I'm also booked on this after hearing others on the India trip last year singing the praises of the Vietnam trip. I think we don't arrive till the 12th Oct, although we start on the 11th, so probably meet you at the departure gate, queuing to get on the plane which happened last time, or maybe on the plane, if they've given us seats together.
Looking forward to it, although I'm always a bit nervous beforehand about travelling on my own. But past experience says it will be fine when we've all met up.
Good to hear from others going.......Since you've been on one of these trips before Viv, do you recommend a ruck sack or case. There are pro's and con's to both so keep changing my mind! And any other tips gratefully received.
I am also on this trip and have been with Exodus previously - happy to allay fears of travelling alone or provide other advice, meet up at the airport before hand etc.
It would be good if a few of us could meet up at the airport...... once through passport control etc. Nearer the time perhaps we should exchange mobile numbers so can text once arrived?
Any thoughts on if a case will be ok? Got my visa last week so just have to arrange malaria tablets now......4 weeks!
I took an expandable suitcase on wheels last time for India which was similar amount of travel. I guess we have to think about the fact we will be on an overnight train, on a boat. If we have a large suitcase there won't be much room for us!
I usually travel fairly light, a day rucksack and a wheelie suitcase, but then I do manage to pack a lot into a small case!
Looking forward to meeting you all soon! Not long now. :)
As I'm flying from Norway I will arrive in Hanoi 11th October (a day before the group). I guess I'll meet you all at the hotel on the 12th. When does the group flight get in? :)
I've literally just booked onto this trip - got the confirmation email last night! So paid a small fortune for jabs at the Trailfinders Clinic today, and rushing around now to get my visa organised in time! I can't fly with the group as the flight is full. Instead, I fly from Heathrow same day at 1230 with Thai Airways and land in Hanoi at 0935 on the Saturday 12th Oct. Is that close to the group arrival time? Be nice to know if it was and I was meeting everyone in the arrivals hall, as at the moment I haven't a clue what happens once I land! Anyway, looking forward to this trip massively. It's going to be awesome! See there's another Jenny on the trip!! I'll be Jen to save confusion!!
Yes the group flight arrives Saturday morning as well so sure you won't be far behind or ahead even!. I think Exodus arrange a pick up for all flights so there should be someone waving an Exodus card when you get through arrivals.
I'm actually on another Vietnam trip at the end of October but waswondering what currency people are taking. Exodus recommends Dollars but I've read somewhere that English Pound is just as good.
I'm on the trip 11 Oct trip too and so excited.......seems ages ago that I booked it. I was going to take mainly Dong with a few dollars. Still not decided on a suitcase or backpack though.....
I decided against malaria stuff, pretty sure is low risk & only near Mekong delta. I've got my deet spray and long trousers for the evenings!
6 more work days to go!!!
Ditto. Look forward to meeting you too.
Have a safe flight from Heathrow!
Re.luggage.....I have decided on suitcase as to be honest doesn't take up any more room than rucksack and prefer wheeling to carrying! I am taking dollars simply because I already had them from another trip.
Any ideas on place to meet at Gatwick North.....I can never remember which is north and south terminal.
I'm flying from Heathrow with Thai Air as I booked so late in the day so can't help you there.
Just read all the posts. So good to 'chat' beforehand. I've also got mostly dong, with dollars for the tip kitty, and the tip for the rep at the end, with some for backup. Always got the visa card for emergency. Got the deet, and the travel pills! Yes, full trip means 16. Full flight not so keen on :<. Sure it will be fine though. Getting excited and looking forward to meeting you all. Viv
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