Cambodia in Angkor Ta Prohm Temple

Classic Vietnam & Angkor

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Min age:
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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
Call for general departures:
+47-22 41 30 30
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.

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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.

    Lan Vien Hotel or similar, Premium Hotel

  • 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.

    Lan Vien Hotel or similar, Premium Hotel

    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. There may even be the chance to try a spot of fishing from the boat too. 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.

    Lan Vien Hotel or similar, Premium Hotel

    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.

    Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa or similar, Premium Hotel

    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.

    Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa or similar, Premium Hotel

    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).

    Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa or similar, Premium Hotel

    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.

    Millenium Boutique Hotel or similar, Premium Hotel

    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.

    Millenium Boutique Hotel or similar, Premium Hotel

    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. Recently, Cai Be floating market has become less crowded and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local market and the trade being conducted traditionally on a smaller scale. 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.

    Hau Giang Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    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.

    Millenium Boutique Hotel or similar, Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Fly to Siem Reap

    Today 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. Flight-time dependent we may have the opportunity to see the sunset at the temple-complex this evening. If not, we will enjoy this magnificent marvel tomorrow evening. 

    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.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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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'.

Important advice regarding E-Visas

Please be advised, e-Visas are not accepted at all border check points when travelling overland. This applies to the following borders/trips:

Tinh Bien, Vietnam/ Phnom Den, Takeo, Cambodia border: AOX- Thai Indochina Explorer and AOG- Thai Indochina Grand Tour

Xa Xia, Vietnam/ Prek Chak, Cambodia (Ha Tien crossing): FIJ- South East Asia Adventure

You can only purchase a tourist visa on arrival at these borders as e-Visas will not be accepted. More information can be found at: 

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/information/port_entry/3

 

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

Cambodia

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

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

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.

Please be aware that the boat trip on Halong bay can be subject to short notice change if certain adverse weather conditions develop during your trip. These could occur all year round, but especially in monsoon season in North Eastern Vietnam (from October to April). Boat trips on Halong bay are governed by the local authorities who are authorised to make such appropriate safety decisions. If your Halong bay trip is affected by adverse weather, this could either result in a reduced excursion on Halong bay for your group, or less likely, the need to re-arrange the itinerary if it is not possible at all to go out on Halong bay. Whilst this is not a frequent occurrence, our local team and leaders are well equipped to handle such situations and have long offered appropriate options to groups in the instances where this may occur.

 

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.

Call for general departures:
+47-22 41 30 30
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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.

Call for general departures:
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  • Reviewed March 2018
    Ann Pike

    An excellent adventure

    My husband and I enjoyed the whole trip. We were with a group of 16 and we all got on fabulously. The Vietnamese people are very resilient and hard working. This trip is well suited for active seniors and it does have a lot of free time if you want to explore on your own .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The War remnants museum is a very sombre experience but it teaches you a lot about the whole war experience from the Vietnamese point of view . Ha Long Bay is a must see but be prepared for the plastic garbage floating around. The cave system was something else. Hoi An was my favourite place to stay....it is a smaller town but lots to see and buy! We did a cooking class here which was a lot of fun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cong was our guide in Vietnam. He was very amiable and very knowledgeable...he kept us on track and went at our leisurely pace. He recommended where to eat and except for 1 meal in HCMC , all food was good. He took good care of us especially when crossing the very congested roads! Our guide in Cambodia , can't remember his name, was also very knowledgeable and obviously loves his job.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone when eating and drinking.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotel we stayed in in the Mekong Delta, can't remember the name, accused one of our group of stealing a towel...make sure you count the towels when you enter the room! ... Fortunately, the towel was miscounted by the staff, but it wasnt fair for our fellow traveller to be accused. Cong was with her all the time while this was sorted!
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Stephen Wainde

    Broad sweep through Vietnam ending in the highlight of Angkor Wat

    Broad introduction to Vietnam with extension to Angkor, which was perfect climax to trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Angkor Wat lives up to the hype though it can get over-run with large groups who only seem interested in taking selfies with the temples as a backdrop. However, it is easy to find quieter temples. Siem Reip caters to the western traveller, but has a fine selection of bars and restaurants.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Katie in Vietnam was charm personified. I think we all appreciated her concern for each and every member of the group. She was young, but her youthful enthusiasm carried us all along. I think the tour would have benefitted from wider use of local professional guides ie in Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh to really bring the cultural and political context alive. Jonny in Cambodia was excellent. Amusing, personable and nothing was too much trouble. He was pretty good on the temples too. He had a knack of finding us the quietest corners for viewing and the best places for photos.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I was dreading the early starts and the last half post-Hoi An can seem relentless. However, I quickly followed the local pattern of rising with the sun and breakfasting at 6am and this made the whole experience much more enjoyable. The group was varied, but eveyone rubbed along together very well so no fears here. Do read up on both countries before leaving as there is just too much to see and take in en route.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotels were good and hotel staff invariably amazing and helpful to a fault. Food was excellent and there were really good Western options almost everywhere for those tiring of pho and spring rolls. Some of the sites in Vietnam can feel like a tourist sausage factory and we seemed to do more or less what every other tour party did in Vietnam. I expect that this is what the Vietnamese government wants tourists to do-perhaps the trip would be better with a few more off piste things? The cruise is really just a chug for an hour and then settling down for the night with around 50 other similar vessels before chugging back in the morning.However, food on board was excellent. Flights to Vietnam can involve long layovers in Hong Kong etc, including the group flight in Kuala Lumpur. I would urge people to consider the direct flights with Vietnam Airways which, apparently, were very good.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Cheryl Morris

    If you love hot, polluted cities, this is for you

    Not in my list of top twenty Exodus trips

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I'm tempted to say "getting home", but I did enjoy seeing Angkor Wat. We went to a couple of excellent restaurants recommended by the guides. Hoi An has its charms. I enjoyed the floating markets in HCMC but we had only about half an hour so it was a bit rushed.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fair in Vietnam - not overly interesting and his English was at times difficult to understand but he worked hard to keep us on track with the itinerary. Very professional and a nice guy. In Angkor Wat - excellent guide with superb English who surprised us with his excellent knowledge and vocabulary (he got me with "cantilever"). Only with him for two days.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You are based in cities in Vietnam. It's hard to walk anywhere - mopeds use the pavements as parking bays and whenever there is some space, the mopeds drive on it. You need nerves of steel to cross the road. HCMC felt more spacious but it's a huge city with sky scrapers. You have very little exposure to the countryside (though some people in the group did an optional morning cycle ride into countryside and raved about the experience). There's no wildlife to speak of, even in Hoi An when we stayed by the river, in the Mekong Delta and during the trip to Halong Bay. Pollution is a huge problem in the parts of Vietnam we visited. Air quality is very poor and many locals wear masks. It was hard to take a decent photograph of any water due to the large numbers of plastic bags and bottles floating on the surface. Hotels were in the main the kind you would use on a business trip. I drew the short straw in most hotels though some other members of the group were lucky in getting rooms overlooking pleasing sights. In HCMC, we were surrounded by noisy construction sites which kept some group members awake at night and there were numerous massage parlours in the same street as our hotel, with scantily clad employees seated outside. One of our group said, "Miss Saigon is not a musical but an essential piece of travel advice" - and it's not far off the mark. Overall, I didn't find this a Premium experience. The trip is scant on content and whenever you do get to a sight, I felt we had very little time to explore properly. Angkor Wat is worth seeing however and the overgrown temples are beautiful - but be prepared for crowds.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Cheryl for her feedback, although we regret that she did not enjoy her time in Vietnam. We appreciate that Vietnam is an increasingly popular tourist destination; as part of our Responsible Travel Policy our local operator strives to ensure that our groups minimize their impact on the communities they visit and that we do not add to the plastic waste issues facing South East Asia. We also feel it is worth mentioning that out of 48 reviews on our website, clients have given this tour an average of 4.5 stars out of a possible 5 (on the date of publishing) and we feel this is reassuring, however we are genuinely sorry that Cheryl’s experience was not so positive.

     Kelly Reid – Product Manager for Vietnam and Cambodia

  • Reviewed March 2018
    Ryszard Feldman

    Leisurely Vietnam adventure

    Excellent trip. Well organized and interesting. Good quality accommodations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Many good moments. Hard to select one.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nhi Pham in Vietnam was excellent. I nominated her for leader award. Leader in Cambodia was very knowledgeable, but not very experienced in interpersonal skills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Recommend the trip for educational and general informative content. Except for short Angkor leg, it was also not very exhausting.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would be better if Angkor leg was less intense and maybe could take longer to accommodate higher temperatures.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Linda Ennis

    Classic Vietnam & Angklor-- a tremendous travel experience!

    Traveling with Exodus was indeed a tremendous experience and far surpassed any group travel I have previously encountered. Hotels selected were of very high quality with excellent locations, allowing for easy access during free time to various opportunities. Activities scheduled were both educational and enjoyable, reflective of meaningful experiences in the history of each country visited. The tour was perfectly paced for active seniors, with enough activity without being overload, interspersing in enough free time to add in those activities which we might wish to choose for our personal enjoyment. Most importantly, the other 14 members in our group were totally enjoyable, warm & friendly, thereby creating an unanticipated group experience for sharing in these foreign turfs. Excellent tour which is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in both history and culture in the countries of both Vietnam & Cambodia

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many inspirational moments in our trip but if one need be selected perhaps it might be our visit to Halong Bay, where we stayed overnight on a boat while cruising among the islands. Visits to Mekong Delta as well our kayaking experience were also very special experiences, as well as the visit to Hoi An, a lovely town in central Vietnam where we were able to mingle more with the local culture. The most emotionally challenging experience of the trip was a visit to the Vietnam War Museum wherein via photos of effects of Agent Orange, we were exposed to the tremendous devastation which the USA inflicted upon these countries. The trip was both experiential on multiple levels and allowed one to pursue history and culture to whatever degree chosen.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Nye, in Vietnam was beyond excellent. Her knowledge and presentation of information in both a casual yet educational manner was tremendous. Her capacity to keep organization in a group of 16 people while retaining a warm & cooperative spirit greatly encouraged a group experience and enable the schedule to run in an organized manner. Her flexibility to allow for individual deviation when desired as well as her capacity to show personal interest in each group member's activities was remarkable & would inspire me to nominate her as a best group leader ever experienced on a tour. Our group leader in Cambodia was also very knowledgable and presented educational material beyond expectations on Angkor. His presentation was less personally influenced and casual than our previous leader and somewhat more difficult to focus upon due to his tendency to present infinite tangential information. The heat in Cambodia also exacerbated the difficulty of this part of the tour, which may also reflect a wish for less detail in this experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would highly recommend Exodus travel after researching numerous companies as an excellent tour company and suggest this tour for anyone with interest in these countries from an educational and cultural perspective. We chose February as the month least prone to monsoons and weather was quite accommodating during our Vietnam portion of the trip. Heat is Cambodia was more than anticipated and did have some effect on our willingness to explore further on our second day, but fortunately, the group was in consensus regarding this concept.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    While not a major problem, due to the high quality of all other hotels, we were slightly less than satisfied with our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, the Millennium Boutique Hotel, which was not only a considerably smaller space than the others, but also had a cooler which did not cool, a necessity for keeping cool water, and was less effective in maintaining toiletries in the bath area unless requested. Staff in the hotel was very cooperative so it was not unsatisfactory, simply less pleasant than other places we stayed, especially after such an excellent stay in Hoi An.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Martyn Woolner

    Varied activities highlighting the best of both North and South Vietnam plus Angkor, Cambodia.

    Trip met my expectations in terms of seeing and experiencing the best of both countries. Trip made special by our young and enthusiastic guide Nhi. She had certainly studied well enabling her to express great knowledge in places visited. Lovely engaging personality and great organisation of both listed events and evening eating experiences. As always good company among the group too helped make this trip memorable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the Cu Chi war tunnels and seeing how mankind can ingeniously overcome threats to their existence.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As already said - Nhi by far the best leader yet on our third Exodus trip. The Cambodian tour leader was very knowledgable too but difficult to engage with all group individuals as only with us for two days.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for high humidity and temperatures in Angkor as Touring Angkor Wat is lengthy and involves climbing some steep and uneven steps not made easy by the high visitor volumes.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food on the Halong bay overnight cruise was exceptional. The cooking day was a memorable experience in a great location up river following visit to food Market. Visiting Angkor Wat immediately after arriving on a very early morning flight in my opinion would be better defered to the second day in Cambodia.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Jean Woolner

    A holiday full of variety and interest

    This holiday does not show you everything but it does give you a true flavour of the region. Vietnam is such a big country we were happy to choose this holiday as the internal flights cuts down the travelling time so that you can enjoy even more activities in the time. Everything was well organised with variety to suit all interests. Our Guide was well informed and completely professional with a lovely friendly nature. She made the holiday even better for us all. Accommodation was good too.This is our third trip with Exodus and the standards are still high. We were lucky with the weather too as we on ly had a few drops of rain on one day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was so many - each day brought a different experience. Halong Bay was incredible. The night stay on the river boat was super - food excellent. All the people involved did their very best to make our holiday special and they succeeded. I loved the cooking class too. I have the recipes to try at home.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As I said before, Nhi was superb. She gave us all the information needed and more. Nhi showed a great amount of support to everyone on the trip and we all valued her knowledge. Nhi was friendly and very professional at all times. We could tell that wherever we went she was well thought of by others too. She phoned ahead and arranged activities, pick ups, meals and nights out with perfection.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a leisurely trip but there is a bit of walking and light climbing - with steps involved, when you combine this with heat - it can be more physical than expected. However there is always an option not to do it all. At Hoi An there is a great opportunity to have your clothes laundered and this could help with amount of luggage. We went late Feb early March and it wasn't as cold up in Hanoi as expected. We could have got away with lighter clothing, I would reccommend having layers. Our Doctor told us to take anti malaria tablets with us but we were never bitten in Vietnam or Cambodia. Of course you need to listen to advice and make that choice yourself.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We love our Exodus holidays they are quality. it would be great if we were to be able to buy a polo shirt or t shirt with the Exodus logo. It could be an opportunity to spread the word to possible new customers too. It would be interesting to hear how you feel about this? Thank you Exodus. You all do a great job. We are already looking at options for our next adventure with you.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Dave Rushton

    Classic Vietnam and Angkor Wat

    We'd never visited South East Asia before so everything was new to us. We weren't disappointed. Although there are the classic high spots like Halong Bay and the Angkor Wat complex, the overwhelming emotion we came away with was all about the people. Given the recent histories of Vietnam and Cambodia it was amazing to find the people so happy, friendly and, apparently, without resentment towards Westerners. (Even making allowances for the fact that tourism is so important)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Although Angkor Wat itself was amazing, particularly watching sunrise over the temple, in some ways, some of the other temples, Banteay Srai, Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom and the Bayon were just as impressive, if slightly more modest. Thought we might get "templed-out" but ended up wanting more. Also, the photo journalism exhibition in the War Remnants Museum in Saigon will live in the memory for a long time.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Thanh in Vietnam and Sokhom in Cambodia were amazing. Very thoughtful when it came to helping everyone in our group whilst always being thoroughly informed and organised.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do as many of the optional trips as you can manage/afford. They are all good and we particularly enjoyed cycling in the countryside near Hoi An. It felt like we were getting closer to a different aspect of Vietnam. The markets are great fun with haggling an art form. The stuff is cheap (if you haggle) and 3 months later no quality disasters yet!! So leave a bit of room in your suitcases.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was a fairly hectic schedule, so we didn't get opportunity to explore Hanoi as much as we would have liked and the kayaking in Halong Bay was curtailed by nightfall. Not sure how these could be accommodated without missing out on something else.
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Martin Jackson

    Vietnam and Cambodia

    Organisation very good e.g. timing of boats, buses & cycles Variety of trips and optional events very good. All good quality, interesting and very varied. Saw lots of beautiful places. Guides background knowledge good. Vietnam guide especially helpful with almost everything including stropey people. Hotels clean and tidy. Food varied, though bit cheaper if went to a local restaurant, rather than one suggested by the guide. Clearly told what was optional and how much it cost. Overal a wonderful holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ha Long bay. Seeing the beauty of what God's made. Hanoi theatre trip

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Vietnam- excellent. Cambodia- good

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try anything, it brought such a smile to my face

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great food scenery and people
  • 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.

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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. 

 

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