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Thailand,Vietnam , Cambodia , Laos September 2013?

26 Jan 2013 Maggie asked


Hey Everyone
Im thinking of booking the big indochina adventure in september 2013. Has anyine been or is going on this tour? Iv only read up a bit on weather but it seem to be monsoon around this time?

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  • 3 Feb 2013 Explorer1180821 said


    me and my partner are doing the tour this year july 28th

  • 3 Feb 2013 Franz said


    I don’t qualify sadly anymore for Contiki but It’s well worth it as a once in a lifetime experience.It’s the Dry season I think at that time of year.I suggest before you book look around at a couple of other companies that offer similar tours for less money and get a price comparison.You will be surprised.

  • 3 Feb 2013 Jen said


    My flatmate and I are doing this one 15th September – can’t wait!

  • 5 Feb 2013 Maggie said


    @Jen if i do go ahead i will also be doing the 15th September tour where are you travelling from? There seems to be an awful lot of information regarding visas required which is turning me off a bit.
    Have you looked into that yet Explorer 1180821?

    @ Franz i have done 2 contikis before so im kinda sticking to what i know more so than anything plus you get a discount for each tour you book….

  • 5 Feb 2013 Jen said


    I’ll be flying from Heathrow – the visas aren’t too bad when you look into them. It seems quite straightforward to get them and the most expensive one is about $20 (or it was when we looked it up a while back!)

  • 5 Feb 2013 Maggie said


    Iv had a trawl through a few discussions on here today and it seems the only one you need to get in advance (or is less hassle) is Vietnam… seemingly its cheaper and easy to get cambodia and Laos visas on arrival…..

  • 25 Feb 2013 Steveybaby said


    hey im thinking for doin this tour around your dates, ive been looking at other tour companies and they are a tad cheaper but they dont guareentee whos on your trip, id rather pay extra and have a higher chance of getting younger travellers.

  • 26 Feb 2013 Maggie said


    Hey Steve! Contiki is a great way to do a tour and be guaranteed the younger age group… plus the more tours you do the more discounts you get. I changed tour to the Vietnam Experience as my travels plans changed slightly but it will be my 3rd tour overall and they are fantastic :) Go for it!

  • 27 Dec 2013 thu said


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