24 February-7 March 2018

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12 Days in the Footsteps of Graham Greene and other Romantics

We are very excited to be working with the fabulous Jimmy Thomson – author, scriptwriter and travel writer – for this special tour to Vietnam. As always the group will be only 8 guests and Jimmy will be taking us to some of the most intriguing places connected with two books/movies - The Quiet American and Indochine - while giving us his unique insight into Australia‘s role in the ‘American’ War.

When you book you will receive the two books and DVDs of the movies to read in advance. Do join us for this very eclectic and innovative tour. Bookings must be made by 31 October at the latest, so do not delay! Please contact us for more information.

Our Itinerary

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join the ever entertaining and informative Jimmy Thomson on this luxurious insider tour. This will be Jimmy’s ninth tour of Vietnam and sixth as host, so who better to give you a cultured travellers’ guide to this wonderful country, its culture and its people. Vietnam. Follow the link below to our preliminary itinerary – there may be changes but they will always result in you getting more out of the trip and never less... Book without delay!!!

Our 12 Day Itinerary

 

Jimmy Thomson

Jimmy is a prolific writer with 12 books and three TV series under his belt. He has written several books about sappers (army engineers) in Vietnam, including the best-selling Tunnel Rats

It wasn’t writing how Australian Army engineers discovered the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam that caused Jimmy Thomson to fall in love with the country and its people – both reason enough to visit there. But it was a book and two films that tipped him over the edge from an interest to a passion: The Quiet American and Indochine.

But why would a movie set in the1930s and a novel set in the 1950s attract readers and writers to modern-day Vietnam?
“They both introduce us to time before the American War (as the Vietnamese call it),” says Jimmy. “And  they help us to understand why these amazing people can fight tooth and nail to take control of their country, then within a generation can be the most welcoming and accommodation people on the planet. “Indochine is a sweeping romance that would captivate us anyway with its stunning images of Ha Long Bay,” he says. “And both the novel and 2001 movie of The Quiet American have that irresistible mixture of doomed romance and political intrigue.”

Jimmy is a prolific writer himself with 12 books and three TV series under his belt. He has written several books about sappers (army engineers) in Vietnam, including the best-selling Tunnel Rats, a couple of sports biographies and a true crime book set in Sydney’s Kings Cross. His first fictional novel will be launched in February next year, with the follow-up (set in and around Saigon), scheduled for release in September next year. He has worked in TV as a writer both in Sydney and Los Angeles (and was working at Fox Studios in Sydney when Australian director Phil Noyce was filming the interiors for The Quiet American). You may also know him as the writer of the Flat Chat column about apartment living in the Sydney Morning herald and the Financial Review, and his regular slots on James Valentine’s afternoons on ABC 702. He is an amazing raconteur and while this tour is all about Vietnam and how the places we visit are connected to the book and movies, he will just as easily take you to the back streets of Kings Cross or the bright lights of Hollywood in his endless fund of fascinating yarns.

Jimmy is about to head off to Vietnam again, partly to host his fifth tour and partly to complete his second novel – the one set in Saigon. By the time you join his tour in February, he will have discovered even more about Vietnam than he already knows.

“I’m doing the Graham Greene thing,” he says.  “I’ll be sitting in my hotel typing away during the day and venturing out at night to walk down the same streets as Greene and his characters, sipping G&Ts on the roof of the Continental and the Rex, and collecting a few more yarns for my companions on my next journey back in time.”

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