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THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SKIING: PART TEN - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
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PlanetSKI is travelling back from skiing in Australia & New Zealand over the summer months. We've been enjoying the wetter version of snow - water. UPDATED




We went for snow but ended up enjoying sun, sea, surf and sand just as much.

Plus rivers, the lakes, fountains and waterfalls.

Both in Australia and New Zealand and on the journey to and from the other side of the world where we stopped off in The Middle East and SE Asia - Dubai, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.

If you even make the summer trip to ski Down Under then we strongly recommend you turn it into an all-round travel trip.

There is more to life than skiing and snowboarding after all.

Our water-born activities and sights were just as much fun as the white stuff.

From whale watching and snorkelling at the Great Barrier reef in Australia, to a 2-day boat trip up the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

Then there was cruising the main river in Bangkok, Thailand as the sun set on our final stop.

We saw water puppet shows in Hoi An in Vietnam and penguins at Philip Island near Melbourne.

There were the dancing fountains of Dubai and the remote waterfalls in New Zealand.

Below we re-produce some of the classic images from our trip in a rolling picture gallery.

They are linked by a common thread - water.

If you only want to look and read about snow on PlanetSKI then look away now.

If you want to see what else you can do with a ski trip then we hope you enjoy the images and it offers some inspiration.

10. THAILAND - BANGKOK

It's where we chose to spend our final night on our trip that lasted nearly two and a half months. Good call. Very good call.

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9. VIETNAM - HAI VAN PASS BY MOTORBIKE

No trip to Vietnam is complete without hiring a bicycle, scooter or motorbike to head into the countryside. We went for the later from Hoi An over the Hai Van pass.

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8. VIETNAM - HOI AN

The ancient town in cental Vietnam is a must on every travellers list. From its ancient buiildings, its sights and its traditional puppet show and dancing.

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7. VIETNAM - THE MEKONG DELTA

It is one of the the largest rivers in SE Asia. Much hasn't changed for 100s of years. A million miles from snowsports.

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6. AUSTRALIA - FRASER ISLAND

Further south in Queensland is the largest sand island in the world. With stunning ocean views, fresh water lakes and a rain forest.

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5. AUSTRALIA - QUEENSLAND

The coast of Queensland is perhaps one of the best places to watch whales on their annual migration south. The Great Barrier reef is worth a snorkel too.

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4. AUSTRALIA - SYDNEY HARBOUR

There are two ways to see Sydney Harbour. Firstly from the air and then from a 32' private yacht cruising the waters for a full day.

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3. NEW ZEALAND - DOUBTFUL SOUND

The fiordlands are some of the most beautiful areas in the whole of New Zealand. And perhaps any other country you care to mention.

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2. NEW ZEALAND - LAKES, RIVERS AND SEAS

We spent 2-weeks in an RV skiing the resorts of the South Island. And drinking in the views from across the island, not just in the mountains.

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1.SINGAPORE - THE HARBOUR

We saw it from a boat and then from perhaps the city bar with the best view in the entire world.

Singapore should be on everyone's bucket list.

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Next it's the remote beauty of the lakes, rivers and shoreline in the South Island, New Zealand.


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