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Family Saigon to Bangkok Explorer FQBK

Trip Duration 14 Days

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Family Saigon to Bangkok ExplorerScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 19 reviews
(8 out of 10)


In the main a great trip, made so by Binh our tour guide and also (luckily) ending up with a group of families where adults and children got on and enjoyed each other’s’ company. Binh was great at lightening the mood and his “tour guiding” was informative and entertaining. Nothing was too much trouble.

You will read some very articulate reviews about the experiences, so I will just list the items here and say that I concur with the positive feedback: tuktuks, bicycles, rickshaws, speedboats, the cycles in Saigon, Cu Chi tunnels / War Museum, street food, 5 star hotels, swimming pools, crocodile farms, the night markets, the Killing Fields, meeting the kids at the free school, river boats on the Mekong delta, the small villages, traditional way of life, learnt to cook Khmer curry, rice paper being made, insect snack food, floating markets, the many, many temples as well as Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the congestion in Bangkok, Thai beaches, etc.

It is always a compromise to take in 3 countries in a fortnight. You get a small flavour of each and not really get to know any very well. For example, I would have loved to have gone to the North of Vietnam and Ha Long Bay etc., and also to see more of Thailand.
Overall I saw enough of each country to enjoy the trip and my wife and son also had a good time.

The not so good bits:

The journey from Cambodia to Thailand: This was awful and takes a long time. It has been mentioned by other reviewers and I do so again in the hope that Explore might take notice. A toilet stop at toilets that don’t work is pointless. The border crossing is a long horrible, hot, humid experience – leaving Cambodia and entering Thailand is hard work. Explore intimated that this was to save money. Other reviewers have stated that an internal flight (Siem Reap to Bangkok) is not that expensive and would give more time to explore Bangkok.

Cambodia (1): we were met off the power boat in Phnom Penh by 2 Explore reps. Other than get us on the bus and to the hotel – they did nothing else of note. Binh did all the work. A potential cost saving by having just one?

Cambodia (2) like other reviewers I think time is at a premium when we arrive in Cambodia and it is allocated as free time. Given that the Killing Fields is a place that pretty much everyone wants to visit – it would be much easier if this was included or organised.

This may be uncomfortable reading but none of us on the trip were impressed with the Explore rep in Thailand (Tui). She spend those last few days travelling with us. But aside from commentary around the Grand Palace, she did very little in the way of being a tour guide or interacting with us. We did not see her at the beach resort at all. All I can recall her doing is to offer an over-priced trip that some families organised for themselves at a much cheaper price. It did stick in the throat that some of our tip money went to her because it was expected. So if they don’t do anything could Explore use some of that money towards an internal flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok?....

Thailand: Choice of beach resort – although very nice, aren’t there more interesting places to visit, to get a flavour of Thailand – and also somewhere that is easier / quicker to get to and from Bangkok?

The buffet / traditional dancing evening was average I think. Very touristy and a bit of lazy planning. I think this slot needs to be rethought.
Confirmed traveller: 16 April 2017
Published on: 09 June 2017
(8 out of 10)


The tour was a great mix of culture and activity. Our tour guide Binh was great. He made every effort to keep everyone happy and meet our needs and his stories around Vietnamese culture were great.

On the downside some of the bus trips were too long and would have been much better served with an internal flight (Siem Reap to Bangkok for example). Time in Bangkok was too limited and thus a flight may have enabled a more fulfilling visit.

There were two half days where we had optional visits but everyone on the Group wanted to do the same thing which makes me wonder whether these should be included as standard - one was the Killing Fields memorial in Phnom Penh the other was the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

This is a personal point but we found the hotels too similar. I like to feel like I've experienced more of a local culture so a mix of alternative accommodation / guest houses / homestays etc would be more up our street. We are experienced travelers and the families option is the main attraction for us so that our only child has other children to play with. The trip ticked all the boxes on that front as all the children got on well and ate together every night and played together at every opportunity.
Confirmed traveller: 15 April 2017
Published on: 22 April 2017
(8 out of 10)


We are a family of 5 - 3 children aged 17, 14 and 12. We had never visited Asia before and this holiday provided the opportunity to experience some wonderful sights. We particularly enjoyed our time in Vietnam visiting the Chu Chi Tunnels and also the cycling along the Mekong Delta seeing traditional crafts in operation. The Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia were stunning and well worth a visit and the Killing Fields was both emotional and moving. The children really enjoyed going to the primary school in Cambodia and playing football with the children and also the cooking experience.
We found the holiday quite tiring with the fairly packed itinerary and also found there was a lot of travel involved between the 3 countries. We would say that the trip, whilst being aimed at families, is probably better suited to families with older children in view of the amount of travel.
Confirmed traveller: 27 August 2016
Published on: 17 September 2016
(9 out of 10)


I would say this tour is an excellent way to visit Vietnam and Cambodia as a complete novice to this part of the world.

The itinerary is varied and includes activities that as independent travellers you wouldn't think of doing - such as the combined boat and cycling trip around the island. We loved the cyclo ride around the streets of Ho Chi Minh City too and felt surprisingly very safe. The visit to the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam was interesting. The Prison Museum and The Killing Fields of Cambodia were harrowing but we all agreed was important to see and understand more about what happened. Tarantulas, silkworms and crickets were on the menu so of course we had to try - delicious!! Cannot recommend the buffet/traditional dancing evening- the food ran out shortly after we'd ordered our drinks and what we had was cold.

The temples in Siem Reap were fabulous.

We felt the rest day after visiting the temples would have been better spent in Thailand as would the full day of travelling from Siem Reap to Bangkok. The two and a half hour queue in passport control was unpleasant! Flying into Bangkok would have been much quicker and by all accounts not expensive.

We would have enjoyed a little longer in Bangkok but the rest and relaxation at the beach hotel in Thailand was thoroughly enjoyed and a lovely way to end the holiday. We enjoyed jumping on the hotel bikes and exploring along the beach and stopping off at restaurants for lunch, dinner and massage!
Confirmed traveller: 06 August 2016
Published on: 03 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


The Family Saigon to Bangkok Explorer Adventure trip has EVERTHING, ancient monuments - where modern day classic films have been set (Ta Prohm within Angkor), through to political history in the form of the VietCong tunnels where the war was savagely waged. In addition we learned about the reign of terror that Phol Pot waged and visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields. On a happier note we got to use our culinary hands at making rice paper in Vietnam, and cooking an entire Cambodian meal from ingredients bought at the market. Also we visited a Cambodian school to see how children learn - and had a football game with them. After that we had a relaxing 3 days on a beach in Thailand. Along the way we ate spiders, lizards, worms, crickets and cockroaches, and we travelled by bicycle, cyclo, speedboat, tuk tuk,coach and kayak, visiting floating markets, temples and night markets. No matter what, the people we met were happy and giving. What a fantastic trip, really lived up to its name.
Confirmed traveller: 06 August 2016
Published on: 28 September 2016
(9 out of 10)


Austin, TX
Wow, this was as great trip! All of the experiences in Vietnam and Cambodia were amazing! And our tour guide Doan (whom we had in Vietnam and Cambodia) was wonderful! We didn't really get to know our tour guide in Thailand. While I'm sure he was great, I think this was a negative of the trip as it would have been nice to have one tour guide throughout the trip.

In Vietnam, we learned so much about the Vietnam War by visiting the War Museum and the CuChi tunnels. My children really enjoyed going to the markets and seeing and trying interesting new foods, especially the insects. The floating markets we visited by boat were so enjoyable too. Biking down the Mekong Delta and making rice paper with a wonderful villager was one of the highlights for all of us. Lunch on the Mekong Delta was lovely as well!

In Cambodia, we were blown away by the many temples that we saw, such as Angkor Wat and Ta Phrom. I loved the cooking class where we made a chicken curry, spring rolls, and a banana rice pudding dessert. The Killing Fields were really, really tough to stomach, but I am so glad we had the opportunity to learn more about them.

Unfortunately the itinerary in Thailand left a lot to be desired. Starting with the long bus journey into the country and the 2 hour wait in line (with no a/c) for passport control. Then we had less than 24 hours in Bangkok, which was a shame as there is so much to see and do there. And the last few nights at the Green Beach really felt like a less than stellar representation of Thailand. Seems a shame that Explore would choose to go there instead of one of the beautiful beaches down south or the elephant sanctuaries up in Chang Mai. This to me would be way more interesting and give a better highlight of Thailand than what is currently on the Thailand itinerary.
Confirmed traveller: 30 July 2016
Published on: 03 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


Having not travelled with Explore before we found this particular trip to be beyond any of our expectations. This was a well organised tour with exceptional guides, being Binh and P.A who were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and most helpful. Everything to us was a highlight the only tip I can give is when we stayed at Chau Pho hotel we were given a room at the front of the hotel. Unfortunately, there is a night club directly opposite which kept us awake most of the night. So please could you make sure everybody is placed at the back of the hotel.

Can I make a special mention about P.A who was our guide in Thailand. He was incredibly helpful and went above and beyond to to make sure everybody was happy. Sadly, there was one member in our group who made it especially difficult at times and the rest of the group were very distressed to hear that a complaint had been put forward to Explore. Under no circumstances did we feel this complaint was justified. P.A does not warrant this treatment in any way.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2016
Published on: 16 April 2016
(9 out of 10)


Kingston upon Thames
Fantastic introduction to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with an excellent guide/tour leader. Varied activities all fun - boat trips, cycling, rickshaw trips, temples, school visit, cooking course, market shopping, delicious food etc BUT there is a LOT of travelling with nearly every day an early start. Be prepared for adventure but not much rest!

Hotels were much better than I expected and having a pool ( as several did) provides a welcome cool-down as weather in April extremely hot. Highlights: unexpectedly fell in love with Vietnam which has quite a different character to other two countries... And Siem Reap temples, spectacular and other-worldly. 'Explore' is the word.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2016
Published on: 14 April 2016
(10 out of 10)


The highlight of trip was the Mekong Delta and all the different activity options there (boating, cycling, cooking). Overall there was so much to do and see that nobody had the chance to say "I'm bored". Great experience with a lovely group of people
Confirmed traveller: 03 January 2016
Published on: 07 January 2016
(9 out of 10)


There were so many special moments it is hard to pick out just a few, but one of the highlights for us has got to be cycling in the Vietnamese countryside during a heavy downpour. Amazing scenery, got to meet local people and spend some time in their houses. Also the Tuk Tuks, meeting the schoolchildren in Phnom Penh, the sights and sounds of the local markets and of course the amazing temples in Cambodia! Be prepared for early starts and full days, this is an adventure that fits lots in and is great fun. At the end of it we could not believe that we had done so much in two weeks.
Confirmed traveller: 02 January 2016
Published on: 05 January 2016