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    15 Days - Laos Bicycle Holiday

    15 days – Luang Prabang – Pakbeng – Oudomsay – Nong Khiaw – Xieng Thing – Muang Kham – Namneaum – Muang Kham – Phonsavan – Thathon – Paksan – Vientiane.
     
    15 days – Laos Bicycle holiday  loop have 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 Ancient  Capital of Laos  - Luang Pabang looks into north east, we cycle through scenic beauty and breathtaking scenery in rural of Laos and Vietnam boundary
     
    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 904  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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    15 days – Luang Prabang – Pakbeng – Oudomsay – Nong Khiaw – Xieng Thing – Muang Kham – Namneaum – Muang Kham – Phonsavan – Thathon – Paksan – Vientiane.
     
    15 days – Laos Bicycle holiday  loop have 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 Ancient  Capital of Laos  - Luang Pabang looks into north east, we cycle through scenic beauty and breathtaking scenery in rural of Laos and Vietnam boundary
     
    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 904  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:Luang Prabang Arrival:

    Welcome to Luang Prabang – the former capital. Our crew will greet you and escort you to the hotel. After checking in,  our guide  will do briefing itinerary for your group before taking some time getting oriented with your hotel and enjoy the evening taking in new sights and sounds at the night market.
    Summary:
    Activity: On boat to Pakbeng
    Accommodation: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge***
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: No
     

    Day 2: Luang Prabang – KuangSi Waterfall

    Luang Prabang is known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Witness the morning ritual by hundreds of monks from the various monasteries as they walk through the streets collecting alms.
    After breakfast, we cycle to Kuangsi waterfall, on the way visit villages, see the local people work in the rice fields and local activities. After 30 km riding enjoy swimming at the waterfall then we have lunch at the local restaurant. Optional driving or cycling back to town.
    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:
    Activity: On boat to Pakbeng
    Accommodation: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge***
    Meals B/L/D
    Cycling distance: 65 Km
     

    Day 3: Boat to Pakbeng                                                      

    After recharging energy for breakfast, we jump on slow public boat on Mekong River up north to Pakbeng to meet our minibus, bikes and guide to start cycle the next day.
    Mekong River, the longest river in Southeast Asia, the 7 longest in Asia and the 12 longest in the world, which flows from China along the Lao/Burma border, the Thai Lao border before turning east and running through the heart of Laos. Boat journey takes around 7 - 8 hours look out for water buffalo and villagers doing their laundry as well as hundreds of smiling children enjoying the river. We finally reach our destination the small town of Pakbeng where we start our cycling the next day.
    Summary:
    Activity: On boat to Pakbeng
    Accommodation: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge***
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: No
     

    Day 4:  Pakbeng to Oudomsay

    Following to breakfast in hotel, we take transfer one hour to cycling point. Upon arrival of meeting place. we are cycling in very rural Lao. An area inhabited by hill tribe villages who eke a meagre existence from the land. Along the way you will pass villages of Phu Thai, Thai Lu, Hmong, Thai Dam, Lao and Khamu. The people are very friendly and yet not tourist tired. We stop at weaving villages along the way, where you still see families sitting in the shade weaving on old looms. After cilimbing a 300 meter pass, a long descent bring you in Udomxai the capital of the Udomxai Province. Over Night in hotel .
    Summary:
    Activity:  Transferring and Cycling to Hotel
    Accommodation: Charming Laos Hotel****
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: 70 Km
     

    Day 5: Udomsay - Nong Kiaw

    Setting off out way to  the jungle stretches of this spectacular route, although hilly it soon gives way to gentler gradient and opens to magnificent scenery and a 30 km downhill ride to Pak Mong. This is a small supply depot town. This is one of the more difficult days of the trip, so either challenge yourself or take an enjoyable ride in the vehicle.
    Summary:
    Activity: Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
    Accommodation: Pakxang Resort****
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: 110 Km
     

    Day 6: Nongkiaw – Viengkham

    After breakfast we start riding further north, the riding today is harder but the road is very quiet, we ride through the villages at the country side of Laos, the living condition of people in this area is still poor and very basic, we stay overnight in a small town of Viengkham
    Summary:
    Activity:  Cycling from hotel to Hotel
    Accommodation:Guesthouse
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: 51Km
     

    Day 7: Viengkham – Viengthong

    Breakfast today is prepared by our guide at the local restaurant, today is long day and hard day, the first climb is about 19 km from town (town: 538 m, peak: 1265 m above sea level)   after the top is about 18 km almost descent, there are two big climbs today and the others are shorter hills. Lunch pack will be prepared by our guide and we stop by the road when we feel hungry, after the last climb of 17 km we cycle the last descent to the town, where we stay overnight.
    After arrival in Vieng Thong, freshen up before walking to nearby hot springs 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 small town's only restaurant and overnight at simple guesthouse.
    Summary:
    Activity: Cycling  from hotel to Hotel
    Accommodation:  Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: 81Km
     

    Day 8: Viengthong – Namnern

    Rising early from the noise at sunrise from the hilltribe market directly in front of our guesthouse. After browsing the market, we'll begin biking after breakfast, a beautiful section on the way to Namneun. Today we ride National route No 1c between Vieng Thong and Namneun passing through the beautiful jungle and forest scenery of two National Parks with lush green mountains over three passes, there are some tigers but we have never met them on the way except the local people meet them in the deep forest far away from people.
    After departing Vien Thong, cycling on flats until reaching our first challenge, a 2,400 foot climb (that we can drive up), before descending to a winding river valley road, we turn right at the junction to Xamnua province and ride the last long downhill to Namneun we stay overnight.
    Summary:
    Activity: Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: 70 Km
     

    Day 9: Namnern – Muangkham

    After breakfast at the local restaurant we cycle through the hill tribe villages and high mountains, there are many big climbs, lunch will be brought from the town we stay last night and we stop by the road when we hungry.
    Summary:
    Activity: Cycling from Hotel to Hotel
    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: 90 Km
     

    Day 10: Muangkham - Phonsavan

    Breakfast today at the local and we cycle to Phonsavan, the road today is less steep compare to the last days, if we cycle faster we would have lunch in Phonsavan, we would arrive Phonsavan in the afternoon, after check in hotel free to relax at your hotel or discover a small town by foot or bike, I recommend visit the UXO information center to see all information about secret war in Laos during Indochina war.  
    After lunch, we drive out of town for 8 km to see the plain of jars. The history of the 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 the communist government and anti-communist government in 1964 – 1973
    Summary:
    Activity:  Cycling from Hotel - hotel
    Accommodation: Favanhmai Hotel****
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: 52Km
     

    Day 11: Phonsavan – Exploring

    The Plain Of Jars is probably South East Asia’s most enigmatic tourist attraction. There are hundreds of huge stone jars scattered across several square miles. While most ancient Asian sites, such as the Angkor temples in Cambodia, have revealed many of their secrets, historians are still completely baffled as to where the jars came from, how old they are and what they signify. They are, in short, jars of a deeply spooky nature. We will visit the 2 most interesting sites by bicycle.
    Summary
    Activitiy: Cycling and visiting
    Accommodation:  Favanhmai Hotel****
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total distance: 38Km
     

    Day 12: Phonsavan – Tha Thom

    After breakfast, we continue the cycling adventure with a visit of Mouang Khoune the former capital city of Xieng Khouang province and several stops visiting minority villages of hill tribes.The newly built road behind Mouang Khoune links Phonsavan and Paksan. We stay for overnight at Tha Thom.
    Summary:
    Activity:  Cycling from hotel - hotel
    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: 80 Km
     

    Day 13: Tha Thom – Paksan

    On this new day we follow the new road leaving the previous mountainous area to the low lands until we arrive in Paksan, the small town on the border of the mighty Mekong.
    Summary:
    Activity:Cycling  from Hotel to Hotel
    Accommodation:  Paksan Hotel
    Meals: B/L/D
    Total cycling distance: 90 Km
     

    Day 14: Paksan – Vientiane

    Having hearty breakfast in hotel, we commence  cycling from Hotel, looking forward to tranquil city- Vientiane. Cycling on scenic and undulating route, passing many cozy hill tribes village and stunning farms along Mekong  River. Stop on the way to experience brilliant scenery. Have lunch enroute. After lunch, we set off our way to City.Visit famous places in Vientiane including Vat Si Saket, Ho Prakeo, Vat Si Muang, That Luang, Patuxai. Late in the afternoon, enjoy cycling tours in Laos along the Mekong River to enjoy brilliant sunset over the city. Overnight in hotel.
    Summary:
    Activities:Cycling and Transferring the last distance
    Accommodation: Don Chan Palace Hotel and Convention****/ Dhavara Boutique Hotel/ Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance:100 Km/ 149 km
     

    Day 15: Vientiane -

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure . our services will be ended. Thanks for joining amazing cycle trip with us.
    Summary:
    Activities:Transferring to Airport
    Accommodation:No
    Meals:B/
    Cycling distance:No
     
    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
    • 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 Related 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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