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Deborah Abrams May 05, 2015 at 03:23 PM

I took this trip in January 2015 and loved it! It was a memorable, once in a lifetime experience. I agree that bringing a water bottle is not necessary since bottles of chilled water were provided frequently. A sun hat and short sleeved shirts are helpful since the southern part of Viet Nam and Cambodia are hot. Pepto Bismol tablets also can be helpful. I had no stomach trouble, but several on my tour did and were helped by the tablets.

Nancy Brown May 05, 2015 at 03:17 PM

I just signed up for this tour for February 17 - March 2. Any other early-birds out there planning this far in advance?
I'm also interested in any tips that this year's travelers may have.
Nancy Brown May 05, 2015 at 03:19 PM

Nancy Brown May 05, 2015 at 03:20 PM

That is: February 17 - March 2, 2015
Peggy Fischel Sep 11, 2015 at 10:02 PM

Ann Garry Feb 28, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Just one small piece of advice--although the packing directions are in general terrific for this trip--you can skip packing a water bottle. In fact you are constantly being given bottles of water. (Yes I know we should reuse, but when you can't refill at the tap, you're going to open new bottles anyway.)

Sally Hart Jan 30, 2015 at 10:35 AM

My husband and I are going on the trip departing Feb. 4, and are wondering if there is a list of others who will be on this trip? Sally Hart

Ann Garry Jan 14, 2015 at 03:57 PM

We are going on the Feb 11-27, 2015 trip. I see we're in Vietnam during Tet. Is this a good or a bad thing (or mixed)? Thanks.
Carol Selinga Jan 27, 2015 at 10:08 AM

We are going on this trip as well. I have read it is a mix. Some places may close for the day
Carol Selinga Jan 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM

But lots of special activities during this time. We are leaving the day before from Bostonand staying at the Murcure. Anyone else leaving a day early?
Ann Garry Jan 27, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Thanks for your response. We''re arriving the night before at the Mercure,coming from LA.

Barbara Williams Dec 01, 2014 at 05:26 PM

I went on the November trip & thoroughly enjoyed it--here are some hints for those who are going in the future--no need to exchange money unless you are interested in "funny money"--American$ are accepted everywhere and are preferred. Bring clean unadulterated small bills 1s,5s,10s and some 20s depending on what you want to buy. Credit cards are taken at some of the more expensive places & hotels. But most things are on a cash basis. ATMs are available. Bring PeptoBismal in tablet form--as a physician, I prefer using it instead of imodium for diarrhea when source is unknown and it works well. Use bug spray or Off wipes around your ankles when visiting the Karsts at Halong Bay and at the CuChi Tunnels as well as Ankor Watt as many of us got flea or other insect bites around our ankles. Take many electrical adaptors as there are many types of receptacles. Take bathing suits as some hotels have quite nice pools & afternoon dips will be a welcome relaxation after a hot time sightseeing. If you buy a conical Vietnamese hat in Vietnam don't try to wear it in Cambodia!!
Candice Oen Dec 10, 2014 at 11:33 PM

You really got me with the hat advice! I would have been that person. And thanks for the useful tips.

Deborah Abrams Oct 04, 2014 at 01:40 PM

I will be participating in the program "People of the Mekong" beginning on January 14, 2015 and would love to hear from people who also are participating or have participated previously in this program.
Candice Oen Dec 14, 2014 at 08:22 AM

Hi, Deborah. I am going on the same program, traveling from New York and spending a few days in advance in Singapore.

Raymond Conroy Sep 03, 2014 at 05:18 PM

Am going to People of Mekong on Nov 5-21, 2014. Interested in making contact with others who are going. Also interested in feedback from others who already took this trip ... any advice?

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