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Vietnam… What an amazing country!

With everyone back from Vietnam, have a read of Louie’s study trip reflection:

“Wow!! Where do I begin? Vietnam. What an amazing country. From the hustle and bustle of city life in Hanoi through to the rolling rice fields of Hanoi’s local villages or the majestic Ha Long Bay. This will be an experience I will never forget.

There was never a dull moment on this trip as we on the go from day 2 where we took an orientation walk through the city of Hanoi. Crossing the roads was quite an experience as cars and bikes would not stop for you but instead just move around you as we were crossing the road. This actually blew me away as there is no chance of this happening here in Melbourne. The food while in Vietnam was just divine. It did not stop coming! I suppose it helped having a local guide who knew where to take us.

Days 3 and 4 were spent travelling to and cruising on Ha Long Bay. A truly amazing place where we dined and relaxed on the water of the Bay. Climbing the steps up one of the limestone karsts was painful yet at the same time I was grateful I did it as the views from up there were simply spectacular. Being on the Junk Boat overnight was everything I expected it to be. Another great experience and highlight.

Day 5 was mainly spent with a 3 hr bicycle ride through Hanoi streets, local villages, rice paddies, over a freeway. Yes, that’s right we crossed a freeway. Only in Vietnam. Even though initially I thought were being punished for something we did wrong (ha ha) this had to be one of the highlights of the Trip. I got to soak up some of the real Vietnam and highly recommend this activity to anyone travelling to Vietnam.

Day 6 which was our last was spent on Cyclo through the streets of Hanoi on our way to breakfast and a chance meeting with Mr. Jimmy Pham. A true gentleman and inspiration!

For the reasons stated above and due to the fact it was a well organised trip, Vietnam will always hold a special place in my heart. I Absolutely loved it!”

Louie D, Tourism and Travel Student

Travel and Tourism say Hello from Hanoi!

Well I hope that you haven’t missed us too much?!? From what we hear, Melbourne is freezing… So just to rub it in, it’s warm here in Hanoi and we’re having a blast!

We have been busy seeing the sights and exploring Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. The students are eating local food, picking up the local language, learning how to cross the street and they are even getting the hang of haggling!

So far for many, the highlight has been Ha Long Bay. We cruised, swan, ate, hiked, caved and karaoke’ed the night away. The bus ride back to Hanoi was a quiet one…

Our guide Thang has been awesome and very informative. Also showing us the best hangouts, the best buys and answering every question we have.

I will leave you now as we are off to have lunch at a local eatery where many will try Pho for lunch and then with a couple of hours to digest – we’re off on a 18km bike ride around Hanoi!

Good morning Vietnam!

With the briefing completed today and documents handed out – 25 Travel and Tourism students, Corinne and Myself are off to Vietnam this Sunday! (Good bye to the Melbourne’s cold weather for a week…)

With G Adventures help, we are heading to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay! A city of Parisian charm and grace with an Asian edge, Hanoi is an enthralling blend of East and West and a rising star in Southeast Asia. Vietnam’s capital has much to explore – museums, parks, history, and culture abound. Then we visit stunning Halong Bay and overnight on a junk boat (a traditional Asian vessel) while cruising among the bay’s 3,000 islands that rise dramatically from the emerald waters.

We are all very excited to be away for a week to experience a culture and destination very different from the one we call home.

So watch this space because the next time we blog, we’ll be live from Vietnam…

Carlton Gardens app

This week, the Tourism Diploma students set out on a field trip to the Carlton gardens to analyse the effectiveness of the ‘Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens Walk’ (MV app).

After a “womenjika” (welcome to the land of the Kulin nation as the tour takes place on the land of the traditional owners), they discovered that the gardens were modelled on the gardens in Versailles. T he 1 hour tour revealed many interesting facts about the gardens and the Royal Exhibition Hall:

  • Design competition won by Melbourne architects Reed & Barnes & built by Mitchell (the father of the famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba)
  • Completed in 1880, it hosted Melbourne’s first International & World exhibitions with 30 nations exhibiting displays of arts, science, trade, commerce, and industry: the 5 key theme.
  • Known as the GREAT HALL
  • 1901: Australia’s first Federal Parliament , before it moved to Canberra in 1927. The first time Australia had its own Federal flag.
  • 1919: site of a hospital during the Influenza/Spanish Flue in Melbourne
  • Many other uses: RAAF training college, ballroom, aquarium, war memorialExhibition hall museum, etc.
  • 2004: Australia’s first building on World Heritage listing.

The app gives some good OH&S information and explains the workings between the audio, written transcript and the map.  Another good tour to analyse whilst writing their own tourism app.

 

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Marvellous Melbourne, or was it Smellbourne?

This week, our budding tour guides set out on the Golden Mile walk to learn about our history and the ‘tricks and hints’ to use to be an effective tour guide.  This audio tour starts at the Immigration Museum where the students listened to the risk management issues associated with walking tours. They learned about Melbourne’s historical periods starting when John Batman, our founder, who started a small village along the banks of the Yarra river.  But did you know the river was then called Bay-ray-rung? A real tongue twister… Walking further, they saw the ornate buildings built with the gold rush money. Melbourne quickly became the fourth largest city in the British Empire. By the 1880s, we had become the”Lady of the South” or “Marvellous Melbourne” because of our incredible rich Victorian and gothic architecture. However we were locally known as Marvellous Smellbourne as sewerage was only connected to Melbournians by 1897… Next time you pass the back of the Rialto building, you may notice a rather tiny sign with that history…

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Famils to 3 different hotel types in CBD

Our tourism students went on 3 site visits, known as ‘famils’, to gain product knowledge. On our list were the St. Jerome’s Hotel, known for its luxury urban camping.  It has 20 luxurious tents on the rooftop of Melbourne Central and despite the 38 degrees outside, they felt very comfortable as they are air-conditioned.  Luke gave us a comprehensive tour to talk about the amenities and services on offer.

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China Study Tour 2016

The China Study tour for 2016 for Advanced Diploma & Diploma of Tourism students will include Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. Each major city destination will have specific cultural and historical appeal. Importantly this Tourism Study tour is an excellent opportunity to really experience and understand China and its key tourism destinations,

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