Peter & Rhonda PRETTY


Peter & Rhonda PRETTY

Peter and Rhonda retired in June 2008.
Having decided that they want to see more of this fantastic country, they bought a 23' Jayco Sterling caravan fitted with full ensuite, a couple of slide-outs , washing machine and a few other handy conveniences. Now that most of Australia (well, sort of) has been covered, the world beckons.
Our plan is to visit our chosen countries to explore their appeals and differences and at the same time meeting interesting people, both local and fellow travellers>

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap May 6th 2014

Monday 10th March Having finished breakfast, our last meal on RV Amalotus, we disembarked and passed through a guard of honour manned by the crew. A few gratuities were handed out here and there to our favourites. It was the start of an extremely tiring thirty six hours. We boarded our buses (we were moored in Kampong Cham) and set out on the five hour journey to Siem Reap (See-em Ree-ep). On the way we passed through quite a few towns and saw Cambodians more dependent on agriculture than fishing and trading on the Mekong. Our first touring location was the Spean Praptos Bridge (Kampong K dei. A relic from the Khmer Empire). The bridge is a functional survivor from the 12th century. It was amazing to see the stone structure in such terrific ... read more
Angkor Wat Sunrise
Early Sunup
Spean Praptos Bridge

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh April 22nd 2014

Thursday 6th March Phnom Penh presented itself as a relatively clean city, well laid out with wide streets. It was a surprise, as Cambodia is known as a poor country. Hoa discovered that the Royal Palace was closed for the morning so the agenda was rotated so we could go there in the afternoon. Our Cambodian guide is called Tra and he loaded us onto a bus at the wharf to head firstly for the S21 Detention Centre (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) and then on to the Killing Fields. Pol Pot was educated (to Uni level without getting a degree) who shunned publicity but was obviously a leader of men with charisma. His plan for Cambodia was horrendous! The S21 Detention Centre was a former school converted into a prison primarily ... read more
Cambodian Massed Grave
Temporary Mekong Bridge (rebuilt every year)
Anyone for fertile duck egg?

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta April 21st 2014

Monday 3rd March We were welcomed aboard by invitation into the Saigon lounge to have a Welcome drink (or two … or three!) followed by lunch in the Mekong Restaurant on board. After lunch the anchor was raised and our ship was headed for Cai Be. As usual, settling in took time that included the welcome drink, unpacking, briefings and exploring the ship took up most of the afternoon. There are now 119 APT Tourists on board so our original group of 38 has been outnumbered with 2 newcomers for every one of us. It’s not a problem though as RV Amalotus is very spacious. The additional numbers come from new arrivals into Saigon, another group that has been following us and a group doing a Botanical Tour. So, for us, many more people to get ... read more
Floating Wholesale Market
Rhonda's Rickshaw
Fresh Herbs at the market

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 11th 2014

HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) Saturday 1st March We’ve been to the north and now the centre so our next move is to the south. Saigon here we come! After a delay of half an hour Vietnam Airlines ferried us on to Ho Chi Minh City. We were impressed by the airline with its very new planes and the on board service. By the time we were settled in the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and settled down, we were ready to step out and look around. Saigon has a population of around 8 million but, even so, it is more orderly than Hanoi. There is a population of 90 million in Vietnam and 35 million motorbikes and scooters. The real challenge is cross the road with cars, motor bikes and push ... read more
Nui Dat. Near Long Tan
Vietnam Vets lay a wreath in Long Tan
Luscombe Airstrip is now a road near Nui Dat

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast March 11th 2014

HUE’ Friday 28th February Our next port of call is the old capital of Vietnam called Hue (whey). It was the home of the Nguyen (phonetically the ‘win’) dynasty. The trip passed ‘China Beach’ (now called Lang Co Beach by the Vietamese). The Chinese are not well liked by the people of Vietnam so whilst China beach is on the South China Sea, the Vietnamese only recognise the Eastern Sea and not the South China Sea. It’s all very complex. As we pressed on we found ourselves in the Hai Van Pass and entering a 6 klm long tunnel built by the Japanese. From this mountain range we were able to see the ocean waterfront and inland freshwater lakes at the sam... read more
Hue Citadel
Emperor and Empress of Hue
Dragon Fly

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast March 10th 2014

HOI’ AN’ The drive from Da Nang lasted about half an hour. After checking in we met for dinner at one of the restaurants at our hotel (Anantara). The hotel is very central to the town but about 5klm from ‘China Beach’. We will visit there in a few days. Once again we were served a huge meal. Discretion overcame valour and again a lot of food was left ‘for the cook’. Bed time again, and, boy were we ready! Wednesday 26th February Well, we love the food, and today we are going to find out how to select the ingredients and learn how to prepare a meal for ourselves. At 8.45am the lined us up and away we w... read more
Peanuts!  This is how they grow.
Pluck a duck
Hoi An market

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast February 27th 2014

HA LONG BAY Monday 24th February It was and early start for the 3.5 hour bus trip to Ha Long Bay. Wake up call at 6am, bags out at 7am and on the road at 8am. Monday morning and the traffic was incredible! Fortunately it was far worse for those going into the city than for us. It was our first real look at the rice paddies and vegetable gardens that followed the road all the way. The weather was still foggy and damp but the temperature a mild 17-18c. On the way we had a ‘happy room’ stop at a large complex set up to employ disadvantaged young people. They made most of the product available for sale and the quality was very good. The complex was modern and ... read more
Fruit Carving
Bat Cave on a Ha Long island
Rhonda in Ha Long Bay

Asia » Vietnam February 22nd 2014

Melbourne – Singapore – Hanoi Wednesday 19th February 2014. It’s 6.16pm. A response to the doorbell identifies Jason at the door to pick us up and head for Tullamarine Airport. We are leaving at 1.05am the next day so we thought an easy dinner at Three Wild Ducks fifty metres up the road was in order. Why not? So in a pleasant prelude we did just that and then headed off to the airport. Every thing went like clockwork. It’s surprising how time evaporates when you go to the airport. Half hour before the check-in begins! Second in the queue so luggage goes into the dim dark recesses of the storage unit for the journey only to be last out at the other end when you are beginning to believe that your ... read more
Flower display stand in Singapore Airport
Red bridge to the island
A Pretty Viet

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mount Eliza October 15th 2010

Well, this is it, we’re homeward bound! After five very eventful months there are a few regrets that it is all coming to an end. We have circled the country except for 600 klms between Mt Isa and Three Ways (NT) in our rig. Both the car and the van have more than met our expectations. We plan to cover those 600 klms in 2011 when we are bound for Cooktown. BROKEN HILL The trip to Broken Hill from Hawker was a typical 420 klms day seeing us in for lunch. We crossed to the Barrier Highway and that became an easy and relatively flat road (even though through some mountain ranges). Having stopped for a coffee at Yunta, we were surprised to see David, Carole and Kristie Small walk in. They had spotted our rig ... read more
Dragon Fly
Desert Pea

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Hawker October 6th 2010

We spent our last day in Alice Springs around the town centre and, among other things, walked to the top of Anzac Hill to look down on Alice Central and the surrounding landscape. It was a bit rainy and overcast. It had always been our intention to go back to Alice since we first visited in the early ‘Nineties. We enjoyed the stay and feel we know the area very well now. It is amazing though how the recent rains have turned what is widely known as the ‘Red Centre’ into a ‘Green Centre’. The desert was lush with green grass and the creeks were flowing. KULGERA Kulgera was a substituted stopover for Erldunda Roadhouse (turnoff to Ayers Rock, King’s Canyon and the Olgas). The extra 76 klms doesn’t sound much but it made the next ... read more
Central Alice Springs
Mining Rubble
Opal Seam

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