Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand - departing Heathrow 27th July

First timers in South East Asia.  Be great to hear from anyone on this trip regarding advice on clothing/precautions/flights etc. Basically anything.

Looking forward to meeting everyone either in Heathrow or Bangkok

Hello!

I'm David, arriving in Bangkok on 25 July to explore a little before joining the group and extending for a beach holiday in Phuket at the end. Really looking forward to the trip... Just need to sort out the Visa situation. 

Hi David, As I understand it the only visa we need unless staying longer than 15 days is Cambodia, correct?

Martyn

I hadn't read the information until just. Assumed I needed to do something. Thailand for less than 30 days and Vietnam for less than 15 days, no visa required. Needed for Cambodia, but you can buy a Visa at the border. However, Exodus recommended getting an e-visa when I contacted them as it saves time. Just applied for one at: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/ , but said "something went wrong" at the last step, but the status says pending and payment successful. So waiting to see!

The Cambodian e-visa came through within a few hours. It says you still have to fill in the arrival and departure cards when you get there, so probably not much benefit in getting the e-visa, but nothing lost, etc.

I'm going to start a new thread, because I'm cycling, I think this one is for the Family Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand trip

Hi Alan

We’re a family of 4 travelling out from Heathrow on 27th.  No idea what to advise. Husband has been to Thailand (many years ago) but the rest of us are first timers too. We do have a family appointment with the nurse at GP centre next week to discuss if any vaccinations are recommended. I think we might need a Hepatitis A.

Not sure if I'm on the correct thread given David's comment.  For those on the cycling trip, any tips on ftiness? I have an e-bike but have basically turned off the power and am ok for about 25 miles in one go but 54 miles is a bit daunting!  

Btw geting my jabs from Boots - much quicker an easier than getting a GP appointment.  

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Hi Susanna,

 

Just my son and I going, he’s just had his holiday jabs, Hep A and Typhoid, the rest (Polio/Tetanus/Diptheria) he’s up-to-date through school.

 

I’m going on the 12thJune. Probably for all above.  My biggest concern was malaria, but I know someone who worked over in Vietnam/Cambodia for 8 years and married a Vietnamese lady, they say they haven’t heard of anyone having malaria, so that puts that into perspective. Dengue fever also rare but taking plenty of spray DEET/Skin So Soft as a deterrent. Also taking a couple of mosquito nets for night, though I doubt whether they’ll be necessary.

Hi Alan

We've all been as a family today to the nurse at GP's practice. We've all had Hepatitis A/Typhoid vaccinations and my husband, who wasn't up to date with tetanus boosters, had that too.

How old is your son? Our son has just turned 18. We also have a daughter who's just turned 16 - maximum age for the family adventure holiday so we just got in.  So both just finished GCSEs and A Levels.

 

Looking forward to meeting you both.

 

 

Hi Susanna, we had the jabs on the same day then! – just need to go back for my 2nd MMR on 10th July.  My son is 16 and just finishing his GCSE’s this week, then he’s hitting the gym 5 days a week (supposedly!) He said that if he has another Hep A within 6 months he’ll be protected for 25 years, so he’ll be doing that.

When I was booking the trip I had a choice of a departure on the 20th or the 27th, I chose the 27th as there were 4 other families with children of a similar age (M13, F16+M18, M15+M18, F16+F18), so I think by a couple of days in, there will be a spilt in the bus with the kids all at the back! (Not sure if the 20th is even going now).  Just got my travel insurance through the P.O., where I’ll get my currency from too, think I’ll just take US$, which should be good for Vietnam/Cambodia, and possibly Thailand, if not I’ll exchange some. We’ve got the Premier Inn at Brentford booked for overnight, I don’t trust East Midlands Trains to get us down from Derby on Sat morning without some kind of hitch.

If you are going on

Cycle Indochina and Angkor (MOC) Departing 27/28 July , if you click this, I've started a new blog.

Hi Alan

It's nice to hear that the children are all roughly same age. I think my 2 were a little worried, especially 18 year old son.

 

I was thinking of getting some US$ too. I think one of the emails from Exodus suggested obtaining local currency out there.

 

We're travelling down from Newcastle Upon Tyne on the Friday and staying overnight in Hounslow. We have friends there so we're taking the opportunity to catch up with them. I wouldn't risk leaving the travel down to London on the same day either!

 

Suddenly this all becoming quite real! :)

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