An amazing holiday which superseeded all expectations, run at a reasonable pace with a well deserved beach day on day 5. Wonderful passionate guides who gave us lots of tips and set our expectations from the start, wonderful food, great company and the local people were so welcoming.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Killing fields and the genocide museum struck a chord with everyone.
Chi chi tunnels
- What did you think of your group leader?
Vietnam group leader was exceptional, set all the groups expectations and set time frames at the start of the day so we knew exactly what we would be doing which helped to consider what money to take, clothes to wear etc. Very knoweldgeable and massively passionate about his job. Asked for regular feedback throughout so he could tweak as needed. Crammed in loads of extras.
Cambodian guide was also wonderful, to have been through so much in life and to be able to speak such good English and also to take groups regularly to what is a massive reminder of his own families personnal tradegy is so inspiring. Very knowledgable, massively likeable character whose attempts to tell English jokes are hilarous.
I hope both guides have a job for life with Exodus. Both are a credit to the company.
Thailand guide didn't meet us at the airport and wasn't in attendance until day two so had some catching up to do. Likeable guy but when charging across the chaos that is Bankgok in 1 day hard to judge how good a guide he could be.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Don't worry about tummy troubles, only a couple of the group had any form of upset tummy and then only for 1/2 a day.
Comfortable shoes a must for the temples and boat days
Don't go to any of the sexy shows in Bangkok and expect not to get ripped off.
Don't overpack, clothes are so cheap you will have regular opportunity to get clothes laundered on route for less than 1 dollar per item and loads of chances to buy clothes throughout the trip esp in Cambodia so pack minimally. I took enough for the whole trip but struggled to fit my new purchases in.
Take a swimming cosie - all but 1 hotels have a pool.
Money - £400 is enough for the whole trip for eating well, buying souvenirs, tips and a to regularly have a bottle of wine and cocktails with meals. More if you want to buy handbags etc in Bangkok.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Excellent trip, keen to return to Vietnam/Cambodia on another trip format.
Ideally would have prefered to start in Bangkok, most of the group weren't as keen on Bankok and it seemed strange to have such a tranquil tour and then be thrust into Bangkok at the end.
Unhappy that the return flight was via Kuala Lumpur rather than direect from Bangok costing us half a days travel. The late bookers were luckier than the organised early bookers.
Would recommend changing the itinery on the day of the killing fields - better to go to the genocide museum and killing fields 1st in the morning then onto the palace and the russian market after lunch. Going straight form the killing fields to run around a market for 45 minutes gigling and making fast paced purchases seemed a little disrespectful to the guide after where we had just come from.
Would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in Cambodia/Vietnam, pace is quite steady and not a lot of walking invovled apart from at Angor Watt.