Chopsticks & Coconuts

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Trip code: 
FIV
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Family Group, Tailormade Adventures
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Min age:
8
Group size:
6–20

A north to south Vietnamese adventure

From the spectacular limestone seascape of Halong Bay to the frenetic streets of Saigon, Vietnam is a country full of interest and surprises. The cities are an assault on all the senses: noisy, colourful, aromatic and totally absorbing. We tour Hanoi by cyclo and have the option to see a water puppet show. We have quieter time also, snorkelling at Whale Island, exploring the fascinating Mekong Delta by boat and cycling past vibrant green paddy fields near Hoi An. We also have the chance to enjoy the superb Vietnamese cuisine and practise our chopstick skills (try the fried scorpion if you dare!).

Highlights

  • Two nights on a tropical island, snorkelling in turquoise seas 
  • Learning and sampling the secrets of delicious Vietnamese cuisine
  • Sightseeing by cyclo (bicycle taxi) and also by bike
  • A night in a village homestay
  • Magical boat rides and kayaking around scenic Halong Bay, the South China Sea and Mekong Delta
  • Crawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels
  • Waterpark, beaches and swimming pools
  • Two internal flights to maximise your time at destinations

Key information

  • 10 nights hotels, all en suite, 1 night boat, 1 night homestay, night sleeper train
  • 16 days land only / 14 flight inclusive
  • 13 days sightseeing, boat trips, kayaking and exploration
  • Travel by private minibus, boat, bike, train and 2 internal flights
  • Minimum age 8 years

What's included

  • 12 breakfasts,2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • 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
Call for general departures:
+45 (0)70 12 03 03
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Hanoi
to
Saigon
  • Day 1

    Start Hanoi.

    The day is free to recover from the flight or stroll amongst 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 buildings of a past era. There will be a welcome briefing this evening with dinner at a local restaurant, where your children will have their first opportunity to practice their chopsticks skills.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Morning tour of Hanoi including a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter; afternoon free. Evening at Hanoi's famous water puppet show.

    This morning we take a city tour, which will include a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum area to see his 'House on Stilts' and visit the One Pillar Pagoda. We'll also visit the Temple of Literature and the Hoa Lo Prison (also known as the 'Hanoi Hilton'). Afterwards we enjoy a cyclo (bicycle taxi) ride through the Old Quarter, with its '36 Streets' where each street is home to shops sell particular products - e.g. 'silk street', 'gold street', 'paper street' and 'naff souvenir street'. The remainder of the day is at leisure to stroll around the Hoan Kiem Lake, stopping for a coffee or ice cream at one of the many cafes surrounding it. In the evening there is the option to enjoy a performance of Hanoi's famous water puppets.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    To Halong Bay; cruise/kayak among spectacular limestone formations; dinner and sleep on 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 roughly 3,000 limestone peaks rising directly from the clear emerald sea. We cruise amongst this amazing karst scenery, stopping to have a go at kayaking, allowing us to get to places inaccessible by boat (weather permitting), and enjoy a seafood lunch on board. In the late afternoon we watch the sun go down and enjoy another lovely meal before overnighting on the boat in twin share cabins with en suite facilities.
    Overnight Boat

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cruise then return to Hanoi; overnight train to Danang.

    We continue to cruise around Halong Bay this morning before returning to port. We then drive back to Hanoi, and transfer to the train station and board the Reunification Express for the overnight train ride to Danang, over 600km to the south.
    Overnight Train

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Explore caves at Marble Mountain; drive to Hoi An for walking tour.

    This morning on arrival in Danang we drive the short distance to 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 leading on to Hoi An. We then drive on to the World Heritage site 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. We take a walking tour of the old town and visit the Japanese Bridge and Chinese Assembly Hall.

    Hoi An also has plenty of 'silk shops' offering tailor made garments at unbelievably low prices. For best results you should put your order in early and have a good idea (possibly a picture or a sample) of what you want.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 6

    Cycle through countryside; free afternoon followed by an evening cooking class.

    This morning we jump on bikes for a ride on quiet roads through the countryside past local markets, schools and villages before continuing on to Cua Dai beach (5 km). Please note that we are able to provide child sized bikes for those children who are 120cm and taller. Children riding their own bikes must be aged 7 upwards, for smaller children there will be the option of riding on the back of their parents bike in a child seat or saddle. The afternoon is dedicated to free time at the beach for swimming, or you can take an optional boat trip on the river or relax back in town. In the evening we join an informal cooking class where adults and children alike will learn how to make some of Hoi An's speciality dishes and even participate in rolling your own spring rolls!
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Fly to Nha Trang; transfer to Whale Island, free time to swim in the turquoise sea

    This morning we transfer to Danang airport and fly to the Cam Ranh airport in Nha Trang. We then transfer (approx. 2.5hours) to the tropical island retreat of Whale Island. With just one guesthouse on the island and accommodation in beach bungalows, this really is a chance to unwind and relax or while away the rest of the day swimming in the sea. 

    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Cruise around islands with seafood lunch and snorkelling

    We will join a boat trip in the morning for a spot of snorkelling and swimming before a seafood lunch is served. In the afternoon there is the option to visit a local fishing village, see the Whale temple or walk around the island to the viewpoint for a 360 degree view of the stunning mountainous coastline and the surrounding coves and white sand beaches.

    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Last time to swim, fly to Saigon

    Last time for a dip in the sea before transferring to Cam Ranh airport. In the afternoon we fly 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.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels; afternoon tour of Saigon with visits to Reunification Palace and Ben Thanh markets

    In the morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. The tunnels were used by the guerrillas as living quarters and escape routes during the Vietnam War. Although originally very narrow, some parts have been widened for the tourists and we have the opportunity to explore parts of the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine before we return to Saigon. In the afternoon we wander around the city visiting the Saigon River, Ben Thanh market, Reunification Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Explore the Mekong Delta by boat, visiting a floating market and villages; overnight in homestay.

    This morning we drive to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta (about 2.5 hours). The Mekong, known as 'the rice bowl of Vietnam', produces much of Vietnam's fruit, sugar cane and coconuts. We spend some time at Cai Be from where we begin a Mekong River boat trip passing a floating market and visiting typical riverside villages where we learn about some of the local products for which the Mekong Delta is famous - e.g. popped rice, rice paper & coconut candy. After lunch we continue our journey passing some magnificent countryside and stopping at some small cottage industries. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner on an Island and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided.
    Homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 12

    Morning walk through the island's fruit orchards and navigate small canals in a traditional sampan; return to Saigon.

    This morning we take a walk through the fruit orchards and navigate our way through the small canals in a traditional wooden sampan. Later we rejoin our boat to rendezvous with our vehicle for the journey back to Saigon via a little visited Cao Dai temple used by devotees of this strange indigenous religion, which fuses all the great religions of east and west.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Visit to Dam Sen water park to cool off for the day.

    Today we visit the excellent Dam Sen Water Park with its slides and rides to allow the kids to let their hair down!
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

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

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. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, 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

12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners included. 

Thanks to the tropical climate of Vietnam, 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.
Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Vietnam the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home.

Weather

There is no ideal time to visit Vietnam and different climates are usually encountered in a single visit. The climate can range from hot and humid in the south to below freezing in the mountainous north. It is not unusual to board a flight in Saigon in hot humid weather only to step out of the plane into a cloudy and chilly Hanoi. The rainy season in Vietnam is from May to September throughout the country. From October to April rainfall is infrequent and light. The exception to this is the coastal area, which is affected by the North East monsoon. This brings high rainfall to coastal regions between September and January. In the south of Vietnam, it is hot and humid year round with temperatures during the day between about 28ºC and 34ºC. It is only a little cooler at nights. Hanoi and the north of Vietnam are cool in autumn, and even get chilly between November and February (with cloud and occasional drizzly rain). Things then hot up until the summer rainy season when the weather is hot and humid. 

Is this trip for you?

This holiday is designed so that you can see the best parts of Vietnam using a mixture of private buses, boats and flights. There is a lot to see in the time you are there, but it is paced so that it doesn't feel too rushed.
Travel time is kept to a minimum although there are a few longer drives but there is plenty of time for sightseeing and the trip has numerous stops where we spend two or more nights. Whilst choosing this trip please note that some of the accommodation will be basic but is clean and tidy. The swimming pools may not be up to western standards. Risk of Malaria and Dengue fever is present in parts of Vietnam. Locals and other Asian tourists may want to take photos of themselves with your children particularly if they are young, blond and have blue eyes, you should be prepared for them to do this without asking permission first. You should also be prepared for lots of traffic in the bigger cities like Hanoi and Saigon, where you will have to relearn crossing the street, as things like zebra crossings are not used as they are in the west.

Call for general departures:
+45 (0)70 12 03 03
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels, Boat, Guesthouse & Sleeper Train

10 nights in comfortable 3 star hotels, 1 night on a boat in twin share cabins, 1 night standard guesthouse to experience some 'Mekong Delta' hospitality, sleeping 1-3 a room (depending on group size), next to a local house, all en suite. 1 night sleeper train, soft-bed berths. All the hotels are centrally located. 

Our overnight spot on Whale Island is regarded as an absolute highlight for many however it is basic. You will stay in bamboo thatched bungalows each with mosquito nets, fans and en-suite bathrooms. The simplicity of island life and this overnight spot really makes it idyllic but you should be prepared for it to be a bit different to the hotels used for the rest of the trip. 

During this trip we spend one night on the sleeper train, the best way to travel long distances with the locals; the journey between Hanoi and Danang is quite comfortable although despite being first class, it is still primitive. You will be in a 4 man cabin, (ocassionally 6 depending on season) and bedding is provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you'll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group. Most trains have a dining carriage but people generally stock up on snacks before the journey.

We have endeavoured to select hotels for their location as well as character, and use the best available accommodation in each area visited. There will have en-suite facilities, reliable electricity and water supply, good service and some added amenities.

All hotels have swimming pools except in Saigon and the homestay in the Mekong Delta.There is the option in Saigon to use the pool of a nearby hotel for a small fee. There are opportunities to swim at beaches in Hoi An and on Whale Island. 

Single Accommodation

There may be instances when you specifically want a single room. Perhaps a grandparent needs one, or parents of a family of three or five want to ensure they get a bit of space! You only need to pay for this if you want to ensure a single room. Please ask for prices. A single room is available on hotel nights only.

Additional Accommodation

Is available in Hanoi and Saigon before and after your trip please ask for prices. Due to high demand for rooms there is a chance it may be in a different hotel to the start/end hotel of your trip. Please ask your sales consultant if you wish to book extra nights.

Call for general departures:
+45 (0)70 12 03 03
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed August 2017
    Helen Belcher

    Fantastic family trip to Vietnam

    I have just returned from the family 'chopsticks and coconuts ' trip to Vietnam .The trip was excellent in every way ..The itinerary was well thought out .We started the trip in Hanoi and ended it in Ho Chi Min city using a variety of transport including an overnight train journey and 2 internal flights

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Halong bay by boat was stunning .We all loved the old town of Hoi An and enjoyed our Vietnamese cookery lesson there .The Cu Chi tunnels were fascinating .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Tam was truly outstanding .He worked tirelessly to ensure that we all had a fabulous time .He helped the group to bond and took us to fantastic restaurants to eat .He showed great humour and patience and his local knowledge and English were superb .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a busy and varied itinerary with not much free time to laze by the pool but we all loved it .

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Bring a sheet sleeping bag for the overnight train and sea sickness pills for the snorkelling .You can get clothes laundered cheaply so you don't need to bring too many Book this trip...you won't regret it !
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Sara Asquith

    Great Full On Tour of Vietnam

    Just returned from Chopsticks and Coconuts. It's a great, full on tour of Vietnam from North to South. We would never have fitted in so much if we had organised it ourselves. Our guide Tring was excellent at all times. Highlights: For me, yoga by the lake in Hanoi at 5am with hundreds of locals doing T'ai Chi. The Mekong delta's big skies and homestay. For my son (14), the Dam Sen Waterpark in HCMC and Hoi An time. Areas that we wouldn't have missed were Nha Trang as it is mass market tourism there. I'd recommend this trip wholeheartedly. Take lots of bug spray and a whole lot of energy, every day is full on, there's very very little time for rest at all - and when it comes it is really appreciated.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Mekong delta's big skies and slow pace of life. You can only go at the speed of the river!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent, excellent, excellent with both adults and children alike.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take lots of bug spray Vietnamese Dong, not dollars are more widely used
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Matthew Pearce

    Trip of a lifetime

    A fantastically varied trip that highlights the best that Vietnam has to offer. The hotels are great on the whole (special mention to Silk Village in Hoi An), the food is delicious and the people incredibly welcoming. If you have small children, be prepared for them to be patted, kissed, lifted up and posed for hundreds of photos! The pace is quite hectic at times with a few early starts and some long road trips, but the activities more than compensate for this. I would do it again tomorrow!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Snorkelling with my 6-year old twins for the first time in open water in Nha Trang. An amazing homestay in the Mekong, where we were the only guests. Our kids helped to cook the evening meal and the wonderful guide Chinh entertained our kids all evening.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He organised everything, picked some great restaurants that we would not have found ourselves and went out of his way to find some Tiger balm for us in Saigon. We even met his family. Occasionally maybe did not make enough allowances for the extra time required for organising travelling with small children.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If your kids are not great at getting up early without complaint, travelling long distances and moving on frequently, this is probably not the trip for you. The War Remnants Museum in Saigon, although a highlight of the trip and a must-see exhibition, shows graphic pictures of death, mutilation and deformity and in our opinion was definitely not suitable for young children. Other than that, just book it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Saigon is hot, busy, noisy and not great for small children, and dependent on your Mekong/Cu Chi itinerary is maybe a day too long. Exodus should also consider ditching the Victory hotel in Saigon, which although in a prime location, falls well short of the standard of all the other hotels on the trip (not being able to swim in the pool due to the permanent presence of 25 armbanded adults learning to swim for example).
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Elizabeth Knight

    Chopsticks & coconuts

    An excellent family holiday, the best thing about it was our fellow holiday makers, lots of children who my son made friends plus a brilliant guide. Ps Vietnams not bad either!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Staying at the home stay in the Mekong delta

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for him, fun, informative professional and what he didn't know about Vietnam wasn't worth knowing!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, take 3/4 days to get accustomed to the jet lag before you start your exodus tour.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Melanie Appleton

    Chopsticks and Coconuts

    A great introduction to Vietnam with my teenage daughter. I want to return now to go the the highlands

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Mekong Delta was amazing The food was exceptional!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Courteous, calm and knowledgeable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definitely bring a sheet sleeping bag for the 'first class' train trip. It is just as you would expect in S.E.Asia. Be prepared for the traffic which is constant and watch carefully how the locals cross the road, zebra crossings are not zebra crossing here. I would recommend this holiday for 8 plus, there is a lot of long journeys with this trip and I would think carefully before bringing a five year old.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Marianne McWilliams

    Vietnam Chopsticks and Coconuts

    Fantastic family holiday with a mix of cultural experiences and activities for children of all ages, including teenagers. It is a busy holiday with quite a lot travel involved, but this is an experience in itself. Travelling with other families worked well and contributed to the enjoyment of the holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Cu Chi tunnels and War Remnants Museum.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was Bao Tran who made our holiday an unforgettable experience. He was always enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient with us. He went beyond the call of duty even when we/he had "free time" and had valuable suggestions as to what would be best to do.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't worry about your children not having a selection of different types of food to eat - lots of choice and vietnamese food in general was very good. Go to the AO show in the Saigon Opera House and take the Cyclo tour in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend this holiday to all families who have a sense of adventure and want their children to see a different way of living. Vietnam is a varied county with lots to see and do and travelling with other families on an organised tour worked well for us - parents & children.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Richard Kelly

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    This was an amazing trip for us, our 12 year old son had a great time and I am sure there is no way we could have possibly covered the variety of sights and activities independently in 2 weeks. The schedule was busy and we really enjoyed the pace and variety. There was a good balance between group activity and excursions and time on our own. Having pools at every hotel was a real bonus as the kids loved having free time to play.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cruising and kayaking and the caves on Halong bay. The boat was spotless and luxurious, the food was amazing and the setting breathtaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thao was extremely professional and very knowledgeable, he really looked after us and went beyond the call of duty on several occasions. He was extremely conscientious and ensured we all had a great time and learned so much about this beautiful country. He managed all the logistics perfectly and we were able to sit back and relax as everything was fully taken care of, from transport to eating out and all the excursions. Anything else we needed Thao arranged and nothing was too much trouble. He was fantastic.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a camera - there is so much to see. Mains adaptors - they use round 2 prong plugs as the type used in europe - we didn't see any of the flat type that guide books mention. I think for under 10's this is maybe a heavy schedule as there is a lot of sightseeing and travelling.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Vietnam is a great place to travel with children, its clean and the food was lovely as were the people. The hotels were very nice and the nearest we came to roughing it was on the overnight train but that was really fun anyway. The trip has given us so many great memories. It would have been nicer to spend one more day in Hanoi or Hoi an rather than Saigon. We found Saigon was a bit too hot and busy for kids with not much for them except the excellent waterpark.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Fiona Hughes

    Vietnam 2015: chopsticks & coconuts

    Loved vietnam from top to bottom. The trip was well paced and included so many activities, sightseeing, bicycle rides, boat trips, Cookery class, shows to name a few in a space of 2 weeks. Quan our guide was very friendly, helpful, informative and was well organised in all aspects of the trip. It was a country that provide a multi sensory experience. Our girls made friends for life and loved the trip as much as we did.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We loved the hustle and bustle of the city of Hanoi. We could sit by a bar and be fascinated watching the hundreds of motorbikes and cyclists rushing by loaded with families, crates of animals, mattresses, furniture and all sorts!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Really friendly, informative, well organised and great with children.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definately book to see the A O Show in Saigon, it's awesome!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would definitely love to go back to Vietnam in the future, there's so much more to see, places we didn't get to visit on this trip like Sapa. Thank you exodus for a fabulous holiday!
  • Reviewed March 2015
    Sophie Lindsay

    Highly Reccomend

    The perfect Vietnamese adventure. Cong was an amazing guide!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I shed lots of tears at the History museum, it really was heartbreaking. All of the places we visited were just breathtakingly beautiful. Our holiday picture are other-worldly! I think the most inspirational part was seeing how these people live and realising what our contributions can do. We took colouring books and pencils for the children and the gratitude of the people whenever we did anything for them was so rewarding.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cong was brilliant. He was very knowledgeable and very attentive. I spent a lot of time speaking to him on a personal level and he wasn't only a great guide but he was a really nice bloke. We had no waiting in queues and he only took us to the best authentic restaurants.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to be sweaty 24/7. The humidity is crazy and it is impossible to stay clean. Don't pack excessively because believe me you WILL wear the same couple outfits repeatedly because staying cool is the main objective. Plait long hair! I had my hair in tight French braids for the entire fortnight because otherwise it be sweaty, greasy and knotty. It seriously is the best option. Remember to tip kindly, these people rely on this income and it isn't anything to us. Pennies can make such a difference out there.
  • Reviewed September 2013
    Anonymous

    CHOPSTICKS & COCONUTS - FAMILY HOLIDAY

    In my daughter's words 'exodus understand kids' brilliant mix of things geared towards adults, as well as things for children

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Realising we were kayaking in Halong Bay, and following waterways on sampans. Managing to climb over a monkey bridge ( slowly!) being watched by a 5 year old Vietnamese girl who was wondering what we were fussing over! Standing in a bus stop sheltering from the rain in Ho Chi Minh City- 10 minute rain shower, avoiding motorbikes on the pavement - unique !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bao was excellent he did everything he could for the group nothing was too much trouble.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book now! Seriously though it was well worth it. I would go back again tomorrow ( and my daughter wants to live there now...) and recommend it to anybody. The journey can be tiring at times, but you get to see all of Vietnam pretty much. Take a day pack that is big enough for overnight stays ( halong bay and mekong delta) and a waterproof camera of some sort. Western food is available practically everywhere ( bar the mekong delta) if you have fussy eater, but even some Vietnamese options on the menus suit most fussy Western palates ( pork chop with rice for example) Fixed price stalls in the tourist market in Ho Chi Minh city are not fixed price! Delve deep in and bargain for all your worth. Be cheeky! You may get a proper bargain!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It is worth every penny. Vietnam must be seen to be believed. There are cultural differences obviously, but itbwas amazing. The trip offered the best, and was well organised. Go and eat pho!

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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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