I would like to get to know at least some of my fellow cyclists before the Laos trip as I will not be joinging you in London for the flight to Hanoi. I shall be staying/working in Hong Kong. However, I do intend to spend a few more days in Hanoi before starting the cycling adventure.
My last EXODUS trip was the "Cycle Indochina & Angkor" which was a fantastic experience.
Looking forward to hearing/sharing with my fellow traveller............
Yeh i'm also going on this trip, I'm really looking forward to it.
I've done 1 previous trip with exodus which was also 'Cycle Indochina & Ankor', it was a splendid trip-I loved it all.
Many thanks for responding...........
I have just been to LONDON to submit my visa application. NOTE THAT THE PRICE HAS BEEN INCREASED TO £44.00.
Due to my flight from Hong Kong I now intend to spend an extra seven days in Hanoi including an overnight stay in Halong Bay recommended by my brother. I have also arranged an extra night in Bangkok.
Have you started training yet in preparation for our cycling adventure. Im trying to get on my bike at least twice a week as well as swimming.
Hope to hear from you again ...............
I just did a cycle along the south downs with a friend, we were camping so had tents etc to carry. Very hard work, first day & a half NOT fun. But after that really enjoyed it until my friend nearly knocked his head off, ambulance etc. All turned out ok, but I'm having an easy couple of weeks now. Then I will be cycling 2 or 3 times a week. Train on some hills rather than distance I'm thinking, what do you reckon. If you're staying in Hong Kong at least you can get used to heat and humidity.
Speak soon Janie
Hi Brian and Janie. I'm actually doing the Indochina and Angkor trip first at the end of October (glad to hear you both rate it) and then have a week to get from Saigon to Hanoi on my own. No idea yet how I'm going to do that but I guess I'll be in Hanoi for a couple of days before the trip starts. Will let you know when things are a bit clearer.
I've done cycling trips with Exodus before but not in Asia. Everyone tells me this part of the world is amazing.
Janie, sorry I won't be at Heathrow!
Hi Janie & Bridget ~ appologies for not responding sooner but manic time with family wedding, christening and numerous visitors but now back to normal I think!!!! Janie pleased that your camping adventure turned out ok despite the nasty accident. My daughter and her family go camping and have tried to coerce me to join them but I now enjoy a bit of comfort in my old age ha.ha. But despite all the distractions I have still been cycling and swimming (open air lido) and have also been climbing/cutting down (trimming) trees its great fun but hard work.
Collected my vietnamese visa last week - make sure you double check the dates on application form. Last visit delayed for one of the party because his visa was not valid until the day after - so you have been warned.
Bridget - lots of places of interest in Siagon(HCM CITY) but you must visit the SaiGon SaiGon (roof)bar at the Caravelle Hotel with live music and fantastic ice cream. I stayed at the HUONG SEN hotel which was nice but in need of a face lift - Exodus have used this hotel in the past and they do a nice breakfast.......
My brother frequently visits Vietnam as his girlfriend lives in Siagon so if you guys want any further help with accommodation or whatever please ask.
Hanoi - have already booked hotel through AGODA (agency) for the week prior to cycling holiday. Decided to use Anise Hotel which comes highly recommended.
Hope all is well with you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm on the trip too! I've done lots of trips with Exodus before, but usually walking and trekking - this is my first cycling trip. Its also my first trip to this part of the world - I can't wait!
I'm on the group flight so I hope some others are too - its good to start to get to know people at the airport.
Sorry to take so long to get back to you.
Brian - thanks for the travel advice on visas, hotels and, most importantly, a good bar! I'll try to book the Anise Hotel in Hanoi as well and expect to be there a couple of days before the trip starts. I'm also hoping to go to Halong Bay.
Janie - in terms of training I'm no expert, but suspect you should try to go for building both strength and stamina, so alternate short, sharp trips up and down a couple of hills (depending where you live) with longer, flatter trips. Also, make sure you take isotonic drinks like Lucozade Sport. If you use drinks like Gatorade that you mix yourself from powder then don't put them in a Camelbak as they gum up the tube, it goes mouldy and then you have to buy a new tube (personal experience). Apologies if you know that already.
Nicola - sorry I won't be at Heathrow but at least Janie will be.
Should have said I am no longer keen on going to Halong Bay this time as it will all be a bit of a rush. I'm keen on coming back to do the other road trip (Saigon to Hanoi) so I would do Halong Bay then. Tell Les he should go ahead and book without me if he wants to go. See you later.
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