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Indochina Encounter QBK

Trip Duration 10 Days

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Indochina EncounterScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 15 reviews
(8 out of 10)


The Cambodia section was excellent and our tour guide Sitar was wonderful: he was very caring and empathetic, and took very good care of us. Also we liked Cambodia as a country, especially Angkor Wat, a real highlight. All the accommodation was very good, all with air con and ensuite, and good sized rooms. The food in Cambodia was lovely, and everything was quite cheap.
We much appreciated the skills of the guide in showing us the key sites, and timing our presence at the bat cave, another memorable sight. Sitar also made sure he showed us the different foods including barbequed rat!
By contrast our guides at Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City were pretty hopeless.
Us two arrived at Bangkok airport at 9am and were met by someone who took us to the hotel. There were no messages from Explore, and we didn't see our guide till about 3pm. We went looking for a meal and couldn't find anywhere local, so bought lunch at the hotel which wasn't cheap. We met some other Explore tourists, and we all spent wasted time hanging around in the hotel with no guide. Eventually the guide appeared and took us out, but then arranged for us to eat in the hotel in the evening (without asking us) so we had no Thai street food. We suspected the guide had been persuaded by the hotel for us to eat there, as they had few customers.
Then Cambodia was great.
When we met our Vietnam guide he was equally uninterested in us, and was attached to his phone, hunting Pokemon! There was nearly an incident crossing the road when he just walked over and expected us to follow and two women just missed a car. We barely saw him on the second day.
I am mentioning this as it felt like the guides for 1-2 days were not at all interested and didn't provide the service we normally get from Explore.
Ho Chi Minh City had a great market, and the trip to the Mekong Delta showed us a different dimension of Vietnam.
It's a great area to visit and we will do more Explore trips to this area.
Confirmed traveller: 18 August 2016
Published on: 10 October 2016
(7 out of 10)


Whilst I have stated 7 for the explore leader, we had 3 different leaders. the one we had in Cambodia was extremely good, extremely conscientious, he went above what is expected of a tour leader and cannot be faulted, I feel the need to emphasise just how good he was. On the other hand the leaders we had in both thailand and Vietnam were both poor. A couple from the group on the tour had lost there luggage on the way over as it hadn't been transferred from Kuala Lumpur, the tour leader from thailand informed us he had spoken to them on the phone, which when checked with them wasn't the case, he also said that another tour leader would meet them when they had organised reclaiming there luggage to transfer them to the hotel, this wasn't the case and they had to arrange there own transfer, I felt this was poor. Also again in vietnam it seemed that the tour guide had no interest and it seemed as though he didn't want to be there.
Confirmed traveller: 16 August 2016
Published on: 26 August 2016
(9 out of 10)


Flights and airport transfers were well organised and efficient.
Guides were welcoming and friendly. They were extremely knowledgeable about their country and its people and culture.
The itinerary covered a wide variety of opportunities, interests and excursions. We had a very diverse group and the guides tried hard to cater for all needs!
We went on some of the explore optional excursions and these were well led and organised, additional guides were used who were experts in their field.
Accommodation was comfortable, beds were very good and it was lovely to have a few hotels with pools to cool down in after a long dusty day of travel.

Would suggest that the Phnom Penh orientation is done by another means than on foot. It didn't really seem to work as the place is so big!
The places we ate at were lovely but we were often put in a back room where it was just the group, it would have been lovely to mix with locals more, or just a place with more atmosphere.
We chose this holiday because of its optional nature and knew that there would be times when we would want to do our own thing. We're not sure whether the guides are on commission for the number of group members they sign up to the optional excursions (?) and at times it would have been helpful to have alternative options as well as cheaper options which didn't always involve a pre- planned lunch or dinner at the end. To avoid misunderstanding it would be good if you could stress to guides the optional nature of the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 06 April 2016
Published on: 07 April 2016
(10 out of 10)


Tenterden Kent
Take lots of $$$$$$ ! don't bother trying to buy Cambodian currency
Confirmed traveller: 26 December 2015
Published on: 31 December 2015
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Where to begin. It was all a fantastic experience, very busy, lots of travelling with amazing scenery and culture. The highlights for me have to be the Temples at Angkor Wat, the Cambodian Cookery class and the sheer experience of being in these countries where the people are so friendly and welcoming. The traffic was chaotic and fascinating how the road system works in these countries where chaos rules, even had a stop for the public bus to be washed en route, fantastic. The Mekong River trips were well worth experiencing as were all the optional excursions. I loved the chance to barter in the markets, buy off local children (if they had been to school) and families,a great community in each place we visited from the country to the cities. Our leaders were all fantastic but in particular Som, our Cambodian leader, looked after us so well, made us feel welcome, passing on his local knowledge, with some great recommendations what to do. He couldn't do enough for us and really looked after us, even when a couple were lost and another had an injury. Superb.
Confirmed traveller: 10 August 2015
Published on: 12 March 2016
(9 out of 10)


Fabulous experience, made many memories and shared these with some wonderful people
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 28 July 2015
Published on: 27 September 2015
(8 out of 10)


Ashford, Middlesex
Angkor Wat and Saigon were absolutely amazing and it was nice to have a group to sightsee with. Tips include, making sure you have sun cream (although due to humidity it didn't stay on long!) and water. Take USD with you and the smaller notes the better. In Cambodia, everything is one dollar! Take an alarm clock with you.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 15 April 2015
Published on: 02 October 2015
(8 out of 10)


Apart from Vietnam I would do it again and do other tours with explore. I felt the tour guides were rude and just conning us out of money.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 14 March 2015
Published on: 29 September 2015