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Wed, 10/31/2012 - 13:06

Who else is going on this trip? I've just booked to go with a friend and I am really looking forward to it

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 17:58

Hi,  I've recently booked on the trip.  I'm travelling alone.  

When I booked there were only 4 others on the trip, so smaller group than I've travelled with before but I'm sure it will be fun.  looking forward to it!


Wed, 03/27/2013 - 12:55

Hi Helen

Lovely to hear from you, interesting that it was such a small group when you booked, looks like a great itinerary so I am sure we will have a brilliant time

I am feeling pretty prepared at the moment - having the visa in the passport really focussed the mind. Hopefully I will actually manage to travel light for once with all my pre planning.

We are staying at a hotel near Gatwick the night before because it is such an early flight but as I can't leave Bristol until 5 ish it will be just to sleep.


Wed, 03/27/2013 - 18:34

Just thought I would say Hi I am Ruth's friend mentioned in her first post it sounds as though it will be a delect group.  I am really looking forward to it particularly after getting my visa yesterday 0 late I know but I have been in India for work and only just got back.  I will hopefully arriving at Gatwick before Ruth so if you are staying the night before let me know if you would like to meet up.  If not enjoy your packing not long to go now

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 22:29


Well you are both more organised than me - I only sent my visa application off on Wednesday as I was late booking, so hoping it will arrive early next week.

I'm not going on the group flight as I am working on Thursday so thought getting to Gatwick on Thursday night would be difficult.  So, I'm flying from Heathrow at 12pm, Friday lunchtime.  I arrive in Hanoi around noon on 13th, so a bit later than the group flight I think.

I always plan to travel light but never manage it!  Haven't even thought about packing yet.

 Looking forward to meeting you both. 


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 18:10

Hi guys, just tried to book for the 13th but missed it because of the Bank Hol. I have a hold on it so will book tomorrow and am very excited. First organised trip like this on my lonesome so any advice & tips gratefully received. Traveling from Bristol as well so at least we'll understand the accents! Visa sent but not in hand yet, hopefully ok. The itinerary looks amazing is anyone doing the Angkor Wat extension? Look forward to hearing from you all. Martyn

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 18:58

This is the first trip that I have done with exodus but I'm sure we will all have a great time.  Sounds like a Bristol takeover.  Ruth and I are just doing the Vietnam part of the trip.

Look forward to meeting you


Tue, 04/02/2013 - 09:47

I am working on Thursday too Helen - never thought of looking for a different flight!

And Martyn, did you get booked? 


Tue, 04/02/2013 - 14:51

Hi Ruth, Yeah booked & paid for but a little stressed as Exodus say its not confirmed until they hear back from their agent that the trip is available...Bit frustrating but hopefully ok.

The plan is Gatwick Fri 12th on the trip, but i've extended my return flight by a week to go wandering Maybe Cambodia or bike Phu Quoc Island. Spent some of the weekend with my Lonely Planet just buzzing!

Fingers crossed Exodus confirm, I cant wait to meet up and go for it.


Tue, 04/02/2013 - 18:06

Another recruit! Excellent! They said the same thing about having to confirm booking when i booked so hopefully will all be ok Martyn. I would have loved to have extended my trip to visit Cambodia too but need to keep some annual leave for my next trip!

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 10:58

Glad you are joinimg us Mart, I am driving to Gatwick from central Bristol around 5pm on the 11th so if you want a lift then you are welcome to join me.

The extension does sound good but I need to sve leave so that I have trips to look forward to through the year. Actually going to get out everything I want to take today the planning is all part of the excitement ;)


Wed, 04/03/2013 - 11:24

Blimey Ruth, thank you so much that's incredibly kind. Happy to reciprocate of course, though i appreciate you have to get back earlier.
Be lovely to sort something.
Have not heard from Exodus yet but will chase them again today, as Helen said, it's normal and hopefully ok.

Getting stuff out is fun isn't it? I'm hoping to get a new rucksack today, prob quite small. I did a bit in India last year & came back with unused stuff I packed just cos I had space. I was prob quite smelly tho :-) . Any suggestions anybody?

Will check the weather now & work out what I might need. Advice welcome.


Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:07

Weyhay, exodus just finally confirmed so looks like you guys are stuck with me.
Fri Gatwick 10.10 Flight.
Itinerary looks amazing & I'm counting down the days! Better chase my bloody Visa!

Really looking forward to meeting everybody


Thu, 04/04/2013 - 14:15
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 14:45

Hi Ruth, I know what you mean about the rucksack, but I'm thinking if I keep compact I don't have to check luggage and I can get on a bike further on if I want to. Some of the itinerary is boat & then stay over & I don't know what provision there might be for cases? Just a thought but I'm sure they've done it all before.

I'm [email protected] , Ruth. If you can squeeze me in that would be great, have you booked an hotel? Very happy to share travel costs etc. And thank you again. Helen & Jackie I don't know timings but it would be really nice to meet before rather than on the plane.

I live in Marshfield if any of the group fancy meeting up somewhere circa Bristol ( or anywhere really) before we go?

God I'm excited!


Thu, 04/04/2013 - 17:09

Hi Mart although Ruth and I booked together she is from Bristol and I am from Milton Keynes we are both booked on the same flight on the Friday though and are staying at the same hotel on Thursday night so if you travel with her we will meet up then I will have the drinks ready in the bar as I am travelling down in ththe afternoon to miss the traffice.  Getting really excited now - to wade in on the packing issue I don't have a big rucksack so i am going for my trusty wheely bag -that adds another whole dimension .!!

Sat, 04/06/2013 - 09:40

I was going to ask about luggage. I have a big rucksack but don't really like taking it so I think will go for a suitcase. I think we can only take a small amount of luggage on the boat so I have a small rucksack for that.
Glad you managed to sort your booking Martyn. Im on a different flight so will see you in Hanoi! I arrive around lunchtime so you may all be out exploring by then if you aren't asleep!

Sat, 04/06/2013 - 19:30

Helen, I've not quite decided wheelie bag or suitcase. Definitely not a rucksack I hate carrying them and I am not too keen on repacking them either.

I think we will be trying to stay awake at lunchtime day one ;) 

 Mart I've dropped you an e-mail


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 14:01

Hi Guys
Visa safely in hand so all go! Have booked the Gatwick hotel so can't wait to raise that holiday drink Thursday eve & say hello properly.
My mobile is 07747 013921, I'm don't know if I'm the only blokey but I've suggested to Ruth I might wear a red Carnation? Maybe not!
phone says Hanoi weather rubbish till Friday :-( Whatever!


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 16:20

Good news on the visa, it will be great to meet everyone.  I think there may be 2 other people booked so one of them may be male!!  Roll on Thursday evening !!

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 20:52

Hi there,

we are going to be on this trip as well.

We're a couple and wil be flying from Gatwick on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Would be happy to meet everyone.


Wed, 04/10/2013 - 20:57

Welcome aboard think that is everyone accounted for.  Really looking forward to meeting everyone on Saturday

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 16:19

Hi Russ, Just about to leave for Gatwick \ Fri flight 10.00am. Look forward to meeting on Saturday, safe journey to all.


Thu, 04/11/2013 - 19:27

Welcome Russ!
I'm on the train on my way to London. Flying from heathrow at 12 tomorrow.
Looking forward to meeting you all in Hanoi. Hope you all have a good flight.

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