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A great way to see a true Thailand at a suitable family pace.
'Absolutely immense" - Bradley aged 9
Seeing our 9 year old son riding on the neck of an elephant and feeding her as we rode along.
Knowledgeable and better to have a local leader who knows the culture and history of Thailand.
Great holiday if you have a real sense of adventure.
A fabulous holiday with the right content to suit families who are looking for adventure and something different from their holiday. Ideal for children as ours ( and the other children on our trip ) had a great time. The holiday is set to the needs of the group and nobody was pressured into doing or trying anything they were not happy with.
The two beach days at the end are a great addition just to chill out and relax before the journey home.
A great introduction to/overview of Thailand, with many fun bits to keep the kids happy. We went from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to the jungles around Kanchanaburi, up to the northern capital of Chiang Mai and finishing off with a few relaxing days on the beach.
So many including:
Boom did an excellent job, keeping a smile on her face even when things had to be changed/re-arranged. She tried to let families get on with their own holidays as well as keeping the group together. She was particularly helpful in sorting out small, but important problems, like arranging the childrens' birthday cake, helping to find pictures at the hotel at the end of the holiday, ... During the hill tribe trek, she stopped at the back of the group and made sure we/our young kids kept going. The local restaurants she took us to were all excellent. Thoroughly recommended.
Thoroughly recommended. A few things which we found useful:
This was a brilliant holiday! The best we've ever had. The perfect mix of culture, adventure and relaxation. Beautiful countryside, welcoming people, gorgeous food, millions of temples, billions of Buddhas... Marvellous!!!
My most inspiring part of the holiday was the first sight of the inside of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok because it surpassed all expectations as regards beauty, atmosphere, size and detail. It was also the first day of the holiday and everything was completely different and new. (Mick)
Having gone to sleep on the night train feeling that our adventure was really about to begin, I found waking up in the middle of the jungle absolutely amazing; I looked out of the window in my cosy cabin to see jungle vines, paddy fields, rivers, swamps and fantastic views across the countrside. (Kate)
My most memorable moment was playing games with the hill-tribe children. (Tom)
My favourite moment was riding in the speed-boat and snorkelling at Koh Samet. (Olivia)
Beam was brilliant! On arrival in Bangkok, Beam greeted us wih her "beam"ing smile and warm welcome. She displayed enthusiasm throughout and thought of everything; planning all our little extra excursions with efficiency. As well as a keen guide and leader, she was also extremely patient and considerate. Beam had a wonderful rapport with the children and we all loved her! Without a guide, we wouldn't have seen and done a third of what we did; having never been on this type of holiday before, and generally enjoying our own independence, I didn't realise the importance of a good local guide to getting the most out of an adventure holiday.
Remember your sleeping bag liners when doing the hill-tribe trek (the bedding will not be what you're used to!).
Don't worry about going in the rainy season (unless you're after sun-bathing); we enjoyed the mixture of weather and didn't find the occasional down-pours inconveient (in fact we quite enjoyed them!); also, because of the heat, the cloud cover was welcome at times.
Everything when you get there is really cheap from a Western viewpoint, so you don't need lots of spending money.
We were surprised at how few flying insects there were- we used repellant but often it wasn't needed.
Being reasonably experienced walkers, we were worried that his type of led-experience may be a little tame and too child-centred but we all had an amazing holiday with plenty of adventure and interest for all.
Our holiday experience was enhanced by meeting the other families as well as Beam, Mr Tong (our jungle guide) and other people along the way (porters, taxi drivers, restaurant owners etc.). We made good friends and it definitely helped our children to get the most out of the holiday as well as having others to share in our excitement.
Our children (Thomas aged 13 and Olivia aged 10) absolutely loved this holiday as much as we did.
We have never been on an Exodus holiday before and our usual holiday involves camping or a gite/villa; we didn't know what to expect (none of our friends knowing the company either). We would definitely book with Exodus again. We have been recommending Exodus to all our friends, many of whom were so excited by our 800 photos that they are talking about booking one of these holidays themselves!!
We feel that this has been a real trip of a life-time and we will never forget it! Thank you.
On the sleeper trains, the beds are only folded down at night. There is generally a top bunk with no window and a lower bunk next to the windows. Curtains pull over both the window and across the beds so that you can't be seen by people walking down the aisles of the train. There are two toilets at the end of most carriages. It's advisable to bring your own toilet paper as this tends to run out quickly and DO NOT go to the toilet bare footed. There are showers, so wet wipes for freshening up are also recommended.
Kai Aylward - Sales
Despite recent changes to the visa regulations for some nationalities, British passport holders will still get an automatic 30 day visa on arrival (provided you are arriving by air). No photographs or money are required, you will simply get a 30 day stamp in your passport on arrival. Everytime you cross a border, please ensure that the visa stamp has been correctly signed off or a new one issued if re-entering the country.
Kai Aylward - Sales
Thais like their food spicy, but in most resturants they will assume that farang (foreigners) won't want their food quite as spicy and you'll be asked if you want it "Thai style" or not. Vegetarians who don't eat fish may find it difficult to avoid fish oil, as this is used in the vast majority of Thai food. Ask your tour leader to ask that this not be used in cooking, even if you are ordering a vegetarian meal. Street food is wide ranging, cheap and generally of excellent quality. If a vendor is busy, it's generally a sign of the food being good. Som Tum (spicy green papaya salad) is one dish I highly recommend. Grilled chicken (gai) with sticky rice is another. If you fancy a drink, Heineken, Singha and Chang are all available widely and will cost from 60 to 120 baht, depending on where you are. All three are brewed in Thailand.
Kai Aylward - Sales
With regards to money, it is easy to change cash or travellers cheques in most of the major cities and towns in South East Asia. ATMs are available everywhere (to give you some idea, there is a gloabally connected ATM at every 711, and there are two 711s for every one bus stop in Bangkok alone). However, there is now a flat fee added for every withdrawal made from an international bank account at ATMs (in addition to any fees charged by your own bank) so it's advisable to only make large cash withdrawals rather than taking out small sums as you go.
Kai Aylward - Sales
Unfortunately we are not qualified to answer all your questions in regards to travel health, so we strongly recommend you contact your GP or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.
Nomad Travel Clinics are experts in preparing people for travel, providing advice on vaccinations, anti-malarial and staying healthy whilst overseas. We have arranged a special 10% discount for Exodus passengers on any vaccinations that you may require! Take along your Nomad discount card, sent with your confirmation pack, or call Exodus for your special discount code.
Visit www.nomadtravel.co.uk/exodus for further information.
For additional information please visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
On average, a lunch should cost no more than £3 and dinner up to £10 including drinks. The standard and quality of the restaurants is very good while still retaining a traditional ambience. In the more remote locations, it's amazing how the local people can prepare such delicious meals!
Diane Knight - Sales
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