Monday, 28 September 2009

Aussie dollar deals, bag a Twingo


John Crook

Go visit Borneo

If you have ever wanted to hang out with Orang-utans this may be the answer.  There's a beaut cruise taking in some of the high spots of SE Asia.    Vietnam, Laos and Bprneo await.  Some decent deals too.  A seven-night highlights of Vietnam tour may be accessed.  Priced from $1273 includes a 10% saving when you book and travel pre October 31.  A deal is also on offer for a classic Laos package.  Likewise that date with the Orang-utans.  Check them out by visiting or telephone 1300 363 055.

A remarkable Oz tour

This one could easily be billed as a must-do tour.  It's an exclusive Australian tour flying a Dash-8 aircraft to the  Bungles, Kakadu, Ayers Rock,- and the ports of call just go on and on.  Prices start from $11,990 per person, however prices are subject to change and availability. Check out the various departure dates and get full details on what is included.  It's enough to make me want to join you.  Telephone 1800 044 066 for the total story.

Chefs and cooks

Singapore again wins the prize with its line-up of cooking classes.   Some of the operators include Coriander Leaf Cooking School with half-day courses highlighting the best in South Asia, SE Asian, Middle Eastern and fusion cooking.  Check this one out by visiting   I have done the at-sunrice Cooking Studio which offers a hands-on food experience.  Well worth a look.  Check it out on

Getting married

Lions roaring at night forms part of the excitement associated with the romance of the African bush.  One organization is cashing in on the magic of marriage and Africa.  The ultimate honeymoon awaits the adventurous  and the romantic.  A sample itinerary could include two weeks in South Africa with four nights at the luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Capetown.  Set the itinerary to include wine tours to rose-petal turndowns.

Days spent in luxury keeps such as Bushmans Kloof and Sabi Sabi.

Game drives, great cuisine, through to real pampering and everything which goes with it. Check out the options of this super luxury suggestion by visiting

If you are into schoolies

Where it all started, - the Gold Coast and already a list of suggestions which should keep every participant happy.  There is a range of good value getaways for the 2010 celebration.  This is an assignment that should be enacted upon, and quickly.  Try this one for size.  Surfspray Court which is a low-rise resort close to all of the action, priced from $395 per person for seven nights in a one-bedroom apartment. The 2010 event is still a year off, yet bookings have been fast and furious. Check out

And, this one

Our dollar is working wonders at the moment heralding a massive surge in lease-car bookings for those of us travelling to Europe.  Holidaymakers just need to book and pay before October 30 for collection of a vehicle up to and including December 31 this year,  to enjoy some real savings. The Renault Eurodrive leasing program has been operating since (believe it or not) 1955. For all the details contact your travel agent or ring toll-free 1300 55 11 60, or go visit

And, a final comment

Having last week travelled on the Brisbane-Avalon operator, namely  JetStar, I could not find even the tiniest of fault in any sector of the trip.  Even the security folk operating at the Avalon end had smiles on their faces.  Service aboard the cut-price airline was faultless.  Mine was a paid air fare, so I hand out the plaudits and the awards as a paying customer.  Good one JetStar.

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  This information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agency.   Block out periods may apply.    Need a holiday ?  We're archived on