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Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Vietnam is an amazing country. This trip's itinerary enables you to see a lot of the country in a short space of time.
We were lucky enough to be in Hoi An for the Full Moon Festival which showed a different side to the town. Having researched in advance, we took a trip to My Son.
Khoa was informative, passionate and proud of his country. He managed a very disparate group of people with more good grace and patience than was deserved!
This trip is not as active as the 'moderate/challenging' tag would suggest - it's quite leisurely. There is a lot of down time in the different locations so if you want to make the most of your trip and see as much as possible do plan in advance what you want to see in each of the locations. Khoa was excellent at helping to arrange optional activities. A lot more time is spent on the bus than is specified in the trip notes, so do bring something to occupy your time. Please also make sure you are fit and keen enough to complete the activities that are listed on the trip notes so that others on the trip are not disadvantaged.
This trip is much more suited to those who are passionate about food and home comforts, rather than those who want adventure, activity and cultural experiences in a beautiful setting. The trip followed the spirit of the trip notes but I do think they need to be revised as some descriptions imply more than what you get for your money: the Halong Bay experience for example. I didn't feel we got to see the 'real' Vietnam; I felt every bit the tourist for the whole trip as our small group of 15 travelled the country in a coach suitable for twice that number. Even the city tours were conducted using the bus. The first homestay was more of a lodge as there was no interaction with our 'hosts' at all, and all of the recommended restaurants were aimed at tourists. I feel that 15 was too large a group at times; the hiking and biking experiences which I had so much looked forward to were huge disappointments as the pace had to be kept very slow to suit the fitness levels of some of the group. Had there been an opportunity to divide the group into two for these experiences it would have led to better enjoyment for all of the activity, and it would have helped the group dynamic to develop more positively.
If you want to get a real taste for Vietnam, it's cities, countryside, culture and people, this is the trip for you! A full on experience, with many modes of transport travelling from North to South of the country, this trip did what it said on the tin and more!! Absolutely amazing, loved every minute!
Of course, the obvious highlights are the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay, Mai Chau and the Mekong Delta. My abiding memory will be cycling through the villages, along canals and rivers and the friendliness of the local people. The lunar festival at Hoi An with the coloured candle lanterns floating down the river, was another stand out memory and romantic covered bridges and having a beautiful silk jacket made in 24 hours! Cruising Halong Bay and witnessing a magical sunset with limestone giants in shadow......
Khoa, was amazing- knowledgable, well organised, kind and considerate. He was obviously so proud of his country and wanted us all to have the best experience....which he managed extremely well.
Take a small 'running' rucksack for the cycling and trekking for those essentials and camel bag.
Just book it...you won't regret it!!
Vietnam is a beautiful country. I would 100% recommend visiting it and I will definitely do so again myself. This trip provides a good opportunity to attempt to squeeze the highlights of the whole country into just a fortnight.
The activity levels however are a bit misleading. If you are thinking of booking this trip with the hope of some good trekking/kayaking/cycling etc., you will be massively underwhelmed with the overall activity levels - I would describe the trip as 'leisurely' and certainly not challenging in any way.
Visiting Saigon and in particular the museum dedicated to the retelling of the 'American War' was a highlight. Generally speaking the food was fantastic throughout and definitely worth a mention.
I had thought that kayaking in Ha Long Bay would be the highlight but it was actually a bit of a let down in the end. There are just SO many tourist boats everywhere and the litter floating in the water etc. just completely take away from what I am sure was once an idyllic scene. I think the chance to see it 'as it was', is now unfortunately gone. Also, if you're looking forward to a day or even afternoon's kayaking after reading the trip notes, be warned that it's actually only about an hour or so.
Very good. Our leader was Khoa Nguyen. He is a nice guy, very friendly and his knowledge of his country is fantastic. He is always full of interesting stories and facts.
If you want to see Vietnam in just two weeks and don't mind a slightly 'touristy' vibe then this trip is good for you.
If however, you want to be very active and have taken on other Exodus trips rated Moderate or Challenging and think this will be in the same mould, you will be pretty disappointed.
There are some great local crafts you can buy throughout the trip, all hand made and very reasonable. For anyone interested in getting some clothes made, Hoi An is the place to do it. The local tailors can usually turn garments around in a a day or so, and you can pick up some bespoke items for a fraction of what they would cost at home. Just leave some room in your luggage!
Diane Knight - Sales
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Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
On average, a lunch should cost no more than £3 and dinner up to £10 including drinks. The standard and quality of the restaurants is very good while still retaining a traditional ambience. In the more remote locations, it's amazing how the local people can prepare such delicious meals!
Diane Knight - Sales
Staff member Imran Arshad, recently travelled to Vietnam, and you can read his article here to get a personal viewpoint of the area.
No, it must be gotten in advance. We suggest applying for the visa at least six weeks before departure. It is normally valid for 30 days and will ask for your entry and exit days. You can add the exact dates or, because you can use the whole 30 days, you can put the start date down as a week before you're due to get there and extend it for 30 days beyond that. This way you are covered in case there is any changes to your plans. Either way is fine.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Like a lot of South East Asia, Vietnam meals consist mainly of rice, vegetables and frilled or stir fried meat. The staple dish is Pho, which is a noodle broth with veg and meat. You can buy it off many small roadside stalls very cheaply, as well as the more established restuarants you will be visiting during the trip. Due to the French colonial influence, another item you shouldn't miss is the fresh baguettes, filled with cheese, pate or meat, again available from small stalls in most towns.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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Trip Extension: If you would like to visit Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat Temple Complex it is possible to extend your trip. For more details on this particular extension please consult the Trip Notes.
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