Student Flights Consultant Rachel Sperring does Southeast Asia with Geckos and Intrepid

Published July 16th, 2015

We get the low-down on Rachel’s Southeast Asia highlights post her recent adventure through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with Geckos and Intrepid. And what an adventure! Taking in the sights and sounds of Ho Chi Minh City; winding along the Mekong Delta; travelling via bus through small villages in Cambodia; exploring the energetic city of Phnom Penh and so much more. The biggest highlights from the tour? The awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. The trip wraps up in Bangkok, but not before a boat ride past the opulent Grand Palace and some last minute shopping downtown.

Read all about Rachel’s adventure in a quick Q&A below...

Rachel at the incredible Angkor Wat


Best thing you ate on the trip? Coconut squishy balls from local market.

Strangest thing you ate on the trip? I didn’t try it, but I saw people eating tarantula!

Hot tip for Ho Chi Minh City? Don’t pay more than $2 for a pair of pants at the markets.

Group yoga pose!

Highlight of travelling along the Mekong Delta? The local people and the small boat trip.

Biggest history lesson from your trip? Learning about the S21 victims and the Killing Fields was a massive eye opener. It was so confronting, but an important (and sad) history lesson.

Favourite mode of transport during the trip? Tuk Tuk.

More group yoga poses

Most awe-inspiring site or landscape you came across? Angkor Wat .

One tip for someone going to Vietnam / Cambodia for the first time? Take appropriate clothes to visit temples, and it’s during the wet season (April-October),  lot’s of clothes because you’ll sweat through them all in the humidity! Also go to the local places not just the big cities.

More group happy snaps with out local guide at Angkor Wat

If you had more time, where would you have stayed longer? Vietnam for sure. I would love to go back and venture further up the coast.

"You have to see Angkor Wat first hand"

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Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.