Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Thai Indochina Explorer tour
Bangkok Ho Chi Minh Thai Indochina Explorer Trip
Saigon Siem Reap Thai Indochina Explorer Trip

Thai Indochina Explorer

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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
17 days
From: $ 2,349 $ 138 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience three distinctly different countries in two weeks
  • Overnight in the Mekong Delta at a homestay
  • Visit the moving Killing Fields of Cambodia
  • Explore the world famous Angkor complex
  • Jungle trails of Thailand
  • Visit the Royal Palace complex and Wat Po of Bangkok
  • Crawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels

Short Description

Travel from Vietnam's Saigon to Thailand's Bangkok

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 Saigon
End City Bangkok

Destinations

Thailand Vietnam Cambodia

Cities & Attractions

Bangkok Ho Chi Minh Saigon Siem Reap

Activities

Culture History Nature

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch 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 Saigon

The day is free to recover from the flight. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon is an exciting and absorbing city where bicycles battle with lorries and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, Saigon is now a bustling free market city where anything goes. The Ben Thanh Market and Notre Dame Cathedral are highly recommended. There will be a welcome briefing with your leader this evening followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. *Huong Sen Hotel or similar*

Day 3 Visit Cu Chi Tunnels; tour of Saigon

This morning we leave the city behind us and head west to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240 kms 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 for a tour which include visits to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum where there is an interesting record of the Vietnam/American War. Please be advised some of the images are of a graphic nature. *Huong Sen Hotel or similar*

Day 4 Mekong Delta; visit floating market; overnight homestay guesthouse

We drive to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta via a Cao Dai temple used by devotees of this strange indigenous religion that fuses all the great religions of the east and west. En route we pass magnificent countryside and stop at some small cottage industries. The Mekong is locally known as the rice bowl of Vietnam and produces much of Vietnam's fruit, sugar cane and coconuts. Cai Be floating market is becoming 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 take a relaxing sampan cruise in the afternoon and arrive at our accommodation. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner on an island and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple homestay guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided. *Mekong Homestay Guesthouse*

Day 5 Walking tour in the delta; visit Sam Mountain for sunset; overnight Chau Doc

This morning we take a short walk around the surrounding village to uncover the daily lives of the people. We board our boats once again and cross the main channel to Vinh Long where we re-join our vehicle for the drive further into the Mekong Delta to the small border town of Chau Doc. After checking into the hotel we will enjoy a sunset visit to the top of the holy Sam Mountain with views stretching across into Cambodia. The evening is free to wander around this town, situated on the banks of the Mekong River. *Chau Pho Hotel or similar*

Day 6 To Cambodia: via Kampot to Otres beach town in Sihanoukville

After driving approximately 1 hour to the Tinh Bien/Phnom Den land border we will bid farewell to Vietnam and cross into Cambodia. Our drive takes us via the former French colonial town of Kampot to Otres Beach in Sihanoukville, Cambodia's premier beach resort. Upon arrival you will have free time to relax, refresh with a swim, try a Khmer beach massage and sip cocktails as the sun sets. For those who like to cook, there's also an opportunity to join a half day traditional Khmer cooking class (optional). *Legacy Resort or similar*

Day 7 Free day at the beach

Our hotel is located near the white sands of Otres Beach and today you will have free time to relax on the beach or wander around Otres beach town and Sihanoukville and get a feel for the place. A boat trip out to one of the deserted islands off the coast for fishing, snorkelling and swimming is recommended (optional). The more energetic can also rent bicycles to explore more of the Sihanoukville beaches and countryside. *Legacy Resort or similar*

Day 8 Drive to Phnom Penh; free afternoon

This morning we drive around the peninsula past Sokha, Independence and Victory beaches before driving on to Phnom Penh. The afternoon is free to explore this city that still retains a frontier atmosphere. There is time to wander among the traditional buildings, or shop at either the impressive Central Market or the sprawling Russian Market, a souvenir hunter's paradise. *Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 9 Full day sightseeing including the Royal Palace and the 'Killing Fields'

We will visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda inside the Palace complex, so named for the solid silver tiles that make up the floor. Thankfully the complex escaped the worst excess of the Khmer Rouge. Similar in style and scale to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Royal Palace has significantly fewer visitors and there is plenty of time to wander amongst the traditional buildings. We will also visit Tuol Sleng museum or S21 (Museum of Genocide), which graphically displays the horrors of the 4 years when Pol Pot systematically ordered the murder of between 2 and 3 million Cambodians. Tuol Sleng was originally a school but was used as a torture and interrogation centre between 1975 and 1979. It is a sobering, but enlightening place to visit. We complete our day with a moving late afternoon visit to the 'killing fields' of Choeung Ek. A football-field-sized area surrounded by farmland, the killing fields contain mass graves for perhaps 20,000 Cambodians, many of whom were tortured before being killed. Phnom Penh is a city in transition and, despite its horrific recent history, it is now starting to find its feet. Some of its former French colonial buildings have been restored and there is a small but lively restaurant and bar scene developing along the riverfront. *Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 10 To Siem Reap

Today we have a long drive to Siem Reap (approximately 8 hours). En route we stop at the town of Skuon, famous for its local delicacy - fried spiders. We will also stop off at Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments and some of the oldest structures in the country. We'll also pause for a traditional Khmer lunch at a community restaurant before continuing our journey to Siem Riep. *Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar*

Day 11 Full day exploring temple complex at Angkor

A full day spent exploring the complex. We will visit the incredible Angkor Wat, 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 Kdei 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. One evening we will make our way to watch the sunset over this magnificent scene. *Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar*

Day 12 Further time at Angkor; free afternoon

This morning we will continue our exploration of the Angkor complex with a visit to the small but charming Temple of Banteay Srei, which is noted for the intricacy of its carvings, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th century and contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in exquisite carvings. The afternoon is free for you to continue with further independent exploration of the temples or to wander around Siem Reap town or visit a floating fishing village and enjoy a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake (optional). *Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar*

Day 13 Drive to Khao Yai N.P (a UNESCO site) in Thailand

Today we journey (approx. 7 hours) through a variety of landscapes from Siem Reap to the UNESCO site Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Khao Yai is Thailand’s oldest nature reserve and home to elephants, tigers, leopards, bears as well as the great hornbill. Blessed with lush, mountainous landscape this location provides the perfect contrast to the heat of Cambodia.  *Khao Yai Greenery Resort or similar*

Day 14 Full day exploring the waterfalls and jungle trails of Khao Yai

Today we have a full day exploring the trails of Khao Yai. We’ll visit the park’s magnificent waterfalls and learn about the biodiversity of the area while taking a gentle trek through the jungle. Khao Yai is the best place in Thailand to try and see elephants in the wild which makes this protected park a big draw for Thai nationals who hope to glimpse this revered animal. **Khao Yai Greenery Resort or simila*r*

Day 15 Transfer to Bangkok; afternoon city tour

Transfer to Bangkok (approx. 3 hours). This afternoon we take a short walk to the Chao Praya River where we board a long tail boat for a tour of the local canals. Please be advised there may be a possibility of larger groups being accommodated in a bigger boat. Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the East because of its intricate canal network. We get a glimpse of daily life as we pass locals selling their wares by the river. We will visit what to this day remains the home of the Thai Royal family at the Royal Palace complex followed by Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand's most venerated images. Another highlight is Wat Po, the largest temple in Bangkok, housing a 46m long, 15m high gold-plated reclining Buddha. *Rembrandt Bangkok Hotel or similar*

Day 16 Depart Bangkok

Depart Bangkok

Day 17 Arrive London

Arrive London



Land Only

Day 1 Start Saigon

The day is free to recover from the flight. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, is an exciting and absorbing city where bicycles battle with lorries and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, Saigon is now a bustling free market city where anything goes. The Ben Thanh Market and Notre Dame Cathedral are highly recommended. There will be a welcome briefing with your leader this evening followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. *Huong Sen Hotel or similar*

Day 2 Visit Cu Chi Tunnels; tour of Saigon

This morning we leave the city behind us and head west to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240 kms 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 for a tour which include visits to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum where there is an interesting record of the Vietnam/American War. Please be advised some of the images are of a graphic nature. *Huong Sen Hotel or similar*

Day 3 Mekong Delta; visit floating market; overnight homestay guesthouse

We drive to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta via a Cao Dai temple used by devotees of this strange indigenous religion that fuses all the great religions of the east and west. En route we pass magnificent countryside and stop at some small cottage industries. The Mekong is locally known as the rice bowl of Vietnam and produces much of Vietnam's fruit, sugar cane and coconuts. Cai Be floating market is becoming 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 take a relaxing sampan cruise in the afternoon and arrive at our accommodation. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner on an island and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple homestay guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided. *Mekong Homestay Guesthouse*

Day 4 Walking tour in the delta; visit Sam Mountain for sunset; overnight Chau Doc

This morning we take a short walk around the surrounding village to uncover the daily lives of the people. We board our boats once again and cross the main channel to Vinh Long where we re-join our vehicle for the drive further into the Mekong Delta to the small border town of Chau Doc. After checking into the hotel we will enjoy a sunset visit to the top of the holy Sam Mountain with views stretching across into Cambodia. The evening is free to wander around this town, situated on the banks of the Mekong River. *Chau Pho Hotel or similar*

Day 5 To Cambodia: via Kampot to Otres beach town in Sihanoukville

After driving approximately 1 hour to the Tinh Bien/Phnom Den land border we will bid farewell to Vietnam and cross into Cambodia. Our drive takes us via the former French colonial town of Kampot to Otres Beach in Sihanoukville, Cambodia's premier beach resort. Upon arrival you will have free time to relax, refresh with a swim, try a Khmer beach massage and sip cocktails as the sun sets. For those who like to cook, there's also an opportunity to join a half day traditional Khmer cooking class (optional). *Legacy Resort or similar*

Day 6 Free day at the beach

Our hotel is located near the white sands of Otres Beach and today you will have free time to relax on the beach or wander around Otres beach town and Sihanoukville and get a feel for the place. A boat trip out to one of the deserted islands off the coast for fishing, snorkelling and swimming is recommended (optional). The more energetic can also rent bicycles to explore more of the Sihanoukville beaches and countryside. *Legacy Resort or similar*

Day 7 Drive to Phnom Penh; free afternoon

This morning we drive around the peninsula past Sokha, Independence and Victory beaches before driving on to Phnom Penh. The afternoon is free to explore this city that still retains a frontier atmosphere. There is time to wander among the traditional buildings, or shop at either the impressive Central Market or the sprawling Russian Market, a souvenir hunter's paradise. *Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 8 Full day sightseeing including the Royal Palace and the 'Killing Fields'

We will visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda inside the Palace complex, so named for the solid silver tiles that make up the floor. Thankfully the complex escaped the worst excess of the Khmer Rouge. Similar in style and scale to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Royal Palace has significantly fewer visitors and there is plenty of time to wander amongst the traditional buildings. We will also visit Tuol Sleng museum or S21 (Museum of Genocide), which graphically displays the horrors of the 4 years when Pol Pot systematically ordered the murder of between 2 and 3 million Cambodians. Tuol Sleng was originally a school but was used as a torture and interrogation centre between 1975 and 1979. It is a sobering, but enlightening place to visit. We complete our day with a moving late afternoon visit to the 'killing fields' of Choeung Ek. A football-field-sized area surrounded by farmland, the killing fields contain mass graves for perhaps 20,000 Cambodians, many of whom were tortured before being killed. Phnom Penh is a city in transition and, despite its horrific recent history, it is now starting to find its feet. Some of its former French colonial buildings have been restored and there is a small but lively restaurant and bar scene developing along the riverfront. *Ohana Hotel or similar*

Day 9 To Siem Reap

Today we have a long drive to Siem Reap (approximately 8 hours). En route we stop at the town of Skuon, famous for its local delicacy - fried spiders. We will also stop off at Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments and some of the oldest structures in the country. We'll also pause for a traditional Khmer lunch at a community restaurant before continuing our journey to Siem Riep. *Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar*

Day 10 Full day exploring temple complex at Angkor

A full day spent exploring the complex. We will visit the incredible Angkor Wat, 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 Kdei 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. One evening we will make our way to watch the sunset over this magnificent scene. *Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar*

Day 11 Further time at Angkor; free afternoon

This morning we will continue our exploration of the Angkor complex with a visit to the small but charming Temple of Banteay Srei, which is noted for the intricacy of its carvings, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th century and contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in exquisite carvings. The afternoon is free for you to continue with further independent exploration of the temples or to wander around Siem Reap town or visit a floating fishing village and enjoy a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake (optional). *Angkor Holiday Hotel or similar*

Day 12 Drive to Khao Yai N.P (a UNESCO site) in Thailand

Today we journey (approx. 7 hours) through a variety of landscapes from Siem Reap to the UNESCO site Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Khao Yai is Thailand’s oldest nature reserve and home to elephants, tigers, leopards, bears as well as the great hornbill. Blessed with lush, mountainous landscape this location provides the perfect contrast to the heat of Cambodia.  *Khao Yai Greenery Resort or similar*

Day 13 Full day exploring the waterfalls and jungle trails of Khao Yai

Today we have a full day exploring the trails of Khao Yai. We’ll visit the park’s magnificent waterfalls and learn about the biodiversity of the area while taking a gentle trek through the jungle. Khao Yai is the best place in Thailand to try and see elephants in the wild which makes this protected park a big draw for Thai nationals who hope to glimpse this revered animal. **Khao Yai Greenery Resort or simila*r*

Day 14 Transfer to Bangkok; afternoon city tour

Transfer to Bangkok (approx. 3 hours). This afternoon we take a short walk to the Chao Praya River where we board a long tail boat for a tour of the local canals. Please be advised there may be a possibility of larger groups being accommodated in a bigger boat. Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the East because of its intricate canal network. We get a glimpse of daily life as we pass locals selling their wares by the river. We will visit what to this day remains the home of the Thai Royal family at the Royal Palace complex followed by Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand's most venerated images. Another highlight is Wat Po, the largest temple in Bangkok, housing a 46m long, 15m high gold-plated reclining Buddha. *Rembrandt Bangkok Hotel or similar*

Day 15 End Bangkok

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

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A wonderful trip

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A wonderful trip full of busy days that take in the history and culture of 3
beautiful countries. The food was delicious, the accommodation was all
superb, the Exodus guides were fantastic. Plenty to see and do for the
adventurer that likes something slightly different
Inspirational moments would have to include the visits to see the history of
conflicts in Vietnam and Cambodia, harrowing but a reminder to preserve world
peace, the temple complex at Anghor Wat, the Royal Palaces in Bangkok, the
homestay on the Mekong Delta


The best tour leader was Is, our lovely Thai guide, she was amazing


Absorb everything you see, taste and hear, it is a sensory trip that will
have your thoughts racing


This is my 3rd Exodus trip, once again, they have exceeded my customer
expectations on every level


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Three countries in two weeks

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A varied, delightful, fascinating and moving trip
Hard to say: seeing the Mekong Delta, this mighty river on whose waters so many lives depend; Angkor Wat and the other temples...

We had three groups leaders, one for each country: Ngoc for Vietnam, Mao (Rose) for Cambodia, and Gung for Bangkok. They were all informative, charming and extremely helpful and flexible.

Try to pack as light as possible (I didn't) and organise your belongings well, because there's a lot of changing of accommodation. There will be washing facilities at various places, so you don't need to take clothes for every day. Have some Vietnamese money if you can. Dollars are accepted, by Dong are preferred. Dollars are accepted everywhere in Cambodia. You'll need Bhats for Thailand. Dress codes are quite strict for the palaces and temples, so have trousers or long skirts (trousers must be to the ankle to be acceptable in the royal palace in Bangkok).

This holiday includes lots of visits, walking and driving, but there's still plenty of free time to wander around, and go to the pool, go shopping. There's a good balance. Be prepared for the heat: it's very humid, so it feels even hotter than it is. Cover as much as possible (hat, light scarf...). Bottled water will be available. Don't eat street foot, and wash after coming out of the sea, which can be quite polluted. Other than that, you cannot fail to love this holiday!

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IndoChina experience

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Multi stop tour of South Vietnam, Cambodia and a short hop to Bangkok. A mix of cities, a homestay on the Mekong Delta, a Cambodian beach resort, river trips, fabulous temples and palaces and you experience the hustle and bustle of Asia. Fabulous food, fascinating sights, wonderful people. Easy paced trip, no major physical activity. Air conditioned bus, some long road trips but with breaks roughly every 90 minutes.
Temples, Palaces, Sunsets, Markets, Food - yes, yes, yes. But, what I remember the most - our Cambodian guide made a point of stopping at small stores, road side vendors, craft shops, charity stores - each purchase supports the local economy and benefits directly the people with whom you meet and interact. That's the whole point of you travelling this way, yes?

We had three group leaders, one for each country which gave a fascinating insight into the various legs of the trip. All of the group leaders very efficient, enthusiastic, friendly and capable.

I'll presume you're a fairly experienced traveler and know what to pack for Asia. Pack light, there are cheap laundries close to the hotels in Sihanoukville and Siem Reap to keep you going. Replacement clothes are a bargain in the markets, but buy at least +1 your usual size. Vietnam and Cambodia are happy to take US Dollars, but not so in Thailand. Take plenty of low denomination notes, or watch the staff in the shops and restaurants panic when you give them a $100 note....ATM's dispense USD in Vietnam and Cambodia and there's a currency exchange shop one block away from the hotel in Saigon. Spending money for lunch and dinner - you'll need about $30 per day, plus money for visas and the tipping kitty, so around $400 - $500 total should be enough.

Enjoy the fun and games at the Cambodia land border and take your sense of humour with you ! Try the Sky Bar in Bangkok for a last night drink. Finally, check the flight options before you go. The start point of the trip is Saigon and end point is Bangkok. Our group flight was LHR to KL to Saigon, return flight was BKK to KL to LHR. Probably some easier and more direct options to be had.

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What an amazing adventure!!

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I cannot say enough good things about this trip overall. Amazing guides, a great bunch of travel companions and some of the most beautiful sites and experiences I have ever had the pleasure of encountering. Exodus did a great job putting the itinerary together so it was well paced and our guides added in their own unique off itinerary stops along the way which added to the experience at no extra cost and helped the local people also. And gave us bathroom breaks. :-) Highly recommended.
Seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise is something I will cherish always and will never forget. What an incredible experience. And the visit to the Mekong Delta was unlike anything I have experienced ever.
The Killing Fields and Prison S-21 moved me to tears. I do recommend reading First They Killed My Father either before or after. Before might prepare you a little. After you will know all of the sites and things she talks about and it all connects and makes sense in a way pre-reading won't. I am re-reading now.

Ngoc in Vietnam and Rouz in Cambodia were fantastic and knowledgeable. I felt that I didn't only learn about the countries I was visiting but got a real insight into their lives and families and what it was like to live in those countries and the hardships they face. And kudos to Exodus for hiring women tour guides in Cambodia where that is something you don't see a lot there.

I do recommend tho if you have a bad back or find sleeping on thin or hard mattresses difficult that you bring an inflatable camping mattress or the like for the home stay. Other than that...the home stay was one of my favourite evenings. Best coffee of my entire life also.
Sunscreen is essential as you are out all day often in the blazing sun. Bug spray also needed. Also despite what some websites will tell you, most of the temples in Cambodia adhere to strict dress code so you will not be allowed to do things like go to the top of Angkor if you are not appropriately dressed. That means skirts below the knee for women - no tie around your hips sarongs - and covered shoulders. Tshirts are ok. Tank tops are not. Guys...no shorts. And we saw people turned away so it is real. You can buy super cheap light pants for $3 in any market so do it there if you don't have the right type of clothes.
Food is cheap and delicious so you won't spend a lot per day in Vietnam or Cambodia...maybe $20=$25 per day max most days with beers. Bangkok is expensive and more like at home prices. Skydeck is worth the $20 martini for the view.

I will gladly take another Exodus tour...

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INDO CHINA

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A TRIP FULL OF FANTASTIC EXPERIENCES
THE HOME STAY IN THE MEKONG DELTA. THE SOUND OF THE RIVER TRAFFIC WHILST IN A COMFORTABLE BED, MAKING SPRING ROLLS THE FOOD AND ESPECIALLY THE WALK DOWN THE GARDEN AND ALONG THE FOOTPATHS BEFORE BREAKFAST - A GLIMPSE OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

WE , JUST THE FOUR OF US, HAD A DIFFERENT LEADER IN EACH OF THE FOUR COUNTRIES WE VISITED .ALL WERE EXCELLENT AND GAVE US PRACTICAL HELP TOGETHER WITH BACKGROUND INFORMATION

CHECK YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE!!!!!!!! I WAS INSURED WITH SAGA - ONLY TO FIND THAT "PEDAL CYCLES,CONTACT LENSES AND MEDICAL AND DENTAL FITTINGS WERE EXCLUDED" MY HEARING AID SLID OUT AND PLOPPED DOWN A CAMBODIAN TOILET. I DID NOT ATTEMPT TO RETRIEVE IT, SO THERE MUST BE A FISH WITH EXCELLENT HEARING

IT WAS A FANTASTIC AND MEMORABLE HOLIDAY WHERE I FELT THAT WE WERE EXTREMELY WELL CARED FOR

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Great holiday in Indochina

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This holiday is a great way to experience 3 very different countries in South East Asia
The two days spent in Angkor - espicially sunrise over Angkor Wat.

We had three group leaders (one in each country). They were all very informative and passionate about their country. ..... And they were just like part of the group.

Really enjoyed the experience and looking forward to. Return visit.

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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 guesthouse to experience some Mekong Delta hospitality, all en suite
Travel by car/minibus/bus subject to group sizes, boats and flight
Rural locations and city days
See three countries in two weeks

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 13 nights comfortable hotels and 1 night homestay guesthouse to experience Mekong Delta hospitality
  • Travel by  private minibus or bus (subject to group sizes) and boat
  • Rural locations and city days

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

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

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included. The food on this trip is a real highlight for many. Southeast Asian cuisine is known for its abundance of freshly prepared dishes with strong aromatic flavours. There is a focus on herbs and citrus to ensure each dish packs a punch; chilli does feature highly too but is easily avoided if desired. Typically most dishes will come with rice and many are often served in a banana leaf with a variety of dips and herbs served separately. The three countries visited ensure a different culinary experience every time you cross the border; ensure you try the freshly made Pad Thai noodles from the street stalls of Bangkok, the fish amok curry in Cambodia for a creamy coconut-based fragrant curry and the Banh Xeo (huge sizzling pancakes) found in Vietnam cannot be missed!   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 within each country. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

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