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Vietnam and Cambodia Feb 2013
Post: #31
(18/03/2013, 07:28 PM)Annam Wrote: Jan

Look forward to meeting you on this trip.
Bob's comments have been very helpful!

Anna

Hi Anna ,
Likewise. It will be such a culture change and I don`t think I can believe
I am actually going just yet, but so glad I chose something so diverseSmile
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Post: #32
Hi Bob,

Could I quote some of your Vietnam write-up here in the next issue of Discover, the Travelsphere/Just You magazine? You can mail me directly via dean.evans@futurenet.com.

Thanks!


(05/03/2013, 11:49 AM)BGray Wrote: Hi I'm just back from this fantastic holiday which I enjoyed from start to finish! There were 33 on our tour, of whom 22 went on to Cambodia. I'm very glad I did the add-on as all of us who did really loved Cambodia. The tour of Vietnam was very comprehensive; the weather in Hanoi was unfortunately wet but this didn't stop either the city tour or cyclo ride, both of which were very interesting. Hanoi is a bit on the shabby side, with beautiful parks and some fine buildings. Halong Bay was of course a highlight and we all enjoyed the stay on the junk. Again, the weather wasn't great there - very overcast and hazy, which I gather is pretty normal for Halong unfortunately. Still we we able to admire the views and get some reasonable photos. The trip to one of the caves was worth doing. Word of warning - forget all the photos you've seen of the picturesque wooden junks: they have all been painted white so they can be more easily seen at night, which does take away from their appearance!

When we reached Hue the weather improved enormously and in Hoi An it was glorious; what a wonderful town with a great atmosphere, another holiday highlight. My Son and the Cu Chi tunnels outside Ho Chi Minh City were both worth seeing, as was the War Remnants museum. We spent a lot of time on the water on this tour, very enjoyable seeing the world go by on various rivers; however don't expect the boats to be luxurious, they are functional with a small space at the back for the sun-worshippers and photographers. The journey to Phnom Penh by boat was very enjoyable with lovely scenery. I loved PP, a very scenic city which I would have liked to seen more of. The temples at Siem Reap were great to see and the floating villages on Tonle Sap also very interesting.

The hotels in all were very good, with the one at Can Tho being outstanding. The only exception was the Angkor Paradise which didn't live up to its name! The food was very good throughout, with most meals being seven or nine course tasting menus shared between four people. You usually had a choice of using chopsticks or a fork and typically at each meal there might be one or two spicy dishes, the rest being delicately flavoured. We had excelllent seafood throughout and the food in Cambodia was fantastic; the only let down was the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Phnom Penh which was very poor. Most people had an upset stomach for a day or two, usually sorted out fairly quickly by a dose of immodium! One lady was more unfortunate and had a trip to a clinic, but she had recovered later in the day and was well enough to travel the next morning.

So all in all, an excellent holiday with lots of variety. The group were all friendly and mixed extremely well together. For the first time in five JY holidays I was the youngest (at 42!), but as everyone comments age is a state of mind and I've made some very good friends out of this tour and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in seeing south-east Asia. The people we encountered were very friendly and welcoming and it was a very well structured and balanced tour - with not too many very early starts!

I hope this review encourages you to book this tour; I am sure everyone on it thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

All the best,

Bob
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Post: #33
Hi Dean, I also had a request from Julia and I'd be very happy for you to quote any part of the review. Glad it has been of some help!

All the best,

Bob
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Post: #34
Thanks Bob for such an informative post. I'm going at the end of October and really looking forward to it.
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Post: #35
Hi RioRita!

I love your user name, mine is so dull! Thanks for your kind comments, I hope I've covered most things. If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to ask. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

All the best,

Bob
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Post: #36
Hi Bob,

It was very interesting and enjoyable to read your post about this holiday as I'm thinking of doing it in November next year. In the meantime, I've got 2 trips lined up for this year - Prague, Vienna and Budapest in August and Spirit of India November. As you did the India trip last year just a couple of questions I'd like to ask. Did you need vaccinations/malaria tablets? and are 'photo booth' photos acceptable for the Indian visa or do I have to get professional ones taken?

Best regards

Lynda
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Post: #37
Hi Lynda, some of the group took malaria tablets for India but our tour manager said they were not necessary for our trip. So even though I had them with me, I didn't take them! Seeing as I had a delicate stomach for several days on the tour, I thought it was better not to aggrevate it further by taking malarone as well! I can't advise you on vaccinations, as I had them all for Africa the previous year - talk to your GP or practice nurse for advice. Passport style photos are fine for the Indian visa. If you ask JY to get the visa for you, they will advise you of all that you need. I couldn't get JY to do it, as I live in Ireland so I sorted it out myself with the Indian Embassy in Dublin with very little hassle. For the Vietnam/Cambodia visas, I got Trailfinders to get them for me.

All the best,

Bob
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Post: #38
(30/07/2013, 04:30 PM)LYNDAKNOBEL Wrote: Hi Bob,

It was very interesting and enjoyable to read your post about this holiday as I'm thinking of doing it in November next year. In the meantime, I've got 2 trips lined up for this year - Prague, Vienna and Budapest in August and Spirit of India November. As you did the India trip last year just a couple of questions I'd like to ask. Did you need vaccinations/malaria tablets? and are 'photo booth' photos acceptable for the Indian visa or do I have to get professional ones taken?

Best regards

Lynda

Hi Lynda,
I too went on the Vietnam and Cambodia trip with Bob, and also did the Indian trip but at a different time. I've emailed him at home re the visa photos, and I know that when I went to India there definitely was a different size to normal "photo booth" photos, and I had to go and have them done professionally. I suggest you contact JY as things may have changed since last year. Re vaccinations - contact your GP.
Enjoy - both trips are fantastic.
Cheers,
Hils
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Post: #39
(31/07/2013, 06:19 PM)BGray Wrote: Hi Lynda, some of the group took malaria tablets for India but our tour manager said they were not necessary for our trip. So even though I had them with me, I didn't take them! Seeing as I had a delicate stomach for several days on the tour, I thought it was better not to aggrevate it further by taking malarone as well! I can't advise you on vaccinations, as I had them all for Africa the previous year - talk to your GP or practice nurse for advice. Passport style photos are fine for the Indian visa. If you ask JY to get the visa for you, they will advise you of all that you need. I couldn't get JY to do it, as I live in Ireland so I sorted it out myself with the Indian Embassy in Dublin with very little hassle. For the Vietnam/Cambodia visas, I got Trailfinders to get them for me.

All the best,

Bob

Hi Bob and Hils,

Thank you both very much for your replies. The information is very useful. I had loads of vaccinations when I went to Kenya in 2005, so hopefully they are still effective. I'm really looking forward to both my holidays - only 4 weeks to go until the 1st one!

Best wishes

Lynda
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Post: #40
Hi Lynda, following on from Hils' post - I had some passport photos taken at my local photo shop and as such they might have been fractionally bigger than the ones you get from a booth. The Indian Embassy sent me a sheet with do's and don'ts on it and my photos matched the size guide, so I was fine. There is always the possibility that the Indian Embassy in Ireland may have slightly different regulations to the one in the UK?? Anyhow as Hils said, better to be safe than sorry. If JY are processing your visa, they will give you all the details and if you do it yourself the embassy will do likewise, so I'm sure all will be grand!

Enjoy the holidays!

Bob
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