We decided to make this trip as memorable as possible for the veterans/wives and their siblings. With the veterans average age of around 90 we were conscious of the fact the chances of these fine esteemed gentlemen returning here again were quite slim.
Our pre tour efforts involved spending weeks on extensive and exhaustive letter writing/ PR, as well as pleas for cooperation from sympathetic ex pats etc.
We managed to put together a special and genuinely unique tour which we can say with total modesty, would be hard to emulate by any other tour planner anywhere. Not to mention keeping within a tight budget. Our tour price came to £1800.00. The only similar tour we could find without all the add-ons we provided came to £2500.00
The result of our really hard work bore fruit by way of locating in Singapore the “Wanderers” Rugby Club to whom we are eternally grateful. Made up of tough ex-pats working out in Singapore they provided a 42 seater luxury coach (solely at our disposal) and as a surprise, arranged a trip to “Raffles” with all expenses covered including the best champagne.
They also arranged an afternoon at the world famous Singapore- “British Club” who often receive heads of state including our own the royal family. They opened their rooftop lounge and the entire afternoon was devoted exclusively to the veterans and their accompanying families.
We also communicated with the British Embassy and were present at their memorial service see images alongside the Gurkha contingent. During the evening we were special guest at the British Defence Advisors superb colonial style residence for a fish and chips supper with drinks.
So welcome aboard our: Military Memorial Tour Singapore and Thailand
BRITSH CLUB http://www.britishclub.org.sg/
SINGAPORE. KRENJI CEMETERY
HEARFELT THANKS TO MATHEW O’LEARY OF BARCLAYS CAPITAL SINGAPORE-CHEERS MATE ON TO THAILAND TRANSFER
|The Bridge Over River Kwai||Wang Po Viaduct|
|Where we stayed at the Kwai|
Last 2 nights at 5 star Sheraton Orchid with luxury riverside rooms.
Our host for the duration of our stay were the brilliant duo of Mr James and Mrs Noi Fanning.
James an ex pat and his charming wife Nou looked after the vets throughout. James and Noi gave up their time voluntarily to cater and organise all the localish trips the hotel, absolutely everything was laid on by this wonderful couple.
I personally am really grateful to them as well as Mathew in Singapore for taking some of the strain off me. Being a pensioner myself this did prove to be a pretty exhausting although worthwhile trip..