CRUISE A LESS TRAV­ELLED RIVER

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET | MEKONG RIVER -

Lux­ury cruise lovers are set­ting their sights on Asia to get more bang for their hol­i­day buck. Annabel Tid­marsh, first and busi­ness class travel ex­pert from Flight Cen­tre in Bris­bane, has seen a huge rise in in­ter­est for Mekong River cruises dur­ing the past cou­ple of years. “The Aus­tralian traveller th­ese days is more in­ter­ested in get­ting off the beaten track, whereas when I started in the in­dus­try al­most six years ago, peo­ple were in­ter­ested in head­ing over to Europe or Amer­ica and hit­ting those bucket-list lo­ca­tions. Now they’ve been there, done that, and want to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing dif­fer­ent. It’s a lux­ury way to travel through Asian coun­tries that are some­times seen as an ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion, but the Mekong cruises make it more of a five-star des­ti­na­tion. The big­gest tip is to make sure you pick the cruise line or tour­ing com­pany to fit your style. G Ad­ven­tures does a great three-star op­tion for the younger ad­ven­ture-style traveller … but if you’re used to hav­ing five-star every­thing … go for a Scenic or an APT.”

CE­LESTE MITCHELL

* FLIGHT CEN­TRE BRIS­BANE, PH (07) 3199 6580

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