Helping children smile

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

BANGKOK, 12 September 2017: Operation Smile Thailand encouraged 20 cyclists, who joined the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge, offering them a big ‘thank you’ as they embarked on 226-km fundraiser ride for the charity, 9 September.

The three-day corporate challenge ended Monday, 11 September in central Vietnam.

Riders raised  thousands of dollars for Operation Smile, which pays for operations for Asian children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip. Read more

Exception to a rule

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI, 18 July 2017: I thought it was a pretty simple decision to make. I wouldn’t ride elephants. But that all changed when my grandson visited last month.

“Grandpa,” he said just minutes after he exited Chiang Rai’s airport terminal building after a six-hour flight from Singapore, “I want to ride an elephant”.

Grand fathers are not supposed to pontificate on what’s politically correct. They make things happen, perhaps beyond the peripheral vision of mum and dad. Anyway, he wasn’t going to take no for an answer.  That’s when I realised that there are always exceptions to the best of rules. Read more

Grasshopper River Kwai trip

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 February 2017: Grasshopper Adventures will organise a four-day bicycle trip, 23 to 26 April, to the River Kwai in west Thailand linked  to ceremonies for ANZAC Day.

The trip includes attendance at the special ANZAC Day dawn service in Hell Fire Pass and  mid-morning wreath laying ceremonies in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery on 25 April to commemorate those who served during World Wars I and II.

“The bike riders join in honouring those who gave their lives in the service of their country and who suffered the hardships of Japanese prisoner of war camps to build the Death Railway,” said Grasshopper Adventures CEO, Adam Platt-Hepworth. Read more

Dreamworld dismantles ride

November 10, 2016 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 10 November 2016: An Australian theme park, Wednesday, said it will demolish a water ride that killed four people, and ordered an independent safety review of all its attractions.

Two women and two men died when rafts on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the hugely popular Dreamworld tourist attraction on the Gold Coast collided 25 October.

Ardent Leisure, which owns the theme park and came in for heavy criticism for the way it handled the tragedy, said the ride would be shut down. Read more