souchong at your own time and pleasure.

For those looking to add another level of refinement, Banyan Tree Phuket will provide both you and your guest a glass of your selection between Prosecco and Rosé wine from Provence. Enjoy the scintillating sparkle and refreshing fizz of a glass of Prosecco, or indulge in the subtle grace of a glass of a Rosé. As one of the world's top producers of Rosé, the Provence region of France has been producing delightful premium wines for centuries.

This enchanting afternoon High Tea arrangement fits perfectly with the world-class quality that guests of Banyan Tree Phuket have come to discover. A set for two is available from THB1,900 nett, with the option of adding two glasses of either Prosecco or Rosé wine from Provence for just THB800.

Located alongside the award-winning 18-hole Laguna Golf Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket offers a wide range of immaculate and capacious villas by the shores of Bangtao Bay. At Banyan Tree Phuket, couples and families alike will be sure to experience quality, luxury, and serenity so often promised and so rarely found in other resorts of its kind. By catering to every need of visitors and guests, the resort strives to create a heightened experience found nowhere else.

British Airways early bird special offers to the UK, Europe and Asia.

British Airways launches early bird special offers on flights from Australia to the UK, Europe and Asia. The offers are available for booking from now until midnight on 30 November 2016. Round trip fares to Asia start from $768* on World Traveller economy class and from $1,374* to the UK and Europe.

Asia - The special fares on flights to Singapore are valid for travel from now until 10 June 2017 on World Traveller economy class fares from $768* and from $1,818* on World Traveller Plus premium economy.

UK and Europe - The special fares on flights to the UK and Europe are valid for travel from now until 31 October 2017 on World Traveller economy class fares from $1,374* and from $3,060* on World Traveller Plus premium economy.

Nicole Backo, British Airways' regional general manager, South West Pacific, said "For those who would like to benefit from these early bird fares, now is the right time to book. The long travel window means customers can plan their travel well into 2017.

"Customers travelling with us also have the added advantages of transiting through two of the world's award-winning airports, the Changi Airport in Singapore and London Heathrow for onward flights to the UK, Europe and beyond. We have prices to suit all budgets and we encourage travellers to book quickly over the coming weeks to take advantage of these early bird fares," said Backo.

What's more, customers can also benefit from the airline's new one-stop booking service available at The new tool allows customers to create a multi-destination holiday of their choice with total flexibility to combine flights in and out of different airports, book multiple hotels and select car hire for any part of their holiday.
For bookings and more information please visit

* Prices include taxes, fees and charges.

-          The sale runs until midnight on 30 November 2016.
-          All fares are inclusive of taxes, fees and charges if booking using a debit card.


Thursday 29 September 2016

Cathay Pacific deal of the week: Fly Business to Europe from just $7,045 return

What: Flying Cathay Pacific's business class make the journey to Europe an absolute pleasure, and now the premium airline is offering specials on Business Class flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide to Europe. You can fly to Amsterdam from Melbourne from just $7,045 return!

Special notes:

·         You can fly open jaw – that is,  fly into one city and out from another

·         You can add a stop-over in Hong Kong for free, which allows you not only to check out one of Asia's most exciting cities, but also a chance to get used to different time zones

Terms and conditions: Special fares are available on flights booked from now until 31 December 2016, and departing to Europe or America between 1 March and 30 November 2017.

For full terms and conditions, visit

Cathay Pacific Airways operates more than 70 flights every week from Australia to Hong Kong – four daily from Sydney; three daily from Melbourne; 10 per week from Perth; 11 per week from Brisbane; four per week from Cairns and four per week from Adelaide.

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Spirit of King of Pop to thrill Lithgow Halloween ‘16

Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson will perform at Lithgow Halloween `16. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity.
The spirit of the late King of Pop will inject a thrilling spark into Lithgow Halloween `16 when hundreds of Michael Jackson fans take part in a dance-off in Main St on Saturday, October 29.

The national record bid for the greatest number of costumed people to dance to the song Thriller will be a highlight of the annual community festival.

Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal and Energy Australia, the event will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment and a community Trick or Treat activity for children.

Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow said: ``We do like to party here in Lithgow, especially when it involves themes and dressing up.

``But our parties are not exclusive: everyone is invited, everyone is welcome and everyone is catered for.’’

As in previous years, the family-friendly Lithgow Halloween `16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.

``We’re proud of our history and what the council, local businesses and residents have achieved together in beautifying Lithgow in recent years and we want to share our town with visitors.’’

Ms Barrow encouraged locals and visitors to fully immerse themselves in the festival spirit and dress up for the occasion as a ghoulish zombie, monster, freaky vampire, fantasy character or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.

She also urged everyone to take part in the Australian record attempt for the largest number of costumed people to dance to the Michael Jackson song Thriller.

``The record currently stands at about 500 people. Let’s beat it!’’

She recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

British Airways’ complimentary First Class upgrade

British Airways’ ever popular complimentary one-way upgrade to First is back. The limited-time offer is available for booking from now until 5 October 2016 and is valid to travel on flights departing Sydney on or before 31 March 2017. Customers have the opportunity to enjoy a one-way upgrade to First for free when they book return Club World business class to Singapore from $3,898* and from $7,987* to the UK and Europe on

B787 First Class cocoon
Each individual suite in the renowned First cabin features a bed that is 60 per cent wider, a personal wardrobe, world-class dining options and an unprecedented level of comfort. Customers in First will be entitled to a complimentary chauffeur service to or from Sydney International Airport. All premium customers arriving at British Airways’ award-winning home at London Heathrow Terminal 5 can enjoy the facilities at the Arrivals lounge, which includes showers, breakfast and complimentary Elemis spa treatments. Customers can also enjoy bubbling champagne at the exclusive Galleries Club lounges on their departure.

The centrepiece of the new British Airways Singapore Lounge is the Concorde Bar (BA)
Nicole Backo, British Airways’ regional general manager, South West Pacific, said “We are very excited to welcome back this incredible promotion which allows customers who book a Club World business class return ticket to enjoy a one-way upgrade to First for free. For no additional cost, customers can enjoy the absolute luxurious experience in First on one sector on their next flight to London, Europe or Singapore.”

“This promotion really is a ticket to exceptional comfort and impeccable service. Customers can dine in our exclusive first class restaurant in the sky, with a full ‘a la carte’ menu designed by leading chefs from around the world and only the finest of wines and champagne. They can enjoy a carefully selected collection of wellbeing essentials, a pair of wonderfully soft cotton pyjamas and sink into a quilted mattress and Egyptian cotton duvet for a dreamy night’s sleep. It really is the finest way to travel. Such offers are always extremely popular, so we encourage customers to book now to secure a seat,” said Backo.

1. Return flights in Club World business class from Sydney to the UK and Europe - The complimentary upgrade on flights to the UK and Europe is valid on one sector of the journey and are valid for travel from now until 31 March 2017. The return Club World fares start from $7,987.*

2. Return flights in Club World from Sydney to Singapore - The complimentary upgrade on flights to Singapore is valid on one sector of the journey and are valid for travel from now until 31 March 2017. The Club World fares start from $3,898.*

British Airways’ Executive Club and On Business members also have the added benefit of collecting triple Avios points through a promotion running from now until 11 December 2016. Please visit for more details.

Monday 26 September 2016

Rail enthusiasts heading to Goulburn for October long weekend


Goulburn is on track to host a celebration of 65 years of Streamlined locomotives in Australia next weekend, 1-3 October – the October long weekend.

The Streamliners 2016 event will be held at the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre and will see more than two dozen locomotives descend upon this regional centre. The event will bring both rail enthusiasts, families and those longing for a dose of nostalgia to celebrate one of the earliest revolutionary forms of transport.

Locomotives in an array of colour schemes and manufactured by numerous operators will be displaying their trains in Goulburn. An exciting itinerary is planed from sunrise to sunset, including a formal presentation of the streamliners, fireworks and the Streamliners 2016 Dance.

Wednesday 31 August 2016

THAI's 7-Day Flash Sale is on Now! Thailand, Asia or Europe, Travel to 30 Jun '17

THAI's 7-Day Flash Sale is on Now! Thailand, Asia or Europe, travel to 30 Jun '17.

Fares start from $748 return to Thailand ($677 from Perth) or from $1,137 return to Europe ($1,071 from Perth).

Deals are available for travel in Economy or Royal Silk Business Class.

Choose from over 60 destinations on the Thai Airways International network or explore more of Thailand and Asia via partnerships with Bangkok Airways; reach over 38 destinations in Europe and Scandinavia via partnerships with Lufthansa and Scandinavian Airlines or take advantage of Virgin Australia flights within Australia in conjunction with these great deals.

Find a deal to : Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Hong Kong and China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka and across Europe and the Middle East.

This short, sharp network-wide sale offers great savings for travellers planning a last minute trip before the end of 2016 or for those planning ahead for an escape in 2017.

THAI is a full-service carrier offering main meal choices, full beverage service, personal entertainment systems (all flights from Australia and to Europe), generous luggage allowances, frequent flyer mileage accrual, seat selection, special meal menu selection - all included in the cost of the airfares ticketed on this special fare promotion.

THAI is currently flying the following aircraft to/from Australia and Thailand:

Melbourne : Boeing 777 (the Airbus A350 is expected to commence flying in Sep '16 to be confirmed)
Brisbane : Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Sydney : Boeing 747
Perth : Boeing 787 Dreamliner

For more information, contact travel agents or visit

*Conditions apply. Fares quoted are based on travel from Melbourne or Perth to Bangkok or Stockholm, travel return in low season including taxes, Economy or Business Class. Fares are also available fro travel from Sydney and Brisbane. Departures are not permitted 01 Dec to 15 Jan '17 for Economy Class travellers.

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Dads Entice Kids with Overseas Trips for Quality Time

G Adventures, the world's largest adventure travel company, has found more fathers are paying for their son or daughter to come overseas with them in a bid to spend more time with their increasingly independent children.

The number of fathers booking overseas adventures with their adult children increased 17% between 2013 and 2015 and continues to grow as parents find they are spending less time with their millennial children.

But the duos are not looking for a typical fly-and-flop holiday, with fathers more likely to book an active adventure, explained Adrian Piotto, Managing Director G Adventures Australia and New Zealand.

“Our most popular trip for fathers and their adult children is definitely the Inca Trail in Peru. Travellers on this adventure often find that the extra support from a family member not only makes it easier to get to the top, but also makes the experience much more special.”

Adventures in Morocco and Antarctica are also popular among father-son and father-daughter travellers with G Adventures and the company has enjoyed overwhelming positive feedback from the pairs in all destinations.

“My dad found reaching the highest peak of the Inca Trail, Dead Woman's Pass, hard, and he took longer than the rest of the group. But, as he finished the last 50 metres he was cheered on the whole way by our G adventure group - all ages and nationalities. There were tears of joy from our younger Norwegian companions, and nearly from my Dad himself when he made it! The moment truly encapsulated the genuine feeling of community and togetherness of the group, and is one that I know I will never forget. A priceless experience,” Australian traveller Adam said who travelled on Amazon to the Andes with his dad.

“Reaching Machu Picchu and finishing the trek was one of the most emotional and rewarding experiences of my life. An added bonus was to spend two weeks with my son and share the excitement and thrills with him. The views where mind blowing,” Adam's father, Alan said.

Adventurers of all ages are catered for with G Adventures who offer Family style trips as well as Active and Classic trips and National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures which are proving very popular with all travellers.

For more information or to book a trip with G Adventures call 1300 796 618 or visit

Monday 29 August 2016

Picture Kangaroo Island like never before on new Photographic Tour

In a budding photographers dream, Kangaroo Island Odysseys has partnered with professional photographer, Andy Rasheed from EyeFood Photography, to offer an amazing three day, all inclusive, Kangaroo Island Photographic Tour. Tours are limited to only seven places and depart Saturday September 17th and 22nd October, 2016.

Over three days photography enthusiasts will visit popular and iconic locations such as Remarkable Rocks and Seal Bay Conservation Park, see amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes, as well as discovering some of Kangaroo Island's hidden gems all while learning to take better photographs and enjoying the beauty of South Australia's Kangaroo Island.

Andy will be on location with the intimate group to help mentor and develop photography skills with hands-on photographic tuition. Andy will also run various workshops over the three days focussing on philosophy and approach, using natural light, composition and night photography.

According to Donna Gauci, General Manager of SeaLink South Australia, "Andy was the perfect choice of photographer for this tour, as not only is he a specialist location photographer, but nature has been his constant theme throughout his career."

"We also wanted to keep these tours intimate so guests would really take away valuable photography lessons and receive that one-on-one mentoring from Andy. With only seven places available on each tour I think we will achieve this." Continues Donna.

As with all Kangaroo Island Odysseys tours, the group will be led by an experienced local guide who is passionate about Australia's native flora and fauna and knowledgeable about Kangaroo Island's wildlife and ecosystem.

The Photographic Tour will be transported around the island in a 4X4 modern luxurious vehicle exclusively designed to allow the group access to restricted areas of Kangaroo Island's national parks and private properties where native animals roam freely in their natural habitat.

The tour includes all meals and choice of accommodation at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in an Eco Lodge room or Courtyard suite.

The three day, all-inclusive Kangaroo Island Photographic Tour departs Saturday September 17th and 22nd October, 2016 and prices start from $1,959 per person, twin/double and from $2,159 per person in a single room.

Prices include return travel to Kangaroo Island with SeaLink (flight options available), travel in a luxury air-conditioned 4x4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter, 2 night's accommodation at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, nightly 2 course dinner, daily continental breakfast and lunches (with wine), refreshments, 3 days of photographic tuition and workshops on location, take photographs of iconic Kangaroo Island locations and supervised landscape and wildlife photography.

For bookings or further information visit


Wednesday 24 August 2016

Luxury Travel Magazine Spring Issue Out Now

On sale from 22 August, 2016

In the 67th issue of Luxury Travel magazine, we showcase the best scuba diving and snorkelling hot spots across the globe – locations where travellers can set out from a luxurious home base for truly remarkable underwater exploration and diving adventures.

We introduce a new regular section, Luxe for Less, this issue featuring luxury deals from around Australia. The new issue also includes our Annual Travel Planner Ski Calendar, outlining the best times to visit and places to stay at must-visit ski slopes in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, North America and Europe.

Also inserted in this issue is a 24-page supplement, South Africa Luxe For Less, outlining great value travel experiences and accommodation throughout South Africa. This Luxury Travel supplement showcases the best of South Africa, including the buzzing city of Johannesburg, beautiful Cape Town, action and adventure in and around Durban, the scenic Garden Route, rugged beauty in the Northern Cape, and includes an guide on how to plan an unforgettable safari.

In addition, we cover more luxury travel experiences, dining and accommodation in our regular sections including Suite Life, for the best suites in town; City Guide; Dispatches, for the latest luxury hotel openings, trends and refurbishments; Creative Traveller; High Flyer, for the latest flight news and business class reviews; and Epicurean Travels.

Luxury Travel magazine is a quarterly print publication now in its 16th year. It is produced in Sydney by Magnesium Media.

Silk Air makes Laos a little bit more accessible for Australians

Silk Air makes Laos a little bit more accessible for Australians

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, recently announced it will launch services from Singapore to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, from November 2016.

According to Asia travel specialists Insider Journeys, which have been operating regular tours in Laos since 1996, the services will positively impact visitor numbers to the country, which has traditionally been more difficult to access than its neighbours.

Unlike Vietnam and Cambodia, both of which have seen strong tourism arrivals in the last 10 years, aided by iconic tourist drawcards such as UNESCO-listed Halong Bay and Angkor Wat, Laos has remained somewhat of an intrepid destination for travellers seeking an 'off the beaten path' experience. This is despite having two UNESCO listings of its own: Luang Prabang town set on the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape.

"Without a doubt, the majority of our clients who have travelled to Laos with us rave about the place after they've been there," says Paul Hole, Managing Director of Insider Journeys.

"Luang Prabang is the country's standout destination, which is not surprising given its numerous attractions such as the atmospheric night-market, the fantastic dining options, and the many Buddhist temples filled with saffron-robed monks. Travellers are particularly entranced witnessing the monks make their pilgrimage through the village streets each morning to collect alms from devotees in the ancient ceremony called takbat."

The low number of Australian visitors, compared with Vietnam and Cambodia, can be partly attributed to the fact there are no direct flights from Australia to Laos.

"We've noticed that access has historically made it harder for Australians wanting to visit Laos," says Mark Lee, Laos Product Manager at Insider Journeys.

"The absence of direct flights or same-day connections by major airlines, especially to Luang Prabang, has been a deterrent for Australian travellers.

"While we encourage our clients to visit Indochina in one trip whenever possible to experience the diversity and beauty of Indochina, the logistics of flying in and out of Laos, and the need to sometimes backtrack overnight to Hanoi or Vientiane has discouraged travellers who are time-poor. We're really excited about this agreement between Silk Air and Lao Airlines, and think it will definitely strengthen the country's tourism arrival numbers."

Insider Journeys offer three standalone Laos small group journey itineraries, as well as a number of Indochina cross-border trips that include Vietnam and Cambodia. The new flights into Laos by SilkAir are ideal for the 6 day Highlights of Laos, 19 day Indochina Explorer and 15 day Vietnam & Laos Explorer small group journey itineraries.


Special offer

Insider Journeys is offering 15% off any Indochina Small Group Journey booked and deposited by 30 September 2016, for travel prior to 31 December 2016.

Normally from $6,395* per person twin share, save over $1,000 AUD per person, twin share on select departures of the 19 day Indochina Explorer Small Group Journey.

For details, visit:  


* From prices per person twin share. Subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified.


Low season apartment specials at Falls Creek

The Falls Creek Country Club has some sensational,  low season, mid-week self-contained apartment accommodation offers throughout September.

After about 45 cms of additional snowfall Victoria's most picturesque alpine resort is as good as it gets. All of its ski lifts are operating and the forthcoming spring season will be a good opportunity for skiers or snowboarders to experience the resort's array of slopes from beginner to more challenging options.

It is also a time to take advantage of some low-cost accommodation offers. A three bedroom midweek special offered by Falls Creek Country Club  (a well located apartment complex) costs only $75 per person per day – a saving of up to $465 per person.

Eight guests sharing a deluxe three bedroom, two bathroom, self-contained apartment for five nights including ski/board hire from $75 per person per day. Valid 11 September – 2 October

Direct bookings only.  Prices based on five night stay. Shorter stays available

Terms and conditions apply.

For more details call 03 5758 3391 or visit

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Europe river cruising deals

#Cruise Europe in Ultimate #Luxury

The slow travel movement might very well have its roots in river cruising. The gentle undulation of the river is an ideal way to meander through the continent, following the rich history and changing landscape of Europe at a more meaningful pace.
The famous rivers of Europe have seen empires rise and fall, and have endured through shifting borders and alliances. Seeing the continent from the water has its advantages too – small ships can traverse narrow passages and river cruising itineraries allow more frequent port stops to lesser-known locales to explore the countryside and charming towns along the way.
Not surprisingly, the romance of river cruising continues to swell the imagination of culturally curious Australian travelers. Regardless of which European region you choose, from an ever evolving range of inspired itineraries, this is sure to be a trip‑of‑a-lifetime.
Like the very rivers they cruise upon, each Europe river cruising operator has its own stories and unique character, which Travel Associates will help you discover.

Click the link below for comparisons between the companies and ask me any more specific questions, then click below for latest earlybird deals for next year, remember you don;t have to land and depart with the cruises to utilise the airfare deals.

Uniworld - Fly Business for $3,995

Book Your Travel with Wego