Turkish Airlines & G Adventures Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand Fam - Tonle Sap
6th November 2017 - 5:00pm
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) reports directly from the Kingdom of Cambodia (or Kampuchea) where temperatures are 30 degrees (at night!) and we even enjoyed a drop of rain today, so rain ponchos were purchased all round! Everyone is in great spirits and embracing every element of this fascinating country – indeed one of G Adventures’ logos is ‘Embracing the Bizarre’ and we’ve had many opportunities to do just that! Our visit to New Hope Cambodia Foundation is a highly enriching and enlightening experience. New Hope Cambodia offers a unique chance to many poor village children to be educated (with volunteer teachers assisting locals) and there’s a wonderful scheme training teenagers in hospitality skills from kitchen chores to cooking to front-of-house and management skills. These children will go on to full employment later in restaurants and hotels. The charity restores hope, dignity and promise.
Another super boat trip to (not only Cambodia’s biggest inland lake, but the biggest lake in south Asia), Tonle Sap is a winner. With a floating market and fish farm, we see how the locals live on the water and even little toddlers hop from boat to boat as we would skip on the pavement. One young boy was paddling away in an upturned bucket! The lake sometimes dries up completely, so fishermen (and ingenious wives) turn to rice planting in the paddy fields. I think we were all humbled at the simplicity of this floating village and the modesty of local life. Poverty may be wretched, but they all seem so happy or, as our guide Thien says, they are all opstimistick!
Speaking to Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines), he informs me that South East Asia is a huge market for them with Istanbul as Europe’s largest hub (number 2 in the world). Covering Vietnam to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Turkish Airlines also flies to Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Mauritius. With 40 new Dreamliners on order, Turkish Airlines will certainly widen your world!
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