Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - ASK THE EX­PERT DOC HOL­I­DAY - KIM CU­LYER

We’re a group of gents who want to go on a trip to Hong Kong or Sin­ga­pore that in­cludes horse rac­ing. Are there any tours?


There are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy your pas­sion in these and loads of other coun­tries.

Have a look at Aus­tralian Rac­ing Tours (aus­tralian­rac­ing­, which is of­fer­ing an es­corted tour to the 2017 Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional in De­cem­ber. The tour in­cludes plenty of rac­ing, sightsee­ing and free time to ex­plore at leisure.

Am­bas­sador Travel (am­bas­sador­ also has a guided tour to the Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional, in­clud­ing grand­stand seat­ing at both the Jockey’s Cham­pi­onship Race day at Happy Val­ley and the In­ter­na­tional at Sha Tin. You can add on op­tional tours, such as Lan­tau Is­land, the Sym­phony of Lights Tour or a shop­ping tour to the main­land China city of Shen­zhen.

Ex­ten­sions to Beijing, Shanghai and Ma­cau are also pos­si­ble.

You can buy tick­ets to the Kranji Racecourse in Sin­ga­pore through the Sin­ga­pore Turf Club (tur­f­

You could also try Travel and Sports (trav­e­land­ who of­fer tai­lored itin­er­ar­ies.


I would like to take my 14-year-old daugh­ter to trek the Kokoda Trail with me. Do you fore­see any is­sues or have any tips?


This year is the 75th an­niver­sary of the Kokoda Cam­paign, which saw the al­lied forces trek the 96km sin­gle-file track, known as the Kokoda Trail, en­dur­ing ex­tremely harsh con­di­tions.

Many trav­ellers now un­der­take this chal­leng­ing en­durance trek for a per­sonal chal­lenge or fit­ness.

The trek can be­gin either on the Port Moresby side of the Owen Stan­ley Range, or from the Kokoda side, the most pop­u­lar and his­tor­i­cally cor­rect op­tion. This in­volves a 30-minute flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda, or there’s also the op­tion of start­ing at the half­way point of Efogi.

At a mod­er­ate pace, the trek usu­ally takes about 10 days, with itin­er­ar­ies gen­er­ally be­tween five and 10 nights. But this can also vary de­pend­ing on the high tem­per­a­tures and hu­mid­ity, plus the walker’s level of fit­ness.

The best time to go is be­tween April and Oc­to­ber. The main is­sue is your level of fit­ness. If you are at a mod­er­ate level or above and are both pre­pared to put in the sug­gested train­ing, I think it would be a great fa­ther-daugh­ter bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

If not, I sug­gest be­gin­ning with a less chal­leng­ing walk­ing tour, both phys­i­cally and men­tally.

With most trekking com­pa­nies, there is no age limit. For ex­am­ple, Kokoda Trekking’s (koko­da­ youngest par­tic­i­pant was seven years old and their old­est (so far) 81.

The re­quire­ment is that a mi­nor must walk with a par­ent or guardian and that all trekkers have a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate stat­ing they are fit and healthy enough to em­bark on the trail.

It is also rec­om­mended that your daugh­ter has a per­sonal porter to carry her pack, which will be about 12kg. The land­scape you’ll en­counter is rugged, muddy and moun­tain­ous.

Group porters will carry your food and cook­ing equip­ment, plus set up camp and help pre­pare your meals.

Some­times you will sleep in a tent and some­times there is the op­por­tu­nity to stay in a vil­lage guest­house.

Take a well-pre­pared first-aid kit con­tain­ing anti-di­ar­rhoea medicine, Band Aids, an­tibi­otics, in­sect re­pel­lent and sun­screen. A handy ad­di­tion to this are elec­trolyte tablets, which are eas­ily added to your wa­ter bot­tle and will keep you both well hy­drated.

I’d strongly rec­om­mend vis­it­ing a travel health spe­cial­ist at least eight weeks be­fore you de­part to check any re­cent dis­ease out­breaks and take on a course of anti-malar­ial med­i­ca­tion.

Travel in­sur­ance is ne­c­es­sary and you will re­quire a tourist visa. This can be ob­tained on ar­rival in Pa­pua New Guinea.


We are look­ing to hire a cou­ple of cot­tages in Eng­land in May. Do you have any favourite book­ing sites that you’ve been im­pressed with and have de­liv­ered what they prom­ise?


Bri­tain’s of­fi­cial tourism web­site, Visit Bri­tain (visitbri­ is full of prac­ti­cal and help­ful in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing re­gional guides and sug­gested ac­tiv­i­ties, de­signed to help plan your trip. There’s also an ex­ten­sive ac­com­mo­da­tion list­ing which might have what you’re look­ing for.

Cir­cle Ho­tels (www.cir­cle­ho­tels is an­other site to pe­ruse for a port­fo­lio of more than 700 in­de­pen­dently owned prop­er­ties. The com­pany also partners with lo­cal tour op­er­a­tors to of­fer sightsee­ing op­tions.

Hol­i­day Cot­tages UK (hol­i­day­ has a wide range of cot­tages for rent and you can spec­ify pa­ram­e­ters in­clud­ing how far you want to be from the shop or pub and whether there are wa­ter views or fish­ing nearby.


I am vis­it­ing Chile, Peru, Ar­gentina and Brazil with a tour in Septem­ber. What cur­rency should I take? Is the US dol­lar ac­cept­able in these coun­tries or will I re­quire lo­cal cur­ren­cies? What are the tem­per­a­tures like at that time of year?



You can read­ily change US dol­lars into the lo­cal cur­rency in each of these coun­tries. You can also with­draw lo­cal cash from an ATM.

Chile in Septem­ber has tem­per­a­tures from about 7C to 20C. It will be sim­i­lar in Peru and Ar­gentina, while Brazil should be slightly warmer at about 25C dur­ing the day.

Nat­u­rally, tem­per­a­tures will vary ac­cord­ing to your lo­ca­tion, whether you are by the sea or in the moun­tains, so it is ad­vis­able to layer your cloth­ing.

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