Chopsticks and Coconuts

My son and I have booked onto this trip and would love to chat to other families who are also going. I realise this is only March and we are not travelling until August but we are super excited and would love to share the excitement, and also any tips to prepare.

I am travelling with my 13 and 16 year old children and we would love to get to know who we are travelling with. Look forward to seeing you all in August. Mel

We are joining the trip on 20th August - husband plus 14 & 16 yr olds. Looking forward to meeting our fellow travellers!

Good news about the visa requirement ! I should have been more specific about the date we were going as I now realise the trip is going out on several dates. Kirstie we will be coming home as you are joining. Melchaplin - what date are you travelling out on? Has anyone thought about getting currency yet? I've had conflicting reports from "you can only buy it in country" Sainsbury's travel bureau - to post office website giving a poor rate of exchange.

Hi Kirstie - we are joining the 20th August trip (with Sophie 19 and Matthew 17). We are arriving early for a few days in Sapa so won't be on the group flight. Looking forward to meeting you all in Hanoi.

The Explorers - re-currency. We did Southern Vietnam 2 years ago. You could pick currency up at the airport and there were lots of money exchanges in the cities. We did take dollars but it was just as easy to exchange sterling. You can spend dollars in markets, hotels etc- but you usually pay more. We will probably take some dollars - but mainly exchange sterling there.

Thanks Roy and Nicky. I will definitely order some dollars (in small denominations I hear is best) but good to know about exchanging sterling.

Hi  Roy and Nicky, we are spending a few days in KL so we will also be joining the tour in Hanoi. Look forward to meeting you then.

Aside from myself, we are Duncan (husband) and Oliver (16) and Toby (14)


Hi ... thought I'd introduce myself.  I'm Rachel (mum), Callum (Nearly 16 ~ just finished Y11), Kate (11, just left Y6) and husband Jeff.  Had a quick read through the threads above ... is anyone actually departing next Thurs (3rd)?

Getting really excited!  We have been to Thailand and Malaysia before but not Vietnam!

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