Where are our travels taking us ?
Sunday 16th October- Me and ers Off
Leave UK @ 16.45 from Heathrow on overnight BA39 flight to Beijing arriving 09.30 local time.
17th to 20th October
Arrive Beijing staying at the Courtyard 7 Hotel . Trips to The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square etc.
Overnight Sleeper to Xi’an
21st to 23rd
Arrive Xi’an staying at The Grand Mercure
Trip to the famous Terracotta Army etc.
Overnight Sleeper to Shanghai
24th to 26th October
Arrive Shanghai staying at The Riverview Hotel on the Bund
Leave Shanghai 19.45 local on overnight Quantas QF130 flight to Brisbane via Sydney (change to QF 524) arriving Brisbane 12.35 local. (ugh long day/night)
27th October to November 11th
Staying with Irene’s sister, Anne, just outside Brisbane visiting various places, relatives (Irene’s nieces, nephew and cousin)
Leave Brisbane at 09.55 to Cairns QF782
11th to 16th November
Arrive Cairns and pick up hire car and travel to Port Douglas staying By The Sea. Relax and visit Barrier Reef and Rain Forests.
Leave Cairns for Melbourne at 12.40 on QF 703
16th to 19th November
Arrive Melbourne 17.00 local staying at The Puntill South Yarra Grand. Meeting Irene’s Nephew, Andrew.
Leave Melbourne at 08.30 on flight QF416 to Sydney
19 th to 26th November
Staying in Sydney with friends Chris and Martin ( who live in Nice for half the year – permanent summer). Doing the delights of Sydney and environs.
Leave Sydney 16.25 for Singapore arriving at just 21.35 !! QF 319. Actually an 8 hour flight.Staying at The Goodwood Park Hotel.
26th to 28th November
Brief stay in Singapore. Just watched the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore. City looks great. Only 2 nights stay so just one day to explore the shopping and great looking buildings.
28th to 30th November
Early day train to Kuala Lumpar ( from now on known as KL). Staying at The Royale Chulan Hotel. Day and a bit sight seeing. We are coming back !
Leave KL at 14.55 on Air Asia flight AK882 to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
30th to 4th December
Staying in Ho Chi Minh City at the Lan Lan 1 Hotel. Sight seeing around city. Night away from hotel and staying on board boat on the Mekong Delta.
4th to 6th December
Leave for Phnom Penh (Cambodia) overland by bus. About 6 hours. Arrive and staying at The Villa Paradiso
6th to 8th December
Leave for Siem Reap (still Cambodia) again another 6 hours overland by bus. Staying at the Golden Temple Hotel. Visit the Angor Wat Temples
8th to 9th December
Fly back to KL on Air Aisia flight AK1481 and stay at the The Traders Hotel . Another day to explore KL before flying off pm
9th to 14th December
Afternoon Air Asia flight AK824 to Phuket and make our way for 5 days rest at the Ayara Hilltops Resort on Surin Beach (Overlooking the beach so the Tsunami won’t get us)
14th to 16th December (Irene’s birthday)
Fly to Bangkok on Air Asia flight FD3026 and stay at the Chatrium Riverside Hotel for our last 2 nights.
Leave Bangkok on Quantas Airways flight QF301 at the awful hour of 00.10 in the morning arriving Heathrow at 05.00 am shattered ! Home sweet Home.