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The Inspirations ‘Masterclass on the Mekong’ is setting sail through the majestic Cambodia and Vietnam again on May 15th – 22nd 2016.   Join master class embroidery tutors, Hazel Blomkamp and Susan O’Connor as they accompany you on an adventure of a lifetime.

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This decadent cruise is set on one of the world’s most exotic rivers, The Mekong and is fully hosted by our Inspirations Travel Event Coordinator Laura Equizi.

Here is what Laura has to say about this years trip:

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“I was lucky enough to host the Inspirations ‘Masterclass on the Mekong’ 2015 embroidery tour which was an experience that not only changed my outlook on life but will be a memory that will be with me forever.  Each Mekong Masterclass attracts different personalities from all over the world, some of whom travel alone and some who travel with partners, friends and family, however we all have one thing in common – to enjoy a well-deserved holiday while embroidering memorable pieces with the world’s best tutors.

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The 2016 Masterclass kicks off with an optional pre cruise tour starting in Siem Reap, Cambodia we stay at the luxurious Sofitel Hotel and explore the picture perfect temples, getting around in the crazy tuk-tuks and meeting the amazingly polite and honest Cambodian people.  From there we begin the actual cruise itself and embark on the RV Navigator to travel through Cambodia to Vietnam.  This five star, elegant ship has everything to offer, spa treatments, inside and outside bars, spacious cabins, relaxing lounges with deck areas and a dining experience that offer something for everybody. 

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During the voyage we will begin working on the beautiful embroidery pieces by Susan O’Connor and Hazel Blomkamp who combine just the right mix of professionalism and fun.  The classes are always filled with fun and laughed while everyone listens to lots of stories while sailing down the river.  

We spent the next seven days enjoying each other’s company, embroidering and exploring Cambodia and Vietnam all the while fostered lifelong friendships.   Many choose to have that relaxing massage you never have time for at home, as well as a drink or two while enjoying the calming, slow paced serenity of the cruise. This is all made possible with the help of the crew on board the Navigator, whom spoil us and make us feel right at home the entire voyage.  All our needs and expectations were met with a big smile and by the time the cruise comes to an end, we always leave the ship feeling like we were leaving part of our family behind, such is the connection to the gorgeous Cambodian people.

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The last leg of our journey is an optional post cruise tour travelling to Ho Chi Min City (Saigon).  The tour takes in the history and the sights of Ho Chi Minh City, as well as visits to some amazing hand embroidered shops, where you can admire and purchase some beautiful pieces to remind us of our travels.

At the end of every Mekong Masterclass saying goodbye to all our fellow travelers is pretty tough.  We share some unforgettable memories, make some lifelong friendships, and are tutored by the most talented embroiderers, all the while experiencing the rawness of Cambodia and the up and coming Vietnam.  

So what are you waiting for?  Join me in May for the 2016 Masterclass on the Mekong and discover first hand how enjoyable combing travelling and stitching really is.” 

This year Susan O’Connor is teaching the project ‘Poppy’ as featured on the front cover of Inspirations Magazine issue 85.  Hazel Blomkamp is teaching the project ‘Tumbleweeds 2’ which is part of a set of three striking designs she has created which take the use of needle lace techniques in embroidery a step further, combining the different numbered stitches to create petals not unlike insertion lace.


You will never experience stitching in a more amazing environment.  Complete details including images of the projects, itineraries for the cruise, pre and post tours as well as all pricing are available in our 2016 brochure, which you can request a copy of simply by emailing Laura at

Positions are limited, so act now now to avoid disappointment.