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Travel on pako

Cruiseabout’s Candice Free shares the highlights of her latest cruise to Vietnam and Cambodia.

For some people travel is all about the sightseeing, the food or the shopping – for me it’s about the local people as well as all of the above, of course.
I recently travelled with Travelmarvel, sister company to APT, on their 12-day Essential Vietnam and Cambodia trip which includes an eight-day Mekong River Cruise on the beautiful RV La Marguerite as well as a few days in each of Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap for some extra sightseeing and relaxation.
The highlight of the trip for me, were the people of Cambodia, they were so friendly, kind and hospitable. Remarkable when you consider that the horrors of the Khmer Rouge happened within our current generation.
The local guides used by Travelmarvel are so knowledgeable and share their own personal stories which makes your trip so much more than just seeing the places you have heard about; you truly gain an understanding of what happened from a locals’ perspective.
The 12-day Travelmarvel itinerary is at a relaxed pace with excursions most mornings, then back in time for lunch with time to relax in the middle of day, possibly by the pool on the sundeck and then another excursion in the afternoon.
The meals served aboard RV La Marguerite are a mix of local and Western dishes and are delicious – nothing was too much trouble for the lovely staff onboard.
The extra days in Ho Chi Minh City can involve an optional excursion to the notorious Cu Chi tunnels or can be spent exploring the many museums or perhaps indulging in some shopping or a massage.
Concluding your trip with some extra time at the beautiful Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap is well worth it, a sunrise expedition to the nearby Angkor Wat Temple complex is a must do and does not disappoint. Be sure to head to “Pub” Street for dinner, drinks and some shopping before you leave as well.
Travelmarvel currently have some amazing specials available for departures in both 2017 and 2018, so call the team at Cruiseabout Pakington Street on 1300 765 059 or come in and see us at 172 Pakington Street, opposite the Geelong West Town Hall.

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