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    15 Days - Amazing cycling Holiday through Laos

    Cycling route; Vientiane – Paksan – Tha Si – Muang Khuon – Phonsavan – Muang Kham – Namneuan -  Xieng Thong – Muang Kahm – Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang – Kiew ka Cham – Kasi – Vang Vieng – Vientiane:
     
    15 days – Laos Bicycle holiday loop  has been inspected and conducted in the Land of Million Elephants – Laos.
    Joining our amazing bicycle trip the riders have great opportunity to explore and experience comprehensive  view of people , Culture and landscapes .
     
    Our cycling trip will start from Vientiane – the Capital of Laos looks into north, we cycle through scenic beauty and breathtaking scenery in rural of Laos.
     
    Experencing unique culture and national heritage when we cycle and stop in Laos world Heritages sites  such as Plain of Jars in Phonsavan – Luang Prabang – The Ancient  Capital of Laos .
    In addition, we will cycle through untouched region where rarely foreign tourists come, stay in standand guesthouse in small town in each night.
     
    We also challenge some incredible passes with winding route and sharp bends, twisting among soaring limestone mountains.  Admiring picturesque panorama when we ride through tropical forest and nature reserve.
     
    Joining and interacting with local people in morning markets to understand their daily life or trying whisky Laos in local restaurant.
     
    we cover nearly 928 kilometres in 15 cycling days and much of the terrain is quite hilly and toughfor the days up on the plateau. The road surfaces are mixed: most days we ride on reasonably good quality asphalt roads, but there are enough rides on dirt tracks to mean you will need a mountain bike with front shocks. There is nothing technical involved on this tour and anyone, assuming they are fit enough, will be able to join no matter how little cycling experience they have. This trip is fully supported and is stacked with local fruit, snacks, ice water and drinks.
     

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    Cycling route; Vientiane – Paksan – Tha Si – Muang Khuon – Phonsavan – Muang Kham – Namneuan -  Xieng Thong – Muang Kahm – Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang – Kiew ka Cham – Kasi – Vang Vieng – Vientiane:
     
    15 days – Laos Bicycle holiday loop  has been inspected and conducted in the Land of Million Elephants – Laos.
    Joining our amazing bicycle trip the riders have great opportunity to explore and experience comprehensive  view of people , Culture and landscapes .
     
    Our cycling trip will start from Vientiane – the Capital of Laos looks into north, we cycle through scenic beauty and breathtaking scenery in rural of Laos.
     
    Experencing unique culture and national heritage when we cycle and stop in Laos world Heritages sites  such as Plain of Jars in Phonsavan – Luang Prabang – The Ancient  Capital of Laos .
    In addition, we will cycle through untouched region where rarely foreign tourists come, stay in standand guesthouse in small town in each night.
     
    We also challenge some incredible passes with winding route and sharp bends, twisting among soaring limestone mountains.  Admiring picturesque panorama when we ride through tropical forest and nature reserve.
     
    Joining and interacting with local people in morning markets to understand their daily life or trying whisky Laos in local restaurant.
     
    we cover nearly 928 kilometres in 15 cycling days and much of the terrain is quite hilly and toughfor the days up on the plateau. The road surfaces are mixed: most days we ride on reasonably good quality asphalt roads, but there are enough rides on dirt tracks to mean you will need a mountain bike with front shocks. There is nothing technical involved on this tour and anyone, assuming they are fit enough, will be able to join no matter how little cycling experience they have. This trip is fully supported and is stacked with local fruit, snacks, ice water and drinks.

     

    Day 1: Vientiane – Paksan

    Warmly greeted by our crew at Wattay international airport in Vientiane capital, after immigration formalities drive to the town visit  That Luang stupa,  the oldest and largest stupa in Laos and the other sites by preference before driving to our destination of Paksan. 
    After check in hotel free at leisure and relax on your own or you can do the cycling around the town. Stay overnight at hotel in town
    The provincial capital of Bolikhamsai is Paksan, locates in the middle part of the country a blip of a town that sits at the confluence of the Nam San and Mekong rivers almost opposite the small Thai town of Bueng Kan, visible across the river. The provincial capital is a sleepy transportation hub, mostly just used as a place to stay before heading along the back road to Phonsavan or across the border into Thailand.
    Summary:
    Activities: Transferring, warming up cycling
    Accommodation; Sokbounma Hotel**
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Distance: 160 km (approximately 3 hours driving)
     

    Day 2: Paksan – Thasi

    Having hearty breakfast in hotel, we hop up our bike from hotel, , we turn left from main road No. 13 south head east in the direction to Vietnam along the main road in remote area, on the way we’ll pass a small town of Muang Bolikhan and villages almost they are Lao low landers. Picnic lunch will be brought from restaurant in Paksan and we will find the good place when we are hungry.We stay overnight at Thasi village, dinner at local restaurant
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation;  Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Cycling Distance:  80 km
     

    Day 3: Thasi – Muangkhoun

    Our guide will prepare breakfast for the group, after breakfast, we continue our journey to our destination of Muangkhoun, the road at the first section is gentle and surrounded by beautiful scenery, we pass the paddy fields and dry rice field (slash and burn cultivation) and villages at remote area some are Kmu (up lander people). We find lunch stop by the road when we are hungry. The last section of 30 km is hilly, we start climbing up to 1200 m on top of the highest point for today, optional drive to the top or transfer to last section to our destination depending on the time.  Overnight at the guesthouse in Muang Khoun.
    Muang Khoun the old capital of Xiengkhouang which was heavily damaged during the Indochina war all houses and temples were bombed and burned in 1963 - 1973.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation;  Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Attitude: 300 m – 1200 m above sea level
    Cycling Distance: 110 km
     

    Day 4: Muangkhoun – Phonsavan

    Today is short day, after breakfast we continue riding to the capital district of Xiangkhuang province (Phonsavan). On the way we turn from the main road to visit the plain of jars form site 2 and site 1. We stop for lunch at the local restaurant before cycle to the town and after check in hotel free to explore the small town on your own, we recommend visit the UXO center (unexploded ordnance), we stay overnight at the hotel in town.
    The history of the stone jars (ancient stone jars) remain a mystery today, there are more than 60 sites, scattered in different group all across the plateau. Only three groups have been surveyed and assigned registration. The other groups have not yet been surveyed because the locations are covered with thick bushes and contaminated by many remaining UXOs (Unexploded ordinances) leftover from the Indo-China war. The highest jar is more than 3 meters. There are several difference theories as to the purpose of the jars, which are estimated to be 2500 – 3000 years old. According to local legend, King Khoun Chuang had them constructed in order to store wine for the big celebration of his victory in the 6th century.
    Phonsavanh used to be the battled field between Lao communist government and royal government in 1964 – 1973.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel – hotel and visiting
    Accommodation;  Vansana hotel or Favanhmai Hotel****
    Meals: B/L/D
    Attitude: 1060 m – 1100 m above sea level
    Cycling Distance: 40 km
     

    Day 5: Phonsavan – Muangkham

    Today is short day so we don’t have to start early; we turn right on direction to Vietnam border, on the way we stop at Hmong villages (high lander) and stop for photo of rice fields, riding today is not very hard, the road is up and down hills, we reach our destination a small town of Muangkham in the afternoon, optional cycle to visit the cave, local people shelteredduring Indochina war, it was shot by the rocket from the royal Lao air force, more than 300 villagers were killed in the cave because of Napalm bomb. Overnight at the guesthouse and dinner at the local restaurant.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation;  Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Attitude: 1100 m – 650 m above sea level
    Cycling Distance: 51 km
     

    Day 6: Muangkham – Namneuan

    After breakfast at the local restaurant, we head north at the junction to Vietnam border, the road today is quiet, after 5 km undulating road from our guesthouse we start the big climb of 15 km at 1500 m above sea level on the top, after water stop we cycle downhill and the next climb is shorter. Picnic lunch will be brought by our guide and we stop for lunch on the way when we fell hungry. The last section of 20 km we cycle downhill from the attitude of 1400 m – 500 m above sea level to Namneuan village where we stay overnight.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation;  Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Attitude: 600 m – 1500 m above sea level
    Cycling Distance: 86 km
     

    Day 7: Namneuan – Xiengthong

    Breakfast today is prepared by our guide at the local restaurant, today is short day but big climb, after breakfast we leave Namnuean and start the first big climb of 7 km from 600 – 1000 m to the junction to Vietnam border and we turn left to Viengthong, we cycle through the hill tribe villages on the quiet road, we stop at the villages to see the local life style and see they work in the rice fields, it is very strange for local to see Fa Lang (foreigner) ride the bicycle on the long distance. After the top we cycle long downhill to the bottom, from the bottom we continue riding up and down hill before the top and the last 18 km from the top we cycle downhill to the to the Viengthong where we stay overnight.
    After arrival in Xiengthong, freshen up before walking to nearby hot springs to douse worn legs before exploring the small town set on the Nam Khan River and largely inhabited by a collection of hill tribes particularly Hmong and "lowland" Lao. Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight at guesthouse.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation;  Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Attitude: 600 m – 1550 m above sea level
    Distance: 66 km
     

    Day 8: Xiengthong – Nongkiaw

    Today is long day over the "Laotian Alps," rising early from the noise at sunrise from the hill tribe market directly in front of our hotel. After browsing the market, we'll begin biking after breakfast. Today we ride National route No 1c between Viengthong and Viengkham passing through the beautiful jungle and forest scenery of two National Parks with lush green mountains over three passes. After departing Viengthong, cycling on flats until reaching our first challenge, a 500 m climb, before descending to a winding river valley road for about 10 km to the bottom, from the bottom the road is gentle, we stop for lunch under the tree by the road, the last climb is about 15 km to the top before descending to Viengthong where we stop riding and transfer the rest to our destination of Nongkiaw.
    Muang Ngoi (Nongkiaw) was controlled by the communist before 1975 and the province was under control of Pathet Lao. During Vietnam War, people in this area hid in the caves in the day times and worked at night because of continuous bombing (land mines remain in the area).
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation;  Guest House
    Meals:B/L/D/
    Attitude: 700 m – 1300 m above sea level
    Cyling distance: 100km/ 168 Km
     

    Day 9: Nongkiaw – LuangPrabang

    Today we'll ride the initial, quiet and scenic section out of Luang Prabang which after 30 km, joins a larger road with traffic coming in from China, mostly flat with short rollers. After 80 km riding on undulating road or drive some section to Mekong River, we have lunch at the local restaurant at the confluence of Nam Ou River, after lunch we cross the Mekong River to the other side to visit the renowned Pak Ou caves. Located beside the river, the cave is filled with Buddha images and is a sacred place of worship for locals.
    After the caves, optional riding or drive the rest 30 km to LuangPrabang. In the late afternoon we arrive Luang Prabang,
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation; The  Sanctuary Hotel
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Attitude: 400 m – 300 m above sea level
    Distance: 140 km
     

    Day 10: LuangPrabang

    Today explore the world heritage town, get up at 6:00 AM to view traditional alms procession of monks passing slowly through town, and afterwards visit local market before get back to your hotel for breakfast then cycle to visit the former royal temple of Vat Xiangthong and former royal palace (museum) also exploration of the town. Late afternoon climb up Phousi mount to see panoramic view of town and sunset.
    Luangprabang is the oldest city in Laos, and before the 16th century it was the capital city of the land of million elephants (Laos). The town is a beautifully preserved and in 1995 it was added to UNESCO`s World heritage list.
    Summary:
    Activities:  Free to explore Ancient City
    Accommodation; The Sanctuary Hotel****
    Meals:B/L/D/
    Cycling distance: No
     

    Day 11: LuangPrabang – Kasi

    We drive out of town along route 13 heading south to Phoukhoun town and cycle to the restaurant with the best panoramic view on top of mountain. After having lunch we will continue down route 13 ,this 25 km descent is one of the best in southeast Asia, we will enjoy a most excellent after noon ride. We then have a short climb before a flat ride into Kasi where we stay over night.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation; Vanphisit guesthouse
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Elevation: Phoukhoun = 1340 m. Kasi = 405 m
    Cycling Distance:  100 km/ 150 Km
               

    Day 12: Kasi – Vangvieng

    We should be able to do today’s ride in a single morning leaving extra relaxation time in Vanvieng. We continue along route 13 and although there are some short climbs most of the ride is downhill or flat. The scenery is just beautiful and you should really enjoy stretching your legs. We will stop for refreshments a few times along the way, but we make a main stop after 50 km at a big village of Ban Phatang. The last 18 km is a fast flat ride among the spectacular limestone mountains. We will reach the hotel in time to enjoy lunch overlooking the river. The afternoon is free to explore the town or take a swim in the river. Vangvieng has a lively traveler’s scene with all the usual accompanying facilities: e-mail, pubs, pizza and many young foreigners. 
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation; Vang Vieng Boutique Resort
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Elevation: Kasi = 405 m. Vangvieng = 280 m
    Cycling Distance: 55 km
     

    Day 13: Vang Vien Multi Sport

    Floowing to hearty breakfast in hotel, we commence our multi adventure tour  by exploring the hidden cave, and the surrounding villages. We become part of this unbelievable landscape of rock, jungle and rivers. In the afternoon, we paddle by kayak back to Vang Vieng. The area offers other options as well, such as extensive hikes, further cave exploration and enjoyment of the expansive landscape.
    Summary:
    Activities:  Multi adventure tour
    Accommodation; Vang Vieng Boutique Resort
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Kayaking and hiking activities
     

    Day 14: Vangvieng – Vientiane

    After breakfast we continue riding along the route 13 and stop for refreshment every 20 or 25 km. The rest of the morning is along undulating roads to Hinherb village. After 69 km we reach a long bridge, we stop for lunch in a restaurant. The afternoon ride is along fast flat roads. After 83 km before we get into a small town of Phonhon we stop cycling and load our bike in the van and drive the rest to our destination Vientiane capital where we stay overnight.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation; Golden Laos Hotel****
    Meals: B/L/D/
    Altitude: Vangvieng = 280 m. Phonhon = 190 m
    Cycling distance: 100 km/ 150 Km
     

    Day 15: Vientiane Departure

    Having breakfast in Hotel, you will be free at leisure until departure time. Our guide will meet you again and  escort you to airport to catch flight onwards. Our services wil be ended. Thanks for joining amazing bicycle trip with.
    Summary:
    Activities: Transferring toInternational Airport
    Accommodation;  Onward
    Meals: B/L
    Transferring distance: 30 Km
     
    Note: Hotels  are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent  accommodation
    Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Snail Adventure tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.
     
    Tour include in

     

    • English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
    • Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
    • Meals details in itineraries ( 14breakfast, 14lunches, 14dinners)
    • A/C transfer/ and transportation
    • Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
    • Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
    • Trek mountain bikes – 4300  with disc brake and  helmets
    • Boat trip in Vang Vieng
    • Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
    • Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
    • First aid kit
    • Cold water box, small fresh towel.
    • Mineral water for drinking
    • Fruit and snack for cycling days

     
    Tour excluded in:

    • International airfare
    • Travel insurance
    • Items of personal nature
    • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
    • Mineral water beyond that supplied
    • Optional excursions
    • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
    • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
    • Visa fee
    • Departure  tax
    • Tip for team and guide

     
     
     
     
     

     Passport and visas

    As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
    Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.
    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
    LAOS:
    You can get your visa in advance, but a visa can easily be obtained on arrival at most airports from around 35-50USD (dependant on nationality). Please check with the consulate in your country for more details before you travel. If you are planning to get your visa at the airport we recommend bringing 2 passport size photos
     
    Medical and health information
    All Snail adventure Tours' Travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Our staff reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
     
    DENGUE FEVER:
    Rare instances of dengue fever have been reported in this region. This virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn.
    Food and dietary requirements
    While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your leader or local guide will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where and what to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility.
     
    Accommodation
    The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in your selected accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
    Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for your arrival, especially if you're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible, which means you won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, you can store your luggage and explore the new destination.
    If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
     
    Transport
    Boat, Minibus, Plane
     
    Money matters
    SPENDING MONEY:
    When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).
    We recommend USD100.00 for meals not included.
    The official currency of Laos is the Kip (LAK).
    However, USD are also widely used throughout Laos. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques can be difficult to change. Visa cash advances are available in major banks, and ATM's are now available in most towns. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels.

    DEPARTURE TAX
    All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
     
    CONTINGENCY FUNDS:
    We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result there may be some extra costs involved.
     
    Tipping
    If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier.
    The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
    Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
    Local guides: We suggest US$2-3 per day for local guides.
    Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-2 per day for drivers.
    In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.
     
    Packing
    What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).
    Many travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are also convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
    Our ultimate packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete packing list. Any other items that you wish to pack are at your own discretion; however, you should attempt to follow our suggested luggage weight limit of under 10kg/22lb. Some items on this list may not be necessary for your particular trip. What you bring will vary according to the trip style you’ve chosen, the countries you’re visiting and when you’re travelling. We recommend you check the details of your trip when deciding what to pack. 
    Please see the What to take section of your Trip Notes, which will detail any specific requirements for your trip and the type and size of luggage that can be taken. If you are travelling overland in a safari vehicle then there are often specific luggage dimensions that you must adhere to.
    Please carefully consider the weather and time of year that you plan to travel.\
     
    Travel documents

    • Passport
    • Visas required for this trip
    • Travel insurance including insurer details, 24 hr
    • emergency contact telephone number and policy number (even if you are travelling with credit card insurance)
    • Flight tickets, e-ticket
    • Trip confirmation voucher
    • Photocopies of important documents - to be kept separately (we recommend you keep a copy at home as well and email a copy to yourself)
    • Latest trip notes & other Intrepid country information
    • Spare passport photos
    • Youth/student card for travel discounts
    • Seniors card for travel discounts
    • International driving licence if you plan to hire a car
    • Diving licence

     
    Luggage
    On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you will not be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes). Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, though an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would be fine if you travel lightly. Please refer to the ‘What to take’ section of your Trip Notes for any specific luggage requirements. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient but we recommend your bag has carry straps. You will also need a daypack/bag to carry water and a camera etc. for daytrips.

    • Soft luggage, backpack or bag with wheels and straps
    • Daypack
    • Padlocks (and keys)
    • Personal health
    • First aid kit
    • Personal medication/prescriptions
    • Prescription glasses
    • Contact lenses and solution
    • High protection sunscreen (25+)
    • Lip balm/lip salve
    • Hat/wide brim hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Insect repellent
    • Antihistamine/insect bite cream
    • Antibacterial gel/wipes
    • Travel sickness tablets
    • Travel vaccination certificates
    • After-sun moisturiser
    • Anti-malaria pills (if recommended by doctor)
    • Aspirin and/or paracetamol
    • Rehydration powder (salts & glucose)
    • Anti-diarrhoea pills (consult your doctor for more detailed advice)

     
    Money matters

    • Money (cash/credit cards)
    • Travellers’ cheques - keep a note of the serial numbers of your traveller’s cheques and also the emergency contact numbers.
    • Keep these details separately from the cheques.
    • Your trip kitty (in cash)
    • Money belt or pouch
    • Pocket calculator (useful when exchanging money)

     
    Sleeping

    • Eye mask
    • Alarm clock
    • Ear plugs
    • Night clothes/sleepwear

     
    Clothing
    For longer trips we recommend you choose clothing that is easy to wash and fast drying. Women should bring a skirt that covers their knees and a scarf for visiting mosques, churches and other places of worship. Ex-military or military- style clothing and equipment is not recommended in many areas. If jungle trekking, or on a safari, it is recommend you wear beige, light green or light brown clothing. It’s also a good idea to bring some smarter clothes for nights out.

    • Warm anorak/sweater/microfleece
    • Long-sleeved top (for evenings when mosquitoes are out)
    • Long trousers (zip-off trousers are very versatile)
    • Jeans/trousers/shorts
    • T-Shirts/cotton shirts
    • Socks/underwear
    • Washing line
    • Bio-degradable washing detergent

     
    Camping

    • Inner sleep sheet
    • Travel pillow
    • Thermarest/personal mattress
    • Ground sheet (or polythene sheet) if you think you’ll be sleeping under the stars.
    • Warm sleeping bag (3 or 4 seasons)
    • Head torch/lamp

     
    Wet weather

    • Raincoat
    • Small Umbrella
    • Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking
    • Waterproof & windproof jacket
    • Waterproof trousers

     
    Walking or hiking

    • Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Hiking poles/walking sticks
    • Maps
    • GPS
    • Sightseeing
    • Binoculars
    • Camera equipment
    • Film or memory cards
    • Spare batteries/charger
    • Dust proof camera bag
    • Trekking socks

     
    Travel accessories

    • DVT socks
    • Scissors/army knife
    • Comfortable daypack to carry your personal needs during the day
    • Local language phrase book
    • Personal audio player
    • Portable games/playing cards
    • Reading material
    • Water bottle
    • Pen/paper
    • Travel pillow
    • Journal/diary
    • Cloth/reusable shopping bag to reduce plastic bags
    • Torch/flashlight
    • Water purification method & iodine taste neutraliser if required
    • Photos or postcards of your home country/family pets to share with locals
    • Electrical adapter for the country you are travelling to
    • Winter or extreme weather
    • Thermal underwear or base layers
    • Beanie/woolly hat/balaclava
    • Gloves (inner and outer layers)
    • Hand warmers (camping shops stop small packages that create a chemical reaction that generates heat)

     
    Personal items

    • Toiletries
    • Travel hair dryer
    • Shaving equipment
    • Bath towel
    • Mobile phone - check you have international roaming access
    • Rubber flip-flops for showers
    • Small mirror
    • Small sewing kit & safety pins

     
    Swimming

    • Swimming costume
    • Swimming towel
    • Snorkel & mask

     
     
    Climate and seasonal information
    FESTIVALS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:
    During public holidays and festival periods in Laos many businesses may close, transport may be extremely busy and travel times may increase. During these times please be patient and consider these moments as an opportunity to interact with the locals. Particularly worth noting are Laos New Year (3 days in mid April), Pchum Ben (3 days in mid October) and Water Festival (3 days in late November).
     
    Group Leader
    The aim of our local guides is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. On this Short Break Adventure you will get to enjoy the variety of having someone different for each day and/or activity. They will be able to provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and, where possible, introduce you to our local friends. You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
    Safety
    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    In addition to any included activities on your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Our local representative may be able to assist you with available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that our local representative has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
     
    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
     
    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.
     
    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
    A couple of rules
    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Snail Adventure Tours' Travelers. Our's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader or local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
    Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
     
    Travelling on a group trip
    As a single traveller on a Short Break Adventure you will always get your own accommodation. Unlike a group adventure we are unable to match single travellers up in order to share a twin room. Solo travellers will always need to pay the single room price for this Short Break.
    Please note many of our Short Break Adventures operate with a minimum of 1 person, so there may be instances where you are the only person on the trip.
     
    Travel Insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
    If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
     
    Responsible Travel
    We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.
     
    LOCAL DRESS:
    Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees by wearing sleeves and long trousers. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in areas of predominantly hot climate. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.

     

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