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Cycle Indochina & Angkor

Cycle through 3 countries from Thailand to Vietnam



At a glance

10 nights comfortable hotels, 2 nights standard hotels, 1 night standard guesthouse to experience some ‘Mekong Delta’ hospitality, all with en suite facilities
9 days cycling with 95% vehicle support
Good tarmac in Thailand and Cambodia, with some easy dirt roads in Vietnam
Traffic levels higher near the larger towns, so you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic

Cycle through 3 countries from Thailand to Vietnam

This journey takes us through three countries with divergent histories and subtly different cultures. From the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the serene tranquillity of the shimmering paddy fields, to the magnificence of Angkor’s temples, we see a little piece of everything these amazing countries have to offer. In Vietnam we enter the Mekong Delta, a spectacular patchwork of rice paddies and waterways. Our journey climaxes in Saigon where the frenetic pace and vibrant street life contrasts starkly with the rural areas we have cycled through, and will leave a lasting impression.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

All breakfasts, 1 dinner
All accommodation (see below)
All transport and listed activities
Tour leader throughout
Arrival & departure transfers
Local bike hire

Food: Food is cheap in SE Asia and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is readily available almost everywhere. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in SE Asia the availability of certain specialized products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized dietary items from home. You may find it beneficial to bring some ‘cycling snacks’ with you from home; high energy snacks are not readily available locally. For snacks and drinks during the rides, a kitty is normally arranged (see extra expenses).

Start destination: Bangkok

End destination: Ho Chi Minh City

Cycling profile

Day 1

Arrival Bangkok. Free time to explore some of the frenetic capital. There will be a group meeting and briefing in the evening followed by an optional group dinner for those that would like to join. Please bring your main luggage excluding your bike clothing, overnight bag & valuables to the meeting as they will be transferred to the cycling start point.

Day 2

Early morning transfer to Khao Yai N.P, the start point of our cycling. Our route today is over 80 kms, but we suggest you don’t attempt to cycle the full distance unless you are well acclimatized to the heat. The support vehicle follows us throughout the day, and you can cycle as much or as little as you like. Our route follows minor roads, byways and the occasional dirt trail as we skirt Khao Yai, which translates as ‘the Big Mountain’. We will pass through small villages, past monasteries and paddy fields. Continuing the ride along country back roads we arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon with time to relax before sampling some of the local dishes. Ride approx. 60 km.

Day 3

Today we follow minor roads through Thai rural landscapes including rubber and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields, there are a few easy rolling hills, but the route is mostly flat.The ride ends when we join a busier road before driving the final short distance to the town of Sa Keaw by bus. Ride approx. 90km.

Day 4

Leaving our hotel early in the morning, we ride towards the beautiful Pang Sida National Park, where we can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the other side. We will stop for lunch at a wildlife sanctuary before carrying on cycling on quiet, but well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, 10km from the Cambodian border. Ride approx. 85km.

Day 5

After breakfast we drive to the busy border and complete customs formalities as we cross into Cambodia at Poipet. We then drive to Siem Reap. Due to years of civil war the country is poorer and less developed, and this is immediately obvious to us from the state of the roads. Apart from growth in the capital and around Siem Reap, the way of life in the countryside is still very much the same as it has been for centuries. This afternoons ride from Siem Reap cycles past Wat Athvea a modern temple in the grounds of the ruins of an Angkorian temple finishing up at a market and picnic area outside of Siem Reap. Ride approx 20km.

Day 6

Today we may choose to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide area, and are linked by shady avenues: meandering our way between them by bike gives us a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the ancient stones; the largest complex of Angkor Thom, which includes the Terrace of the Leper Kings; the famous Bayon temple with its 37 towers (originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king; and of course the incredible Angkor Wat, with its huge moat, long causeway and massive towers – it is the largest temple complex in Asia. Ride approx 25-30km.

Day 7

Today we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 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. In the afternoon as we cycle back to Siem Reap we can stop and visit a few of the less visited Angkor temples.
Siem Reap town is pleasant to wander around; the market has plenty of interest and excellent shopping, and there is a vibrant nightlife.This afternoon there should also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, which is a branch of the Mekong River. This optional trip includes a boat trip to see the floating fishing villages. Anyone wanting to do this visit may need to miss part or all of the ride back to Siem Reap, depending on timings. Ride approx 70 km, if riding the full distance to and from Banteay Srei.

Day 8

Today we take a bus journey of approx. 7 hours along National Road 6 to Phnom Penh. We will have a couple of stops, one in the town Skuon, which is known for its local delicacy of fried spiders. The road is currently undergoing some resurfacing so some sections will be a bit of a bumpy ride! We should arrive in Phnom Penh for late afternoon, the perfect time for a sundowner on the Mekong.

Day 9

The fortunes of Phnom Penh have shifted dramatically during its history and the terrible years of the Khmer Rouge and subsequent civil war through 1970s and 1980s have scarred the country. During our stay we visit two sites, which give us a vivid impression of some of the horrors. There is the Genocide Museum, which is the former Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21 or Tuol Sleng, in the centre of the city. 15 kms of out of town is the area known as the ‘Killing Fields’ a mass grave and execution site for the former inmates of S-21. While visiting these gruesome spots may not appeal to everyone, we feel they give us an important understanding of what the country and its people had to endure just a few decades ago.
On a more positive note, the city is very much on the rise again and is a fascinating place with fine examples of French colonial architecture. We tour the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda. There is also excellent shopping at the ‘Russian’ market, and the lively Mekong waterfront area, where our hotel is located.

Day 10

This morning we transfer south out of Phnom Penh to the town of Takeo. Here the road becomes quieter and we mount our bikes for the 36km ride to the Phnom Den / Tinh Bien border. Once border formalities have been completed we meet our Vietnamese leader and cycle approximately 28km to Chau Doc.

Day 11

A morning transfer by road to Long Xuyen where we take a public ferry across the river. From here we ride along a lovely quiet backroad, lined with small villages and dwellings, towards Vinh Long. Leaving the bikes on the mainland, we take another boat (20 mins) to reach our homestay on an island in the Mekong delta, known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam. After settling in we can explore the area on foot. The rivers and canals of the Mekong delta form an amazing network of waterways. The area is famous for its abundant rice production, but in many areas farmers are now moving to more profitable fish-farming, and fruit and vegetable growing. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner at the homestay and enjoy some ‘Delta’ hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided. Ride approx 50km.

Day 12

We leave by boat, stopping en route for a look at the Cai Be floating market. Here large boats moor up in the Mekong River, weighed down with fruit and veg produce. Local traders and shop owners buy in bulk in this strictly ‘wholesale’ market. A little further on we make a short stop to see local cottage industries producing such items as popped rice, popcorn and other homemade products. We continue by bus to Cai Lay where we take a scenic ride through fruit orchards and along the Mekong riverbank. Back on the bus in My Tho, we drive on to the heat, hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, still usually known as Saigon. 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 free market city where anything goes. Our hotel is in the heart of this incredible city. Ride approx 35km.

Day 13

The whole day is free to explore Saigon, do some shopping and to relax. There are a number of interesting things to see – the Saigon River, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral are all within easy walking distance. Alternatively a short cyclo ride will take you to the War Remnants Museum with an interesting (if a little gruesome) photographic record of the Vietnam/American War. For those that are interested your leader can arrange an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, located 2 hours outside the city. Used by the Viet Cong during the war the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. Originally 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!

Day 14

The trip ends after breakfast in Saigon.

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Customer Feedback

Busy Two Weeks

Summary:
Came away feeling that I saw and experienced heaps more than I would have done as an independent traveller. Added bonus was having a good group of fellow travellers which is always a bonus as everyone seemed to gel pretty well.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The smiling faces of the children as we cycled through many of the villages notwithstanding the high fiving which played havoc with my tennis elbow!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit is a true gentleman with a good sense of humour and top class organisational skills.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Potential for saddle soreness should not be underestimated. Padded cycling shorts, gloves, water bottle and sunglasses are essential. Best do this tour during rainy season as landscape will be likely be green and lush. For non-cyclists such as myself, I found the cycling quite demanding particularly the first few days though there's always the support vehicle should it be needed – though thankfully I never succumbed to the temptation!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Suggest agreeing upfront with team leader that cycling breaks should be given a fixed period otherwise they can drag on for what sometimes seems an eternity.

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Cycle Indochina and Angkor – Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Summary:
What a brilliant way to see a country or three! This was a trip to remember for all the right reasons. Three fantastic countries with really welcoming people in each. A great group of fellow cyclists who I hope will remain in touch and a fantastic guide called Chai who kept us informed, amused and motivated throughout the trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There are so many to choose from it is difficult to pick just one. The temples at Angkor Wat are quite amazing. The trip to Lake Tonle Sap as the sun set and the return boat trip in the chaotic flotilla of boats was incredible. The border crossing from Thailand to Cambodia was like being in a different world.
Perhaps the fact that I was able to cycle 500 kms over the two weeks despite hardly ever having been on a road bike before the trip was the thing that will stick with me for a long time.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chai was brilliant. He entertained, he encouraged us when we were tired and he provided challenge for those who were seeking additional challenge. His organisational skills were marvellous with every aspect of the trip covered quite seamlessly. He helped to make the trip a marvellous success.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It is worth doing a bit of training in advance. Mainly due to the weather back home, I had practiced mainly on an exercise bike with little practice out on the actual road. When I arrived in Bangkok, I was more than a little concerned that I might not have been fit enough to do this trip. However, the way the team provide support and pit stops with lots of fresh fruit and drinks along the way makes it a most enjoyable experience. The scenery, the company of the group and the friendly welcome we received from the locals made this a trip that I will never forget. One last word of advice though – padded shorts and a gel saddle cover are essential.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A fantastic trip. My only question now is – Where next?

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Indochina and Angkor

Summary:
This tour delivered beauty and savagery in equal measures. The scenery varied between flat rice fields as far as the eye could see and dense jungle. The local countryside dwellers were happy and busy turning food crops into a living. The cities were traffic nightmares where cars and scooters came at us from all directions. Distant history was displayed in all its magnificence, while the barbarity of more recent history was laid bare for all to see.
The bikes and hotels were good and the leadership was both accommodating and supportive. It was a truly brilliant experience for all that.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The beauty and tranquility of rural Indochina and the Mekong delta; the obvious happiness of the families eeking out a living along the roadside; the respect shown to each other in mad traffic congestion; the unity which has followed some of the worse atrocities carried out by man. All inspirational but to hear the real life impacts of Khmer Rouge and US assaults on humanity from our guides was intensely moving.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
She performed beyond the call. She shouldered responsibility for everything. She shepherded the whole group, moving up and down the cycle file to ensure all was well and to ensure we crossed roads safely. She pre-warned us of what to expect. She carried money to help out those less well prepared. She apologised profusely for shortcomings on behalf of others. And she still managed to maintain her sense of humour and her smile throughout.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Book before it is too late!

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MUCH MORE THAN A CYCLING TOUR – AN ASIAN EXPERIENCE

Summary:
This is a very diverse tour. If you are looking for culture, history though the ages, people interaction, terrain, scenery, colours and smells, new experiences, cuisine, good weather, the great outdoors plus many more and some exercise on a cycle this tour will meet and probably exceed your expectations.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The temples of Angkor especially Angkor Wat and getting a real understanding of the 'Pol Pot' Regime in Cambodia.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chai the 'General Manager' is very professional, well organised and has very good inter personal skills. Fully supportive of the all group members and equally his support teams. It is not easy leading 18 travellers through 3 countries and having different support teams but Chai made it look and feel 'seamless'.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you are not a regular cyclist but are reasonably fit and want 'an Asian experience' do not hesitate to consider this tour as 99.5% of the cycling is flat or on only very slight inclines although be prepared for the heat.

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cycling Indochina

Summary:
An excellent well organised holiday.
Everything is well thought out with experienced staff taking care of every need and eventuality.
Would recommend this holiday.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling long distances most days in temperatures of 36 degrees was made much easier with plenty of stops where we were provided with drinks, energy bars, local snacks, and fruit. I was proud of what I achieved.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader was enthusiastic, kind, full of local information and a pleasure to be with.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The first few days are the longest distances to cycle.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Cycling is a good way to experience the local lifestyles.
Local people were all pleased to see us and welcoming.

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MOC 151118

Summary:
I am not in any way a cyclist and only ended up on this tour as I joined a friend who had already booked. I had not even been on a bike for approximately 15 years. Was I nervous, yes very much so, and was worried I had bitten off more than I could chew.
I need not have worried as I had an absolutely fantastic time. The support given was superb and it was very well organised, the guides (we had 2 Chai and Nat) and all the support crew were friendly, helpful, and a good laugh. I cannot praise then enough. Chai managed to sort out an incorrect double room booking into the correct twin room booking for the entire trip in a blink of an eye.
The route passed a variety of scenery and the roads were on the whole very good. The route was mainly flat although there were some hills. You have 100% support in Thailand, as the support vehicles can follow the same route, in Cambodia as most of the cycling was for site seeing and between the temples it's not really needed although the refreshment bus follows so if needed you can jump on it. In Vietnam as you are cycling through villages the support vehicles cannot fit but you meet them at set intervals throughout the day, around every 10-20km, depending on the area.
My only grip would be the trip notes, as I have never done this kind of tour before I relied heavily on these and purchased a repair kit, bike pump, bottle holder, cycling snacks etc. It turned out I did not need any of it, as it was all provided with the support teams (snacks come out of a tipping kitty which you pay into, and are delicious). Even in Vietnam one of the support team who cycles with you, carries these things, so I feel it was a waste of money. I donated most of it to my tour leader and my friend at the end of the trip. Also the price for the optional tour to cu chi tunnels is well out it was more than double, I did not do the others so not sure how accurate these are.
Would I do a cycling holiday again, yes. Would I book with exodus again, yes. It was amazing.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
For me, seeing how happy the people are even though some have so little, there are smiles and laughter everywhere, the kids come running shouting hello as you cycle past and a hi five is greatly received. Everyone I met was very friendly and welcoming. At one stop a group for children cam got see us selling there goods and one boy had a live tarantula, I freaked, and his response…..don't worry lady I will not come close if you do not like. How refreshing in the UK the kids would probably throw it at you. It's made me this about life and money really does not buy happiness.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chai and Nat, were both fantastic. Always there to help, friendly and knowledgeable. I could not have asked for a better leaders, they are both an asset to the company.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Lots of sunscreen, and memory cards.

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More than a great cycle trip

Summary:
This trip exceeded my expectations – crossing three quite different countries for our introduction to SE Asia allowed us to experience different foods, customs and sites of interest.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Impossible to pick a moment – we whizzed along some delightful rural roads in Thailand, climbed through the impressive towers of Angkor Wat, and soaked up a very special atmosphere as darkness fell on the stilted village and mangroves during the (optional) boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Is, who accompanied us as our guide throughout the trip, was a key factor in the success of the trip. Her sound knowledge of the region and in particular of the routines of rural communities made her particularly good at spotting things/places/activities which she knew would be interesting to us. Opportunities to watch people making items from local raw materials, harvest crops, prepare food etc, and to be able to inquire about their lives, allowed us to gain new perspectives and feel that we had gained from the experience rather than simply cycling past their doors

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Cycling on this trip demands more endurance than hill-climbing power.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
We moved as a group and had plenty of stops for refreshments so everyone could keep going. Is was more than willing to add exotic fruits and snacks to the table as we encountered them in markets etc.

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Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam Oct 2015

Summary:
Excellent trip from start to finish. Organisation was amazing, we didn't have to worry about anything ourselves. Cycling was really good, with amazing support team throughout the three countries. Great group of people too who all enjoyed themselves. Will definitely do another cycling holiday with Exodus

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
So many – Cambodia with its awe inspiring temples, but then the sadness of the killing fields. huge numbers of children shouting hello when you cycled by, cycling through a flood in the Mekong Delta…

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit was amazing. He was so professional and made sure that we were well looked after and had nothing to worry about for the whole of the holidday

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
just an awesome trip, far excelled what we were expecting

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Cycle Indochina and Angkor

Summary:
This was a brilliant trip. It combined fair distances of cycling with beautiful scenery and fascinating cultural sites. All the accommodation was good and some of the hotels were quite luxurious! The food was varied and delicious with many places offering local specialities. The drinks and snacks provided during the cycling days were also very good.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It is difficult to identify just one inspirational moment from the trip, as this section asks, because there were a number. Cycling through the back roads in Vietnam and around the Angkor area and through Siem Reap in Cambodia were highlights for me together with our visits to the Angkor temples.
I was also very moved and saddened by what we learnt about the tragic events associated with the killing fields. Although very sad, it is a major historic event in Cambodia and an important part of the trip.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The leader for this trip was Rit and he was superb. He succeeded in managing everything seamlessly and nothing was too much trouble for him. He was always approachable and happy to assist. He was also friendly and joined us at meal times to chat.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The main tip I would offer is to take very light cycle wear, if travelling in the warmer seasons, and apply plenty of sun cream particularly on the left side as one is travelling south most of the time. If my trip was typical of others, there is no need to bring snacks as there are plenty of drinks and snacks provided on the cycling days.

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I highly recommend this trip to anyone who likes to mix cycling with seeing a range of cultural and historic sites.

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Fantastic

Summary:
fantastic trip – really loved the cycling and felt I saw a lot of South East Asia a lot of other people haven't. Don't be put off by the cycling – it's not as hard as it looks on paper and it's a great experience!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing Angkor

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
He was the best – I couldn't have picked a better one myself

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring lots of suncream!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Nope!

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3 Countries across 3 cultures

Summary:
A great introduction to cycling in Asia. Theirs no better way to see a country, feel a country, taste a country than this trip. The level of hospitality shown by the people we met on the journey was amazing. If you have ever wondered whether you could do it, you can, get online and book this trip, you would be mad not to.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling in the rain in Thailand with the steam rising from the tarmac and the rice being silently cut by hand in the fields beside you. Riding around Angkor Wat and getting a full appreciation of the scale of the temples there. The stunning brutality of the killing fields and realizing it all happened such a short time ago. The smiling children in the Mekong who have little except, energy, beaming smiles and high fives for all the riders. Riding with another 14 people in a tight pack a few feet from the guys in front and not feeling anything but exhilarated.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Its no easy task to manage 15 riders of varying experience, ensure they all have a great time, and, to do that with patience, skill, encouragement, sensitivity and humour. Well done Rit you really are a star.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Dont take USD100 dollar bills smaller denominations are easier to use in country.
You dont need your own bike the ones on hire are fine.
Do take, padded pants, gel saddle, bike water bottle, bike helmet, sun tan cream, chamois cream, mozzy spray, handlebar bag, a sense of fun.
Dont worry, the cycling is all pretty easy and as time passes your cycling skills will increase until you can ride over a really narrow bridge with no handrails.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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This is a great trip, superbly managed that will let you get an understanding of Asia. I never thought I would ride through three countries cross two borders on foot and have so much fun doing it.
What are you waiting for?

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Cycle Indochina and Angkor – July 205

Summary:
A fantastic, inspirational trip, an emotional roller-coaster of pain (from the saddle sore) and extreme pleasure from the sights, culture and people you meet along the way. I would whole heartedly recommend this trip, a once in a lifetime experience.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It is difficult to chose between the sunrise a Angkor Wat which although cloudy was a great experience, the homestay which was a real insight and fantastic experience. However I think for all of our group one key momentous event was meeting the 2 only survivors of the S21 prison in Cambodia, this will stay with me forever and I feel honoured to have met such strong, inspirational characters.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our instructor Is was hard working, dedicated and a true professional. Nothing was too much and I do feel she went above and beyond to ensure the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all, which in itself was a difficult fate having such a wide range of nationalities, age groups and personalities. Is ensured that every single one of the group felt fully involved and we very much felt like a real team immediately. She is a real asset to Exodus, her personal pride and work ethic is admirable. the success of the trip is testament to this. If there was an award for group leader of the year, she would without doubt receive 18 votes, 1 from every member of our group.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Decent cycle shorts with gel padding and lots of mosquito spray, a huge memory card for your camera.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would just like to reiterate how great our group leader was. In such a short time, she quickly became not just our leader but a true friend, it was very sad to say Goodbye. It is testament to her hard work and dedication that I would without doubt recommend Exodus to my fiends and family. I look forward to my next trip with Exodus and can only hope that the Group leader is 50% as good as Is.

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Amazing experience

Summary:
This was my first trip with exodus and I would definitely recommend it. It was a fabulous mixture of cycling, sightseeing and culture. Fabulous!!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
cycling through remote villages seeing beautiful scenery and children running from their houses to wave and cheer as we passed by- unforgettable !

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader was Is. She was amazingly dedicated and organised. Her English was excellent and she was extremely knowledgable giving us constant information and guidance. She also had a great sense of humour and looked after us all so well.
She deserves s medal!

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14 days in Indochina, and a bit more

Summary:
A small, eclectic group of people, who enjoyed each other's company, and shared some wonderful experiences on a cycle through 3 countries. The cycling days were long, fast and flat. Very enjoyable, on well maintained bikes. Safety was taken care of by a very attentive team, shepherding us through busy, but generally slow, and forgiving traffic in towns. Outside the towns, the roads were empty, and well maintained. The sightseeing was well organised, with commentary by well informed local guides.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The temples at Angkor Wat are huge and impressive. Cycling through the back streets alongside the waterways of the Mekong delta gave a fascinating insight into local life. However, for sheer, jaw dropping shock, nothing can prepare a visitor, for seeing the Killing Fields, and S-21 prison. The visit was made even more poignant, by meeting the only 2 living survivors, and from the personal insights of the Cambodian Guide.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit did an amazing job. He was always good humoured, and tolerant of teasing. very good company in his own right. He led the tour through 3 different countries, with a separate support team in each one. No mean feat. A top cyclist, and a top man!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take US dollars for the tour tipping kitty. Use the out of hotel laundry, much cheaper than the hotels. Try to have a look at Chau Doc, in the short time you're there, an amazing waterfront on the Mekong. Take insect repellent, especially for the home stay.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
When it rains, you don't get cold.

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Cycle Indochina

Summary:
AN AWESOME TRIP COVERING 3 COUNTRIES IN ASIA

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
First site of Angkor Wat

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Is was outstanding, caring, very safety concerned, infomative and well organised.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Travel light, temperatures were between 35-38C. Take your own saddle and clips.

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Cycle Indochina – 21 March 2015

Summary:
Having just returned from Cycling Indochina, I'm still on a high. This holiday was simply fantastic, with great cycling days, beautiful scenery, interesting sites, delicious food, and lots of laughter. The days flew by far too fast, but because we saw and experienced so much each and every day, it nevertheless feels as if we were there for much longer than just 2 weeks.
The trip was very well organised, and the team leader and the local guides and technical support teams were wonderful, always on hand with a smile to help wherever needed.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were so many highlights and inspirational moments and experiences during this trip, it's impossible to single out just a single one – so to mention just a few: cycling around Angkor and seeing the local traditional villages, visiting Angkor Wat at daybreak (even if it was too cloudy for a sunrise), the visit to S-21 in Phnom Penh, cycling the lovely little backroads and paths in Vietnam on the last cycling day, high-fiving with the children that ran out to greet us along the way in various places, and the homestay in the Mekong Delta…

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit is an excellent group leader – I couldn't praise him enough. Patient, considerate, well informed, approachable, always cheerful – these are just a few words to describe him. And he's an excellent cyclist too.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
No need to bring your own bike – the bikes provided are great. Do bring padded shorts and/or a gel seat, they're pretty essential. Something to prevent chafing (chamois cream or similar) is useful too.
There are opportunities along the way (in Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City) to get some laundry done (it's washed and ironed for you – and it's cheap), so no need to pack too too much in the way of clothes.
Around Angkor you'll be needing to put on 'temple clothes' to enter the temples – so bring some light trousers or a skirt to cover your knees – and also bring a top or shirt that covers shoulders. And bring a torch if you want to see Angkor Wat at sunrise – you'll be walking over uneven ground in the pitch dark.
Money-wise, just bring some Baht for Thailand, and other than that just bring US dollars – they're accepted everywhere in Cambodia and Vietnam including any and all shops. There are cashpoints in most cities if you need access to additional funds (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City).

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I'd just like to give a special mention to Mr Black (Thailand support team), who took many pictures of us all cycling in Thailand. He also made a couple of video montages of us cycling – with accompanying dramatic music (hilarious). He did all of this purely because it's his hobby – and he gaves us all copies of all of the pictures and videos. It was such a lovely, kind thing to do – so a huge 'thanks!' from me for that.

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Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – three wonderful contrasts

Summary:
From the beginning, this trip kept you surprised, engaged and immersed. Everyday was an adventure and thoroughly enjoyable. The guides had carefully chosen cycles routes which were fun and fascinating giving you a peek into the lives of real people and at times getting off the beaten track. It was action packed as expected, but still well paced, allowing the occasional afternoon to "chillax". The cycling support teams were exceptional. It was hot, but I adapted quickly and cycling actually had a cooling effect.
The enjoyable cycling routes, wonderful scenery, delicious food and memorable sights delivered beyond my expectations.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling around Angkor was inspirational. The beautiful templates draped in vines, framed by jungle and set to the atmospheric chirping of cicadas was wonderfully visceral and dreamlike.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit was an excellent leader. He was calm, collected and professional. He has a gentle style which was never bossy, but always had everyone organised. He was always approachable and did everything he could to help anyone. And always with a large smile.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Buy a small cycling bag that you can strap to the bike to keep you camera, sun cream and some cash in. I wish I has done this. Others on the tour brought one along and it made carrying a few small belongings with you on the bike much easier.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Before I left I bought US dollars. I asked for be provided as single dollar bills, a fat wad of notes. This was one of the most useful things I did. Get low denominations. It made it a lot easier to pay for food/drinks/curios

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Cycle Indochina

Summary:
Very good cycling trip especially for "non climbers". Too much on first 3 days especially 90km on first day after long flight no time to acclimatise

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Angkor wat and contrast as we crossed from Cambodia to Vietnam

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very good always helpful lovely person worked really hard. Didn't always make arrangements clear to everybody resulted in confusion especially at Thai Cambodia border

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring dollars not sterling. Read notes carefully especially tipping

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Hotel switch at Siem Reap was unacceptable shambles unworthy of any travel company and certainly unworthy of Exodus

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Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

Summary:
Great way to explore three Asian countries in two weeks. It was my first time in the region and the trip definitely inspired me to return.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The Angkor Temples – despite seeing lots of documentaries/films/etc about them, the size of the complex still takes your breath away.
Best cycling days – The cycle from Siem Riep to Banteay Srei with lots of interesting villages on the way. And the winding narrow paths in the Mekong delta on the last day of Vietnam cycling.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit never stopped smiling :-) He had a very good knowledge of all three countries, was always helpful & very enthusiastic about cycling.
The local cycling teams were great too. Tiet in Vietnam deserves a special comment for his very interesting overview of his country's history.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you haven't been to Bangkok before, book an extra day to explore the city.
Unless you have special dietary requests, no need to bring own snacks – these were plenty in all three countries.
Do bring a "temple dress" though – needs to cover your shoulders and knees – for the day you're cycling in the Angkor.
Pack some cycling gear in your hand luggage. Some of us lost our luggage on the way there and didn't get it until the evening of the day 2 cycling.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Go for it!

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Cycle Indochina & Angkor

Summary:
A trip of a life time a great opportunity to see 3 countries from a local perspective. The scenery and the bikes were fabulous even the transition from one country to another was seamless with the support teams really taking care of us all. The snacks on the way provided by them were lovely especially the home made lemonade in Cambodia. We really got to know the support teams as they made us all feel safe and their sense of humour was brilliant. As a group we all got on so well and as I had not paid for a single room our guide arranged that us 3 ladies rotated the rooms so we all had at least 3 nights on our own.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The visit to the killing fields was awe inspiring and the visit to the war museum in Saigon equally memorable however I think getting up at 04.00 to go and watch the sun rise over Ankor Watt ……I will never forget

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
He was so kind and thoughtful to the needs of all the group. He had the patience of a saint as we had one, and there is always one, who would test anyone, yet he treated him with respect and patience where as I and others would have sent him in the opposite direction several times!!!!!! His local knowledge was fascinating and he really loved his job which was evident throughout the trip. Therefore we were so sad to say goodbye when the trip was over. Other guides form other countries when meeting him you could see their respect for him. Rik is a gem if you get him you will have a fab time.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Advice for others considering this trip I would say go for it. I am 3 months off 60 with little or no training done for this trip however I can cycle a road bike so the transition to mountain bike was no problem. Just check the size of your frame before you set off as I was given a large frame I am 5ft 3ins!!! It took me 2 days to realise I had the wrong size of bike!!!! The food you will enjoy is outstanding as your guide will bring you to local restaurants. The local knowledge each guide has and their enthusiam is 10 out of 10. You feel safe and privileged to see the local villages and people. Bring american dollars rather than the local currency.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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If you are a shopper wait until you get to Vietnam the silks are to die for in the local shops. All the hotels were fantastic and the massages were to die for I am suffering withdrawal symptoms now as I am not getting my nightly massage. I persuaded fellow travellers to try them and they got hooked too. I now feel as a single woman I will book again with Exodus as I have experienced their type of adventure holiday. Several others on the trip had been on other trips by the same company so thats says it all. I am away to plan my next adventure…….

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excelent introdution to asia

Summary:
the trip was a introduction to the region , leaving you wanting to return and explore further

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I it difficult to identify one moment as each of the three countries were so different , it was more like 3 holidays in one.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit was a very good leader and his relaxed Thai style made him very popular with the group

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
add a few days on to each end of the trip so you can see more

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Cycling three countries

Summary:
Cycling trip starting in Thailand via Cambodia to Vietnam. Culture stops at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Saigon. The cycling was back to front with long distances at the start of the trip when I (this was only me, I think!) was struggling to adjust to the high (37 degree) temperatures. It was always possible to stop riding and take the bus, but I didn't feel good about it. I did enjoy the trip immensely once I'd acclimatised and loved the stops at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Saigon. The quality of hotels in these places was really good, too. Would do this trip again in a heartbeat.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Affecting, rather than inspirational, were the Killing Fields and S21 Prison in Phnom Penh. I'm still thinking about it and reading what I can to make sense of the senselessmess of it.
I was very proud of myself the day I managed all the cycling and completed a distance of 82km.
This was the best group I've travelled with on Exodus: everyone was so nice.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chai was the most organised group leader I've come across on an Exodus trip (I've been on more than ten). His belief in communication as the most important aspect of managing a group describes the essence of his approach. He engaged with all 18 of us, was professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend time with.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do this trip.
I used Tahi Baht in Thailand and US dollars in Cambodia and Vietnam: this worked well.
The hire bikes have drink holders, so bring a flask rather than a backpack bladder (less hot to carry).
A loose shirt to wear over the top of a cycling vest/shirt is very useful (sun, modesty, etc).
As a diabetic and vegetarian, I needed to avoid the rehydration salts and brought Marmite and V8 to compensate.
There are very good veggie restaurants in Siem Reap and Saigon.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Loved this trip – cannot recommend it highly enough. I'd like to do it again.

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Sightseeing and cycling with few hills

Summary:
This trip provides good balance between cycling and sightseeing. The cycling is mostly on the flat, with no real hills to speak of, and at manageable distances with regular snack breaks, at least every 10 to 20km or so – if you are averagely fit it won't be highly challenging, though there are a couple of longish days towards the start. The sights are really worth seeing though – Angkor Wat being the obvious highlight. Ho Chi Minh City is also a great place to visit – it is changing so fast!

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I am not sure about "inspirational", but for me the most fun cycling was in Vietnam where the route passes alongside a river marking the Cambodian border, and where the people – young and old – seem so genuinely happy to see the group passing through the village. The War Remnants museum in Ho Chi Minh City and the Killing Fields & S21 jail in Phnom Penh are disturbing but essential to visit to start to try to understand the recent violent past. In both places, they have made a real effort to document and explain exactly what went on in the hope that it won't happen again.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chai was superb. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and he did a great job of keeping the group together, managing three different teams, handling all of the paperwork and border-crossing formalities, and explaining everything that we were about to do (often multiple times over). He really cares about and takes pride in doing his job well and he is incredibly patient. He's also a really nice guy. I managed to mislay a couple of personal items on one of the buses and he has made it his mission to get the returned to me in the UK.
I have to also mention the Thai team, in particular Mr Black and his two sons – lovely people with a real passion for cycling (and, in Mr Black's case, photography – he took loads of photos and videos and loaded them up on to memory sticks for us just for fun, in addition to driving the support vehicle and keeping everyone topped up with water).

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Siem Reap is busy so if you are not confident cycling in traffic, jump on the bus for the first and last stretches of the cycling days in Siem Reap.
There is a great big Tesco superstore (yes, really!) just across the road from the hotel on the second night, where you can stock up on all kinds of things you might have forgotten, and food. They have an in-store pharmacy and electrical goods section. The hotel on the second night isn't great but it is clean and does the job. We found that the water tended to be lukewarm in all of the Thai hotels, much better in Cambodia and Vietnam. We still haven't worked out why the hotel in Siem Reap played nursery rhymes as background music in the communal areas the whole time were there. We took the option to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat – which is fine, but don't be under the illusion that you will have the place to yourself – there were hundreds, possibly thousands, of people doing exactly the same thing!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Some nights the places which the group ate are were *local*, e.g. street stalls or very cheap restaurants. But the food was, with one or two exceptions, really good. Just don't expect to be going to plush restaurants each night, though there are chances to do so in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh in particular.
Thank you to Chai and all the people in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the UK who helped to make this a very enjoyable, relaxing holiday. And thank you to the others in the group too – despite being a large group (18) everyone got on well and had a good time.

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Cycle Indonchina and Angkor

Summary:
A great way to see the three countries visited – up close and personal. Cycling off the beaten track in Thailand takes you to places other visitors don't usually see and allowed for everyone to cycle at their own pace (be that racer or not). Cycling in Cambodia on the other hand is somewhat of a different nature, particularly in Siem Reap. We really enjoyed the exhilaration of dodging the traffic including mopeds riding the wrong way up your side of the road. Viet Nam was different again with endless over excited children running out to wave and say hello..makes you feel like royalty with all that waving :-)

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Realising how lucky we are to be born in Europe and not experiencing the many hardships that continue to this day in Cambodia even twenty years after the end of the Khmer Rouge era. How do they keep smiling? We were also very impressed by just how much you can load into the trailer of a moped and still ride it!

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our tour leader, Is, was really great – no one in our group has enough good things to say about her good grace and smiles and organizational skills keeping 18 cats herded in the same direction for two weeks.
Also, not really a group leader, but the local cycle team in Thailand were also really great – the set up of all the rest stops was superb with lots of fresh fruit and cold drinks and all sorts of nibbles.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Echoing some of the other feedback, padded shorts and a gel saddle are a must! Be prepared for the hideously long travel day from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. They dug up the road two years ago, all of it, by the look of it, and apart from a couple of 500 metre stretches, have not remade it. So, that day, it took us over 9 hours and not the 5-6 it says in the trip notes.
Don't indulge too much in snacking at rest stops as you always have a big lunch too and it feels really bad leaving food on your plate because you weren't hungry any more!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
We really enjoyed this trip and did not want it to end.

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cảm ơn bạn

Summary:
A very well organised trip, with good accommodation and food and great guides.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Staying in the homestay on the Mekong Delta was great, especially the cooking and the singalong with our Vietnamese guide.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader was very knowledgeable, funny, extremely helpful and great at anticipating potential problems and resolving them before they occurred.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Travel light if you can and make the use of local laundry services (typically 1-2USD per kg)

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Cycle Indochina

Summary:
Good

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Angkor Wat & the killing fields was necessary viewing

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very good

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take gel saddle and shorts

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Roads are in extremely poor condition especially in Cambodia where a main road we have to make a long journey in by bus is unmade.

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Well organised, great cycling

Summary:
We really enjoyed our holiday, our guide Is was excellent, very well organised. There was very littl hanging about The cycling in Thailand was excellent fun as very quiet roads where we could all go at our own pace, race if we wanted to or in my case bring up the rear. Roads were busier in Cambodia and Vietnam but was still great but we could not split into groups so much. I was a bit nervous about keeping up but it was nearly all totally flat and I found I could manage the distances much easier than I had thought. Bikes were excellent but please, please take padded shorts and a gel saddle cover, hardened cyclerswere struggling without. No need to carry a bag whilst cycling as a vehicle follows you around and you just need to take a drinks bottle. food was really good and as a vegetarian I did not have any problems. If anything there was too much food which was particularly true in Vietnam where we were given large lunches which we felt rude not finishing but they were just too big. Although lunches not included you do not get a choice of where to go so I actually think he rip would be better if lunches were included since there is no choice anyway. hotels were a very good standard, much better than I was expecting. The only downside to the holiday was the time in Phenom Penh which was quite a stressful place to walk round and except going to the market I could not find anything to do in our free time and I also found the home stay to be very different to what I was expecting. I was thinking it would be a quiet retreat but our guide cider to do karaoke very loudly from his laptop. it was great fun but not a quiet retreat, we also had a en suite room and it was just a bit strange! great holiday though and I would recommend it.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
of course the temples and Angkor but also finding out I could cycle really fast on the flat, ( living onDartmoor I am normally rather slow)

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
great

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
As above padding for your .butt and a drinks bottle

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You have to go!

Summary:
This trip has so many positives it is hard to list them all but here goes;
Organisation from Exodus pre-travel was excellent as was the slight changes I made to my trip to accommodate onward travel to Hanoi.
The guide was amazing and her humour and attention to detail made it all run really smoothly.
This type of holiday allows you to see at first hand real people and observe their sometimes simple and challenging lives, you would never see this in a coach or car.
The bikes were were good quality and sized accordingly. Roads and tracks were easy going really, some shallow inclines and easy off-road. The issue i guess is the heat when cycling rather than the distance. This is compensated for by regular pre-planned stops and plenty of fluid and nutritional snacks, provided by the kitty.
The support crews were the unsung heroes really, they made it all work so easily and despite most of them not speaking any English they were always happy to help. It was this whole package that made the trip work so well.
The hotels we stayed in were o0n the whole very good and the food was good too. We chose as a group to eat together each night which was a good way to unwind from the exertions of the day!
A group holiday required a bit of give and take and that means being a bit laid back, group dynamic is everything to a successful trip. Our group was great ans we all got on really well and helped each other when required.
The trip itself offers quite a variety of experiences such as remote farming and fishing communities, temples (plenty of those!), some 'nightlife' such as Pub Street in Siem Reap and equally tranquil moments in really remote places. The variety is there too as each country is different in many ways and it is this that you will remember most.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Well 2 things really; firstly the many children we met and saw, they are so happy and so keen to shout 'hello' and 'high-five' as you ride by. It was this interaction which I will remember for a long time as this is such a contrast to other countries I have been too.
The other was the guide in Phnom Penh who explained his personal experience of the Khmer Rouge and the civil war, it was incredible really the way as Buddists they are able to forgive and move on rather than take revenge on the persecutors. This act has allowed the country to move forward rather than end up divisive and embittered. I felt this was something we in the West need to think about a bit more.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our leader 'IS' was the key part of this trip, as you would expect of course, however she was more than that, she was special. Why/ well because she had infectious humour, was a good sport and really cared about us, both individually and as a group. Safety and getting the best from our trip was always in the forefront of her mind, she also was thinking ahead all the time. Guides on these type of trips need to be resourceful and never can switch off. The others guides who joined us in both Cambodia and Vietnam to support her were also very good and added considerably to the knowledge we gained about these respective countries.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go with an open mind on what you will see, I saw much more than I expected too. You will get a group experience and this is great especially if you are traveling as a single person. Karaoke was our group bonding event, but don't worry its not compulsory!!!
Don't take any super-smart clothes, you won't need them and they take up valuable luggage space!
Sun protection essential as is mozzie spray but they were not a real problem for us in Nov/Dec. The snacks provided for the group out of the kitty are adequate but only take your own if you are partial to them.
I took a small and cheap bag to attach to my bike handlebars, this was great for carrying a camera and money etc, better than a rucksack, worth the investment. If you taking a special saddle or pedals they are easily changed by the bike crew. Padded shorts are essential also, some took a gel seat cover as well.
Food is generally cheap as are drinks, bill sharing for meals is much easier and saves time when paying too.
Clothes washing is easy and cheap too so no need to bring enough for 2 weeks.
Bring hand gels and use common sense with hygiene and you will have no problems, the guide will advise as well.
A small and easily set-up camera is best while traveling, I took 2 one on the bike and one in the van.
Plenty of opportunity to buy cheap clothes and quality goods made in Vietnam.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A good value trip, I did my own flights and added that flexibility into my trip as did some of the others too.
You will want to come back for sure!

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cycle Indochina & Angkor

Summary:
I thought the whole of the trip was excellent and very well organised. Nee and all of the staff in the 3 countries visited gave a very good service with a smile. Nothing was too much trouble. Nee made the trip memorable.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
..The visit to Angkor Wat and the cycling in Vietnam.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The flight to save the 6 hr bus transfer was worth doing.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
No because everything was excellent.

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Cycle Indo-China and Angkor

Summary:
A two week cycling trip through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling through the rural landscape of three contrasting countries with an excellent back-up team.
Visiting Phnom Penh and Saigon, two vibrant cities in SE Asia.
Staying in a homestay on the Mekong Delta.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nee was absolutely first class. I have been on a number of trips with Exodus and she ranks as one of the best!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take your own gel saddle if you have one and also take some toe clips or pedals with cleats. The mechanics will put them on your bike very quickly.
Don't bother taking any energy drinks or snacks, they are provided for you at every stop.
Don't forget sun tan lotion and mosquito repellent.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Since I have been back in the UK I have heard that our excellent group leader Nee has been sacked by her primary employer Peak Adventure. The success of our holiday was largely down to Nee's excellent organisational skills and her ability to work effectively with every member of the group. Exodus needs good leaders and Nee is one of the best. I will pursue this matter with Exodus later!

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Cycle Indochina & Angkor

Summary:
An absolutely superb trip, so much to see in each country – the scenery, landscape, people and culture. Visiting Angkor was amazing as was staying with a local family in the Mekong Delta.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The friendliness of the people en-route.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our tour guide (Sutinee Rasp) was absolutely amazing. So well organised, positive, informative, friendly she would go the extra mile to make sure we all thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The only huge disappointment was to hear on our return that her parent company (Peak Adventure Thailand) have apparently sacked her because some of the local team felt her to be "too bossy"! This has left all of use who traveled absolutely speechless. We have all made appeals through Exodus to support her as her treatment by her parent company is totally unfair. Let's hope they listen to those who traveled – at the end of the day it should be the views of the customer rather than some of the local team which matter.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure your take some DEET as the mossies will be around. Also, it would be useful to take an overnight bag for the stay with the local company as you can't take your main luggage. It's not mentioned in the trip notes but is needed for packing the essentials.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Go on the trip – you won't regret it!

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Cycle Indochina & Angkor (16NOV14)

Summary:
This was one of the best holidays i have ever had…..simple just that!
The team expecially Sutinee Rasp were amazing from start to finish and nothing was too much trouble.
The group were great company and we all had a fabulous time.
I will be back and certainly try to do more of the trips that Sutinee does the guiding on

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The visit to Angkor and the cu chi tunnels were amazing.
The homestead stay i was fearing due to the comfort factor but i have to say this was so very enjoyable and the best night of the whole trip by far, the family were fantastic and so welcoming

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Sutinee Rasp was absolutely excellent and kept us all amused and fired up constantly, it would not have been the same without her.
I have recently found out that she has been fired by the Thailand part of the journey due to some of the locals restaurants that we visit not wanting to deal with her. I am gob-smacked as she is highly professional but has to keep 18 people in check and make sure food is out on time etc.
Someone should check into this as i feel this is very hard on Sutinee and very unfair

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
book this trip ASAP

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If there was to be anything at all to complain about it would be that the trip through Thailand had 3 very long days with nothing to see but long stretches of road and this became quite monotonous, i am sure there are some areas of beauty that we could have visited. there are only so many monasteries that you can take :-)

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Cycle indochina and Angkor

Summary:
My first visit to the Far East , loads of new experiences nearly all positive . The first 3days cycling were quite demanding but once into Cambodia there was a lot more to see and do . Cycling in Siem Reap city was not for the faint hearted. The Mekong Delta was just packed with people . Saigon was full of life and great fun as long as you didn't want to cross the road, there are 6 million motor cycles all driving straight at you.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling through the Mekong Delta, dozens of kilometres on dodgy roads, with the roadside crammed with houses and people. Kids were running out to shout hello and wave at us, I waved back so much my arms were nearly as tired as my legs. A real contrast with Thailand where the roads were well made but empty of traffic and few houses.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nee was full of life, knowledgeable, well turned out and friendly throughout. Nothing was too much trouble for her, she was also incredibly fit, she finished the previous tour in Saigon on Saturday ran the Bangkok marathon at 2am Sunday morning then straight to the airport to meet us . Her English was very good but she was always eager to broaden her vocabulary. All in all she was tickety boo.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If in doubt force yourself to go to the killing fields,. For me it was do it once but never again. A somber couple of hours that will have a lasting impact.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A fantastic trip, so much new to see and do.

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Cycle Indochina and Angkor

Summary:
I found the first there days a little tedious with not much to see and little in the way of cultural experience but if you want to get some cycling miles in then it works! But I went on this trip to see the Angkor Wat temples which did not disappoint. The short bike ride on arrival in Siam Reap to the local market was great fun as this was the first time we came across any real traffic on this trip. The support teams in all three countries were very good and especially in Thailand provided some great snacks at rest breaks. But Vietnam offered the best cultural experience
and the best cycling through backstreets and along the canals

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The temples at Angkor Wat. The home stay in Vietnam and cycling the back roads of Vietnam which were the most scenic.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nee our trip leader was very good at organising all 18 people on our trip (not such a small group holiday!)
The local teams were all very good and Channi in Cambodia was an excellent and enthusiatic guide.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
We forgot to take photos for the Cambodia visa but just had to pay a 100 baht fine.

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Cycle Indochina

Summary:
This is a great trip. The first few days featured the most challenging cycling, which I enjoyed although the scenery was not particularly interesting. I would have prefered more cycling in Cambodia and Vietnam which were more scenic. However I did think the trip offers a good balance of cycling and sightseeing. There are not too many bus transfers, although I would have prefered to pay to fly to Phnom Pen from Siem Reap rather than the 9 hour bus ride! The Thai backup team were superb and made the first few days cycling a joy and meant that we could all cycle at our own pace. There was less backup in Cambodia and Vietnam which together with busier roads meant we had to stick together, which was frustrating at times. The Cambodian and Vietnamese guides were not as good. The Vietnamese guide was inexperienced at leading cycle tours, which did lead to one or two safety issues, plus he left as soon as we reached Saigon, which was a pity as we had no local guide to show us around the city.

Rating: 3

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were lots! Angkor Wat didn’t disappoint. However it will be the Killing Fields and S21 that I will always remember.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit, our group leader did an excellent job. Exceptionally friendly and always cheerful. He was extemely well organised and made sure everyone’s needs were met.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The trip notes state that vegetarians are well catered for, however this is untrue unless you are happy for your food to be cooked in meat stock and contain fish sauce. There were several occasions where I had to go without meals.
Take a spare USB or SD card, as Mr Black takes many fantastic shots on the Thailand leg and will transfer these for you.
A gel saddle is a must!
Remember to take a spare passport photo for your Cambodian visa.
The laundry services offered are very good and cheap.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
It would be a good idea to telephone Exodus and determine the demographic of the group before booking. We were fortunate that our group were mostly of similar age and fitness level. Although nobody minded waiting, it would have been frustrating if there had been a significant difference in pace.
Having done similar tours before, we were surprised by the low standards of cleanliness in some of the hotels. It did feel as if Exodus has scrimped on the accommodation offered as there were better alternatives.

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Great trip

Summary:
This was a fantastic trip which offered a really good mixture of cycling & sightseeing (countryside, cities, historical monuments & wonders of the world).
I especially loved the cycling in Thailand, which is where most of the riding is done (the trip notes are not up to date so the mileage each day is a bit different in reality). The Thai cycling team are absolutely fantastic so you can go as fast or as slow as you like & I loved going for it. The feeling of freedom cycling along long rural roads in the sun passing, among other things, paddy fields, water buffalo & rubber tree plantations is amazing.
In Cambodia it is more about the sights – Angkor Wat, killing fields etc so there is less cycling & what there is is a bit slower & the group has to stay together due to the roads being very busy. I would recommend reading up a little in advance of the trip so you can make the most & really understand what you're going to see as the local guides cant possibly tell you everything.
In Vietnam again the cycling is quite easy but it's a really amazing place. The people of Vietnam are so welcoming with the homestay & Saigon being two of my favourite parts of the whole trip. The optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels is also a must.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Sounds obvious but the cycling was the highlight of my trip. The scenery was beautiful & it was lovely to ride along in such great surroundings, chatting to the group & the guides. I just felt great & everyone was lovely.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nee was brilliant – she made sure everyone was Ok at all times, organised us all, got us across the borders (not a particularly relaxing experience!), made an effort to socialise with the group & kept everything under control, but with good humour throughout.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The mozzies weren't as bad as some of the other reviewers have suggested (at least not in Sept when I went), so don't worry too much about that! I usually get bitten to death so was dreading that side of it but only got a couple of bites.
Definitely take a gel seat cover as none of the bike saddles are especially comfortable. I took one & was very glad of it.
Prepare yourself for some very basic bathroom facilities. They're fine but most Westerners aren't used to squatting so warm your thighs up!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would say I'm quite fit although not normally a cyclist, but I found that I'd have liked more cycling in the trip so if you're looking for a bit more of a challenge I'd consider going for a tougher trip.
That said I'd have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this trip – don't wait, just book it! You won't have any regrets.

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Fantastic trip that changes with each country

Summary:
A great trip that differs in style in each country. Thailand you are on very quiet roads and complete long (80-90km) rides each day. Very relaxing and you can go at any pace. Staying in small towns with a few bus transfers to avoid the busy roads. Cambodia is mainly in the tourist areas and you cycle around Angkor wat and the surrounding area. This tended to be slower and with the group. Vietnam was through small villages and towns and you spend most your time waving at the locals. Great fun and loads to see and do.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I loved cycling in Thailand. It was the highlight for me. The rest stops every 15-20km with fresh fruit and drink was great and you could just cycle along chatting the group and guides.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader, nee, did an amazing job of moving go us through the holiday and was always there to help and guide us. But the support crews were fantastic, particularly the Thai team.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do it! But expect a few transfers of a couple of hours and one of 9hrs. It isn't as bad as it sounds and is all an experience. They supply you with snacks along the way and the food for lunch and dinner is good. Although you may get a bit sick of rice.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I suggest take your own saddle and definitely a gel cover as a minimum, always good to hangs the pressure points. Buy decent gloves, I didn't and I regret it. Also recommend a few days in Bangkok first as you don't see it at all on the trip. I would also have liked a few days in Saigon after, but work got in the way.

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Cycle Indo China and Ankor

Summary:
This was a great cycling trip, well arranged, beautiful scenery.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling the back roads through villages in Vietnam. The roads were small without traffic and we cycled through beautiful scenery along small canals and through small villages, where people were extremely friendly

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
I have been on different trekking and cycling tours but our tour leader Chai was the best I have ever encountered. He was friendly and fun and took care of those who got sick or struggled. He arranged everything smoothly, from border transfers, different support groups in three countries, hotels, whatever – always with a smile.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go on this trip!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I think Exodus should include a day in Bankok. Many people never got to see the city (we were smart and arrived two days ahead). The three days of long bicycling in Thailand got a little tireing on the third day (more or less the same scenery), and could perhaps be reduced to two. I also think it would be better with a boat ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, rather than the bus, which was a rather uncomfortable ride. In Phnom Penh I would prefer to go by bike rather than bus when touring the city, which I´ve heard other tour groups do.

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Brilliant

Summary:
A great experience,perfect combination of cycling,temples and cities, through three interesting countries with like minded travelers and a great guide Rit.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Not one but many, Cycling up and through the Angor temples. The children greeting and high fiving you when cycling through the small villages, The rides in Thailand with the Black family Mr black the support truck driver and photographer, his sons Noor and Nok the support riders, the snack break all prepared before we arrived at each stop and dinner at night with the group watching the days photos and video. The road side markets selling Snakes,Rats and spiders and finally the warmth and friendliness of the local people in each country. The laughs with the group and Rit.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
I read the reviews of Rit before we traveled and completely agree with them in that he is a genuinely caring generous person with a huge smile and is always making sure everyone is enjoying themselves.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
read the trip notes, all the advise is there and enjoy the trip.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The level of organisation was excellent in all the countries and especially Thailand and the trip was exactly as it is described.

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Cycle Indochina & Angkor

Summary:
Inspiring, energising, entertaining, funny, thought provoking……

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cambodia, the warmth, friendliness and resilience of the people I met in Cambodia utterly inspired me.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Wonderful! Our guide who followed us throughout the whole trip was really super. She thought of every little detail and dealt so well with all the quirks and demands of our group as we adjusted to our new surrounding.
She was particularly good at introducing us to the local dishes and explaining the customs of each area as we travelled through.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Remember to put mosquito repellent on your bottom too…..for those all important trips to the outside loos.

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steve

Summary:
I had a great time cycling and seeing a totally different way of life that I know it

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
for me just making it all the way to the end was a big moment for me.i've never done a trip like this before. if I can do it so can you

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
our group leader [is] was fabulous. she is a wonderful lady that went out of her way to show us things that we wouldn't have seen without her.i cant speak high enough of her and all the bike team crews were very helpful as well.a big thank you to you all.THANK YOU.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
just go and do it

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
thank you [is]

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Trip of a lifetime

Summary:
This was my first cycling trip – but it won't be my last! I had a fabulous time traveling with my friend and 2 other people (a very small group) the past few weeks. The highlights were cycling in Thailand – the roads are fantastic (seriously, they're better than in the US/UK…) and the countryside is beautiful, and the support team are fun and helpful; then Angkor Wat in Cambodia – just unmissable, and super to be able to experience them on bike; and then cycling down the Mekong Delta in Vietnam – literally hundreds of children running out to say hello, and an amazing variety of sights and smells as you cycle along tiny back roads.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Our first day cycling in Vietnam, though tiny villages of people who were just delighted to see us. Totally unforgettable!
In addition, Angkor Wat, which makes you feel like Indiana Jones and is just mind blowing

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
We had Rit – and what a great guy! He was a monk until the age of 25, and told us all about his background and Thai culture which was fantastic (we also benefitted from being such a small group). His organization was flawless – everything was always ready, prepared and on time, so all we had to do was get on the bike and pedal. He was also very funny and genial, which made the whole trip a real pleasure. I can't recommend Rit highly enough.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
So here are some must-takes and don't-takes!
Must take
– padded cycling shorts – you would be *even* sorer without these!
– cycling gloves – otherwise your hands start going numb…..
– lots of sunscreen
– cycling/sport sunglasses – we discovered that regular ones don't really work well with your helmet…
– hand sanitizer and tissues – about a third of the toilet stops are drop-toilets with no running water…
Don't need to take
– snacks – even though this is in the packing list, the team goes out and buys crisps, fruit and chocolate bars every night, and they're available every hour when you stop. I ended up not eating the ones I'd brought with me
– too many clothes -there are 3 opportunities to wash clothes, so you only need a week of clothes, max
– electrolyte powder – again, they have this on the support van, although if you like a particular kind, then definitely bring that
You also might consider
– a handlebar bag – we brought these, and were glad we did. They gave us instant access to our camera, sunblock, hand sanitizer etc., even between the van stops. However, you can also get into your daypack on the bus during the breaks so it's not something you *have* to have.
– I cycled mostly in Tevas (sport sandals) and found it more comfortable and cooler than wearing sneakers.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I had a fabulous time, and definitely want to try a cycling trip with Exodus again. I'm not super fit, and I struggled with the high temperatures at times (38 – 40 c) but the team was patient and kind, and even pushed me up some of the hills!

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CYCLE INDOCHINA & ANGKOR

Summary:
A fantastic holiday, getting to see the real Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam close-up from the saddle of your bike.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling through the villages of each of the countries, “high-fiving” the children who came running out to say hello to us as we passed by.
Also, the delicious lunch we had one day in the Mekong Delta, cooked by the family of the bike mechanic, set in a beautiful location.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit, our guide who accompanied us for the entire trip, was just fantastic. I cannot say anything bad about him. He was always smiling, and kept everything ticking along like clockwork.
Sum, who was with us in Thailand and Cambodia was also brilliant – the two guides made a brilliant team, with their interesting stories and facts about the countries, their great organisation and wicked sense of humour.
I was sad to say goodbye to both of them at the end of the trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring some good padded shorts, a sense of humour, and your stamina! This is a great trip but there are some long days, especially for the first few days. However, the group leaders are very motivating, there are so many interesting things to see, and the trip was very well organised.

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CYCLE INDOCHINA & ANGKOR

Summary:
All three countries were very interesting, but different. The people are very friendly.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling in the rural areas in particular. We enjoyed learning about the different crops like rice, rubber plantations, and how people make their living, and the culture.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nee was a great leader. She made the trip very enjoyable and we felt very safe. She is knowledgable, friendly, and she made sure we all had a good experience. She worked well with the other local guides and kept us on time so we wouldn’t miss out on anything.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Some of the cycling is in fairly heavy traffic so you should be comfortable riding in traffic. The group used hand signals to indicate potholes, obstacles, etc. for the rider behind which was very helpful.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
We would highly recomment this trip to anyone interested in this part of the world. We would definitely go back.

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CYCLE INDOCHINA & ANGKOR

Summary:
A travel through 3 very different countries and allthough so similar.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The visit in the home stay and the biking in the Mekong Delta was the best part.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
A very plesent expirience, we had the best guide you could give us. She was very aware about our securety and very paitent with everybody. She also had a great knowledge of how people lived in the different countries and how one ought to behave.

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Answer:

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CYCLE INDOCHINA & ANGKOR

Summary:
An exciting ride through three countries with varied and wonderful experiences. You must do it!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
So many:
cycling on road and off road by quiet plantations, jungle, forests, rivers, canals, deserted hamlets, markets, and also through busy towns and exciting local traffic. Friendly waves everywhere.
The highly impressive Angkor Wat, but also rest stops at ordinary local Buddhist temples.
Homestay and boat trips in the Mekon Delta
Visiting the haunting Killing Fields and the S 21 detention centre, as well as exploring the Vietcong tunnels. Distressing, but important to experience.
Saigon by day and night- a beautifu, vibrant city
Good accommodation and outstanding food at great value . At lunches and evening meals we experienced a range of truly delicious local dishes.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nee was outstanding in every way: kind, considerate, attentive to the needs both of the group and of individuals, funny and so well informed. Definitely one of the very best leaders ever.
She led a very good, supportive team of guides, drivers, mechanics and cyclists.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The bikes were very good, but I was glad I brought my own saddle and pedals: having clip-on shoes was an advantage. I also brought a small saddlebag to fix on my saddle, so I did not have to carry anything on my back in the heat. But then you can access your things from the support bus every 10-20K.
No need to bring cycle snacks- the provisions at every rest stop were amazing. There was water, electrolyte sachets, iced tea and coffee, coke. To eat we had many delicious fruit, nuts, biscuits and local delicacies to try.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I liked the way that the weaker cyclists were given lots of support, never isolated, occasionally given a helpful push up the hills (these are really only on day 3 in Thailand, and the opportunity is there to have a 10k rest in the bus whenever you choose).
My only reservation was that we “did” four other temples as well as Angkor Wat in just over a day, and that felt to me one or two too many to appreciate properly. Perhaps we could then have done a little more cycling.

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CYCLE INDOCHINA & ANGKOR

Summary:
An excellent way of visiting three exotic countries.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were insperational moments every day, i.e:
Riding along the countryside together with the lovely people in the group.
The homestay in Mekong delta – being out into the jungle – listening to the sounds of the animals in the night.
The wonder of Angkor Wat.
Learning about the horror of Killing fields.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rit was a marvellous leader: he always tried to do the best for us. Always nice and smiling and caring. He is the best!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring padded shorts and suncream
Bring dollars, small notes
Arrive one day ahead to cope with the jetlag
Bring small gifts to give to the local children on your way
Just book now – it’s a wonderful trip

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The snacks, fruits and drinks we got at the breaks, were delicious, especially in Thailand. All payed some dollars to the kitty snacks
We missed maps – would have been nice to see our cycling paths
The first days, in Thailand, were the least interesting cycling days: the longest in the same type of landscape. A bit odd to have the longest riding days in the beginning of the trip
The hotels were far beyond the standard we had expected
All the teams in all countries were very good, especially The Blackgroup in Thailand, they were amazing in their support – and we were very impressed of the thousands of photos they made
Mr Lam in Vietnam and the lunch and visit to the homestay to his family, we enjoyed very much

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Summary:
Another superbly organised trip thanks to Exodus and our local guides and support staff. So many positives can not think of a better way to avoid two weeks of cold wet weather in the UK in January.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Long cycling rides in 35+ degree temperatures through rural villages, being waived to and smiled at by the friendly locals, the amazing sites of the Wats, the sadness of the killing fields and S21, the interesting history of the Cu Chi Tunnels, nice hotels, good food (and plenty of it), a night on an island in the Mekong Delta, relaxed and quiet with a cold beer on the verandah and even a cooking lesson if you want it, great travelling companions and last but certainly not least, a great tour leader (Rit).

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Our tour leader Rit was superb. He was cool, calm and collected at all times, friendly, helpful and always smiling. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he was always availble to help with any problems that arose (not that there were very many of those). He was well supported by the teams in each of the three countries we visited and a special mention to Mr Black (owner of the cycle hire company in Thailand) and also Mr Nod, who cycled at the back of the pack to ensure no one was left behind. Mr Black was also an accomplished photographer and took thousands of excellent photos of everybody in the group as we cycled along. Also a BIG thankyou to Rit and the team who organised a surpirse ice cream birthday cake and photo slideshow for my partner at the evening meal. Also a thank you to Mr Lam in Vietnam for letting us visit his home village for lunch with his family and being very informative during our Vietnam visit.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Don’t overpack – there are two places to do laundry on the trip so you really only need 7 days of clothing.
Ensure you bring some insect spray (Deet) many of us were bitten by mozzies.
Bring a 32gb usb memory stick as Mr Black (see above) is happy to put all of the photos / videos of the group on it for you, alternatively he does put them on facebook as well.
When you go to the Cu Chi tunnels, there is the opportunity to fire some guns at a firing range, you are offered the empty shells as a souvenir, but as I found out at the airport on departure you will most likely be stopped and have them removed (slightly worrying at the time)
As you will be visitng three countries an exhange rate convertor app on your phone would be useful.
Bring a day pack for carrying your essentials, cameras, sun lotion etc, but you won’t need to cycle with it (leave in the support vehicle) we had regualr stops when cycling and the refreshments provided – fresh fuit, choc bars, peanut brittle etc and cold water were plentiful. There are also rehydration sachets available so no need to bring those.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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The hotels on this trip were of a higher standard than on previous trips I have travelled. All were clean and room sizes were very good. A couple of them did have swimming pools (so may be worth bringing your trunks for a dip)
Why four stars and not five? Our first night hotel was changed from one in Bangkok to a remote location out of the city (probably due to the current troubles there). Although the cycling in Thailand was excellent through rural villages and quiet roads, it was a shame to miss out on the capital. It kind of felt like we saw the countryside of Thailand but not the country itself (if that makes sense)

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Summary:
A fantastic journey through three very varied countries: rural Thailand with its green fields and rolling hills, hectic city life meets ancient temples in Cambodia – and the meeting of the two that is Vietnam. It’s a real treat for cyclists and history buffs alike in a part of the world with a fascinating but thought-provoking and sometimes harrowing past.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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The local people were the biggest inspiration; many of them live humble, uncluttered lives, work hard and seem genuinely happy. Others – such as our guide at the Killing Fields – had been directly affected by conflict but used their experience to really bring the country’s history to life.

Also worthy of a mention was the day on which I heard the most beautiful music coming from a forest which ran alongside the road. I thought it was a temple – or someone playing an instrument during a break from their work. It was truly a magical moment, when – from behind the trees – emerged a couple of blokes in a van piled high with bric-a-brac with their radio on…

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What did you think of your group leader?

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From the moment we arrived – after almost a day in transit – to our farewells at Ho Chi Minh airport, Rit’s cheerful demeanour, sense of humour and absolute professionalism stood out. He is passionate about cycling and I had complete confidence that he’d make sure we had fun but stayed safe from any crazy drivers while out and about.

Nothing was ever too much bother for Rit – he was there at breakfast to answer any questions or offer a bit of sympathy in return for tales of ‘undulating’ bellies. He made sure we knew how to get our laundry done or where we could find water and snacks.

There’s no doubt that looking after the welfare of 18 people and managing three different driving crews is a huge responsibility, but Rit is so well-organised and such a people person it seems to come naturally. I was really touched by the birthday cake he and the Thailand guys arranged for my 40th – it was a lovely thought.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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You’ll have the opportunity to use the excellent local laundry services both in Siem Reap and HCMC so don’t overpack!
Don’t try to bring your spent gun shells home from the Cu Chi tunnels – they will be confiscated by airport security and you’ll face a long walk back to the freedom of the departure gate
Dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia (bring low denominations), but I found it easier to use local currency in Thailand and Vietnam.
The food is often served warm rather than piping hot – it took a bit of getting used to!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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The homestay in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam was fantastic. It was an experience which will stay with me (and I don’t mean because of the mozzie bites!)
The only downside for me was Phnom Penh; after 3 days in the tourist mecca that is Siem Reap I would have loved some time to chill out in the countryside rather than another evening in a busy, westernised city.

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Summary:
An absolutely brilliant trip! Full of sights, sounds, tastes, impressions of all kinds. I would do it again anytime.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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There was no specific moment, because the trip was full of them – all the time, morning, afternoon and night. Off course there were well known, spectacular highlights of different kinds like the Angkor area in Siem Reap, the terrible story of the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng in Phnom Pehn, the Cu Chi viet cong tunnels in Saigon and so on. But for me the greatest part of the trip was the cycling outside the cities, in the rural areas and the small villages. The hearty velcome of the people who lives there, the glimpse into their lives, the amazing activities of all kinds along the road, the changing landscape and different roads – amazing!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Our group’s slogan: “Rit is our favouRITe” sums it all up.
Rit (Saowarit Aphiwatthanakul) is the perfect group leader, well organized, caring and responsible. He called us his “Cycling Family”, and that is what he made us feel like – a big happy cycling family. Rit is not a big man, but he has a natural authority paired with the biggest smile ever – great guy!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Just do it, you will never regret it!
Do not be afraid of the cycling! This trip is suitable for all levels as there always is a bus and a truck following – are you tired one day, you can sit in the bus. The routes are very well planned with little traffic.
Remember: – Padded cycling shorts – 2 if you have, because you WILL get sweaty!- Cycling gloves as your hands will get burnt- Sun cream and -BLOCK- Bag to attach to the bike for camera etc – important!- US Dollars in small notes- GPS if you have- You can wash clothes cheap and very good at lokal laundries at least two times along the trip- Small gifts two the numerous children that you will meet along the way. We brought With us a small travelling mascot, the IKEA bear, the kids LOVED him and I would have liked to be able to give away some of those…..

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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If you like, take a look at my blog from the trip: gladehjul.blogspot.com It is in Norwegian, but there are lots of photos.

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Summary:
This trip was brilliant, great variety, great cycling, fantastic food and accommodation that exceeded expectations!

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Completely confronting but at the same time thought provoking was the Killing Fields and S21. Stimulated thought of how best to help people still impacted by these experiences.
Most scenic and amazing was of course Angkor Wat!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Rit was absolutely fantastic. Our comfort and safety was a priority to him and he always ensured we looked after ourselves and our belongings. He had the most calm and caring nature and was genuinely interested in our happiness and enjoyment. I would highly recommend Rit as the tour leader for any group. Rit added an extra dimension to the trip, truly making it a trip of a lifetime! The trip was so well organised and ran so smoothly!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Gel bike seat, gel bike gloves and padded cycling pants a must!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Huge thanks to Rit for making my holiday the most amazing experience!

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Summary:
A superbly organised, very well catered for holiday made even more enjoyable by the extent of which the local knowledge was shared and the historical events explained. Superb.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting the Killing Fields in Cambodia and the realisation of the forgiveness amongst the Cambodian of today.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Chaiya was superb. So attentive and extremely helpful. Very friendly and yet very professional. The team who worked with him in all 3 countries were amazing. Cannot thank them enough for making the holiday one to remember for a long long time.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Jelly seats or jelly pants are a must!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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First cycling holiday for me and hopefully one of many to come. I totally enjoyed the trip and the contrast in the scenary and the culture was aweinspiring. Definitely one to do.

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Summary:
We spent a magical, wonderful fortnight in great company, if possible we would just go back on the spot and re-run the whole trip !

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Difficult to pin this one down to a single moment. Cycling through three different Asian countries and seeing the differing countryside and experiencing the different cultures with different backgrounds, languages and mind-sets was great. Combining this – in itself – great experience with having the chance getting to know a group of around 20 completely diverse, interesting and pleasant individuals from various countries/nations/continents by way of sweating, eating, laughing, talking, marvelling and pedalling along together was just magnificent.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Nee is just brilliant, there’s no other word for it. Apart from the fact that she is one of the most agreeable persons we have met in a very long time she is absolutely experienced as a tour guide and at doing the trip. She is confident, informative and helpful at all times. She managed to get our group up, out and going at the right time, meaning that she got to know the abilities of each group member very quickly and paced us that well that we arrived everywhere in time without anyone of us feeling being rushed or pushed. She did not only manage getting to know our abilities very quickly, but seemed to have a sixth sense for our personal requirements, preferences and interests in no time at all thereby keeping all of us happy. Not to forget that she was always acutely observant noticing if anything could be improved and primarily, she kept us as safe as possible.
Nee’s organisational skills – starting from organising our group through 2 border crossings, in different hotels most nights, liaising with different guides, support and mechanical teams and hotel managers to tasks , just to mention food, like seeing to it that there is enough and exactly the required food at lunches/dinners for a mix of vegetarians, allergics, and other specialists – are exceptional. I simply admired her steady and patient cheerfulness while helping us with all sorts of things. Last but not least, and definitely not to forget – her contagious sense of humour.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Don’t overpack. You can get laundry done at various points and is good and cheap. But: if you are used cycling at home with your own bike fitted to your size/geometry bring your own saddle, handlebars (will help to avoid your fingers/hands feeling needles and pins/getting numb) and (click)-pedals. The bikes are nice enough, but a bit of your own gear will help you to feel better (especially the long distances in Thailand). And do not forget to pack decent clothes for visits to temples or other places of worship (Ladies: Sarongs will not suffice anymore!) so you can show your respect to the Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese people and their beliefs and religions, just the same you would expect them to show their respect to the places you hold in high esteem. Reading the trip notes properly (sometime before you start to travel) definitely helps ! Listening to the advice of your tour guide and not to draft while biking helps as well to keep you happy and safe !

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
We are looking forward to doing MOT, MOL as soon as we can !

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Summary:
This was one of the most amazing trips i’ve done so far! Amazing scenery, people and a great company to do it with. Thank you!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were so many! I loved the small villages we passed through that had such happy children wanting to say hello and high five. I thought the temples in Cambodia were awe inspiring. The home stay was fantastic! The entire trip was amazing!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Are group leader was exactly what is required in a group of are size and willfulness. Authoritive when required, Caring and supportive when neccesary, Fun and amusing, but above all, very informative, social and instructive. Thanks Nee.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Enjoy the trip rather than thinking of the next destination. Its very easy to think about the next cycle stop and power through until all the cycling for the day is complete, with out actually enjoying the scenery, views, and place to its full extent. The holiday seems to go so quickly when you do this. Just slow down a little when passing through villages and gorgeous scenary and remember you can stop for photographs at anytime.

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Summary:
Fantastic. Fun, exciting, energetic and an engaging experience!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The welcoming joy of the children in the more remote places.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Absolutely excellent! A beaming smile, immaculate administration and contagious sense of humour. Nee (and her helpful assistants) went a long way to making this the fabulous trip that it was.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Arrive in Bangkok a few days prior and spend some time there before the cycle.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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A brilliant experience, with brilliant people, and the best way to see this part of the world!

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Summary:
The whoe trip was thoroughly enjoyable and well organized. Our trip leader Rit was a bastion of calmness and common sense, making sure thta everyone had everything they needed. In Cambodia, Fila was passionate about his country and made the visit both enjoyable and enlightening. In Vietnam, Tiet guided us well and gave us a good insight into life in VietnamThe group was of mixed abilities with everyone fully commitiing to the holiday. The cycle was long at the start but soon a rhythm was established.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Angkor Wat was the highlight of the trip for me

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Summary:
An amazingly well coordinated trip with a huge effort put in from the leader and her ‘aides’.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing and being part of the countries lifestyle’s and seeing the countries as they actually are. The safety consciousness taken for the clients to the utmost level.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Unforgetable and very, very responsible and helpful. It was mentioned among the group (several who had travelled with Exodus and other companies) that she was the best they had ever come across.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Sadly I felt that the Vietnamese support group let the quality of the rest of the journey down. In all aspects.
Also not keen on tipping at the end of each leg after we had already put in tip kitty. One way or the other.

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Summary:
Just finished the cycle and can only say positive things, the teams on every leg of the journey is amazing, we had a mixed group of ability and no one was every left behind. The team have a safety first policy and if there is one thing about this trip, you will never leave feeling hungry thirsty or not knowing the answer to every question you have.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The local people
The amazing guides

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What did you think of your group leader?

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You could not ever ask for better! Nee was amazing there 24/7 whenever you needed her, she was was fun but serious when she needed to be when it came to your safety. And I should not forget Dyka and Yan, fun and knowledge of Cambodia and Vietnam is second to none.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Book !! Just come and have a great time. I was travelling alone but the group and the guides made me feel from day one that we were all on the trip as one. You will have a great time.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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The guides where second to now, and exodus policies where exceptional

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Summary:
An excellent trip, made all the better by having an excellent Tour Guide, Nee, and helpers and an excellent group to be with.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Difficult to pin this one down to a single moment. Cycling through three different Asian countries and seeing the differing countryside and experiencing the different cultures (albeit briefly in many instances) was great. Getting roasted in 40 degree heat and then soaked 10 minutes later I also found great. Seeing the Wats aren’t necessarily my sort of thing, but Angkor Wat was good and the other temples were just as interesting in their own way.
The most moving part for me was seeing the Floating Village where you can appreciate how lucky we are compared to how other families have to live. Similarly, visiting the Killing Fields and S21 was an emotional day.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Excellent. I’d seen previous reviews saying how good Nee was and was pleased when it was her that picked us up at the airport. She was experienced at doing the trip and this showed. She was confident and informative at all times. She managed to get 18 of us up and out at the right time and, although it didn’t show, she paced the group well to get us where we were going and arrive at reasonable times. She got to know the abilities and requirements of each member of the group very quickly thereby keeping all of us happy. She was always observant noticing if anything wasn’t right and primarily, she kept us as safe as possible.
Further, the logistics of organising 18 people through 2 border crossings, in different hotels most nights, with different guides, different Support and Mechanical teams in different countries, and all the organisation for the individual buses to the Temples or from Seam Reap to Phnom Penn for example etc., this must be immense but it happened seamlessly. So good organisational skills too.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Don’t overpack. You can get laundry done at various points and is good and cheap.
Many of our group cycled in Sandals and they were fine so Quick Drying shoes would be good (but with a toe cap for protection and a stiffish sole).
A waterproof camera (if you’re into taking pictures) as you don’t generally have to carry anything on your bike but may want to take a snap or two.
Be prepared to get wet in the rainy season. You won’t get cold though. It’s a personal choice whether you use a waterproof – Many didn’t on our trip and were fine.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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The first few days in Thailand are the hardest cycle days so be prepared for that but it’s mainly flat so generally manageable.
Be prepared to spend about 0 to 0 in tips in total (Incl the Tour Guide). Although there is a ‘tipping’ kitty which is great there always seems to be another collection for a guide who isn’t part of the kitty which can get confusing and tedious. But you just need to remember that there are an awful lot of people that assist you throughout the trip and over 14 days and it’s still very reasonable.
If in doubt about choosing this trip, don’t be, go for it, it was great.

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Summary:
This was quite probably the best holiday of my life so far. The countries were so beautiful and interesting, even more so than I’d hoped, and the people were wonderful too and really made the trip. The whole trip was incredibly well-organised and while expensive, worth every penny.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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There were so many amazing and inspirational moments, but for me the standout moment was visiting a school that Exodus supported in a rural village in Cambodia. The community had so little materially but it was amazing to meet the children and the man trying to help them learn against all of the odds.
It was also very special and a real privilege to be shown around the temples of Angkor Wat by our wonderful guide, who had lost his father and other family members under the Khmer Rouge regime. He gave us a true sense of the bloody history of Cambodia but also demonstrated a huge pride in the wonderful country that it is, and the capacity of the Cambodians to forgive and move on into the future.
Other standout moments including racing on wonderful roads in Thailand in 38 degree heat and enoying competing with other people in the trip. I loved it!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Our group leader Nee was really great. She was a real discplinarian but with 16 or 17 people all wanting to do things their own way, that was definitely needed. She whipped us all into shape in terms of timekeeping and was really good at working out what worked for different people in the group. She was funny and interesting and I would definitely recommend her. The other team leaders were also fantastic, in particular Fila, who was team leader in Cambodia. Again he was really knowledgeable, passionate about his country and ensuring that we all learnt more about it, but in a really accessible, fun and entertaining way. I think Exodus has chosen some really brilliant team leaders on this particular trip.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Just be open to the new experiences you are going to have and don’t presume anything. It is good to try everything – though maybe not the fried tarantulas in Cambodia! – and just to enjoy every moment. In retrospect, I would have taken more snacks and pencils etc to give to the children in Cambodia. Also stick to dollars rather than worrying about other currencies, each of the countries accepts dollars and it saves you wandering around with pockets stuffed with huge amounts of foreign currency worth about 30pence.
Other than that, use lots of sunscreen, take lots of pictures and just have an amazing time.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I really did have an absolutely amazing holiday, potentially life-changing. Travelling in this area was like nowhere else I had ever been and to see so many new sights, scenery and have the privilege of meeting so many amazing Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese people was wonderful. I can’t wait to book my next Exodus cycling trip.

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Summary:
Well organised trip, loved the three countries, although I found Thailand a bit dull, Cambodia was great the food very tasty, lots to see and impressive, Vietnam was great again lots to take in, loved the homestay very friendly great food. I think we definiately made the local laugh on the many ferry crossing one day as we were the only ones in life jackets (was it really necessary). Only one restaurant in vietnam I have to complain about, but thats me being picky. The accommodation was more than adequate. Overall a fab holiday and highly recommended.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Cambodia is an awesome place Siem Reap was my best moments there.
Saigon is motorbike city a leap of faith just crossing the roads, but brill again.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Siam was brillant and fun helped me out when my bags didn’t arrive when I did.
Digger Cambodian guide was brill too, couldn’t do enough for you.
Lingh Vietnan guide again brill liked to sing lots kept us entertained, very safety conscious.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Don’t need rabbies injection, had no trouble at all with dogs. Even in end Feb it was quite hot, so if your not used to the heat make sure your fit enough to cope with 3 long days of cycling in the heat, even though we stopped every 10k to cool down. After that the cycling is easy. The so called hilly day they tease you about is nothing to worry about, they obviously have no idea of what mountain climb looks like, even though they are around you, they clearly stay away from them.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Could of done with more euthentic meals especially in Vietnam, there was one lovely lunch by a river, it was too early unfortunately, very tasty but people were too full from breakfast. And the homestay food was great. Had no idea we were making our own dinner, still fun.

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Summary:
Great Holiday with like minded people

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise, it was well worth getting up at 5am.
This should be the time to start the tour of Ankgor Wat as later in the afternoon the heat becomes unbearable also there are a milion other Tourists.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Our Leader Siam was brilliant even though he had just ridden with us 10-15k when we stopped for a break he was around the group making sure we all had drinks, snacks and answered endless question with a big smile on his face.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Make sure you are at least a little bit fit and you will enjoy it much more, don’t bother taking energy drinks or bars are the kitty provide plenty of them.

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Summary:
A wonderful adventure with a variety of memorable experiences and scenery to excite and sometimes heighten the senses and awaken the spirit. There was also some brilliant cycling. The temperatures and sun were much hotter than I expected.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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It was all amazing. I loved the food from all countries. I loved swimming in the reservoir meeting the children on the road and at the schools. Seeing the people at work was humbling and fascinating. Crossing the boarder from Thailand to Cambodia was exciting. The temples were amazing as was the trip to the floating island. The visits to local families was welcoming and rich with memories and culinary experiences.
Too much to mention every day got better with a surprise around every corner.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Nee nicknamed Mama Nee took care of us professionally and with tenderness from beginning to end. We knew we were safe in her hands

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Don’t be worried that visiting 3 countries will be too much it was like 3 holidays fit into 2 weeks.
Do take sun cream and don’t bother taking sterling unless you plan to change it when you get there

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Just book it now you won’t regret it. This was our second cycling trip and will not be the last. As always well planned and thought out with the correct balance of cycling, food, adventure and fun.
Good to be a little fit as you will enjoy it more and don’t be afraid to take a rest in the van as it really is so hot some days. The cycling is flat but because of the heat it can be exhausting.

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Summary:
This was a fantastic trip – well organised and supported; a great introduction to culture and landscapes of three countries; easy-moderate cycling and a wonderful group of people for company. If you are thinking trying to get a feel for this part of the world in a short time, I’d recommend this trip – you even get exercise to burn off some of those rice and noodles!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It’s not possible to select one – every day there was something new and exciting! Seeing the everyday life of Thai, Khmer and Vietnamese people – along the roadsides, on the rivers, in Temples, in rural villages and teeming cities – and having the chance to visit homes through the kindness of our guides’ families was a stimulating (and humbling) experience. Learning to cross the road in Ho Chi Minh City (with your eyes closed) has to be a bonus! Visits to temples, palaces, and markets as well as war-related sites, all contributed to my introduction to these countries. Not to mention tarantulas, hornbills and catfish! And seeing everyone in the group achieve their cycling and travel goals was a great ending!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Leaders – Nee, Dykka, Lam and the support teams in each country were all excellent – as were the local guides. Well-organised, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Mr Black’s photos are awesome!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Pack light – you spend a lot of time in bike clothes so don’t need many different day/evening things. The laundry in Siem Reap is excellent/cheap. Padded bike pants are essential – and do take your own saddle/pedals if you are a regular cyclist. Getting them on/off bikes is no problem at all thanks to great support.
Take – small bottle hand sanitiser (most comfort stops are fine but just occasionally….); US$$ for Cambodia and Viet Nam in small denominations – almost everything costs and any note over is difficult to change; pens, pencils, small notebooks as gifts for children – you spend a lot of this trip feeling privileged, and so often you want to give something and these are much better than sweets; go for the single room option – I had a great room-mate but this is a non-stop holiday and if you like some quiet time, a single room could give that.
Odds and ends: insurance – you will be asked if you are covered for helicopter evacuation – most of us didn’t know, so you might want to check that out before you leave. Wifi – every hotel we stayed in had free Wifi – so contact home is possible daily (as long as things work!). Cycling snacks – huge amounts of wonderful fruit, iced water, electrolytes were provided by support team so you may not need as many from home as you think.
The trip description/notes are accurate in relation to cycling times, conditions etc – slightly over estimate difficulty, hills, if anything, for a regular cyclist. But try to do some practice/cycling in preparation – if you are saddle-fit it makes the cycling easy and you will enjoy the holiday so much more.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Go for it! This is a great way to see so much of three countries; a good balance of sightseeing and cycling. Three long (average 85 km) days to start with, but on flat roads with good surfaces to get you through the jet lag, if needed! Only one long bus ride (to Phnom Penh) but that’s an experience in itself. If you take all the optional extras (which you should do) there isn’t much down time for reading or relaxing – but to do all this in 15 days you want to keep moving – you can read on the plane home! My first group cycling holiday but won’t be the last I’m sure!

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Summary:
A great sunny cycling trip whilst the snow was falling back home.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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The locations of the hotels are so well chosen that when our visit coincided with the funeral of the King of Cambodia we were just one block from the security cordon and 2 blocks from the crematorium. Similarly in Ho Chi Minh City we were just a block from “Flower Street” expecially decked out for the New Year.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Nee our leader very soon felt like part of the group, but at the same time quietly ensureing that the needs of everyone in the group were being met. She is an inspirational lady going running every morning before cycling – just to keep fit. She was very much in control of the fairly complicated logistics with three support teams and two border crossings.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Bring a handlebar bag, to carry the small things you want to have with you like camera, sunscreen, repellant, money Unfortunately Exodus do not provide small panniers. Whilst you of course can have a bag on the bus which follows, but the bus is normally never just there when you want it! Bum bags and day sacks are too sweaty and inconvenient.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Book your trip to coincide with a King’s funeral (difficult!) or to coincide with Lunar New Year (happens every year!)

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Summary:
Two weeks cycling through 3 amazing countries, getting a glimpse of the culture, seeing some wonderful sights and tasting delicious food.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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The temple complexes at Angkor Wat. My favourite temple which you don’t hear much about or see many pictures of is the Bayon temple with lots of gigantic 4 faced stone heads. It is truly amazing and so difficult to capture on camera.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Nee did a fantastic job looking after the whole group, making sure we were OK, that we hadn’t forgotten anything, getting the food orders right in the restaurants, etc. She always had a smile on her face and was always willing to help with whatever problems or questions you might have. She was a great cyclist too and was happy to lead at the front or accompany some of the slower riders (like me). Also the fruits and snacks provided during the breaks were exceptional. I had the best mango I’ve ever tasted and I’m glad a tried all the other exotic fruit I’d never seen before. My personal favourite was the dragon fruit. Yum!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Whilst crossing the borders by bike is quite exciting, it is also very bureaucratic and takes quite a long time. Think hours not minutes.The mattresses on the beds are REALLY hard.
There is a long wait at KL airport for the retun flight to London but there is a reasonable amount of places to shop, eat, drink, sit, etc.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Saigon is by far the most expensive place we visited. I probably spent as much in 3 days there as I did during the first 10 days of the holiday!When in Cambodia and Vietnam pretty much every one takes US$, so there’s not much need to change any money to local currency. The cycle route is very flat with only a few minor climbs. The challenge is it is very hot (30c+) and some of the days are long (90km).

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Great trip, with loads to see and do. As others haven mentioned, it’s a little front-loaded with the cycling. The Thailand part is mostly cycling, which is great. It was very hot when we went – over 40c, but the cycling is flat so the distances aren’t too taxing. Of course you don’t have to cycle all of every day and at any given point, there was someone taking the van option on our trip. The stops during the cycling were a little too frequent and a little too long for me, but other opinions are available!The Cambodia section is split between the Angkor temples and Phnom Penh, with not a lot of cycling anywhere. The temples are exceptional – I would maybe have a liked a little more time at some of them, but you can’t have everything. Our group opted for the Tonle Sap Lake trip over cycling. In hindsight I would definitely go the for the cycling – the floating village is not nice and the later trip in Vietnam to the floating market is a much better experience. The Phnom Penh section is a chance to relax a little, but I would have liked a little cycling – outside the capital maybe? (Phnom Penh is very busy on the roads!).Vietnam is awesome and the cycling superb. Village life is the highlight and the homestay is also excellent. Many (but not all) people on our trip only took their anti-materials for the few days we were cycling the Mekong, rather than the entire 2 weeks plus. I had some fairly funky dreams in the run up to this part, which I put down to my Malarials!

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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The highlights for me were the temples of Angkor and the rural cycling in Vietnam.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Very good. We had two leaders for the Thailand and Cambodia sections, then exchanged our Cambodian leader for a Vietnamese one when we crossed the border. All of them were excellent.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Only two bits of advice really… be prepared (mentally as much as anything) for a) the heat and b) The front loaded cycling. Oh, and I’d opt for the cycling in Cambodia over the lake trip.

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Summary:
Cycling is a nice way to discover these 3 countries.The highlights are Angkor Vat and the delta of the mekong river.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Angkor Vat is such an amazing place

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What did you think of your group leader?

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All of our group leaders were amazing, they all had a very good knowledge about their countries

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Be prepared for the heat and humidity

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Summary:
A great way to see Indochina and it was a holiday I will not forget. In fact, I will now do more tours this way.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing the sun rise over Angkor Wat was probably the one of the main highlights. This wasn’t really part of the tour, but suggested by the guides as optional, who then organized to have a ‘taxi’ waiting at 5 am. It was INCREDIBLE!! But all the time we spent in Angkor Wat was amazing. Definitely is one of the 7 wonders of the world.
Going to see the students at the School for underprivileged children in Cambodia was very insightful. Great kids!
The Mekong home-stay was really fun as well as the riding around the Delta… would have liked that to last 2 nights it was so good! The family were lovely.
The local people, especially the kids that would rush out and say HELLO and wave when you could cycle past…

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Al was with us all the way from Bangkok. Always ready and willing to help and full of knowledge about history, food, where to get odd and ends etc… Always with calm, with a smile and made sure you didn’t have to worry about anything.
Fila, our Cambodian guide was GREAT especially with the tours around the temples in Angkor Wat. He is passionate about his country and for its future. He was keen that we tried all the specialities of the Cambodian cuisine and I am pleased that he did. There is some great food!
Or Vietnamese guide was good too, but after Fila, he had big shoes to step into…

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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This tour is set up for all levels… you just do what you can at your speed. There is no stress if you aren’t very fast and the speedy ones race ahead, but always waiting at the next stop.
There are regular breaks and the support teams always ready with food and drinks waiting for us.
The support teams in each country made sure that the bike was ready for you in the morning and at the end of the day packed it up for you. As well as loading and unloading your luggage at the hotels. You almost didn’t have to lift a finger to do anything… Apart from the cycling it was a relaxing holiday as you are so well looked after by the guides and teams.
You are in Asia and it will rain… get used to it. It cools you down, and then you get dry in the warmth. I would not say that it was a down point… It is a change from the heat and sweat.
Make sure you wear padded pants.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I am a frequent traveler and sometimes blasé with what I see and the places I visit having traveled so much, but doing a tour of Asia this way, you got to see a less touristy side and it was more down to earth and real.
If you are worried about fitness levels-don’t. Doing 500 kms might sound daunting, but it is done with many stops/breaks and there are very few hills.
If you are worried about language barriers or food-don’t. The guides take all the worry away.
You are well looked after and I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone.
GO DO IT!!!

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Summary:
Fantastic trip, wonderful guide Nee made the trip an unforgettable experience. The food was good and cycling really interesting through villages.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The home stay with Kareokee, the food and sights of Angkor wat

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Nee was fantastic – best your guide ever

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Have a day in Bangkok before you join the tour

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Summary:
A trip that takes you to some places you probably wouldn’t go on your own, with people you wouldn’t ordinarily meet and includes some interesting cycling routes.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Seeing different lives, homes etc as you cycle where often only a local would go allows you to get under the skin of 3 different countries.
With all respect to the Thailand section I doubt if we saw the best that Thailand has to offer but nonetheless it was a good way of getting to Cambodia!
The Temples of Angkor Wat were fantastic and unless you were incapable of cycling for some reason then cycling around the temples has to be the very best way to see them. The site is huge so you don’t want to be on a bus in that heat and humidity!
The killing fields and associated museums of death were just awful to visit and learn (in my case) even more about man’s inhumanity.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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The 2 key group leaders were nothing short of terrific and the different support crews in each country were excellent

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the cycling but don’t worry if you are an occasional weekend cyclist you will cope. If you really want a cycling holiday with lots of miles then you should probably choose something else – the Rajistahn trip I’ve done previously nor example.
Be prepared to buy an extra suitcase and fill it with locally made branded goods and make a fortune on e-bay or the local car boot sale or just make your friends happy! Shopping in Ho Chi Minh is an experience not to be missed – you should probably leave your wife at home!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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This trip is a really great way of seeing some wonderful things. The hotels are good and the island B&B was great experience for just the one night!
Although some of the meals were better than others this isn’t a gourmet trip – with the exception of a lunch in Siem Reap. But you won’t go hungry.

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Summary:
Great trip with a great group! Loads of cycling in Thailand and cultural cycling breaks in Cambodia and Vietnam. The guides did a great job and gave us valuable insight into each country’s history, customs and traditions.

Rating: 5

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Group leader were perfect. One very organized that made sure everything went smoothly, some others more extroverted. All very knowledgeable of their country.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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It’s a great experience for cycling freaks as well as leisurely cyclists. Sportive and flexible midset guarantee loads of fun and an unforgettable trip.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I already miss my cycling family!

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Summary:
This was one of the best experiences I have had….so many brilliant memories which will stay with me forever…..cheesy but true!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Managing to cycle every day and enjoying it, riding through the villages and the children giving us hi fives, doing group Mexican waves whist riding through the villages and making the children laugh at us, visiting the temples, hanging out with really fun people and enjoying drinking beer every night and still managing to get up early and cycle in the heat, the boat trips, the island home stay……the amazing delicious food…..the exodus staff……I could go on as it was all inspiring and I didn’t stop smiling for a while after I returned to the UK…even the grey sky’s and rain of Manchester airport!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Nee was fantastic….totally looked after us and had a wicked sense of humour. All the leaders worked so hard and made our holiday so easy to enjoy. Special mention to Fila who made us all smile with his enthusiasm and cheeky sense of fun……

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Kit list musts for this trip
1. Good size water bladder with bag section – can recommend osprey – would not have been without it!
2. Anti bacterial gel/hand wipes/pocket tissues – lots of but you can easy buy out there
3. Long sleeve cycle top or cycle arms to stop you getting burnt – I didn’t have them but wished I did.
4. Padded gel seat to go on bike. Don’t really need your own saddle as bikes are pretty good – specialised.
5. comfy shorts that can be rolled up easily going in to temples and loose long sleeved shirt
6. Recommend water sport sandles to cycle in, instead of socks and trainers – make a downpour much more pleasant and cooler! Only need 1 pair if they are comfy
7. You will need mosquito wipes and sun cream – take small pack size for your water bladder bag
8. Sunnys, cycle helmet, summer cycle gloves
9. Anti histamine tablets if you react to bites and mossy bite relief – I only got bitten 3 – 4 times though
10. Something nice-ish to wear in evening when go to restaurant or bar ….
Top tip – don’t take too much as you will not need much on cycle days.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I am not really a cyclist…I do own a bike and go out occasionally. I couldn’t sleep the week before as I worried I would not manage this trip, but I was wrong and would say to anyone considering it to just book it now. I booked on the solo trip with a friend as we wanted to be sociable and were happy that others were up for a good time too and a real mixture of backgrounds and ages…..
The days are broken down in to 20km, 15km sections and if you feel you can’t manage a section in the heat of the sun then there was no shame in sitting one out. I think the main thing is the try and keep pace with a group so you are not left behind and even if you are, one of the leaders will stay with you. I got a puncture and you just had to stop until the technician came along and fixed it….just wished I had realised about half an hour beforehand !
Each break you top up with water and energy bars, and plenty of toilet stops….though this is where the anti bac wipes come in to play. Aches and pains didn’t really happen, as it is so warm your muscles are just warm to start with, so no need to be over cautious or worried.
Enjoy your food and be willing to try it as the dishes in all 3 countries are amazing – especially Vietnam and the fish dishes. Always drink bottled water and perhaps avoid salads and you should be fine – we didn’t get ill and certainly would not from any food that we consumed.
The temples and cultural trips are amazing and at times moving. Personally unless you are in to war, and want to have a go firing a gun, I wouldn’t recommend the additional trip to the tunnels in Vietnam as it was a long drive and just not my sort of thing but apart from that, there is nothing I didn’t enjoy.
Hope this all helps….enjoy.

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Summary:
One of the best equipped and organised trips I have ever taken with Exodus. Super staff support and really nice.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The temples and warmth of the people in Cambodia. I have been to Vietnam a couple of times before so was not expecting this to be too much of a highlight this time around. But I was wrong – just loved how in your face everything was.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Nee is very diligent, hard working, conscientious, organised. Could not ask her to do more! My only suggestion would be that she not feel she needs to manage everyone’s expectations at quite so low a level. From her comments about the homestay, I was not sure I was going to like it at all. But it was wonderful!
The local guides in Cambodia and Vietnam were great as well.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Can’t think of anything.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I understand that a trip is organised to get from A to B and that all may not be as wonderful as some other parts of a trip. However, the days in Thailand were just not worth it – not the best part of Thailand and fairly boring cycling as well. I would have much preferred to start the trip in Cambodia and spend more time there, ideally seeing other areas of the country. I appreciate that there may be logistical issues which may not make this possible, for instance due to infrastructure or accomodation issues. But if possible….

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Summary:
This was my first ever cycling holiday so I was a bit nervous. Would I be fit enough? Would the others be super-athletes? I’m happy to say that I absolutely loved it and didn’t want it to end. The staff in all 3 countries were brilliant, especially Nee, our Thai guide who stayed with us every km of the way. She was funny, supportive, kind, and very much on the ball; everything you need in a guide. I loved all the support staff too, all very friendly and helpful, making sure we were all safe and happy and that we all had plenty of water/fruit/nuts etc to keep us going. The bikes were great, the hotels were lovely and the food was outstanding. Also, the other members of the group were really nice people, great fun and great company.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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The day we cycled into Vietnam. It was just the most perfect bike ride: so much to see on the road-sides, from fighting cockerels to laughing locals, exotic flowers, hilly bits, flat bits, bumpy, laugh-a-minute bits; the guide took us at the perfect pace – not too fast, not too slow; I loved every minute.
I also loved the muddy, bumpy off-road bits when we got very dirty!
Can’t say I ‘enjoyed’ the Killing fields day in Cambodia, it was pretty harrowing but well worth doing and I’ll never forget it.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Nee was wonderful. She was fantastic when I fell a long way behind the group after a puncture. She’s only tiny but superfit and strong and just by placing her hand on my back, she managed to help a knackered and despondent me pedal up the neverending slopes to catch up with the others. She was constantly aware of people’s comfort and enjoyment. 10 out of 10 for everything.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Try everything!
Learn a few words and phrases of the local language, even though you’re only there for a couple of days.
And if you’re arriving before the others, it’s cheaper to find your own way to the hotel than use the transfer option from the airport in Bangkok.
Have a proper Thai massage ( not just a cheap street one). I recommend the one at the hotel used by Exodus in Bangkok – Nouvo Hotel – the one they use if you arrive in advance. Amazing.
If you go for the single supplement option as I did, you tend to get the nicest rooms!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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It’s definitely a top heavy trip. The first 3 days in Thailand were hard, and the scenery was a bit boring to be honest. I really think it would be better to change the balance – maybe work out a shorter and more interesting cycle for the first day at least, and bus the group part of the way to make up time. The heat can be a shock to some, but most are used to it after a couple of days, and in my case at least, I was much stronger after half way and wanted to cycle much more than we did in Cambodia and Vietnam.
Also, and this is probably just me, but I could have done with a bit less temple touring in Cambodia (I’m the same with cathedrals). It might be an idea to offer an alternative on one of the temple days? Not sightseeing, nothing touristy, just a nice bike ride. Just a thought.

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Summary:
A brilliant way to see three different countries in two weeks. This is not just a cycling holiday, but the itinerary provides the time and opportunity to see so many places of interest along the way.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The friendliness of the Cambodians was uplifting especially when one bears in mind the horrendous recent past the country has endured. Our time in Phnom Phenh and the visits to the killing fields etc brought home to us its horrifying history.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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The tour leader Moh was good; very friendly and keen to do her best but would probably benefit with a little more experience. Digger, the Cambodian leader was excellent whereas the Vietmanese leader seemed more intent upon collecting email addresses from the group for his own future benefit than leading the tour.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Be prepared for temperatures during the middle of the day of up to 40 degrees! Drink lots of water and take advantage of the beautiful fruit, serveed at regular intervals by the support team along the way. There’s always the option of dropping out on any day and travelling in the support vehicle if needs be.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Food was great and cheap. If you want to eat separately from the group, do so, although on our tour, the leader seemed to assume we would always wish to eat together.
Take a Thai massage after a days cycling – brilliant!
A great holiday in an area of the world which is really interesting and safe to get around.

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Summary:
The trip was a good balance of cycling and sightseeing. Although it was a shame we did not do more history of Thailand it was made up in Cambodia and Vietnam

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cambodia the tour guides for the Killing Fields and S20 amazing stories dealt with so sensitively.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Mo was an excellent leader. She was always availlable to help no matter how small and managed difficult travellers with ease. I have been on many adventure trips, Mo was the most efficient, friendly and kept her excellent customer service consistant throughout the holiday.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Ensure you take the correct clothing for the visiting the historical sights.
Visit the Chi Chi Tunnels they were excellent

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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The actual trip was excellent and I would recommend it to all my friends. However, the pre trip care was not satisfactory. I did not receive the luggage label I had to ask for my trip notes and I was very disappointed that we did not get a free transport to the airport in Vietnam. We did stay an extra week, however, another exodus trip was going to the airport the same time as we needed to at the airport so we could have travelled with them even though it was a week later.

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Summary:
For me this trip was a revelation. I had never before been in Asia (Japan only, what related to this seems reasonable Western). Cycling through all these beautiful countries (especially Cambodia stole my heart) offered much more then I could have expected.The people (!), the surroundings, the smells, the colors, the food(!), I loved it all. Furthermore the trip was very well organized, the local guides and support teams were great and I was lucky to travel with a very nice group.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were many blissful moments. Of course Angkor Wat course was very very special, did not want to miss that! But for me, getting on the bike in the morning and go for a lovely sometimes exciting and strenuous ride to a new place was the best part.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Our Thai guide was absolutely fabulous. She did everything to make it enjoyable for us and took very good care. She diversified where possible to meet everyone’s needs. I really think she did a very good job.
I also have many fond memories of our Cambodian guide who joined us till Vietnam. Because of the situation in Cambodia when we were there (former King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia deceased in Beijing, the country was mourning), we experienced even more how much he loves his country.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you are at least a bit fit, you will enjoy the trip even more.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I definitely will go on another trip in this part of the world. It is wonderful.
When it comes to Exodus, I can only tell that everything was fine. Guides were perfect, bikes were OK, hotels were good… nothing more to ask for.

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Summary:
This trip was all I hoped it would be

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Actually completing the 70k ride on the third day even if it was nearly dark
Learning the history first hand from some inspirational people.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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She was fabulous when the ATM ate my card at 10pm she and the local rep were calm (I wasn’t) and it was all sorted out by 8 the next morning.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Only take the bare minimum for cycling and wash it out

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I love Cambodia and Vietmam Thailand was really really hard work and would have liked to see inside the wild life park rather than just stay on the edge in thailand and I hated the second hotel we stayed at in Thailand I called it the ironing board hotel due to the hardness of the bed and it felt a little seedy I won’t go in to why.
Other than that it was really really well organised the fact that we gave tip and snack money before we set off worked well the hotels were good
My friend and I stayed an extra week on the beach about 7 hours out ho chi min city which was fabulous
The only grumble I have is that exodus did not provide us with a hotel transfer which should have been included in the price and the English end were unhelpful via email whilst we were away.
Over all GREAT TRIP

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Summary:
A fantastic trip, unbelievable level of support everywhere we went. Cambodia in particular was an amazing experience, if at times quite emotional.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Impossible to pick a moment, but overall it was the people we met on the trip that inspired me.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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excellent, and went the extra mile to make the trip excellent

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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I think you need to be more than reasonably fit and used to relatively long cycle rides to enjoy this trip.

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Summary:
Nice but not more

Rating: 3

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Angkor is the top of the trip, visit of King palace in Phnom Penh the worse (have to run…).
And around that, few details interesting (visit of workshop for example) but nothing amazing (landscape quite flat, no elephant…)

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Do the job but in emergency case, could be better. However pleasant and smiling behaviour.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
As we’ve been lucky with the rain, hope the same for you! We were in restaurant during a storm and it’s scared…
Take care of “friendly” citizen, it’s always to have money. Never follow anyone without check his identity with the group leader for example. I’ve “lost” 2000$ with that mistake!
Deal the price of Tuk Tuk ride at first, don’t wait the arrival.
From Saigon, two differents airports : one for international flights and another for domestic flights (for example if you have a transfer via Hanoi).

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Answer:
Visit Bangkok city

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Summary:
Fascinating, amazing cultural experience and delicious food!

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling between and visiting the temples at Angkor, followed by cycling through the villages of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Nee was absolutely excellent: totally ‘on the ball’ and always scanning to check everything and everyone was okay.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be ready for the first three cycling days in Thailand – our group pressed through fast and it certainly is hot and steady cycling, though drink and refuelling stops are frequent. It is a great trip – book it!

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Summary:
I learned, loved and laughed – it was an adventure with so much to awaken the senses – brilliant trip and highly recommended

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
You know that you have so much visiting these countries and it humbled me into realising this and that I should not get worried about the little things. The people in these countries have little but seem the happiest I have ever met.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nee was the best tour leader I have known in 7 years of cycle trips.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Let them do everything and enjoy every moment.

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A great trip and a great experience, with excellent ground operation in all 3 countries, which made the trip work just so well. Initially nervous about the distance and the humidity, plus the water issues, these turned out to be just fine, and 2 days in BKK before starting the trip, helped with acclimatizing to the humidity. There was no shortage of cold, fresh, filtered water from the guys on the support teams in all 3 countries, and the added bonus of an electrolyte sachet each fill if needed, was just perfect. The roads in Thailand were simply fantastic, smooth, flat, fast, and using the ring roads we did, were traffic free. Cambodian roads was also good, and once the border crossing into Vietnam, the banks of the Mekong river, and her tributaries became our path, which were narrow, but smooth, and allows you to see the real village life and the friendliness of the local people. Excellent ground operators, excellent mechanical support, with great local knowledge, and good accommodation made the trip. The home stay, ( like many others, had visions of communal hostel sleeping arrangements ) was excellent, and in fact I would call it a Lodge, and was a true highlight of the trip. All rooms had their own showers and toilets, all 100% clean, and the family were just great. Cold beers on arrival, and a rice wine if need be, so enjoy the evening !!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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I was a first time visitor to Cambodia, having done Thailand and Vietnam before, but certainly S21 and The Killing Fields in Phnom Penh were both high lights and low lights. As the local guide was at pains to explain, they cannot hide their history, and they are not proud of the actions of the Khmer Rouge, but the story has to be told, and to use his term, Cambodia is now ” open for business ” and is under very different conditions to that of ’75 – ’79. Angkor Wat cant be described, and simply must be seen, so enjoy the day trip, its well worth it. Siem Reap is a great city, vibrant, and safe.The school visit was also inspirational, and to see these young children just so hungry to learn from volunteer teachers, led by an incredibly inspirational Mr Long Waha, was truly a highlight.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Moh was just great, and capably helped by Mee, who along with the ground operators, and the support guys, combined to make the whole leadership thing work just so well. Not once was either Moh or Mee down ( even when Moh decided to get close to the ground on one stage ! ) and they have such good patience with everyone, to make it so enjoyable.Go for the bulk dining and ordering thing which the leaders will do for you ( dont worry about separate ordering ) its makes it so much easier, and its generally such good food, and cheap as. Moh and Mee had it down pat, and worked excellently.The bike leaders were also just great and just a word to wise, dont take the guys on in Thailand, they are good, in fact, very good !! The open, flat, quiet roads allowed some us to have a go on some of the stages with them, and they are more than up for it !!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Perhaps consider some riding gear ( gloves, a good helmet, and some good padded shorts ) plus also look to take drylite clothing, which you can hand rinse each night, and it will be dry for the next days stage. But also useful when the tropical rain arrives, and means you will dry out quickly. Your choice if you take a shower jacket, but if you take drylite tops and shorts, then these will dry very quickly.
MTB Shoes, Cleats and Pedals are not necessary, but do make it a little easier, especially on some of the longer stages in Thailand.
Bikes were great, Specialized, with good gear set groupings, and no longer than 12 months old. Washed and serviced everynight, and a full inventory of parts if ever needed.
Oh, and 1 more thing, Take plenty of deoderant !!

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A magic trip, great operators, and great balance of riding and holiday With just a litle bike fitness, enjoy a great 14 days !

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My wife (Sarah) and I both love cycling and travelling, although our cycling abilities are very different – she competes in european triathlon races while I like to pootle along and look at the scenery. This trip was perfect for us – it had several days in Thailand of good distances, between 70 – 90km each day and Sarah had the freedom to go quickly, even having fun on a rolling draft with the Thai guides. Meanwhile I remailed solidly in the middle, having nice chats with others in our group. Every 10km’s we’d all stop for water and fresh local fruits (melon, watermelon, bananas, lyches, etc) and I’d be able to catch up with Sarah! When we got to Cambodia and Vietnam later in the trip the distances were less big and the group tended to stick a bit more together, but this was also the point where we saw a lot of great sights, not least the temples at Angkor and the Mekong Delta so the nature of the trip changed from mainly a cyling trip that happened to be in Indochina to a trip in Indochina that hapened to involve cycling. In both circumstances we we were happy.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The visit to the Jungle temple in Angkor was fabulous. It’s called Ta Prohm and it was one of those sights that you dream of when you travel which makes you just go ‘wow’. Everywhere you looked was a photo and I had to try really hard to not live the visit though my camera. It was the first temple we visited, having cycled from Siem Reap, so we were fairly early. Seeing all the trees having grown into the walls with enormous roots somehow connected and running through the buildings is just amazing to see. Lonely Planet’s description was the best I’d read – (paraphrasing) – it’s the closest anywhere in the world you can experience the origional wonder and awe that the first European explorers must have experienced when they happened upon these discoveries. I found it was one of those experiences that reminded me why I love travelling so much and it inspired me to want to do more, for those moments when you see stuff that takes you by surprise and makes your head spin with what you see. It’s cheesy but you really do go ‘wow’ when you’re there!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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She was fabulous. Her name was Moh and she was just such a kind, funny and entertaining leader. She never once appeared tired or annoyed, even though I think her job must be very hard – she was up before us each morning, looked after 18 of us at meal times to make sure we had everything we could possible want before sitting down herself to eat. She chatted to everyone to make sure that everyone was ok and to keep spirits up (some people struggled with the heat or the biking distances). She was happy to answer any question and had excellent english so there was never any difficulty in communicating what we needed. At one point in the cycling one of the group swerved to avoid something in the road and hit Moh, she fell off ripping her cycling trousers and bleeding a little. But she was fine about it, smiled and was so kind. A few members of the group also had a couple of minor medical issues (including myself – on day two I had a leech attach itself to my knee after paddling in a leech free lake!). She was always happy, calmly sorting out the problem. She also helped us organise some of the minor things like getting laundry done and arranging small extra outings like booking a taxi to see Angkor Wat at sunrise. We couldn’t have hoped for a kinder, friendlier and more entertaining guide.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Overall the trip was fabulous. No complaints. As always there are several small bits which, if you’re aware of, it’ll make the trip that bit more fabulous. Take your own water bottle for the bike and try to make sure it’s got a lid over the mouth piece – some of the roads get very dusty and so swigging from a bottle that has dirt around the mouth piece somewhat takes the refreshment out of the drink. Also take a pair of ‘Sealskin’ waterproof socks. It will rain torrentially at least once while you’re on the bike and in that weather after 5 mins you are drenched head to foot. Which is fine as clothes can dry and be changed. But you shoes might not. If you can wear your sealskins the next day you can wear you wet shoes and they can dry in the sun as you cycle. Otherwise you either have to wear wet shoes or leave them soaking wet in a carrier bag on the bus without being able to dry them out. Also make sure you have padded cycling shorts. For those long distances cycling in Thailand your bum will go numb, even with the shorts, but it’ll be unbearable if you don’t have them. Try to make sure you find out clearly from your main guide who is and isn’t covered by the ‘Kitty’. Everyone pays into a kitty at the beginning to cover water & fruit stops, and tips at the hotels. However some of the other guides are covered by this kitty while others aren’t. This led to some embarrasment on our last night when we had to hurredly collect an extra tip for a guide who we were meant to tip but we had all thought he would be tipped from the kitty. Finally, consider adding an extra day on your trip to spend in Ho Chi Minh City. We went to the Cu Chi tunnels which was brilliant (I got to shoot live rounds from an AK47 – a real highlight!) but then we had 2 more days afterwards in HCMC to see the sights, war museums, roof top bars and the Jade Pagoda. All of which were fabulous. The one day left at the end of the trip isn’t enough to see all of this.

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It’s a great trip. What attracted us to it was that its a real opportunity to do something that would have been difficult to organise ourselves – border crossings between 3 countries on bikes is not straight forward (e.g. between Cambodia and Vietnam we had to change bikes – something to do with not being able to register the vehicle on the immigration form). Biking with support across rural, untouristy areas of these countries while knowing you are completely safe and looked after should anything go wrong with the bike is invaluable. And if our experience is anything to go by the independence you are given and friendliness of the staff make the trip a great 2 weeks which is worth every penny.

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Summary:
This was a fantastic trip from start, to finish, I didn’t want it to end!!!!!!I am already looking at my next trip with exodus.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Mo, and Nee (cycling guides) were both inspirational to me, they took everything in there stride, nothing was ever to much trouble. We all knew if we had any problems they would sort it out, they were there for us all every minuite, of everyday.
As we are hosting the olympics this year, I would deffinately award them them both a gold medal !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also I found the local people inspirational, how they work so hard, for so little, and are always happy, and welcomming to mad cyclists !

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What did you think of your group leader?

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AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mo, was always there to go the extra mile to ensure we were all happy everyday, a mean feight looking after 18 of us, they do say you can’t please everyone all of the time, in this case that is not true, she kept everyone entertained, a real credit to Exodus, she also has another future leader training with her called Nee (Bear grylls) as I knicknamed her, they were both FABULOUS, efficient, hardworking, proactive, enthusiastic etc etc. Give them a bonus!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Book a holiday with exodus now!!!!!!
From start, to finish you will have nothing to worry about, you are in safe hands.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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This holiday will stay with me, with some great memories, I’m having severe withdrawls already.
It was a awe inspiring trip, seeing so much in two weeks, it felt like we had been there for a month with the experiences we shared as a group, I didn’t want it to end.
The people locals welcoming, the sites breathtaking, the leaders inspirational, the trip unforgetable.
Will the feedback be relayed to the tour guides we had??

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Summary:
even if your not an experienced cyclist you’ll be amazed at how much you have covered in miles and thought

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
seeing all the children welcome you to their villages

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Al was fantastic he had alot of patience as i tend to linger at the back, i was always taking photographs

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
don’t be put off trying to keep up with the group, you soon catch them up at the next stop and there is always somebody behind you to show you the way

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This is a great cycling holiday lots of milage but well spaced out with lots of time to visit and chat to the locals

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Summary:
Overall an excellent trip and one which I would and will recommend to friends/family. This was my first trip to South East Asia and it certainly gave me a feeling of wanting to go back and see more in this part of the world.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were so many memories which will stay with me for a long time, but the overall experience of seeing a different way of life was probably the most memorable. Crossing two land borders by bike was something which I was looking forward to before the trip and both were really facinating experiences ! Angkor is such an amazingly vast area and exploring it by bike was the ideal way to see it. In contrast cycling in some of the busy traffic in Siem Reap was quite an experience ! Our visit to the Killing Fields and fromer S21 jail in Phnom Penh were both really moving. Both are very important to see in order to fully understand the terrible events which took place in Cambodia in the 1970’s & which the country has had to overcome. Into Vietnam and I particuarly enjoyed the cycling around the paths around the Mekong area the night after the homestay. The homstay itself exceeded expectations. Saigon was a city which impressed me and also exceeded my expectations. Although, I have never seen so many motorbikes – crossing the road was an experience !

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Moh was a excellent tour leader – really professional and ensured the smooth running of the tour from start to finish. There were two birthdays during our trip and she organised a birthday cake for both ! The leaders in Cambodia (Dyka) and Vietnem (Long) were also great and really passionate about showing us their respective countries. All leaders were full of energy and enthusiasm !

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The homestay night might be something which potential travellers may be unsure/curious about. I think everyone in our group would ageee that it exceeded our expectations. It was actually very newly built and had good shower/bathroom facilities. The food was also particularly good !
There are good opportunities to do laundry in both Siem Reap and Saigon.
The longest cycling days are during the first part of the trip in Thailand, when it is most likely you will be recovering from jet lag/getting used to the heat. There is no pressure to complete all the cycling on these days and the back up bus/truck is always there if you want a break.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If you want an experience of South East Asia in a little over two weeks go for it !
The only suggestion I would make to Exodus is to perhaps consider a slight change in the schedule so as to have a day seeing the sites in Bangkok at the start of the tour. Therefore, allowing the opportunity to see the sites of the city and have a day getting used to the heat, before starting the cycling part of the trip,and then gradually increasing the cycling distances each day, rather than having the longest cycling days at the start of the trip.

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Summary:
First class tour – wonderfully organised and with a fantastic bunch of people. The guides and back-up crew were always there when required, and the accommodation was great.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
As other reviewers have pointed out, the Angkor Wat complex is, indeed, awe-inspiring.
One of the moments for me, though, was taking a boat on Ton Le Sap lake – a truly massive lake upon which thousands of people live and work. The poverty is shocking, but who are we to judge.
The homestay overnight and following day’s boat-trip and cycle ride on the Mekong were also inspirational, and have given me a few ideas about going back to the region and maybe exploring life on the Mekong in much greater depth.
The food! Everywhere we went.
The villagers and village life, and their friendliness in those parts of these countries. A complete contrast to the cities.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
All three were first class. Siam (from Thailand) held the whole thing together really well over the three legs, while the others (Fila for Cambodia and Yam for Vietnam) provided intimate local knowledge on their individual segments.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It is hot (>40C) in these countries in February/March, so people that have not done this sort of thing before might consider going a few days in advance to acclimatise. The back-up crews are always on-hand with water, electrolytes and fruit/chocolate, but make sure you take on water at every opportunity.
Try every type of food the guides suggest, including the crickets, beetles, and tarantulas to name a few. But, by the same token, check with them before you try anything radically new!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Try this. Can’t recommend it highly enough. If you’ve never done anything like this before – like me – give it a go and really (pleasantly) surprise yourself.

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Summary:
This was a first class holiday due to the organisation used. Thailand was a beautiful peaceful place, Cambodia was lively and full of historical interest. Vietnam was noisy and amazing to learn and see so much about the place. The cyling was at just the right pace as we were a large group they had other guides to keep an eye on all of us. Back up team always came up trumps with cold drinks and fresh fruit.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I surpose everyone writes Angor Wat and it is amazing but seeing little children in villages as we cylced through and village life is just as wonderful.
The wonderful food so different in each country.
Cycling along the back waters of the Mekong Delta.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
We had three leaders one for each country.
Siam in Thailand who over saw the whole trip. Very profressional and always managed to keep his hair on when things got difficult. Boarder crossings with so may of us wasn’t any easy task.
Flio in Cambodai was full of information and knew when and were to go to avoid the crowds.
Yam in Vietnam was excellent also with lots of information about the local things to see and do also lessons on how to cross the roads!! Very important to learn .

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go and pracise some cyling before hand so you are ready for long days in the heat. Though we had plenty of stops so they don’t feel so long.
Wicking tops for the heat and washing out easily.
Camera to photo Angor Wat at Sunrise!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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One of the best orangised trips we have been on and hard to beat for sights, cycling and atmosphere of places.
Go for it while it is still unspoilt.

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A really first class trip, completed with a great group of people, excellent leaders, fabulous weather (if a litttle hot!), excellent bikes and more than reasonable (on the whole) hotels. Visiting both Angkor Wat and Pnomh Penh Killing Fields provided some hugely thought provoking moments and added a dimension to this wonderful tour

Rating: 4

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We had a group leader throughout plus a guide for Thailand/Cambodia and then another for Vietnam. They were all really lovely knowledgable people and happy to help in any way possible. The cycling is supported at a level you will never probably see again. Our watermelon was cut and waiting for us at every stop along with at least one fruit we didn’t know, our bikes were washed and tyres pumped up every morning, our punctures were fixed within minutes …….

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Whilst the cycling is not challenging, the distances and heat (38C/100F for us) in the first 3 days are. Cover up and apply lots of sunscreen (both of which I ignored to my cost) After that it’s a doddle!!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Don’t be put off by the distances, there are almost no hills and the support vehicles are always there. Great chance to see 3 countries and meet the local peope who are delightful and excited to engage. Food is so cheap that when you’re told a meal costs you’ll be horrified at the extravagance. Enjoy

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Summary:
Both had a great time but the guide in Vietnam was a poor cyclist and could not keep up with the group. We all got lost in Thailand as the support vehicles did not know the way and allowed part of the group to go ahead. The whole group got split up and everyone was lost for an hour on the first day.
We were worried about being part of a group as we had only cycled on holiday abroad as couple before.
We needn’t have worried !
Our group of 18 was, though, far too large especially for the guides.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Crossing the border into Vietnam to be met by village children rushing out of their homes on the roadside, to say hello and wave to us!

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader for the whole trip, Mo, was great although she had a difficult task at times especially as our group of 18 was too large.
Our Cambodian guide was great but the Vietnam guide was useless.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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We were glad to have brought our own bikes as some of the others on the trip had problems with the hire ones being poorly maintained or the wrong size.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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All sounds negative but we intend to book with Exodus to Sri Lanka next year! Hopefully the group will be smaller!!

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Summary:
This holiday promised much but failed to meet my expectations. Exodus has recently started using a new local tour operator and it showed. The organisation on this trip was well below the quality standard I have come to expect from Exodus. This trip could have, and indeed should have, been better.

Rating: 1

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The night on the homestay was a highlight. We got to prepare some of our own food and had the best meal of the entire holiday. The boat trip along the Mekong Delta wasn’t bad either!

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader was inexperienced having completed this trip only once before. Although friendly and helpful this lack of knowledge was evident and contributed to the less than satisfactory experience.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you are considering this trip i would advise you to wait until the local tour operator has gained more experience otherwise the trip may not meet, never mind exceed, your expectations.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Be prepared – the cycling distances were occassionally less than those listed in the trip notes.
Be aware that the optional trip listed on day 7 in the trip notes is only possible if you choose to reduce the cycling distance by half (from 70km to 35km).

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Summary:
A great trip, wonderful views and people, but a little disjointed and less cycling that was advertised.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The whole Cambodia experience. The cycling was amazing, through villages and backroads, to the temples and lakes. The people in Cambodia were so welcoming and happy.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Very good, better than “normal” although I think she needs to find her feet a little. Moh did go out of her way to help with a few problems on the trip, and also dealt with some people situations very well.
She also handled the vietnamese guide very well, who was determined to ruin any tranquility with bad microphone moments
The cambodian guide (Digger) was excellent, a wealth of information and a good cyclist

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
A really great adventure, don’t be put off by the distances this is holiday with cycling, rather than a cyling holiday

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
For me this trip was made by the great group, and good leadership. I am looking forward to the next

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Summary:
A tale of three countries! All wonderful and all very different – landscape, people, food, history. Very very hot and humid though – and the trip is frontloaded with mileage in East Thailand … which was actually the least scenic or interesting part of the whole trip .

Rating: 3

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
All of Cambodia – and do make sure that you make the trip to Tonle Sap.
Having a Thai temple opened up just for us by our lovely Thai guide and then sitting down with him in the temple listening to him explaining all about village life and the life of the village monks and bringing it all to life … and then finding out at the end that he had previously been a monk for 7 years! It was also good to have some time in the cool calm in the middle of the day too.
Phonm Penh for the history – our guide for the Killing Fields/S21 was absolutely superb and very humbling. The team dinner in PP was amazing too.
Homestay in the Mekong delta – for the experience, the hospitality and the food.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Joe was great – calm, patient and willing to try everything!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It is seriously humid and hot in November/December and the cycling is flat, flat, flat so very little breeze to keep one cool. The support crew were great in Thailand in keeping everyone cool with ice and power drinks but bring your own power drink/rehydration tabs too … they will definitely get used!
You do need to be confident in high volume and erratic traffic (and complete absence of rules of the road!) when cycling in and around Siem Reap and into and out of some of the Thai towns.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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This was an excellent cultural and historical tour in three amazingly diverse countries. If your primary aim is to get under the skin of these countries then definitely go for it! You will love it.
If you are a really really keen cyclist then you may feel (with the front loaded mileage) that you don’t have enough time on your bike over the entirety of the holiday.

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Summary:
wide range of activites , easy interesting cycling, Killing Field visit very challenging, amazing range of food , much of it excellent, made more fun by a really good group

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I learned so much – temples of Angkor Wat area were amazing , the scenery of the Mekong Delta fasinating , the food at the homestay was stunning. The history of Killing Fields & S21 prison + Cu Chi tunnels was very sobering. Safely crossing the road in Saigon is always a challenge. Exodus specifically laying on the ‘Tet’ celebrations in Saigon for us – fantastic flower arrangements! Some restaurants closed but brilliant occasion.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
1st time for these leaders as Exodus have been taken over by ‘Peak’ I believe (please correct me if wrong) , so new local guides. To ensure quality Exodus had provided their own assessor – Rich , who added a lot to the group (& is nowhere near as serious as he looks on the Exodus You Tube cycle ‘M’ check!)
Mo fro Thailand – worked very hard to make sure all went smoothly , stayed with us through to Saigon , arranged 2 birthday cakes for group members too!
Dyka- Cambodian , very knowledgable about Angkor Wat area , enthusiastic cyclist but got the speed right
Yan (?sp) – Vietnamese – could have cycled slghtly slower – I would have stopped for more photos (probably spared the family more boredom!)
All spoke excellent english & had ready smiles

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
there are NO hills on this trip! The cycling is easy , frequent breaks , plenty of water / sprite / bananas / other food

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
for Exodus;
1) What about producing some cycling jerseys? Would need something relevant to the trip as 1/2 the point is to stimulate discussion – could say ‘I’ve cycled south east asia with Exodus’ – could apply to this trip , Vietnam + Loas trips?
2) We booked late & Malaysia airways were full. This was lucky for us – we were passed to Trailfinders , who booked us with Thai Airways. Same price for the dates but the outward journey was much easier – no stops & 5 hours quicker!

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Summary:
This is one of the best trips ever – and I’ve done plenty! Excellent guides, excellent route and came straight back and booked another cycling trip!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling around Angkor Wat and surrounding temple complexes was a way to see the sights that made you feel a part of it in a way that being on a bus would not have come close to.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Superb.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do it!

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Summary:
A great trip with easy cycling on flat terrain with mostly good roads. Lots of stops for fluid and carbohydrate intake. A wide variety of sights to see and the guide and local guides were very professional and informative.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The friendliness of the people in Vietnam, especially the children who greeted us with cheery ‘Hellos’ in every village. Not inspirational but memorable were the visits to sights of atrocities in Cambodia and Vietnam. Very upsetting but something that had to be experienced.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Very professional

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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No real problems to prepare for on this trip – just enjoy!

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Summary:
Fab way of experiencing new cultures, foods, peoples whilst staying active

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling the paddy fields of Cambodia and Vietnam

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Absolutely fantastic

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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None really.

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Summary:
The Cambodia part was great, the Vietnam part really nice too, however the first few days in Thailand (300km or so) was just tiring and a bit uninspiring with little to see – high mileage when everyone was jet lagged and short of sleep. The Mekong delta in Vietnam was lovely although some of the roads were really quite busy and it felt a bit too rushed at times with too few opportunities to take photos. More time in Cambodia and Vietnam to replace the days in Thailand would have suited me, plus more quiet backroads and tracks.

Rating: 3

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The temples at Angkor, the sunset on Tonle Sap, the homestay / guest house on the Mekong and the friendly local people everywhere.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Good fun and well organised but could have been more aware of health and safety issues and less dismissive of customer concerns.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Get bike fit – although it is very flat, the roads can be a bit rough and it is hot and humid! Don’t go if you want to have a relaxing holiday. Most of it is quite early starts and some days are quite hard work.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I get a bit tired of the whole tips things. On this trip we tipped staff in three countries. To give an example, to was suggested by Exodus for the main tour leader. While not a lot as an individual, for the 17 people on our trip that was 0 to 0 for 2 weeks. Is that a tip or are we paying a big part of the guy’s wages? A hidden charge I would suggest Exodus.

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Summary:
A great way to see and experience 3 countries in 2 weeks. Good weather, good food, good company. Well managed by local guides

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Loved the floating village (optional trip). Can see the appeal of this as an alternative lifestyle!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Simply the best. I’ve been on several guided trips and Wasan is a real star. Kept us on schedule “you can have as long as you want as long as it’s not more than 10 minutes”. Led us well, looked after us well, made sure we regularly fed and watered…. Nothing seemed too much trouble. Trying to manage a group age range from 20’s to 70’s is a real challenge, my impression is that no-one was disappointed.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Just do it!
Need minimal amount of clothes as regular low cost laundry available. And of course you can stock up on cheap clothes in Saigon.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Wish it was all just in front of me rather than a fond memory!

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Summary:
523.3km cycled in 30+ Degree heat (Im pretty sure that was the number! Definetly the 500 and .3km is correct thanks to Colins GPS), phew, luckily snacks and juice and wet icy towel always available at every stage. This was due to first class organisation and the talent and expertise of our trip guide Wasan who always made Plan A work out, but also always had Plan B up his sleeve just in case! If anything I wish we had cycled more as this was the best part of the holiday. Merit is also due to the more mature ladies of our group who kept up throughout. When I am 75 (the oldest of them) I will dream of being able to do half off what they did. Hotels were also better than I expected and good quality throughout. It appears the trip is about to go through a reorganisation of local staff though so I cant vouch for its future maintenanence of the allready extremely high quality.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Cycling around the temples of Angkor Watt were worth the price of the ticket alone. It was a truely magical experiance the first day there in the afternoon sun at the end of a long and hot cycle ride heading back to the hotel just stumbling through one wonderfull sight after another.
This is not to say that the myriad other wonderfull cultural wonders that litter the trip were of no significance as our emotions were sobered by the experiance of the recent past of cambodia and Vietnam but raised again by the wonderfull optimism and energy of the people.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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What can I say about Wasan! His deft use of humour to keep us on track was masterfull and his organisational abilitities second to none.
The only black mark was the huge hug he gave me at the end of the trip. I am an engineer so such blatant shows of emotion are anathema to me, yuech!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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At the home stay watch your Mosquito control. I made the mistake of too many beers and must of set the Mozzie net incorrectly and forgot to spray my deet. 40 bites in the morning later………..

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I could have spent and enjoyed as long as I liked on this holiday but alas it was as long as it was only 14 days!. Thanks Wasan. If only there had been a couple of lads on the holiday it would have been complete, though my liver would have been less so. Special mention also to Ann the 21 year old with her life ahead of her, try not to be so cynical about it all!.

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Summary:
What a unique fusion of culture, cycling and great company!-This holiday had everything that can be fitted into two very full weeks. A classic experience.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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What inspired me most was the sheer resourcefulness and drive of the less-affluent locals, who seemed very much in harmony with their surroundings.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Wassan oversaw the holiday in an apparently seamless manner, always at hand if necessary. His knowledge of the locals proven invaluable in securing a great holiday.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Arrive with an open mind
Laundry can be done on route.
Don’t be put off with the amount of cycling-its paced with plenty of breaks-and there are contingencies.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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The local guides were brilliant. If I have to have a favourite it would be our last one in Vietnam.`Mr Lamb` as we called him-He never missed a opportunity for a photo stop whilst pacing the cycling effectively. Lunch in his home village is a memory I will cherish forever.

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Summary:
This trip renewed my faith in group organised holidays. It was well planned, adaptable, encouraged everyone to try new experiences, and showed the very best of 3 countries.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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Due to the flooding in many areas it was amazing how much of Cambodian/Vienamese life doesn’t allow these adverse conditions to affect their day to day life. We had a trip to a river market and drove through some very small flooded towns, and each person was carrying on, generally smiling as though this was quite normal. I loved the make do and mend attitude of each country to absolutley everything aspect of life. And I was also inspired by my fellow cyclists, those who probably hadn’t spent a lot of time on a bike but carried on and the 4 people who fell off, they brushed themselves down and jumped back on again. Awesome.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Al was a great team leader, he was always calm, very organised, knew exactly when to stop and give us all a rest from the heat or the cycling. Pre-warned us on upcoming hills etc, and you could always trust his recommendations when it came to food and/or restaurants. He was friendly without going over the top, didn’t pick favourites which can be a very annoying habit in a leader, and involved himself with everyone at some point or another on the trip. He was well trusted

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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If going on this trip, bring some mudguards as 1 person bought them on our trip and we were all jealous of his relatively dry rear end. If you can get a lot of notes for Cambodia, and on a negative, watch you back if you’re in Tuk Tuk or Cyclo as one of our group had their bag nicked by a passing motorbiker.
Forget all your highway code as it’s worth zilch in these countries and to cross a road in Vietnam, go slow and sure, don’t run or stop and everyone will move around you, believe me it works.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Take the time to stop and enjoy some of the view, the cycling is not a race, you move only as fast as the slowest person and the scenery you pass, the people, the rural landscapes etc are worth a steady peddle rather than going full clap, and it allows you to stop, take a photo and set off again.

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Summary:
Great trip from start to finish

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Sounds trite but there was something to amaze me everyday.
Obviously the temples-but the friendliness of the people, the motorbikes and how organised everyting was!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Al made the holiday -much more than a leader a friend too!. Nothing was to much trouble-everything was so well run that it seemed so relaxed.
Poor Al was the only one to come off his bike on a very wet, slippery bend- only bruised thankfully

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Money from atms no problem
Sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellant vital!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Just give it a go!!!!
Stop so often that heat/distance not a problem
You WILL enjoy it

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Summary:
This trip was great and was the first one for me as a single traveller I couldn’t have had a better time.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I can’t pick one inspirational moment as it was all equally good.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Al was absolutely fantastic nothing was a problem.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t take a waterproof you won’t need it, its so hot that if it rains its welcomed!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Just thanks to exodus for providing such a great trip.

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Summary:
This trip succeeds in maintaining a good balance between physical activity and cultural experiences. It packs in an awful lot witout ever seeming rushed or overwhelming. I thought I would be exhausted after two weeks of constant moving but I didn’t want it to end.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The smells of the Vietnamese countryside – tea leaves laid out on the roadside to dry, the sweetness of banana groves, jasmine, all overlapping one another.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Joe is a very professional and competent group leader. And he has a sense of humour. And he’s very patient.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Pack a gel seat because there are some long days of cycling.
If you see something you’d like to buy along the way don’t defer the purchase because you may not get another opportunity to get it.
Go on the optional trip to the Cu Chi tunnels outside Ho Chi Minh City.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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This is a great trip. I experienced things that I could never foreseen, from eating a bit of tarantula to handling a snake to firing an AK47. I met some very interesting people and visited some incredible places. On occasion I was moved to tears, on others I laughed hysterically. The laughter definitely outweighed the tears.

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Summary:
The Thai team set an extremely high standard of support from the outset which meant that despite jetlag and high humidity, the cycling was really pleasurable. Cycling provides a great way to experience local life (smells, sounds etc) and the trip was designed to provide maximum variety.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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The variety was the key point for me – Thailand provided peaceful rural cycling in beautiful countryside; Cambodia and Vietnam provided significant history (both ancient and modern); all countries provided fabulous local food.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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The group leader set a very high standard; he went above and beyond requirements to support travellers to solve medical & visa issues. His years of experience of the cycle tour shone through so that we could concentrate on just enjoying the trip.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Check visa requirements carefully.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This could very well be the best holiday you’ve ever taken – enjoy!

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Summary:
Cycling was easier than I thought it might have been, at 50 I feel I have time to notch up a few more trips like this one.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Optional tour to the floating village- almost didn’t go after a day spent sight -seeing but this was better than Angor Watt!!

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Group leader was fantastic, dedicated to getting the best out of the trip for everyone.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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There were a few on our trip who hadn’t really cycled much before and they got on great.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Already asked for the cycling brochures to be sent !!

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Summary:
A MUST for all travelers!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Definitely there was not only one. I believe I had several inspirational moments: riding through the nature, getting so close to local people, crossing the borders, experiencing a lunch in a typical house in the Mekong Delta, discovering ancient temples and understanding much better one of the saddest historical events for the humanity.
Moreover, can you imagine that I had the best ice-cream ever, and outside Italy?

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Our group leader was just awesome! I traveled quite a bit before, but never under such a perfect organization. I was amazed about how complicated was the logistic (bikes, supporting vans, stops, …) and at the same time how well organized was the support team. Thanks once again to the group leader!
a big thanks also to the local guides: necessary to discover their countries!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Enjoy the views – racing with the bike is fun but you risk to miss the details of the surrounding :)
Don’t forget: to drink a lot (camel back is a nice hint), to bring cover gel for the bike saddle, and if you can a basket to store easily your camera!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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It’s unmissable trip! 3 countries in 2 weeks, so diverse inputs and experiences – and a lot of massages!

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Summary:
A fantastic trip. Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam have such differernt way of life from the West, I had to immerse myself in their culture from the moment I landed. This helped me get out of my usuall day to day routine in Ireland. Cycling makes it easier to notice small details of visited countries, gets you closer to people and allows to see, smell and taste the places

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The day when we were on the boat on Mekong delta, it was fascinating witnessing life happening on the river.
Making my own spring rolls while staying in traditional house on one of islands in Mekong delta.
and many more

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
very friendly, very helpfull, great leader

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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cycling is suprisingly easy, lot of stops, even on long days, what made cycling 70-90km most days an easy trip

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I choose this trip on base of good reviews it got and I found them to be very accurate.
It was my first trip to Asia and surely not the last one! My boyfriend still regrets not comming with me!

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Summary:
Not a classic scenic holiday, often passing through mundane rural areas in Thailand and Cambodia rather than through eye candy landscape, but an excellent introduction to the mood and pulse of these hardworking people. The Vietnam segment, in the Mekong Delta, was more lush, varied and picturesque, offering a contrast. In all countries, riding a bike makes you a participant in the daily life of the land, much more welcomed by the residents than a bus tourist, whom they may see as staring down from behind an antisceptic barrier with arrogance, disapproval or even disgust. PS, the Thai and Khmer countryside might look very different in other than the dry season we experienced.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing the poverty of Cambodia but feeling the country’s resilience and sense of hope as it improves from the decades of horror and misrule. The youthful population is looking forward, not back.
In Phnom Penh’s Genocide Museum are photos of many victims. In their eyes you see fear but also defiance, innocence and, occasionally, hope. Those people are gone but the strength of their spirit lives in the new generation. May it find the leadership and community spirit to accelerate the current progress.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Wasan was a very capable and upbeat leader, always smiling and always on top of the details. He had to handle several traveler emergencies and illnesses and always did so with poise. A good source of information, particularly about Thailand (his home country). His English is good. One suggestion: replace the small electronic megaphone (used by Wasan and the local guides) with something more robust! Or just speak up! That megphone, unless used well, distorts rather than clarifies.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Be ready for some fairly demanding first days of cycling, several covering 70 to 90 kilometers. Though flat, it is a lot of time in the saddle, and our group was often battling a strong wind. Retiring to the “sag wagon” is no dishonor and can be a smart move to avoid stressed muscles or joints.
I second Katy’s wise advice to test your anti-malarial before you go — if it is a bad fit for you, the side effects can be disabling.
Be prepared with plenty of sunscreen. This is the tropics, after all! I was surpised to see my fair-skinned British companions exposing themselves, unprotected. Admittedly, as a redhead, I am a bit paranoid about melanoma.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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The local guides are all enthusiastic and helpful but vary in level of English proficiency and ability to be heard. All could be more useful by giving a more organized overview of their country and culture. Some are too repetitive, lacking sufficient prepared content. With some focus by the leadership, this can all be fixed.

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Summary:
This was my first cycling trip with Exodus and I had a fab time. Great mix of exercise, culture, people, food and socialising. I’m only just back but already about to book my next trip!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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I really enjoyed the cycling on the quieter roads in Vietnam and Thailand. Plenty of time to chat to your companions, as well as shout a thousandth Hallo! or give a high five to the incredibly friendly and welcoming local people. It was also very moving to learn more about the atrocities of Cambodia and Vietnam’s fairly recent past.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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We had a great leader who was chilled, funny and very well organised. Wasan and his team kept us safe, well fuelled with Beng Beng bars and always knew where the nearest Happy room (loo!) was to be found.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Think about trying your antimalarials in advance to find which one suits you – a few of our group had problems with side effects.
I’m glad I took my Camelback to keep me drinking plenty.
Don’t be afraid to look round some of the cultural sites at your own pace – I found it more enjoyable to nosey round independently than sticking in a big group where we were all struggling to hear/understand the guide.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This is a great way to see these countries – I think I’ll be going back to do the rest of Vietnam by bike but Cycle Cuba first!!

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Summary:
A great way to see three countries in South-East Asia at ground level! A nice sized group, not too many hills and terrific local support meant you could sit back and enjoy the ride and the scenery.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
While all the Angkor temples were impressive, it has to be the day we went to Angkor Wat and finished off with the late afternoon / evening trip to the Tonle Sap lake and its floating villages and shops. Awe-inspiring ancient monuments plus river people, wildlife and a marine diversion as a pleasant change from pedalling.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Our group leader ‘Joe’ was not only very friendly but impressively well-organised, telling us in advance about the day’s itinerary, when the stops involved and the details of restaurants and laundry facilities, for example.
He was always mindful of the differing fitness and abilities of our diverse group.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
1 – consider investing in a gel saddle and/or padded shorts, particularly if you’re not a regular cyclist.
2 – make sure you take on board enough fluids and snacks at the rest stops. And reapply sunscreen.
3 – get the support team to help you adjust your saddle height and other details bike before starting out.
4 – take it at your own pace – the group will naturally spread out and there are plenty of stops.
5 – make sure you have a capacious memory card (or plenty of film), there are numerous photo opps.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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For most people this is a once-in-a lifetime trip, so enjoy it! Having said that, it can be a little demanding on occasion (depending on the time of year), so try to do some training in preparation to better do so.
And take care on Vietnam’s slightly more interesting road surfaces….

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Summary:
There is no better way to see a country than to ride it. This average daily distance is ideal for anyone. Even the most unfit one in our group who struggled a little, (just a little), on day one, coped admirably overall. Book it, you will not be disappointed.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The first 1k of the first warm up ride on day one. I knew then I was in for a very special holiday.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

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Al was a star. A small problem maybe, and he was there for you, he just appeared from nowhere.
All three country guides were also very good, although I did struggle to understand our Cambodian guide a bit more.
I really couldn’t fault any of the support staff at all.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
As with all Exodus trips, carefully read the, “Is this trip for you”, section on the trip notes. If there is nothing major that puts you off, then book it, you will not be disappointed.
I rode with open toed sandles, (Merrells), they were great, but dont forget the sunscreen on your toes. Padded undershorts are a must, without pants or knickers, (they will be the most likely cause of irritation), over-shorts, cycling shirt with rear pockets to hold your camera, tissues, and anti-bacterial gel. Girls, sports bra is recommended. A full length zip for the shirt is good to allow for max ventilation. Four sets of shirts and undershorts, two pairs of over shorts, (knee length as this will get you in to temples etc), is more than enough. Take a one litre water bottle for the rides, and aim to drink most if not all between stops when you can re-fill. Personally I wouldn’t bother with a back pack or hydration pack as these will just weigh you down and make you sweaty. Don’t bother to bring your own snacks, (unless you have special dietry needs of course), as the tip/snack kitty will cover everything you need.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A map of each days ride would be really nice.
The communial snacks, nuts/dried fruit that are in a big jar or packet, it would be nice to encourage from bag into hand rather than your hand into the bag/jar for hygene reasons.

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Summary:
This is a great trip for experiencing these 3 countries, cultures and cuisines, that are in some ways similar but in many ways very different.Generally flat cycling which may not be to everyones taste but the countryside still offers great views.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting the Ankor complex, eating spiders and crickets, the hustle of Ho Chi Minh City, spicy Thai curries, exploring the Cambodian genocide, there are so many reasons to recommend this varied trip.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
As with all tours, the leader is an important element and there were no dissapointments in this department. Both the various country leaders and overall leader were all very good.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Whilst there are some long distances covered, the cycling is not too strenuous and the support team assure regular breaks and refreshment.
With most cycling being on tarmac, if bringing your own bike then I’d consider a hybrid or at least some skinnier, less knobbly tyres to ease the journey.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Everyone that I know who’s been on this trip has thoroughly enjoyed it. Go for it.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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