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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 20:04

Anyone else booked on this trip?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 20:09

Anyone else going on the trip??


Sun, 02/24/2013 - 13:17

Hi, booked this the other day, really excited.
Alan - ireland

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 16:18

Hey Alan,  thats excellent I'll have someone to chat to about it now - have you done anything like this before?


Sun, 02/24/2013 - 17:20

Hi Barbara, nope, definitely a first for me. You?

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 17:47

A first for me too, although I have cycled in the Rockies 3 years ago for Charity.  Are you on Facebook by any chance.




Tue, 05/21/2013 - 22:59

Hi guys, I'm really considering doing this trip in September. If I'm going to book it will be soon as apparently there is a fair few going, ill keep you posted. It looks amazing!

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 12:44

Booked the trip, now I'm very excited!
Going to do the 5 days in Cambodia first and stay on in hanoifor 5 days
Look forward to meeting everybody :-)

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 15:24

Booked, paid for and very excited as well. Never done anything like this before, no idea what to take - should be a blast. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 21:01

Hi Dave. I just used their list mate and worked from that. One more jab to go now and then all ready! I'm going to Cambodia before hand so really excited about the whole trip as like you not done anything like this before!

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 22:21

Hi fellow travellers
Just booked today for the 15 sep, cycling Vietnam trip, would like to hear from anyone on this trip. Looking forward
Thanks Helen x

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 23:11

Hi Helen, really starting to get excited about this now, the wait is almost over. Looks fully booked now?

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 08:13

Thanks for the message, yes not long now, I only booked yesterday I think I was the last place, I was originally on the 7th sep but not enough numbers to go ahead, are you flying on the group flight?

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 09:03

I'm flying out a couple of days before the group, 3 flights and 26 hours, brilliant!

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 19:53

Hi Helen, Alan
I'm excited too! I'm going to australia and Cambodia first. I'm looking forward to the Vietnam trip th e most though, have you guys done anything like this before?

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 20:19

Wow you have a great trip planned, how long are you in oz for? I would of liked to have touched into Cambodia but anouther time maybe! Yes looking forward to the trip especially this train journey !!!!! I went on an exodus trip last year climbed kilimanjao, was amazing so hoping this trip lives upto the same expectations !!

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 20:47

Hi guys, a first for me. So the three of us will be arriving before the tour begins, could meet up beforehand if it suits anyone? Think I'm looking foreward to going to halong bay most, even though it's near the end. Are either of you regular cyclists?

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 21:25

Hi, I think my flight arrives on the 15th, early morning, I'm coming in fom Newcastle via paris with air France, I will double check at work tomorrow, feel free to call me if anyone wants a chat before we all meet up, my home no is 016973 49098 or mob 07753620005
Are ny of you guys facebookers ???? Afraid to say I'm on so you can find me on Helen young I think my profile pic is Sydney opera house in the back ground!!!
Well regards to cycling I'm just recently back from biking to Paris from Blackpool so had some decent miles in so looking forward to getting the miles in Vietnam

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 07:10

My mobile is 07584672232. I'm in aus for 6 days, a recce trip for me more than anything. I arrive in Ho Chi Min on the normal arrival date, not sure what time will have to check. I ride most weekends in the South Downs, so plenty of hill climbs and up to 70k, have to admit with work I've to been for a few weeks. I've decided to staying in Hanoi for 5 days after the ride to look further north and some diving if possible. First exodus trip but heard great reports so v excited

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 07:13

Facebook email is I can't find you Helen.

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 11:21

I am on Facebook - sad for a man of my age - being technically in the ice age I find it easier to accept friends than find them. If you search on David Barker and find a picture of my shadow (honestly!) then I can simply push the accept button.

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 14:19

Hi dave, I can't find you on Facebook, lots and lots of David barkers !!

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 15:27

Hi - if you can narrow the search, I am the one from Baildon with the email address By the way, I can't find you either.

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 15:35

Hi David, I'll try again now,

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 15:40

Have I sent you a friend req ??

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 16:08

No - but I think I have just found you - Sydney opera house and all.

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 16:17

Found you all now I think

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 16:25

A rather important question for you all. Anyone else having difficulty getting their hands on vietnamese dong? Banks over here don't do it!

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 19:17

Hi Alan, are you taking the dong ?? I was thinking of taking dollars, i am a travel agent so I'll check tomorrow when I'm back in work, I'm sure its a currency which is allowed to be taken into the country.

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 21:04

Ha! Bet you've been dying to say that. That would be great if you could. I'm not too far from Dublin if it helps. I have some dollars so i'll take them with me either way.

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 21:18

Haha, just relised what I'd put, just looking through photos of past trips to Vietnam, I'm worried what to pack ??? Typical girl do I take nice summer dresses and heels etc or just cashual shorts and jeans!!!! Oh the dilemmas us girls have !!

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 21:47

If I have a vote, then it's for dresses and heels:) but I bet you'd regret it after a couple of days. I think a mix would probably be best, and a good rain coat

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 14:52

Alan, just been to fin some Dong and the HSBC can get it in by order and takes a few days, nowhere does Cambodian currency though.
Helen dresses and heels work for me too, but cycling in them may be a small issue :-). Hope you all have a great weekend

Sat, 08/10/2013 - 15:27

Cheers Paul, but there are no branches here. I think Ulster bank might do them, i'll check on monday. The only other place I have found that do Dong is marks and spencer all the way up in Lisburn!!!

Tue, 08/13/2013 - 22:08

Hi all, I'm also joining the 15th September trip and really looking forward to it; 1 month to go still seems too far away! ~Mat

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 12:23

Hi Mat, looking forward to meeting you on the trip. What part of the world are you from mate?

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 16:42

Hi Paul (and everyone else who's found me on Facebook); likewise looking forward to meeting you all in a few weeks. I'm based in West London; my office is underneath the Heathrow landing approach; can't wait to be on one of those plane's jetting away to Vietnam (I'm flying out of Heathrow, but not on the group flight; arriving about half-an-hour behind that into Saigon).

Randomly has anyone else had problems getting the Typhoid jab, seemingly there was a mass-recall and is now in short supply (my Doctor is claiming that it's not that essential for Vietnam, but I'm trying a travel clinic as a backup)?

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 16:50

Hi matt, nice to of found you on facebook ! I haven't had any injection to travel to Vietnam I'm sure im upto date with every thing so I'm not going to bother with anything else.
Question for you all , are you takin your own bike helmet out there ?

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 20:05

No dramas getting typhoid or any other jabs, just a very achy arm after!

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 20:06

I'm taking my own helmet, saddle and peddles. An old friend recommended this to me

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 21:17

Ok will pack my helmet, think I have enough padding on my backside so I'll manage with there saddles are you taking cleats or normal peddles ?? X

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 22:01

Cleats for me!! Have a tender butt so best take some padding! Bought some energy bars and shots to take too...

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 22:02

Just ad to book a ski break too, loving this travelling malarky x

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 22:11

SPD cleats for me, not bringing a saddle but have good shorts so should be ok. Have that itchy typhoid arm right now.

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 23:11

Likewise, bringing my own helmet, a saddle-post mounted rackbag (to avoid carrying too much weight on my back and keep my hopefully keep my SLR snug) and a small camelbak; plus a bunch of gels and re-hydration jobbies. I'm planning on just using my usual padded shorts with whatever saddle they have out there, but bringing a padded seat cover as a backup just in case.

Thu, 08/15/2013 - 18:15

Got my visa today, last piece of the puzzle I think.

Thu, 08/15/2013 - 19:03

My last piece is sorting out some dong then I'm there I think....? Not long now until the off :-)

Thu, 08/15/2013 - 20:40

Yep count down begins, I'm just waiting for my visa , got my dong, not going to take my cleats just going to go with what ever is on the bikes, Hoping there's other girls on the trip !!! Really excited about the different culture were heading too, my exodus trip last year was amazing so hoping this one will be just as good.

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 18:25

We will make it good Helen, I'm sooooo looking forward to it and having fun and laughter. There is a girl on the Cambodia trip with me I think but she's not hooked up here yet. Looking forward to meeting you all :-)

Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:40

Anyone taking malaria tablets? Or are we far enough away from the worst areas for the deet to be sufficient? Btw, also not taking cleats and feel my a*s with padded shorts will suffice - anyway, thought was for fun not a race? Or will it be both! Can't wait for the tunnels (may need a gentle encouragement to get my ageing bones down there).

Sat, 08/17/2013 - 12:03

hi dave, im not bothering about malaria I usually forget to take them anyways so not going to worry!!




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