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Number of Reviews: 15 Overall score: *****
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Classic Thailand

Disappointing "food departure"

3
I particularly selected this trip because the trip notes promised that the trip would be led by a food obsessed leader who would make sure that we would taste and learn about Thai cuisine and that there would be several extra food orientated inclusions to the standard itinerary. Unfortunately this turned out not to be the case. We had a lovely guide, Tony, but he was either unaware of these extras or chose not to provide them:- we did not get a tuk tuk food crawl in Bangkok so missed the opportunity to taste street food cooked as we watched it being prepared nor did we get a street food dinner at Hua Hin night bazaar. In both cases Tony replaced these highlights with meals at local restaurants. We did get to visit Kanchanaburi night market and were encouraged to sample some street food there before we all sat down to a meal in one of the market restaurants. We also went for a "traditional" Khan Toke dinner but this was at a tourist trap on the outskirts of Chiang Mai with mediocre food and uninspiring entertainment in a huge hall filled with large tour parties. The Roti Sai Mai demonstration at a local market consisted of stopping at the roadside in Ayuthaya to watch a lady making the roti (pancakes) but the bags of filling were all pre-prepared and no explanation was provided as to how the cotton candy filling was prepared. We were able to participate in alms giving in Chiang Mai but again this was not an authentic experience as we were driven to an area of the city where vendors were selling prepared trays of food (almost like a UK Boots meal deal) which were then given to passing monks by tourists. We had three enjoyable walks - the Erawan Falls outside Kanchanaburi, Hmong Village trek and Tham Phraya Nakhon cave
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Exodus Response

We would like to thank Linda for her review, although we are very sorry to learn that she was disappointed with the food orientated aspects of this trip. We recognise that on a food orientated departure, the leader needs to be knowledgeable about the local cuisines and have a strong interest in food, so we have asked that this leader does not lead any future food departures; we hope this will help to avoid similar client disappointment and we have been in touch with Linda on an individual basis.

Megan Devenish - Product Manager
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Classic Thailand

Classic Thailand

4
A great introduction to Thailand with a good balance between sightseeing and travelling, with comfortable accommodation throughout. I'd be very happy to go back to Thailand on my own given how safe I felt and how friendly the locals were.
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AOE161031 Classic Thailand

5
A busy, informative and totally enjoyable trip with an exceptional leader. Though in a period of mourning for the King, we were welcomed wholeheartedly and genuinely felt that everyone wanted us to have the best of experiences. Every day brought a new experience and we left enriched but with a hunger to return.
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Classic Thailand AOE160222

4
The hotels were all a reasonable standard with some slightly better than others. The cookery lesson and the sleeper train were the highlights for us. We particularly enjoyed the night at the Hmong hIllLodge and would have liked a 2nd night there with the option of a longer trek - maybe 7-9 km. The walk we did among the forest and village was very short.
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Classic Thailand

Thailand what a great place

5
This 14 day tour was just fascinating. Our leader Aom was delightful she was from Bangkok and was very knowledgeable about local restaurants and markets. We started in Bangkok and visited lots of temples and the grand palace and Aom had lots of interesting historical facts for us. There were 12 in our group and most of our transportation was in 2 very comfortable minibuses. We visited the bridge over the river Kwai and Hellfire pass which was very moving. We got to swim in waterfalls, had boat trips and spend 1 night on an overnight sleeper train. The tour took in at least 5 other cities and Aom was able to take us to really good restaurants in each one. This was one of the best touring holidays I have done.
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Classic Thailand

Classic Thailand

4
This was done at a good relaxed pace, so not recommended for adrenalin junkies, but if you want free time to enjoy a place and do your own thing then this was perfect. Getting 'metime' in a group trip was priceless and turned it from good to very good! Hotels were so much nicer than the usual Exodus hotels, yet without losing anything in character. I could not fault the location of any of the hotels (my usual complaint with Exodus hotels), and there was always excellent food around.
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Classic Thailand

CLASSIC THAILAND

5
A wonderful way to end the year and prepare for the New Year...I am home, throoughly exhausted yet rested! Thailand is a real feast for the senses.
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Classic Thailand

CLASSIC THAILAND

4
A good experience of the basic highlights of Thailand, done at a reasonably leisurely pace in reasonable accommodation. Basically delivering what was promised.
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