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Good Morning Vietnam...on the G Adventures/Turkish Airlines Fam

8th October 2017 - 8:38pm

Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines) John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) get into the Viet style!

Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines) John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) get into the Viet style!

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) reports exclusively directly from South East Asia to give you the full lowdown on our amazing experiences in Vietnam. With Turkish Airlines super smooth and comfortable flights via Istanbul, we land in Ho Chi Minh City or, if you prefer to be romantic, the former Saigon. What an assault on the senses - heat, humidity, riotous colour, pure cacophony of sound, 42 million motorcycles (I kid you not and it’s like they all travel at the same time!), exotic food aromas and market smells and a G Adventure ahead of us! Vietnam, situated on the South China sea, is an utterly beautiful country with a compelling history, so this intrepid troupe of travellers is set to go. With Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines) and John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) at the helm, our hardy group of adventure seekers (all the way from the Emerald Isle) is ready for action. Let’s hope South East Asia is ready for us!

 

We set out for the Chu Chi tunnels (approx 70 kms north of Saigon) - a serious first adventure where we creep through the forest, learn of the devastating war and experience the sheer ingenuity of the Viet Cong in their valiant attempts to keep the US army at bay. Some brave (or foolhardy!) souls were lowered into the tunnels to fully experience the sensations and strictures of these narrow underground passages. Our marvellous G Adventures guide, Thien, recounts how two ‘tunnel rats’, the name given to US soldiers who were small enough to access the tunnels, returned to Vietnam just last year to re-visit the scene. Where 100 tons of bombs fell, Cu Chi was the HQ for the guerrilla fighters. Doubtless, a harrowing memory for all involved.

 

Back in Ho Chi Minh City, the group has a city tour on bicycles visiting the local market (where some were dragged away from striking bargains!), Notre Dame Church and the Post Office designed by Gustav Eiffel.


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Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines) John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) get into the Viet style!
Chani Anderson (Trailfinders Cork) Angela Walsh (Travelfox Cork) Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz) Jackie Sheehan (Tropical Sky Cork) Lynne Casey (Fahy Travel Galway)
There are ten million bicycles in.... - 42 million in Saigon!
Whaddya mean we don't get an upgrade? John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) gently persuades Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines)
Group at Cu Chi Tunnels
Spot the soldiers! John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) Lynne Casey (Fahy Travel Galway)
John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) with his guerilla girlfriend!
Local colour
A recce for a new honeymoon destination? David O'Hagan (Donabate Travel) Philip Airey (Sunway)
I'm a travel agent - get me outta here! David O'Hagan (Donabate Travel) Jackie Sheehan (Tropical Sky Cork) Philip Airey (Sunway) John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) Angela Walsh (Travelfox) Alper Sean Hackett (Turkish Airlines)
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz) Angela Walsh (Travelfox Cork) Philip Airey (Sunway) John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures)

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