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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Classic Vietnam & Angkor tour
Hanoi Hoi An  Classic Vietnam & Angkor Trip
Saigon Siem Reap Classic Vietnam & Angkor Trip

Classic Vietnam & Angkor

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Premium Adventure: upgraded accommodation throughout
  • 3 flights included to limit road journeys and maximise 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

Short Description

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

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Hanoi
End City Siem Reap

Destinations

Vietnam Cambodia

Cities & Attractions

Hanoi Hoi An Saigon Siem Reap

Activities

Culture History Nature

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

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

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London

Depart London

Day 2 Arrive Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi, the rest of 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.  This evening there will be a welcome briefing with your leader followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. *Lan Vien Hotel or similar*

Day 3 City tour; afternoon free

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city that includes a visit to the Temple of Literature; the site of the oldest university in Vietnam with over 2000 graduates, Hoa Lo Prison & 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 'tourist 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*

Day 4 To Halong Bay; cruise; overnight 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 some 3000 limestone peaks rising directly from the clear emerald sea. We cruise amongst this amazing karst scenery, stopping to swim and kayak, allowing us to get to places inaccessible by boat (weather permitting), and enjoy a seafood lunch on board. We overnight on board in twin share cabins with en suite facilities. *Overnight Boat*

Day 5 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*

Day 6 Fly to Da Nang; transfer to Hoi An

After breakfast we transfer to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Da Nang. In Da Nang, 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 next destination. *The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel or similar*

Day 7 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-16th 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. 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. *The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel or similar *

Day 8 Cruise on Thu Bon River to a cooking class; free afternoon

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). *The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel or similar*

Day 9 Fly to Saigon; afternoon city tour

This morning we transfer to Da Nang 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. 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*

Day 10 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*

Day 11 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*

Day 12 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*

Day 13 Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Today we transfer to Saigon Airport for the flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. On arrival in 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.  *Tara Angkor Hotel or similar*

Day 14 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. *Tara Angkor Hotel or similar*

Day 15 Depart Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap.

Day 16 Arrive London

Arrive London



Land Only

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.  This evening there will be a welcome briefing with your leader followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. *Lan Vien Hotel or similar*

Day 2 City tour; afternoon free

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city that includes a visit to the Temple of Literature; the site of the oldest university in Vietnam with over 2000 graduates, Hoa Lo Prison & 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 'tourist 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*

Day 3 To Halong Bay; cruise; overnight 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 some 3000 limestone peaks rising directly from the clear emerald sea. We cruise amongst this amazing karst scenery, stopping to swim and kayak, allowing us to get to places inaccessible by boat (weather permitting), and enjoy a seafood lunch on board. We overnight on board in twin share cabins with en suite facilities. *Overnight Boat*

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*

Day 5 Fly to Da Nang; transfer to Hoi An

After breakfast we transfer to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Da Nang. In Da Nang, 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 next destination. *The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel or similar*

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-16th 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. 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. *The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel or similar *

Day 7 Cruise on Thu Bon River to a cooking class; free afternoon

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). *The Villa Hoi An Boutique Hotel or similar*

Day 8 Fly to Saigon; afternoon city tour

This morning we transfer to Da Nang 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. 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*

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*

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*

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*

Day 12 Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Today we transfer to Saigon Airport for the flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. On arrival in 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.  *Tara Angkor Hotel or similar*

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. *Tara Angkor Hotel or similar*

Day 14 End Siem Reap

For land only clients, the tour ends this morning in Siem Reap after breakfast.

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Well organised, with excellent guides

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The trip was efficiently organised and the guides - especially Trung - did
all they could to make the tour a well-informed and smoothly-run experience.
The hotels were comfortable and a couple were positively luxurious, though
taxis in the evening in Hoi An were difficult to obtain. We were not overly
impressed with Saigon and would have preferred, instead, to have spent more
time in Hoi An or Can Tho. Cambodia was wonderful..
The temples in Cambodia. We visited five and Ta Prohm - still covered in
vegetation - was mind-blowing, even before we arrived at Angkor Wat. Visits
do not always live up to expectations but dawn over Angkor Wat was everything
we could have hoped for and more.


Excellent. Trung went far beyond what could be reasonably expected. He was
full of energy, well informed and quickly established a warm relationship
with the group. He certainly earned his crust.


Bring dollars. Essential in Cambodia and welcome in Vietnam, where they are
easy to exchange for local currency in hotels. Bring plenty of changes of
light clothing; it can get very muggy. Our guide organised a group kitty for
tips, which made life easier for all.


Halong Bay is beautiful but is clearly suffering from the high number of
visitors.


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An excellent adventure

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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 .
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.


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.


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


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!


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Broad sweep through Vietnam ending in the highlight of Angkor Wat

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


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.


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.


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.


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Leisurely Vietnam adventure

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Excellent trip. Well organized and interesting. Good quality accommodations.
Many good moments. Hard to select one.


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.


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


It would be better if Angkor leg was less intense and maybe could take longer
to accommodate higher temperatures.


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Classic Vietnam & Angklor-- a tremendous travel experience!

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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
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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
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.
Visiting the Cu Chi war tunnels and seeing how mankind can ingeniously
overcome threats to their existence.


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.


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.


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.


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

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

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

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

Trip ID#:

exodus-AOI

Trip Excludes

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

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner are included. Thanks to the tropical climate, the long coast and the gigantic range of mountains, 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 the Mekong Delta area. Food is cheap in Cambodia and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Cambodia's food is all about the contrasts—sweet and bitter, salty and sour, fresh and cooked. It shares many dishes with its neighbors, and you'll find noodle soup similar to Vietnamese pho, Thailand's refreshing salads and sour soups, Indian-inspired curries, and noodles and stir fries handed down from years of Chinese migration. From Cambodia's days as a French Indochina colony, there's a national love of coffee, pate, and good bread. Baguettes are served with soup, made into sandwiches, and sold by men riding bicycles carrying baskets of long loaves. Western food is also available in most of the places visited. Vegetarian food is widely available, however the offering will be fairly similar in most places. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

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