Having never been on a large group tour or travelled with exodus I did not know what to expect.I was very happy with the group we had fantastic dynamics all very individual characters mostly couples and the age range was from 30 -70+ but we all got on very well and with most of the group being very well travelled they gave me lots of inspiration for future trips.I was a solo traveller and so was a smidge nervous about this but the dynamics of the group meant I was very well looked after and having the usual holiday crisis including misplaced luggage meant that the group all leant me kit until my luggage was promptly reunited with me.Because the group jelled so well we spent most of our free time together and also chose to eat as a group on the evenings but there was no issue with anyone doing their own thing if they wanted a little private time away from the group I met up with friends on different trips on a few of the evenings.The itinerary covered a lot of things and gave a good introduction to the countries I would call it a Cambodia Laos Trip though not much of Thailand is actually seen. It was a reasonable pace not leisurely but not exhausting either. It would have been nice to have a few extra free time days as it felt like we were always on the go but none of the time was wasted even the days where long drives occurred there was always something good about the day like fantastic views or interesting tourist points to see.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
My favourite parts of the trip were:-
Sailing down the Mekong a beautiful escape
The Ankor Thom Temples
Seeing how many ladies we could cram into a single tuk tuk (following a good evening out)
Full body massages for less than $10
Riding a bike on possibly the bumpiest track I have ever encountered then stopping for a beer whilst a local gentleman imparted some Buddhist wisdom on us.
The food couldn’t try enough always so much to choose from.
The beautiful people who despite having very little in comparison to what we have back in England appeared much happier with much more solid values on family and community support for each other.
My fantastic travel buddies who I met on the trip made me laugh till my sides hurt sometimes and always checked if I was ok.
I can’t really say the killing fields in Cambodia are a favourite because it made me feel incredible deep sadness but they are an absolute must it is too significant to not see.
- What did you think of your group leader?
We had a group leader for each section of the trip each very different in their personalities and each offering a different experience. The benefit of different guides was that their local knowledge was evident.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
When it comes to packing take only the essentials you can get everything else out there including spare clothes and if you don’t leave at least half of your case/sack empty you will end up leaving things behind or buying another case/sack to put trinkets in.
If you get a lot of trinkets it may be worth posting them home in a parcel.
Having lost my luggage temporarily it made me realises there is a difference between what you want and what you need; keep what you need in your hand luggage.
Make sure cash you take is small denominations or it gets tricky buying little things.
Interestingly I couldn’t use American dollars in Bangkok and had to change to local currency I was very surprised by that there were loads of ATM’s though and my hotel changed money for me although the rate wasn’t as good as it could have been elsewhere.
Always take a calling card from your hotel so if you do get lost you know where to get back to.
Make sure you take medication for coughs colds upset tummies ect and check well in advance what vacines you need.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
- Every trip will be different go with an open mind and enjoy yourself.