An excellent trip and a great introduction to SE Asia. The pace was just right and the combination of cultural activities and free time was perfect. It was great to spend the 2 weeks in sociable, like-minded company and my fellow travellers and tour leader made it even more memorable.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
So many...! The Homestay in the Mekong Delta was a highlight of the trip, even down to getting caught in a thunderstorm and torrential rain on our Sampan boats! The host was welcoming and her food delicious and the surprise entertainment at the end of the night was magical. The Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam were also amazing to experience, especially facing my fears of claustrophobia..!
Cambodia was special too, particularly the moving visits to the Killing Fields and S21, both very emotional but essential places to visit to truly understand the history of this wonderful country.
Although our time in Bangkok was short, the Royal Palace was extremely impressive and exceeded my expectations prior to the trip.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Thyda was outstanding! Her passion and enthusiasm for her country was evident and her knowledge second to none. Nothing was too much trouble and she certainly went the extra mile in organising our meals and activities in the evenings-she was great company and was sorely missed when we left her behind in Cambodia! A top notch holiday made even better with our fantastic group leader.
Our additional tour guides in Vietnam were also very good, especially our guide (Too??) who was with us during the Mekong homestay.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Deet is a must, especially in the Mekong. If you like shopping, make sure you have room in your luggage...souvenirs and gifts are very cheap!
Be prepared for the humidity...even in monsoon season. Light, summer clothes (and waterproofs!) are essential.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
The whole trip was superb, but I was disappointed with the resort of Sihanoukville...it didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the trip and the rather 'tacky' resort was not what was expected. Our hotel, which was in the process of being renovated, was again disappointing compared to others we stayed in and although the rooms were comfortable enough, some areas of the hotel were closed. (ie swimming pool) Although a stay by the beach was appealing, this resort, sadly, was not.
Our short time in Bangkok was enjoyable and the Royal Palace impressive. However, after arriving off our flight from Cambodia, the subsequent lunch and tour of the palace was extremely rushed and I felt that I couldn't appreciate the sights of the palace as much as I'd have liked. There was so much to see yet we had too little time. Maybe a free afternoon after arriving in Bangkok and the palace visit the next day would be better.
Despite these minor hiccups, it was still an amazing holiday and I would highly recommend this trip to anyone with a sense of adventure who wants to experience some of the highlights that SE Asia has to offer. Once again Exodus has delivered a fascinating, action packed holiday and given me some long lasting memories. Thank you!