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This is a small group guided 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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Four very different countries full of extremely nice people. Unbelievable scenery, incredible adventures.
Walking along Nguyen Thai Hoc street in Hoi An one evening. We walked under thousands of Chinese lanterns of all shapes and colours while fantastic food was being prepared and served along each side of the road. Breathtaking.
Our first tour leader, Gung, was with us through Thailand and Laos. She is an amazing leader, very professional and extremely knowledgeable. She led and cared for her group.
Our second tour leader, Jay, was with us throughout Vietnam. Again, professional and knowledgeable. Both Jay and Gung were very approachable and helpful when deciding where and what to eat.
Our third and final tour leader, Dino, was with us for the Cambodia leg. A friendly chap.
The tour leaders always directed us to reasonably priced, quick turnaround laundry services wherever we stopped. No need to pack so many clothes. Good walking shoes was excellent advice. We always found a shopping mart for basic necessities. Mosquitoes were not a problem in January/February.
You will see some unusual edible items on display in the markets. Spiders, frogs, rats and grubs. The Ladies selling their wares are doing the best they can to support and sustain their families. Some members of our tour were verbally very disrespectful whilst thrusting a camera in the faces of these Ladies.
Taking such people to the market is not a good idea, certainly not responsible tourism.
Over one month we visited four countries. During this time we caught seven flights, took countless coaches/minibuses, four different river boats, one ferry, stayed in twelve hotels and participated in many excursions. During this time we suffered not one problem, delay or misadventure. Can you imagine how much focus and organisation this must have taken? There are many organisations that should take lessons from Exodus. Oh and we enjoyed every minute of the trip which was both exhilarating and intellectually stimulating.
Too many to list including the general goodwill and hospitality we found in each of the countries and the depth of history and culture.
We had three group leaders, two were excellent and one every good. Not only did they organise everything excellently but they took the time to explain in depth the culture and thinking behind each of the nations and tribal groups we were travelling through. We learnt geography, history, religion, culture and regional relationships in each of the countries we visited. The group leaders were strongly committed to the Exodus philosophy towards responsible travel and giving back to the communities we visited.
Four weeks in a tight group of travellers requires everyone to commit to making the tour a success. If you do so you will have an enriching experience to look back on with great pleasure.
An excellent trip. Well organised and all the guides were very helpful
Feeding the monks in Luang Probang
We had a different group leader for each country that we visited. Boom was our leader in Thailand and Laos. She was very explicit with all her arrangements and passing on. information. She was supported by two local guides, Tui & Key.
Cong was our leader throughout Vietnam. He was unbiased and very good at giving factual information about the Vietnam war. He was knowledgeable and informative about all aspects of Vietnamese culture, the country and its people. He waited with us for over an hour at the Vietnam/Cambodia border until our Cambodian guide, who had been delayed, turned up.
In Cambodia our guide was Dino and he like Boom, was supported by two local guides. One on the Homestay and our visit to the Mekong Delta and another while we were in Phnom Penh and visited the prison and the Killing Fields. Dino was very helpful and supportive.
Be aware of scams in Bangkok which are perpetrated by random strangers around the vicinity of the Grand Palace/tourist areas, tuk tuk drivers and even taxi drivers! s!
One variation is that taxi drivers or tuk tuk drivers will tell you that the grand palace is closed today for some special/Buddhist ceremony while you are still on the cab/tuk tuk. They will then advise you an alternative location such as the Sitting Buddha/Lucky Buddha/Marble Temple and claim that it’s only open once a year which happens to be today !!!!
Listen to them and you will end up at some jewellery or tailor shops where you might be coerced into buying overpriced crap. Some of them might lock you in the shop until you start buying.
I did two days in Bangkok before the tour actually started but we were given no information about a meeting with our local guide etc even though I asked at Reception. I overheard another receptionist telling someone who had just checked in that there was an information Board on the First Floor of the Hotel and that she would get information there about Exodus and a group meeting.
It's a fantastic experience, one of the best things I did when I was there! Watching life float past on the river was unforgettable, and passing small villages along the banks gives you a real insight into how the people live here.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Thais like their food spicy, but in most resturants they will assume that farang (foreigners) won't want their food quite as spicy and you'll be asked if you want it "Thai style" or not. Vegetarians who don't eat fish may find it difficult to avoid fish oil, as this is used in the vast majority of Thai food. Ask your tour leader to ask that this not be used in cooking, even if you are ordering a vegetarian meal. Street food is wide ranging, cheap and generally of excellent quality. If a vendor is busy, it's generally a sign of the food being good. Som Tum (spicy green papaya salad) is one dish I highly recommend. Grilled chicken (gai) with sticky rice is another. If you fancy a drink, Heineken, Singha and Chang are all available widely and will cost from 60 to 120 baht, depending on where you are. All three are brewed in Thailand.
Kai Aylward - Sales
With regards to money, it is easy to change cash or travellers cheques in most of the major cities and towns in South East Asia. ATMs are available everywhere (to give you some idea, there is a gloabally connected ATM at every 711, and there are two 711s for every one bus stop in Bangkok alone). However, there is now a flat fee added for every withdrawal made from an international bank account at ATMs (in addition to any fees charged by your own bank) so it's advisable to only make large cash withdrawals rather than taking out small sums as you go.
Kai Aylward - Sales
Unfortunately we are not qualified to answer all your questions in regards to travel health, so we strongly recommend you contact your GP or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.
Nomad Travel Clinics are experts in preparing people for travel, providing advice on vaccinations, anti-malarial and staying healthy whilst overseas. We have arranged a special 10% discount for Exodus passengers on any vaccinations that you may require! Take along your Nomad discount card, sent with your confirmation pack, or call Exodus for your special discount code.
Visit www.nomadtravel.co.uk/exodus for further information.
For additional information please visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
The hotels are of a very good standard, roughly comparable to a 2/3 star standard with air conditioning, spacious rooms and centrally located. Because certain areas have only opened up to tourism relatively recently, in the past 15 years or so, most of the hotels are newly built but in a traditional style. More remote areas can also have slightly more basic facilitiers, but these are usually more than compensated for by the location.
Brendan Phelan - 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
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BRITISH FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE (FCO) HAVE ISSUED A TRAVEL RESTRICTION THAT CURRENTLY AFFECTS THIS ITINERARY.
IF THIS RESTRICTION IS STILL IN PLACE BEFORE YOUR TRAVEL DATE AN ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY WILL BE USED AS PER THE BELOW:
Day 9: Fly to Vientiane and bus up to Vang Vieng to resume standard itinerary
YOU WILL BE INFORMED 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE IF THE ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY WILL BE USED.
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