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    Are the visas easy to get for the AOC trip?

    Yes, as long as you are a UK passport holder, they are all very straightforward to get upon arrival at the airport or when crossing the border. For Laos and Cambodia, the leader will advise you when crossing but just have some US$ ready and make sure you have some pages free in your passport! Other passport holders should check with their nearest embassy.

    Aurelija Selvestraviciute - SE Asia Operations

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    What is the boat down the Mekong like?

    It's a fantastic experience, one of the best things I did when I was there! Watching life float past on the river was unforgettable, and passing small villages along the banks gives you a real insight into how the people live here.

    Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations

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    What is Thai food like?

    Thais like their food spicy, but in most resturants they will assume that farang (foreigners) won't want their food quite as spicy and you'll be asked if you want it "Thai style" or not. Vegetarians who don't eat fish may find it difficult to avoid fish oil, as this is used in the vast majority of Thai food. Ask your tour leader to ask that this not be used in cooking, even if you are ordering a vegetarian meal. Street food is wide ranging, cheap and generally of excellent quality. If a vendor is busy, it's generally a sign of the food being good. Som Tum (spicy green papaya salad) is one dish I highly recommend. Grilled chicken (gai) with sticky rice is another. If you fancy a drink, Heineken, Singha and Chang are all available widely and will cost from 60 to 120 baht, depending on where you are. All three are brewed in Thailand.

    Kai Aylward - Sales

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    How should I take my money to SE Asia?

    With regards to money, it is easy to change cash or travellers cheques in most of the major cities and towns in South East Asia. ATMs are available everywhere (to give you some idea, there is a gloabally connected ATM at every 711, and there are two 711s for every one bus stop in Bangkok alone). However, there is now a flat fee added for every withdrawal made from an international bank account at ATMs (in addition to any fees charged by your own bank) so it's advisable to only make large cash withdrawals rather than taking out small sums as you go.

    Kai Aylward - Sales

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    Tips from staff who have been to South East Asia

    Clothing
    It's shorts and t-shirts most of the way, as it will be hot and humid in places, so you don't need anything too heavy. Some long trousers or canvas trousers are good for evenings, and a couple of long sleeve tops as well. If you had a waterproof light jacket, it's handy as you might get some rain along the way.

    When it comes to sightseeing, I would recommend wearing breathable shoes such as sandals, flip flops or lightweight walking shoes as it's can be humid and you will be walking around in the heat. 
    There are one or two sights were you will be walking up lots of steps and visiting caves, I just wore trainers.
     
    It's very casual so you don't need to take any smart clothes or footwear. However, it's always nice to dress up for the evening meals so you may wish to bring some nice clothes to change into for the meals in the restaurants.  You can get clothes made out there (in Hoi An in Vietnam especially) so if you have a favourite top, take it with you and they can make a copy.

     

    Laundry
    You can wash stuff out yourself or get laundry done in the hotels, so don't need to take a huge amount. You can also buy loads there as you go. Anywhere you stop for more than one night should be able to do some washing, somewhere around the middle of the trip maybe.  Laundry is rarely a problem in SE Asia, so maybe just check with the leader and he'll help you organise

     

    Wifi at hotels
    The hotels are generally very good, a lot of them are relatively new and have good facilities. I wasn't using Wifi myself so not 100% sure. I would imagine that some of them would. There would definitely be cafes around you could use in the larger towns and cities, but there is internet almost everywhere anyway, so not sure you want to drag a laptop all the way out.

    Most, if not all, hotels also have air con.



    Weather
    The weather will be hot and humid mostly, with a chance of rain in a few places. But when it does rain, it generally dries up pretty quickly. It doesn't really get cold, but you may want a light jacket for night time. It's usually quite pleasant during the day, so it should be light clothes, with a layer you can add if you feel chilly. Think of a warm summer's evening here, and it's not dissimilar (but probably a bit warmer!).


    Money
    It's generally a very safe area, as long as you exercise the same degree of common sense you would at home, so taking mostly cash isn't a problem. I took sterling cash and changed that as I went along. I also topped up with my ATM card a couple of times, mainly for shopping. Dollars are very common in Cambodia and Vietnam, but I had no problems changing sterling anywhere I went.
    There is no real benefit to getting Dong or Bhat before you travel, as you can change as soon as you arrive at the airport on arrival, or there are plenty of banks in the city centres. The leader will advise you when and where it's best to change, but it is quite straightforward. Dollars aren't strictly legal tender over there, but people will take them maybe as tips or for larger payments. When it comes to small stores, restaurants or anything like that, they will expect local currency.


    General
    As I said, if you're in Hoi An in Vietnam, it's a fantastic place to get some clothes made, if you like, and most of our group got something done. You can either get something made form all the books they have (catalogues from all the UK stores!) or take out a favourite piece and they will copy it - cheap as well!

     

    Take along some decent non sweat suncream, good sunglasses and a hat with a brim for shade - all important.

     

    I took a wheelie suitcase with a handle, but it doesn't make a huge difference as your bags are just moved from hotel to van and back again - so whatever is easiest for you.

     

    I would recommend taking mosquito spray and taking precautions such as covering your skin in the evenings (particularly at dusk) with long sleeve tops and covering your legs and ankles.  To be honest, it's okay in the north but you need to take extra care in the south. Take some DEET or bug spray and lather up as the sun starts to go down, and you should be fine. You'll pick up a bite or two probably, but nothing too serious.


    Diane Knight - Web sales

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    Exodus staff - expertise on hand to help

    All the staff at Exodus share a passion for adventure travel, and are always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can find an expert for the area you are interested in here and can contact them to get further information. If you don't see your specific country listed, please email customerops@exodus.co.uk and they will get the answers you need!

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    How do I join the Departure Lounge (forum) in the Exodus Community?

    To view the Forums, including the Departure Lounge, you do not need to be member of the Exodus Community, simply click on the Community link at the top of every page and read the posts in their respective sections by entering the Departure Lounge, or one of the other options in the list on the page.

    To join in a discussion, if already a member, please sign in to your Exodus website account (not related to booking reservations) to contribute to the Forum. If you are not a member of the Exodus Community, you can register by clicking the 'Sign in' at the top of every webpage and select ‘Register’ within the drop down panel.

    When viewing the Forum area of the website, as you scroll through the 'Rooms' which are set out by 'travel months' during the current year within the Departure Lounge. You can then select the 'month' of intended travel, then filter the list of trips that have already been created by fellow travellers to see if your trip is listed. If the trip you are travelling on is not in the list, you can start the process by clicking on the 'Post new forum topic' link above the list on the same page. If you do see your trip within the list, select it to view the 'discussion' by your fellow travellers and you can join in by completing the 'Post your comment' section below the discussion thread.

    Please note: there might be slight a delay before your post/comment appears as intended because we moderate what is published on the website.

    We hope you enjoy using the Departure Lounge to meet your fellow travellers and continue to contribute right up to the start of your journey with Exodus.

  •  

    Are the visas easy to get for the AOC trip?

    Yes, as long as you are a UK passport holder, they are all very straightforward to get upon arrival at the airport or when crossing the border. For Laos and Cambodia, the leader will advise you when crossing but just have some US$ ready and make sure you have some pages free in your passport! Other passport holders should check with their nearest embassy.

    Aurelija Selvestraviciute - SE Asia Operations

  •  

    What is the boat down the Mekong like?

    It's a fantastic experience, one of the best things I did when I was there! Watching life float past on the river was unforgettable, and passing small villages along the banks gives you a real insight into how the people live here.

    Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations

  •  

    What is Thai food like?

    Thais like their food spicy, but in most resturants they will assume that farang (foreigners) won't want their food quite as spicy and you'll be asked if you want it "Thai style" or not. Vegetarians who don't eat fish may find it difficult to avoid fish oil, as this is used in the vast majority of Thai food. Ask your tour leader to ask that this not be used in cooking, even if you are ordering a vegetarian meal. Street food is wide ranging, cheap and generally of excellent quality. If a vendor is busy, it's generally a sign of the food being good. Som Tum (spicy green papaya salad) is one dish I highly recommend. Grilled chicken (gai) with sticky rice is another. If you fancy a drink, Heineken, Singha and Chang are all available widely and will cost from 60 to 120 baht, depending on where you are. All three are brewed in Thailand.

    Kai Aylward - Sales

  •  

    How should I take my money to SE Asia?

    With regards to money, it is easy to change cash or travellers cheques in most of the major cities and towns in South East Asia. ATMs are available everywhere (to give you some idea, there is a gloabally connected ATM at every 711, and there are two 711s for every one bus stop in Bangkok alone). However, there is now a flat fee added for every withdrawal made from an international bank account at ATMs (in addition to any fees charged by your own bank) so it's advisable to only make large cash withdrawals rather than taking out small sums as you go.

    Kai Aylward - Sales

  •  

    Tips from staff who have been to South East Asia

    Clothing
    It's shorts and t-shirts most of the way, as it will be hot and humid in places, so you don't need anything too heavy. Some long trousers or canvas trousers are good for evenings, and a couple of long sleeve tops as well. If you had a waterproof light jacket, it's handy as you might get some rain along the way.

    When it comes to sightseeing, I would recommend wearing breathable shoes such as sandals, flip flops or lightweight walking shoes as it's can be humid and you will be walking around in the heat. 
    There are one or two sights were you will be walking up lots of steps and visiting caves, I just wore trainers.
     
    It's very casual so you don't need to take any smart clothes or footwear. However, it's always nice to dress up for the evening meals so you may wish to bring some nice clothes to change into for the meals in the restaurants.  You can get clothes made out there (in Hoi An in Vietnam especially) so if you have a favourite top, take it with you and they can make a copy.

     

    Laundry
    You can wash stuff out yourself or get laundry done in the hotels, so don't need to take a huge amount. You can also buy loads there as you go. Anywhere you stop for more than one night should be able to do some washing, somewhere around the middle of the trip maybe.  Laundry is rarely a problem in SE Asia, so maybe just check with the leader and he'll help you organise

     

    Wifi at hotels
    The hotels are generally very good, a lot of them are relatively new and have good facilities. I wasn't using Wifi myself so not 100% sure. I would imagine that some of them would. There would definitely be cafes around you could use in the larger towns and cities, but there is internet almost everywhere anyway, so not sure you want to drag a laptop all the way out.

    Most, if not all, hotels also have air con.



    Weather
    The weather will be hot and humid mostly, with a chance of rain in a few places. But when it does rain, it generally dries up pretty quickly. It doesn't really get cold, but you may want a light jacket for night time. It's usually quite pleasant during the day, so it should be light clothes, with a layer you can add if you feel chilly. Think of a warm summer's evening here, and it's not dissimilar (but probably a bit warmer!).


    Money
    It's generally a very safe area, as long as you exercise the same degree of common sense you would at home, so taking mostly cash isn't a problem. I took sterling cash and changed that as I went along. I also topped up with my ATM card a couple of times, mainly for shopping. Dollars are very common in Cambodia and Vietnam, but I had no problems changing sterling anywhere I went.
    There is no real benefit to getting Dong or Bhat before you travel, as you can change as soon as you arrive at the airport on arrival, or there are plenty of banks in the city centres. The leader will advise you when and where it's best to change, but it is quite straightforward. Dollars aren't strictly legal tender over there, but people will take them maybe as tips or for larger payments. When it comes to small stores, restaurants or anything like that, they will expect local currency.


    General
    As I said, if you're in Hoi An in Vietnam, it's a fantastic place to get some clothes made, if you like, and most of our group got something done. You can either get something made form all the books they have (catalogues from all the UK stores!) or take out a favourite piece and they will copy it - cheap as well!

     

    Take along some decent non sweat suncream, good sunglasses and a hat with a brim for shade - all important.

     

    I took a wheelie suitcase with a handle, but it doesn't make a huge difference as your bags are just moved from hotel to van and back again - so whatever is easiest for you.

     

    I would recommend taking mosquito spray and taking precautions such as covering your skin in the evenings (particularly at dusk) with long sleeve tops and covering your legs and ankles.  To be honest, it's okay in the north but you need to take extra care in the south. Take some DEET or bug spray and lather up as the sun starts to go down, and you should be fine. You'll pick up a bite or two probably, but nothing too serious.


    Diane Knight - Web sales

  •  

    Exodus staff - expertise on hand to help

    All the staff at Exodus share a passion for adventure travel, and are always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can find an expert for the area you are interested in here and can contact them to get further information. If you don't see your specific country listed, please email customerops@exodus.co.uk and they will get the answers you need!

  •  

    How do I join the Departure Lounge (forum) in the Exodus Community?

    To view the Forums, including the Departure Lounge, you do not need to be member of the Exodus Community, simply click on the Community link at the top of every page and read the posts in their respective sections by entering the Departure Lounge, or one of the other options in the list on the page.

    To join in a discussion, if already a member, please sign in to your Exodus website account (not related to booking reservations) to contribute to the Forum. If you are not a member of the Exodus Community, you can register by clicking the 'Sign in' at the top of every webpage and select ‘Register’ within the drop down panel.

    When viewing the Forum area of the website, as you scroll through the 'Rooms' which are set out by 'travel months' during the current year within the Departure Lounge. You can then select the 'month' of intended travel, then filter the list of trips that have already been created by fellow travellers to see if your trip is listed. If the trip you are travelling on is not in the list, you can start the process by clicking on the 'Post new forum topic' link above the list on the same page. If you do see your trip within the list, select it to view the 'discussion' by your fellow travellers and you can join in by completing the 'Post your comment' section below the discussion thread.

    Please note: there might be slight a delay before your post/comment appears as intended because we moderate what is published on the website.

    We hope you enjoy using the Departure Lounge to meet your fellow travellers and continue to contribute right up to the start of your journey with Exodus.

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    Are 2017 dates and prices available?

    Our experts can access lots of 2017 departures now, and we’ll be loading them on here soon. Meanwhile, you can call, email or use live chat to check 2017 dates, prices, availability and to book.

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    How do I compare trips for my next adventure?

    To compare trips for consideration, you can add them to your 'Shortlist'.

    During your search for your next adventure you can save 'holidays' to your Shortlist and compare trips. For this to work correctly, you must be signed in during your 'user session'; i.e. during your time on the Exodus website. These will then be saved in your account (don't have an Exodus website account?  Sign up now!).

    The Shortlist menu item (top of every page) only appears when holidays are added. Adding holidays can be done by clicking on the 'Add to shortlist' with the 'Heart' symbol on any 'Holiday' page above the 'At a Glance' section, or in the 'holiday' panels within Search Results pages, or in the 'You might also like...' section at the foot of the trip page viewed. The selected holidays will be saved into your account for consideration and can be removed there, as well as from the 'compare trips' page from the menu link located at the top of every page.

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