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Changing flight date

Had to change my economy flight date, went to Phu Quoc airport counter and Vietnam Airlines took care of it, they put me on the next flight and with no fee. You can be delayed/cancelled by overpriced Qantas / Jetstar or you can use Vietnam Airlines – and just go. 🤠

 

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My Travel Philosophy

“I’m blissfully not addicted to other peoples’ opinions.”
I choose where I go, and enjoy what I choose. 🤠

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TRAVEL WEBSITES: WHAT CAN WE BELIEVE?

I have been banging on for at least 5 years, about the huge flaw in travel websites such as Tripadvisor: they are too open to manipulation. See the newdaily.com report: https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/consumer/2018/07/31/meriton-penalty-misleading-tripadvisor/

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QANTAS DIRECT PERTH-LONDON. A REAL REVIEW…

No 17-hour flight is fun. As a travel editor  I’ve done plenty, in First/Business Class, paid by the airlines. Here’s the real story, you’re unlikely to see in Traveller, Escape or on TV…

Qantas flights direct from London to Perth – we reveal the hell of flying non-stop for 17 hours from Australia in economy on the UK’s longest route

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QANTAS PAYOUT FOR SACKING ‘STOLI’ STEALING STEWARD

I’m siding with Qantas on this one. The steward, let’s call him “Stoli”, stole little bottles of vodka, gin and beer, and lied. Stoli worked for Qantas for 28 years… how many did he “acquire” over that time? The Fairfax story implies it could be endemic: 3 crew on the same flight caught by random. Passenger always pays for it in airfares…

http://www.theage.com.au/business/aviation/payout-for-qantas-flight-attendant-sacked-over-a-round-of-drinks-20161129-gt0il4.html?deviceType=text

 

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NO MERIT FOR MERITON SERVICED APARTMENTS

In the Digital Age we rely too much on travel review sites, such as TripAdvisor. Always be wary that the reviews can be easily manipulated. Here is a Fairfax Media report, of a court case involving Meriton Serviced Apartments:

http://www.smh.com.au/business/developer-lands-in-court-after-accc-claims-email-tweak-helped-it-duck-bad-reviews-20161124-gswnbd

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Protect the Barrier Reef: Labor? Liberals? Greens? Anyone?

Fairfax Media, June 21, 2016

Fairfax Media, June 21, 2016 

Facebook  May 30, 2016: The Great Barrier Reef  is Australia’s most precious asset. The Reef’s importance transcends fleeting social issues, media whinge-of-the-day, corporate greed etc. Genuine action to save the Reef would be an election winner: Redeploy the CSIRO back from profit to preservation, leave the Greens dreaming, stop arming public servants with foreign weapons to fend off asylum seekers, and spend taxpayers’ money here in Australia to preserve Australia…

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Real travel story …

In the increasingly publicity skewed world of travel writing, here is a real, everyday experience that is uplifting and inspirational. Reported in Fairfax Media:

http://m.theage.com.au/victoria/in-the-sky-above-melbourne-special-needs-teacher-comes-to-the-rescue-20160501-goj8k7.html

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Sihanoukville stands at tourism’s crossroads

 

Like Bali in the 1970s, Phuket in the 1980s, and Goa in the early 2000s, Cambodia’s Sihanoukville is now THE coastal destination in Asia. It is still unspoilt by the unfortunate excesses of successful tourism; here you can enjoy the clear, warm, aquamarine sea of the Gulf of Thailand; loll about on the soft, sandy beaches; pay reasonable a price for accommodation; buy a plate of freshly cooked noodles for US$2.50 or steamed crab for US$8; a large, local, cold beer for US$1; the pesky tuk tuk drivers will smile if you merely say “not today thanks mate”; courteous, friendly staff whom you can trust to give you the correct change; did I mention cold beer for just US$1?

Sihanoukville is about a 4-hour drive from central Phnom Penh, in a VIP mini-bus for US$10; or cheaper and an hour or so longer by large coach; or 3 hours in a taxi for US$50 which is ok if shared by three people. The speed limit has been reduced to 70kmh – as the Cambodian government deals with one of Asia’s worst road tolls – so take a good book, sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip. I suggest a seat at the back, so you don’t have to watch the driver’s constant game of “who overtakes who”.

Also noticeable is the genuine effort by Sihanoukville locals to keep the place clean. Anyone who’s ever travelled in Asia knows that municipal services such as rubbish collection are an alien concept. But not so here, and in the capital Phnom Penh, where local traders use old truck tyres converted into rubbish receptacles. How’s that for recycling! On Sundays, groups of young Cambodians in blue T-shirts walk along Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Beach, picking up rubbish. I didn’t have the same impression in Siem Reap though, where every empty block of land obviously equates to a free rubbish tip for locals.

I’m not sure how the local traders, bars, restaurants etc will fare, as more Chinese tourists come in large groups. Whereas the traditional European, Australian, and New Zealand visitors tend to come individually or as couples – and Cambodians come annually to holiday as a family – the Chinese prefer the large tour groups. They arrive en masse. I enjoy the “group tour experience” – an APT Mekong River Cruise, an AAT Kings Darwin-to-Broome tour (when I broke my leg on the first day of the 11-day tour… but that’s another story), a Scenic Tours trip across Spain, are just a few examples – but Sihanoukville has not been geared to cater for such tourism. It’s appeal lies with the small, friendly bars/eateries lining the beach – each one sets up a barbecue and dining tables on the sand as they compete to attract guests – and the ad hoc guesthouse/bar/eatery options that give character to the busy Beach Road that leads down to the sea. Already, large Las Vegas-style hotels and casino resorts are being built, just a block back from the beach, to ostensibly cater for coach-loads of Chinese tourists: a destination destined for slot machines and casinos. Sihanoukville’s challenge is to successfully manage this tourism transition…

The magenta hue of sunset on Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville

The magenta hue of sunset on Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville

Pleasant walks along the beachfront in the cool evening breeze, Sihanoukville

Pleasant walks along the beachfront in the cool evening breeze, Sihanoukville

Cheap and tasty beach barbecues are still part of the appeal of Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Cheap and tasty beach barbecues are still part of the appeal of Sihanoukville, Cambodia

The serenity of Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville, remains unspoilt by mass tourism. But developers are moving in, and this change needs to be managed carefully.

The serenity of Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville, remains unspoilt by mass tourism. But developers are moving in, and this change needs to be managed carefully.

The future: large, resort -type casinos with slot machines to tap into the growing Chinese tourism market are replacing the traditional, quaint, ramshackle appeal of Sihanoukville, Cambodia

The future: large, resort -type casinos with slot machines to tap into the growing Chinese tourism market are replacing the traditional, quaint, ramshackle appeal of Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Up goes another large hotel to cater for the upsurge in Chinese tourists at Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Up goes another large hotel to cater for the upsurge in Chinese tourists at Sihanoukville, Cambodia

 

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Qantas promises free, fast, wi-fi

Good news from Qantas: the airline will provide free, fast, onboard wi-fi on domestic flights in 2017.  Qantas says the new service will be “up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board wi-fi”. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said it would be free – presumably it will be included in the airfare rather than as an user-pays option.

“As a premium carrier, delivering value for money to our customers is extremely important to us. That’s why we’ll be offering access to wi-fi for free, on top of all the other things that are included when you fly Qantas,” Mr Joyce said.

Hopefully, Qantas budget airline subsidiary Jetstar will do the same… 

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QANTAS TO BRING FAST, FREE INFLIGHT WI-FI TO AUSTRALIAN SKIES

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