Terry's Travel Tips
Anyone contemplating taking a coach tour with Trafalgar Tours, may be interested in this information
Luggage: To make your tour more comfortable, Trafalgar passengers are requested to bring: One piece of luggage with dimensions not exceeding 30"x18"x10" (76x46x25cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23kg). One piece of hand luggage per person with dimensions not exceeding 12"x11"x6" (30x28x14cm)
*A charge of up to US$5 per traveling day will be collected by the Tour Director if a second piece of baggage is carried, or if the suitcase exceeds the established weight and/or dimensions. Also, we cannot guaranteed that more than one suitcase will be carried. You should also check with your airline regarding luggage restrictions
as regulations may vary.
*Hand luggage with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments of coaches and can therefore not be accepted as carry-on luggage for safety reasons.
More Luggage info from Ryanair
One of the largest European low cost airlines, Ryanair is thinking of getting passengers to start carrying their own luggage all the way to the plane. This is because Ryanair is thinking about getting rid of the need for baggage handlers. This could help to save the airline itself even more money.
The Chief Executive, Michael O'Leary, said that they would like to be able to tell the passengers to carry their bags down through airport security. There they can leave it by the steps, and they will put it on the aircraft. Along with saving the airline money, it could even end up saving the passengers money in the long run. This could make the low cost airline even cheaper to fly with.
Here is the next segment of the "Round the world" trip by Sheila Moscoe we started in NetLetter nr 1064.
One more sea day as we headed around the south coast of Vietnam and westward to Cambodia (population almost 14 million). Our next port of call was Sihanoukville in southern Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand. This former seaside town of Kompong Som did not become the port of Sihanoukville until 1955. When French Indochina broke up in 1954, Cambodia could no longer send its commerce down the Mekong, since the mouth of the river was now entirely inside Vietnam. Prince Norodom Sihanouk opened a new commercial port here, named after himself, with the help of French engineers.
The port boasts an average of 310 sunny days per year and it usually rains only at night! It is considered one of the most beautiful and enchanting towns in the country with various beaches and resorts. We took an organized tour this time and were able to get around to see the Buddhist temples, such as the Wat Leu which overlooks the port and town from a hill 430 feet high. The children mob the tourists with trinkets to sell and ask for money. We were swarmed sometimes, but managed to "escape" unscathed. We also visited a home to about 20 family members who showed us how they
live in their house on stilts. Lots of cute children, who didn't mob us this time.
They had a small table set up where they sell some local goods to their neighbours.The highlight of the tour was a visit to a primary school where we were able to go inside the classrooms to see how these adorable children wearing uniforms were taught.They were very disciplined.They had a lovely library next to the classrooms.
Once again, took lots of pictures.
The last part of the tour we went to a seaside luxury resort with an exquisite pool and beach. I was fortunate enough to have time to go into the sea and relax on a chaise on the beach for a few minutes with a cold drink of coca cola! We had a few minutes to visit a local market, however, nothing could compare to the market in Saigon, so we were not able to buy anything touristy. But, it was interesting to see the fish/meat area, clothes, girls having pedicures and manicures, getting their hair washed, all this happening as we walked along the aisles.
Back to the ship for an early evening departure. It was a lovely day with temps around 30C. We had another sea day sailing North Westerly to Thailand where we docked at Laem Chabang, but Bangkok is always shown as the port. However, it was at least 2 1/2 hours away by bus!
Since we've been to Bangkok quite a few times, we elected to take the free Princess shuttle to Pattaya beach which was close by. This place was a haven during the Vietnam War days but it's all changed now with high rise hotels, and lots of street merchants on the sidewalks, and beach restaurants on the beach, of course! We walked our feet off and shopped for CDs and souvenirs and ate at a local cafe on the street side. Food was deelish and so was the Thai Singha beer! We finished off the day at a beautiful hotel pool where towels were provided for us. It was like a retreat after being out on the streets all day. I didn't tell you about Bangkok, but next time I go there, I will!
Once again, we took the free Princess shuttle back to the ship.
By the way, these shuttles are only mentioned in the newsletter (Princess Patter), the night before we dock. I'm sure they want as many passengers to take the Princess paid tours first!
Well, I think that should be enough reading for awhile. I'll write you again with our next ports of call.
Hope you enjoy reading these letters as much as I like writing them.
(We hope that you find this trip report by Sheila interesting and informative if you are contemplating such a trip - eds)