Hi Andrea, I'm booked on this trip too and am really looking forward to it. Have you been to that part of the world before? I've been to Thailand previously and loved it. Hoping to get the Lonely Planet book in my Christmas stocking.
Hi karen, nice to hear from you not long now till our travels :) are you flying out of heathrow? We have been to Thailand and Nepal but really looking to this trip can't wait, just having jabs at the moment :(
Hi Carol and Geoff glad someone has sent a message beginning to think we was going on our own. Have you travelled with exodus before? I am travelling with my husband Ed so looking forward to catching up with you at the airport, thats if your flying from heathrow.
This will be our first trip with exodus. A couple of people I know at work have been with them and reports are all good. We've had our jabs a couple of weeks ago. Is this your first trip with exodus? We are flying from Heathrow and have just booked a hotel for an overnight stay near the airport for the night of the 10th Feb. Looking forward to meeting you and fellow travellers with exodus.
Hi Geoff, counting the weeks down :) have you been advised on taking malaria tablets yet, we have some confusion as wether to or not. We are in the proceeds of booking overnight stay at heathrow, did you get any goods deals anywhere?
We went to our GP and she advised that we'd be unlikely to need to take malaria tablets when we told her exactly where in Vietnam we were going. We've decided not to take them, but it's obviously a personal decision. We booked an overnight stay at a hotel at Heathrow using a company called Holiday Extras. I think Exodus recommend them too. We booked a 'mystery' hotel from their website at a much reduced rate and it's within a mile of Heathrow. We've got a Lonely Planet guide to Vietnam - just 5 weeks to go now. Geoff:-)
I've just logged back in and it's great to see so many posts. I'm flying from Heathrow too so it would be great to meet up in the airport. I think I'm ok for jabs and going to my GP on Tuesday about anti-malarials, really not sure what to do on that one. Do you have your visas yet? My application is with the embassy at the moment.
I was very pleased to receive the Lonely Planet guide for Christmas :)
Looking forward to meeting you all soon. Karen
Hi karen, yes we have our visa's back did'nt take long to process though. Just been out and bought some new holdalls today. Our gp is contacting nathnac for us about the malaria tablets but thinks we wont need them.
Looking forward to catching up at the airport, are you going to prebook your seats befoehand?
Hello again everyone,
I'm pleased to say my visa has arrived. I saw the nurse yesterday and she prescribed Malarone for when we go to the Mekong Delta. I'll start taking them when we are in Nha Trang. Am now about to shop around for best price! My jabs are up-to-date so no needles for me. She also recommended a mosquito net impregnated with repellent.
Just looking at prebooking seats so will let you know on this.
Well getting really excited now only 3 weeks to go :) :) just booked hotel at heathrow the night before we fly. Have checked with exodus as to when we can reserve seats and they say it is 24 hours before our departure.
Andrea and ed :)
Looking forward to the trip. I am Lynne from from Edinburgh. Have been on a few Exodus trips and Vietnam is next on my list. Can't wait to meet you all. I'm sure we'll have a fabby time. Am staying overnight on the 10th in Heathrow.
Take Care and see you all soon (Good tip is attach your exodus luggage label to your hand luggage then we can spot each other unless you do not want to be noticed till we get there!)
Which hotel are you staying in at Heathrow? We have booked the Holiday Inn which i believe is just off the M4. Where else have you travelled to with Exodus? We did Everest Base Camp and hubby did K2 in Pakistan but that was with KE so this is our 1st time travelling with them.
Looking forward to catching up with everyone
Nice to hear from you. Am staying at the Hilton in terminal 4 managed to get a good deal. Our flight is leaving from there so will be nice and handy. Other Exodus travels have been China India and Thailand plus lot of the tuscany region in Italy as that is my favourite country. Am a real fan of the Far East too. So looking forward to this holiday. Was reading the itinerary again and it is just so fab. Look forward to meeting you
Hi, myself and a friend are booked on the Vietnam Adventure departing LHR on 25th Feb. Is anyone else on here booked up on that trip? It would be good to hear from you if so!
Less than 2 weeks to go! I'll be travelling to LHR on Saturday morning, as I live fairly close to the airport. Do you fancy meeting up for a drink before we board the flight? Perhaps in Costa Coffee or somewhere similar around 945? I'll have my Exodus tag on my hand luggage.
I have requested a window seat on row 55 on the long haul legs and row 23 on the short haul legs.
Happy packing everyone.
Iam booked on this trip, it's my second trip with Exodus. I've been to India and Nepal but its my first time to this reagion. I've got my shots, antimalaria and visa sorted and am really looking forward to it, only a few weeks go to.
Thanks for getting in touch. Are you travelling alone? Yes - i'm fairly organised too as i'm off skiing for a week this weekend so not all that much time to prepare once i'm back! I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your Indian adventures as I spent 6 months there recently with work!
Yes I am travelling solo, I believe there are a few of us on this trip. Working in India sounds fasinating, I cant wait to talk to you about it, there are many trips to india on my wish list. Looking forward to meeting you too, are you on the group flight departing from Heathrow. Have a nice time skiing.
Fabulous Marie - Yes, we're departing Heathrow on the group flight. I'm conscious of taking up message space on a group forum (!), but if you wanted to email my private email to arrange to meet up or discuss what we're taking or anything like that, i'm on firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise my friend and i look forward to meeting you soon for our fabulous adventure! :)
Hello, we are also booked on this trip, but not on the group flight, we will be flying out on an earlier flight and will hopefully meet up with the group at the hotel.
Still undecided about malaria tablets though.
Karen and David
Hi Karen and David,
Great to meet 2 more!! Know what you mean re antimalarials - It does seem like a borderline decision doesnt it! No clear guidance - seem to get different advice from different places. I already had the tablets anyway from a recent trip to India, so am going to bring them then decide when i'm there, depending on where exactly we go and how many mosquitos are around!
Where are you going before joining our trip? Hope you have a safe flight!
Like you we are taking some Malarone with us and will make a decision whilst there. Our doctor didn't seem to think we would need them, but wrote a out a script anyway.
We will be flying from Heathrow with Thai as we booked the flight and trip seperately.
At present I am trying to work out how to minimise my packing list.
Nice to hear from you Kate - I'm really excited too! Great to hear you've been on many Exodus trips before - You must have enjoyed them to book on another! I look forward to hearing about where else you have been!!
And like you Karen am currently debating the packing list! I'm hoping to travel fairly light (small hold case and small rucksac for handluggage) as my friend and I are going on to Cambodia on our own after the Exodus trip and dont want too much luggage to haul around :) At the moment i havent allowed much space for souveniers..
See you all on 26th! Hope you all have safe flights over..
Not long now, really looking forward this one.
Liv - 'plan b' is to pack light and look for a local laundry service in Hoi An. I really envy your Cambodia trip, we were looking to do something similar, but ran out of days.
See you all shortly.
Hi everyone I'm getting really excited too wont be long now. Karen, plan b is a good idea but hard to do. on my last trip with Exodus, most of the hotels provided a laundry service. I,m brining a universal adaptor, it seems Vietnam use a veriety of plugs in different cities.
Look forward to meeting you all on the 26th. Liv I will have my exodus tag on my backpack and we'll probably bump into each other at the airport or on the plane.
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