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Travelling by Boat in Vietnam Apr 23

The sights you’ll see looking out of your Vietnam hotel room window will be vastly different to the view you’ll get when experiencing this beautiful country by boat. In fact, taking a boat ride in Vietnam is really a must. Just like when you are staying in Gold Coast apartments with beach views and a ride on the Aquaduck is a prerequisite for your holiday, so too a boat ride in Vietnam.

There are plenty of boat services which run between the mainland and the islands in Vietnam. Getting around from one place to another by boat is also rather cheap too. If you want to take a less scenic approach to your boat ride, take the express boat service between Vung Tao and Con Dao and between Rach Gia and Phu Quoc.

Ha Long Bay

Take a glimpse at the nature limestone wonders of Ha Long Bay. It’s full of limestone karsts and islands, each ranging in size and shape. Take a tour by boat and experience sandy beaches, freshwater swamp forests and freshwater lakes. There are plenty of tours you can take by boat which will ensure you don’t miss out on any of the beautiful sights here in one of the most popular spots to visit in Vietnam.

Travelling by Boat in Vietnam

Travel Along the Mekong River

Running through Vietnam, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia the Mekong River is the longest in south-east Asia. It’s simply brimming with history, culture and opulent natural beauty. There are many different tours you can take, starting at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for instance, to enjoy a portion of what the river has to offer. Take a ferry, small boat, raft or cruiser depending on the type of experience you want to have. Here is what you can expect:

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A Seafaring History of Portland, Victoria Apr 18

The city of Portland is home to the only deep-water port between Melbourne and Adelaide. It is located on the far south-west coast of Victoria, midway between Port Fairy and the small town of Nelson, which is near the state border with South Australia. It is also the international gateway for the Green Triangle region.

The port handles bulk commodities in agricultural, forestry, mining, aluminium and fertiliser products. It also exports grain, woodchips, logs, aluminium ingots, livestock and timber products. Imports include alumina, liquid pitch, petroleum coke, sulphuric acid and fertiliser products.

Today, Portland is also known as Victoria’s second fishing port with professional fishing fleets and vessels. Locals and many of the tourists who stay at a Portland hotel also fish for King George whiting, snapper, kingfish, flathead, morwong and bluefin tuna.

Portland, Victoria

Naming the Port

The port’s history started in 1800 when Lieutenant James Grant sailed the Lady Nelson there. He named it Portland Bay in honour of His Grace, the Duke of Portland. By the early 1800s, whalers and dealers took anchorage shelter in Portland while working the strong waters of Bass Strait.

The First Settler

A British man called Edward Henty, who migrated to Western Australia with his family in 1829, arrived at Portland Bay in 1834 during his 34-day voyage of the Thistle. He became the first permanent settler in the Port Phillip district, which was later known as Victoria. His brother, Francis, later joined him to ferry additional stocks and supplies. Soon after, they established a landing place at Portland Bay, which eventually became the town of Portland. Whaling captain, William Dutton, was also a resident.

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Staying In Touch on Holidays Apr 12

While enjoying holidays, most people at some point want to contact home to tell friends and family that everything is going well. Fortunately, there is a myriad of ways that people can communicate with each other these days, and staying in touch is easier than ever. The following are the best ways that you can touch base with friends and family while you’re on holidays.

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Postcards and Letters

Sending and receiving letters or a postcard is an old-fashioned style of communication but for many it is still the best way of generating and maintaining a closer relationship with someone. Postcards are great for on-the-go travelers who don’t have a lot of time to write a long letter, but they still give people at home a good idea of the fun you are having on your trip. Writing letters is the ultimate way to send someone a thoughtful and personal message, and there is nothing better than receiving a letter from a loved one in the mail.



There was a time when calling home from overseas wasn’t a viable option simply because of connectivity and cost concerns. Nowadays, however, calling home on the phone is a great option for travellers wanting to catch up with friends and family no matter where they are in the world. Thanks to the many international calling services that are now available, people can catch up quickly and enjoy hearing a familiar voice on the line.

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