Home to some 11 million people, bustling Bangkok can often seem chaotic and intimidating to a first-time visitor but don’t be put-off. Once you delve into the life of the city, you’ll discover curious markets, enduring canals and reverent temples wrapped up into surprisingly ...
Travel adventurously just like the locals – an overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then again from Hanoi to Hue, a two day boat journey down the Mekong River - pass incredible rural scenery and spend a night in the remote village of Pakbeng.
Discover the highlights of refined Luang Prabang with a guide, and enjoy free time to make your own explorations and discover why UNESCO rate this city so highly.
There are many chances to do good while you travel, like the Intrepid foundation supported COPE, dedicated to helping those injured by unexploded ordinance.
“I thoroughly enjoyed this trip - it was better than my expectations, which were very high!
Thailand is only visited very briefly, but I felt like we saw the best of Laos, a beautiful country with mainly unspoiled countryside. The countryside seen from the slow boat along the Mekong and the karst scenery at Vang Vieng is some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere!
Cambodia is also incredible, a country emerging from its tragic recent past but with so much to see. The temples at Angkor definitely deserve their status as 8th wonder of the world!
These are countries to visit now before tourism changes them drastically in the future. I'd imagine that Laos in another 10 years time will be completely changed….”
“This was a fantastic holiday - my first with Exodus. The itinerary had been thoroughly thought through. There was the right amount of time at each location, the standard of accommodation exceeded my expectations and I would recommend this holiday to all who are flexible, adventurous and understand that these countries are not as sophisticated as UK but that's all part of the expierence. I will certainly be having holidays with Exodus in the future.”
“Overall, this trip ticked all the boxes - wonderful scenery, lovely people, history and traditions that we in the west have now lost. We were a small group of only 6 with an age range from 20's - 60's however, the sights, experiences and fantastic travel arrangements made the group gel.”
“We have travelled with exodus over the last twelve years. We were attracted to the cultural and discovery aspects of the tours. Unfortunately this holiday fell short of our expectations, being a very sanitized trip with little interaction with local people, mainly focusing on smart hotels and upper range restaurants. We were also extremely disappointed that a significant price reduction for late bookings left us spending significantly more than most of the group. We were certainly penalized for being early bookers.”
Home to some 11 million people, bustling Bangkok can often seem chaotic and intimidating to a first-time visitor but don’t be put-off. Once you delve into the life of the city, you’ll discover curious markets, enduring canals and reverent temples wrapped up into surprisingly cosmopolitan way of life. The more you explore Bangkok, the more you’ll come to love the mix and match style of this ‘City of Angels’.
Visit the Wat Arun, the iconic Buddhist temple, which is pictured on Thai currency. Found on the Chao Phraya River and facing the Grand Palace, climb its main spire and look-out over Bangkok. Wat Arun means ‘Temple of Dawn,’ so visit at sunrise for the best view.
If you need something, anything, while in Bangkok, head to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. This is souvenir shopping on another level.
Khao San Road is a backpackers paradise. You’ll find travellers galore here and so it’s a great place for nightlife, food, shopping and meeting people.
Watch a show at the trendy Patravadi theatre. Performances include theatre and dance as well as acrobatics and musical shows.
The Rot Fai night market is made for vintage lovers. Selling antiques, vintage clothing and memorabilia, spend an evening perusing unusual finds.
Visit one of Bangkok’s uncountable malls for the decor as well as the well-priced goods. Terminal 21 is especially known for its gorgeous interiors.
Bangkok has a hot, humid climate. Make sure you drink plenty of water while you’re running around the city sightseeing.
While it’s always nice to be friendly, be vigilant on the streets and politely decline help from the locals if you are uncomfortable.
Bangkok is a big city, plan ahead when it comes to transport.
Don’t take a taxi in rush-hour traffic. If you do take a taxi, make sure the meter is running.
Carrying ID is expected in Thailand. Carry a copy of your passport just in case.
Don’t hesitate to bargain!
Save money on food by eating from the local street-stalls. Maybe fried cockroach for dinner?