Cambodia in Angkor Ta Prohm Temple

Classic Vietnam & Angkor

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AOI
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

The best of Vietnam plus the incredible Angkor temple complex of Cambodia

Vietnam’s landscape of limestone cliffs and great rivers provides a backdrop to a fascinating culture. Much of life in Vietnam is lived out in the streets, and in the cities of Saigon and Hanoi we are able to witness this endless spectacle. Slowing the pace, we visit scenic Halong Bay and enjoy the calm of the Mekong Delta. Hoi An provides remnants of a rich heritage. Finally in Cambodia we visit one of the world's great surviving archaeological wonders, the temple complex of Angkor.

Highlights

  • Premium Adventure: high standard of accommodation throughout
  • No long road journeys, maximising your time at each destination
  • Boat trip around stunning Halong Bay
  • Explore the Mekong Delta
  • Discover the historic trading town of Hoi An
  • Crawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels
  • Explore incomparable Angkor temple complex in Cambodia

Key information

  • 12 nights comfortable hotels, 1 night boat with twin share cabins, all en suite
  • Travel by private car/minibus/nbus subject to group sizes, 3 flights and boats
  • Some gentle walking in humid conditions
  • Leisurely pace of travel

What's included

  • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Hanoi.

    The day is free to recover from the flight or stroll amongst the broad tree-lined avenues dating from the French period. There is a faded colonial charm where baguettes and good coffee are sold from doorways of grand old buildings. There will be a welcome briefing this evening with an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
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  • Day 2

    City tour; afternoon free.

    This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hanoi. This will include visits to the Temple of Literature, the site of the oldest university in Vietnam with over 2000 graduates; Hoa Lo Prison and the Old Quarter of the city with its '36 Streets' where each street is home to shops selling particular products - e.g. 'silk street', 'gold street', 'paper street' and 'naff souvenir' street. We have the afternoon free in Hanoi to wander around the Hoan Kiem lake and perhaps enjoy the view from a lakeside café.
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    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    To Halong Bay; cruise, overnight on board boat

    We make an early start for the approximately 4-hour journey to Halong Bay. This is one of the most stunningly beautiful sights in South East Asia with some 3000 limestone peaks rising directly from the clear emerald sea. We cruise amongst this amazing karst scenery, stopping to swim and kayak, allowing us to get to places inaccessible by boat (weather permitting), and enjoy a seafood lunch on board. We overnight on board in twin share cabins with en suite facilities.
    Overnight Boat

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Continue cruise; return to Hanoi.

    We continue to cruise around Halong Bay this morning before returning to port. We then drive back to Hanoi where the evening is free to explore or relax. There is the option of seeing a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which your leader can arrange if you have not already seen them and wish to do so.
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    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Fly to Danang; transfer to Hoi An.

    After breakfast we transfer to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Danang. In Danang, we climb Marble Mountain where we explore the large caves which were used by the Viet Cong as a hospital base during the war. From the mountain peak there are fantastic views over My Khe Beach and the surrounding countryside which leads on to Hoi An, our final destination.
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    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Walking tour of Hoi An; free afternoon.

    This morning will include a walking tour of Hoi An, the original European trading port in Vietnam, dating back to the mid-sixteenth century. It is now a living museum, with attractive wooden merchant's houses and pagoda-style temples with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European architectural influences. It is also a marvellous place to wander around and enjoy the thriving riverside market and great silk/clothes shopping. If you have anything in mind you want making up, you should consider taking a picture of it along with you.

    The afternoon is free to enjoy a town that has become a favourite for so many travellers to Vietnam. Options include a trip to My Son, the Cham civilisation's spiritual home, where Cham kings were buried as long ago as the fourth century. Although wartime bombing has destroyed much of the site, there's a number of interesting stone towers and sanctuaries.
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    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Cruise on Thu Bon River to a cooking class; afternoon free.

    We spend the morning at the wonderful Red Bridge restaurant, located on the bank of the Thu Bon River. Visiting the colourful local market first, we shop for ingredients before taking a boat ride to the restaurant. Here we learn the intricacies of Vietnamese cooking. Under the supervision of an English-speaking Vietnamese chef you have the opportunity to create your own dishes. You don't need to be a proficient cook to enjoy this activity but be warned, you get to eat your creations at the end of the morning! You may choose to stay on and enjoy the idyllic garden at the restaurant or make your way back into Hoi An town for an afternoon at leisure, or jump on a bike (optional) for a ride through the countryside, passing markets, schools and villages before continuing on to Cua Dai beach (5 km).
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    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Fly to Saigon; afternoon city tour.

    This morning we transfer to Danang Airport for the flight to Saigon, officially known as Ho Chi Minh City. This is an exciting and absorbing city where scooters pack the streets and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, it is now a bustling free market city where anything goes. Our hotel is in the heart of this incredible city. The Saigon River and Ben Thanh market, are within easy walking distance and are highly recommended. This afternoon a city tour will include a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. The Museum has an interesting photographic record of the Vietnam/American War. Please be aware that some images at the museum are very graphic.
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    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Morning visit to Cu Chi Tunnels; free afternoon.

    Today we leave the city behind us and head north to visit the infamous Cu Chi tunnels. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers 3 levels and incorporates around 240km of tunnels. Traditionally these were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to explore the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine! In the afternoon we return to Saigon and the rest of the day is free for individual exploration.
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    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    To Mekong Delta; cruise through waterways.

    In the morning we drive to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta (approx 2½ hours), known as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam. This region produces most of Vietnam's fruit, sugar cane and coconuts. We take a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River, passing many orchards and friendly locals also travelling by boat. We stop to see some small cottage industries such as rice paper and coconut candy, getting a chance to sample the produce along the way before enjoying the local speciality, ‘Elephant Ear Fish', for lunch. After lunch, we continue by boat to Vinh Long where our bus is waiting to take us to Can Tho.
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    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Visit floating market; return to Saigon.

    This morning we take a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market, the biggest and most lively floating market in the Delta, with great photo opportunities. It is a maze of hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables and plants, where samples are hung from the tops of long poles so that buyers can see from a distance what is for sale. Later we drive back to Saigon where the remainder of the day is free.
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    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Fly to Siem Reap; afternoon at Angkor.

    This morning we transfer to Saigon Airport for the flight to Siem Reap. On arrival at Siem Reap, we will be met by our Cambodian tour leader. One evening we will make our way to the temple complex and watch the sunset over this magnificent scene.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Full day to explore Angkor.

    A full day spent exploring the Angkor complex. We will visit the incredible Angkor Wat and the many temples inside the Royal City of Angkor Thom, including the magnificent Bayon, which comprises of 54 intricately carved towers in one single temple. The Bayon certainly left an impression on an early traveller in 1925 who stated 'we stand before it stunned. It is like nothing else in the land.' We will also see other less-visited outlying temples. Particularly impressive are Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm, which is still covered in jungle as it was first found. Re-discovered in the 1870s and famously described as being 'grander than anything of Greece or Rome' by the French explorer Henri Mouchot, this World Heritage Site stands alongside Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu as one of the world's most spectacular archaeological sites. A truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise.
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    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Cambodia

Arriving By Flight: An electronic visa (e-Visa) facility is available via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website at the cost of $37. A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Arriving Overland: A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Vietnam

A visa is no longer needed for British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. The visa exemption period will end on 30 June 2018. All other nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam and this must be obtained prior to departure. For further information see http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/Vietnam.pdf or the FCO site and check under Vietnam / 'Entry Requirements'.

Vaccinations

As you visit two countries on this trip, each with different health issues to contend with, we would suggest that you speak to your travel nurse or doctor before travelling. 

Vietnam There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Cambodia There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

General advice

Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

 

 

Eating and Drinking

13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner included.

Thanks to it's tropical climate, the long coast and the gigantic range of mountain, Vietnam is blessed with numerous varieties of culinary offerings and consequently maintains its reputation as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world that still packs a punch with delicious fresh and fiery flavours. Vietnamese food relies on fresh fish, vegetables, rice and a whole myriad of verdant herbs and spices; lemongrass, ginger, basil and lime all play an important role in the cuisine. The Chinese and French influence is felt throughout the country where you are just as likely to be offered a Banh Mi (stuffed baguette) as you are a hot steaming bowl of Pho (noodle soup). Each dish is prepared with the Asian principle of Wu Xing in mind (the five elements) meaning that the perfect combination of spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet is the ultimate aim. Be sure to also seek out the national beverages; Vietnamese coffee is served iced and sweet with condensed milk, a real sugar and caffeine hit, and beer hoi (local beer, brewed daily) is served on most street corners in the North out of large plastic jugs that are perfect for sharing.
Food is cheap in Vietnam and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is readily available almost everywhere, with the exception of the night in the Mekong Delta. Vegetarian food is widely available however the offering will be fairly similar in most places.

Weather

In much of Vietnam, the weather will be hot and humid throughout with temperatures during the day usually between 28ºC and 34ºC. It is only a little cooler at nights. There is quite a range of seasons between the north and the south: the south up to Hue has a distinct dry season between December to April and then a rainy season from May to November when it tends to come in short heavy bursts with bright sunshine in between. Hanoi is cool in autumn, and gets chilly between November and February (with a drizzly rain) between 10º and 20ºC. There is no ideal time to visit Vietnam; it is quite pleasant at any time of year, though due to the shape of the country it is unlikely that the weather will ever be perfect for the entire duration of any trip. In Cambodia the weather will be hot and humid all year round. The dry season runs from November to April with the monsoon between May and October. April and October are transition months. The dry season is characterised by hot days and generally clear skies, though you can expect the odd shower. The monsoon is characterised by short, sharp bursts of rain. The monsoon can be a very atmospheric time to travel in Cambodia, but an umbrella may be useful!

Siem Reap

Hanoi

Is this trip for you?

This is not a rushed trip, although there are early starts the focus is on spending time in each area in comfort, with few long road journeys. Both Vietnam and Cambodia are humid and this can be tiring at times as we explore some cities and sights on foot. We have included three flights to reduce the amount of travelling time to a minimum as much as possible but please be aware that delays can occur at times.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Boat

During this trip you will spend 12 nights in comfortable hotels and 1 night aboard a boat with twin share cabins, all of which feature en-suite facilities. We have selected hotels both for their character and relative luxury and we utilise the best hotels in each area.

Single rooms are available for hotel nights only for a supplement, please enquire for prices. Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you require a single room.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed April 2017
    Susan Riley

    Classic Vietnam and Angkor

    Very varied and interesting trip that gave a good flavour of the country. The addition of a couple of days in Angkor was a bonus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The areas I enjoyed most were Halong Bay, Hoi An and the Mekong delta. The cities were fascinating but frenetic. Seeing the central towers at Angkor Wat was a definite "wow" moment

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both group leaders ( Vietnam and Cambodia) were very knowledgeable and passionate about their countries.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take an overnight bag for the trips to Halong Bay and the Mekong delta. Expect to take hundreds of photos!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fascinating trip that I would thoroughly recommend. Details of the recent history with France and the US were sobering but an essential part of a visit to this region.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Adrienne Benson

    Old Birds on Tour in Vietnam and Angkor

    The most amazing experience ever! Painless booking with a really friendly and helpful team; excellent service on arrival; lovely comfortable hotels which were ideally placed for independent exploration; knowledgeable and friendly leaders who went the extra mile to ensure everyone had a great time; memorable meals; and the unique companionship of a diverse group of people who totally gelled together and who will hopefully become long-term friends. We cannot recommend Exodus and this trip more strongly!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many exceptional moments but one that will stick in our minds for ever was sitting in the breaking dawn at Angkor Wat feeling a bit disappointed because there was cloud cover when suddenly every cicada in the area started to "sing" at the same time and the geckos started calling exceptionally loudly - the most unique and deafening morning chorus ever! The one place that was a must on the trip was Halong Bay which, despite the rain and low cloud, did not disappoint. In fact the cloud made the seascape ethereal and created another dimension to an already magical place. Yes, sun would have been nice but actually we got an experience that was unique. The food on the boat was exceptional as well. And we will never forget our tuktuk ride in Siem Reap or going through the tunnels at Cu Chi - both daunting in their own way but we didn't wimp out! Not bad for a pair of "oldies".

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader in Vietnam, Thao Do, made the holiday. He was very friendly and personable, had an extensive knowledge base and kept us all in order - an essential on a trip like this. My sister-in-law and I did not want to go cycling with the rest of the group in Hoi An and Thao advised us on how to arrange our own trip to My Son (which was great by the way). Thao's thoughtful little touches like giving us gifts to celebrate International Women's day, sharing snacks and fruit on some of the longer journeys were definitely appreciated. In Cambodia Vantha took over the reins. His style was different to Thao's in that he was less directive at the various temples and let us explore on our own rather than staying together as a group but his extensive knowledge and clear explanations enabled us to make the most of the various sites we visited. Again when we wanted to be apart from the group for an evening he organised a meal and entertainment for us and even arranged for a tuktuk to take us and bring us back to the hotel.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the Trip Notes! We were prepared for cooler, wetter weather in the north and packed accordingly but it was clear that our fellow travellers hadn't and they were caught out. It also helps to check the weather online before you travel so that you have an idea of the temperatures you will be experiencing. Don't worry about currency. In both countries the US dollar is fine, but exchange rates in Vietnam vary hugely and we fell foul of getting our change in a mixture of dollars and dong. An exchange calculator app on your phone is very helpful in negotiations.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    When my sister-in-law (aged 59) and I (aged 64) decided we deserved an adventure without our menfolk we agreed that Vietnam was somewhere we both had on our bucket lists so I set about investigating tours as we felt that at our ages we deserved as stress-free a time as possible. Exodus certainly weren't the cheapest tour out there, and the itinerary was very much the same as a number of other operators were offering, but air transfers rather than long bus or train journeys made sense to us. In addition when I spoke to the Exodus team about the suitability of the trip for ladies of a certain age they couldn't have been more encouraging and helpful. We were warned that the tour involves a lot of walking and climbing of steps but this presented no problem as we are both reasonably fit.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Iona Whitaker

    Classic Vietnam & Angkor

    Varied and well organised. You see, experience and learn a lot.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cruising round Halong Bay, the bike ride through the paddy fields at Hoi An, the Cu Chi tunnels, the boat trips on the Mekong delta, the markets, sunrise at Angkor Wat ...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Khoa in Vietnam was excellent. There were 16 in our group and he managed to look after all of us and cater for the different interests. He was very knowledgeable and honest about life in Vietnam, and also good fun. Minear in Cambodia was also very good. We only had a few days there and he made sure we didn't waste any time. He managed to impart a lot of information as well as personal experiences about the war which were very moving.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Best to have dong in Vietnam (though dollars are also useful). You only need dollars in Cambodia. Easy to change money. You will need an overnight bag for Halong Bay and again at the Mekong delta (suitcases are left behind for these two nights). Best shopping is in Hoi An and Siem Reap. The walk up Marble Mountain is not difficult - steps and shaded paths between temples and shrines. Most of the group got a visa on landing at Siem Reap ($30 dollars and you only need one photo – not two). The various temples at Angkor Wat are sacred so knees must be covered (as well as the top of women’s arms). We were all scrabbling around in our suitcases for something suitable to wear. Enforcement varies but best not to risk it as some of the guards were quite strict. It was cool in Hanoi and Halong Bay (late Feb/early March) but elsewhere was very warm (and humid in Cambodia).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip is quite full on. I only had time time to sit beside the pool one afternoon because I decided not to go to My Son. The food is wonderful. After a fantastic holiday in Costa Rica, it was disappointing to see so little wild life - sadly, most of it was either in cages or in the market. The locals are very friendly; the other tourists with selfie sticks are a pain. Overall a very good trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Cheryl Edwards

    Classic Vietnam & Cambodia - Awesome!

    Takes a while to get used to the frenetic pace of Vietnam (ie; confidence to cross the road!) People were so friendly. Halong Bay was magical, even though the weather wasn't brilliant and the kayak was worth it. At times it felt a bit rushed although that may be because most opted for the additional activities. Very little down time. I'm glad we finished with Cambodia and the temples as it felt slightly calmer. Wish we had one more day in Cambodia to do a bit more than the temples, ie; visit the food markets.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Halong Bay - cruising through the structures and the first glimpse of Angkor Wat. Both truly magical Hoi An because it was a bit quieter and pedestrianized so easier to walk around and explore. Street food tour in Hanoi.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader in Vietnam Mao was great. We were a large group of 16 and he did well to manage and accommodate us all. He had a lovely temperament and was always courteous and polite. He had a lot of knowledge to share and did well to keep us in check. Our guide in Cambodia was also very good, but at times it felt as though other groups received more information. To be honest, we only had a few days with him so it was hard for him to build a relationship with us. However, the driver he organised for us was just so helpful keeping us supplied with water and cold wipes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a full on trip - be warned there is not much down time. Pools in most hotels, but little opportunity to use them. The sunrise over Angkor Wat is worth it, but you will be sharing it with thousands of others. If you get hit with D&V you can buy Cipro over the counter which worked for me.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The place was inundated with selfie sticks which was really annoying! Don't do the buffet style meal in Cambodia - there must be better quality places to eat. The litter in Vietnam is a real issue and takes something away as it's everywhere. For example, there is no way I would have swum in Halong Bay as the water is full of rubbish. Conversely Cambodia was relatively clean.
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Lesley Carder

    Classic Vietnam and Angkor Wat

    An interesting cultural journey, with highs (Halong Bay, Angkor Wat) and lows (life-threatening dashes through frenetic traffic to cross roads in Hanoi and Saigon).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The preparations for Tet were lovely to see; the elephant ear fish in the Mekong Delta was fantastic. Halong Bay was stunning, and offered a sense of mystery in the cloud and rain. The cooking lesson in Hoi An was excellent. The lanterns lighting the town were gorgeous. The War Remnants Museum in Saigon, and the Cu Chi Tunnels, were grim reminders of an illegal war, from which Vietnam continues to suffer horrific effects. Angkor Wat was amazing - I wish we could have spent longer there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hoc was very knowledgeable, but at times we were very rushed to see and do everything on the schedule. Unfortunately, we did not have an opportunity to visit My Son - I assume due to time constraints. Toneth (for Angkor Wat) was also very informative.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take an overnight bag - you will need it for Halong Bay and for the Mekong Delta (maybe this could be added to the trip notes?). If you like to leave contact details with family, check with Exodus - three of the four hotels listed in the trip notes had changed, and the Mekong Delta hotel was missing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A lot of the time is spent in very crowded cities, with the inevitable traffic problems. The weather in the north of Vietnam was very wet, which made extensive walking tours in Hanoi uncomfortable - but still very interesting.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Roger Harper

    Superb holiday

    The varied itinerary was really well planned and we did and saw things which we probably would have struggled to do if we had been an independent traveller - eg kayaking in Halong Bay; half day cookery course; cyclo tour of Ho Chi Minh City; bicycle tour through the paddy fields; drinking snake wine.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Halong Bay. It's beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tham, our Vietnam leader was excellent and good fun. She really joined in with the group. The tour leader in Cambodia was poor. She gave inaccurate information and sometimes abandoned us whilst making frequent trips to the restroom.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Watch out for rats on the wooden boat you stay on at Halong Bay. The one is our bathroom was a low point of the holiday and scary.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and were impressed with Exodus.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Joanne Sainty

    Vietnam and Angkor

    This is an amazing trip around a beautiful, diverse country, finishing with 2 days in Cambodia.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The optional tours were amazing, particularly cycling around Hanoi, meeting local people, and experiencing some of the local traditions, but the war museum in HCMC followed by a trip to the Cu chi tunnels was emotional and thought provoking. The food was a real surprise, in fact every thing we did has its own special memories

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tham really made the trip, as our Vietnamese guide, she put a lot of effort into organisation, and ensuring everyone's differing dietary requirements were catered for. She was knowledgable, passionate about her country and heritage, with a good sense of humour. It was a shame we had to change leader for the last 2 days, as the group and Tham had built up such a good rappor, it was difficult for a new guide in Cambodia to then step in, which resulted in a few small issues, which was probably the only downside to the tour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is marketed as a leisurely tour, however if you take advantage of the extra, optional activities, it is a full on holiday, we had a couple of hours relaxing by a pool, the rest of the time was sight seeing, cycling, kayaking, touring etc, with early starts. Although American dollars are used widely in Vietnam, in Cambodia it is the only currency required.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Recommend this tour, particularly Vietnam, and our tour was significantly enhanced by Tham, who is a real asset to Exodus.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Marilyn Jones

    One of the best trips I have ever been on!

    I travel internationally a lot and I am often asked what my favorite destination is. I never really had a favorite until now. I cannot say enough about my like-minded travel mates, the friendly and professional tour guides, the beautiful buses we were transported in, the selection of hotels near tourists areas, the varied itinerary and the wealth of free time allowing us to explore on our own or simply rest is we needed to. Exodus does it right! I will hopefully embark on another Exodus adventure in the future!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many: sunset over Halong Bay, the Angkor Archeological Park in Cambodia, the friendliness and helpfulness of the Vietnamese and Cambodians, and Hoi An historic sites are all favorites of mine.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Cong in Vietnam and Vanney in Cambodia were excellent -- efficient, friendly and knowledgeable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you travel in the summer, know it will be hot. Bring hydration salts and lightweight clothes. If you need to rest, rest; the heat and humidity can be exhausting. And drink lots of water.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Michael Mcaloon

    Classic Vietnam & Angkor

    A very enjoyable and interesting experience. The tour was well planned with a fair balance between organised trips and free time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling around the island off Hoi An. It was lovely to be in a rural setting, very peaceful, and giving an insight into how the people lived off the land.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide in Vietnam, Thao Do, was excellent. He always looked after us; always very caring and obliging, taking us to restaurants, sharing great knowledge when showing us the sights and telling us so much about life in Vietnam.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need an overnight bag for when you leave your luggage in the city on two occasions. It would have been good to know this beforehand.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was a shame that the transfer day from Vietnam to Cambodia felt like rather a wasted day. It meant that we didn't get to the temples at Angkor that day. Then the full day there was rather exhausting, viewing 4 temples in very hot and humid conditions.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Sheila Oliver

    Classic Vietnam and Angkor

    We really enjoyed our holiday. Looking back we did an amazing variety of activities and travelled a long way. For the first time ever a on an Exodus holiday I have some reservations about recommending it to my friends. Mainly because we spent too much time in cities and too much time in Hanoi, not being able to do things because it was Tet ( New Year)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Travelling with a 93 year old who did all the activities. Seeing Angkor Wat

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hanh worked hard to make sure we were where we needed to be and find us places to eat when it wasTet. I think he found it a difficult trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure this is the holiday you want. I expected more time in the countryside seeing traditional life. This was quite a city based trip. Avoid going during Tet. The standard of hotels was very high - if this is important to you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tet did make the beginning of the trip difficult. If we had spent less time in Hanoi and gone south quicker I would have visited Hue. Also there was not enough time in Ankor Wat. We had an evening and a 16 hour day. By the end of this no one in our group wanted to see another temple, even though they were amazing. It would have been so much more enjoyable split over 2 days.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

 

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