This was a brilliant holiday! The best we've ever had. The perfect mix of culture, adventure and relaxation. Beautiful countryside, welcoming people, gorgeous food, millions of temples, billions of Buddhas... Marvellous!!!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
My most inspiring part of the holiday was the first sight of the inside of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok because it surpassed all expectations as regards beauty, atmosphere, size and detail. It was also the first day of the holiday and everything was completely different and new. (Mick)
Having gone to sleep on the night train feeling that our adventure was really about to begin, I found waking up in the middle of the jungle absolutely amazing; I looked out of the window in my cosy cabin to see jungle vines, paddy fields, rivers, swamps and fantastic views across the countrside. (Kate)
My most memorable moment was playing games with the hill-tribe children. (Tom)
My favourite moment was riding in the speed-boat and snorkelling at Koh Samet. (Olivia)
- What did you think of your group leader?
Beam was brilliant! On arrival in Bangkok, Beam greeted us wih her "beam"ing smile and warm welcome. She displayed enthusiasm throughout and thought of everything; planning all our little extra excursions with efficiency. As well as a keen guide and leader, she was also extremely patient and considerate. Beam had a wonderful rapport with the children and we all loved her! Without a guide, we wouldn't have seen and done a third of what we did; having never been on this type of holiday before, and generally enjoying our own independence, I didn't realise the importance of a good local guide to getting the most out of an adventure holiday.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Remember your sleeping bag liners when doing the hill-tribe trek (the bedding will not be what you're used to!).
Don't worry about going in the rainy season (unless you're after sun-bathing); we enjoyed the mixture of weather and didn't find the occasional down-pours inconveient (in fact we quite enjoyed them!); also, because of the heat, the cloud cover was welcome at times.
Everything when you get there is really cheap from a Western viewpoint, so you don't need lots of spending money.
We were surprised at how few flying insects there were- we used repellant but often it wasn't needed.
Being reasonably experienced walkers, we were worried that his type of led-experience may be a little tame and too child-centred but we all had an amazing holiday with plenty of adventure and interest for all.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Our holiday experience was enhanced by meeting the other families as well as Beam, Mr Tong (our jungle guide) and other people along the way (porters, taxi drivers, restaurant owners etc.). We made good friends and it definitely helped our children to get the most out of the holiday as well as having others to share in our excitement.
Our children (Thomas aged 13 and Olivia aged 10) absolutely loved this holiday as much as we did.
We have never been on an Exodus holiday before and our usual holiday involves camping or a gite/villa; we didn't know what to expect (none of our friends knowing the company either). We would definitely book with Exodus again. We have been recommending Exodus to all our friends, many of whom were so excited by our 800 photos that they are talking about booking one of these holidays themselves!!
We feel that this has been a real trip of a life-time and we will never forget it! Thank you.