Adventures in Indochine

Vietnam and Cambodia Private Journey

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

13 Days

From $4,595

Overview

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    Overview

    The intriguing world of Indochine beckons with marvelous landscapes, centuries of history, and a fascinating mix of cultures. On this Private Journey, explore vibrant Hanoi, with its 15th century Old Quarter, and enjoy the surreal beauty of Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay, with two overnights aboard your own private sailing junk. Heading along the South China Sea, stop at China Beach, where American soldiers spent “R&R” during the Vietnam War, and continue to the picturesque riverside town of Hoi An, with its wonderful markets and an option for bicycling along country lanes. After visiting the royal city of Hue, your grand finale is a visit to Cambodia's exquisite Angkor, an ancient temple city lost in the jungle. We also offer a wildly popular pre-trip extension to Laos to explore the ancient town of Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site of royal temples, and fascinating hilltribe markets. Enjoy daily activities with your regional private guides, who specialize in each area that you visit. Fun add-on options include a water puppet performance in Hanoi, a cooking class in the beautiful city of Hoi An, and a Cu Chi Tunnel Tour in Saigon.

    Arrive: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Highlights

    • Two-night cruise in the mystical karst landscapes of Halong Bay
    • Optional biking around enchanting Hoi An and Hue
    • Extraordinary temples of Angkor, a World Heritage Site

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      Thousand-year-old Hanoi is a fascinating city. The Old Quarter, the heart of Hanoi since the 15th century, is an incredible warren of winding streets and magnificent architecture. Explore on foot and by traditional cyclo-rickshaw with your private guide, visiting sites such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature. If you like, you can add on a water puppet performance, which is brought to life with Vietnam's traditional marionettes on a stage of water.
      The World Heritage Site of Halong Bay is a magical setting of thousands of sheer limestone islands soaring out of a jade-green sea. Explore Halong Bay aboard your own private sailing junk, staffed by a crew of at least five plus a private chef. Visit Surprise Cave, with its spectacular stalagmites, and beautiful Ho Dong Tien ("Fairy Lake Cave"), a flooded cave. Optional kayaking is available, and you can enjoy visits to sea grottoes, hidden lakes, and coves. Return to Hanoi for overnight on Day 5.
      You'll get a vivid sense of history as you walk the narrow streets of the picturesque town of Hoi An, a trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries and now a World Heritage Site. Explore nearby My Son, Vietnam's most evocative Cham archaeological site, and enjoy optional biking along country roads with your private guide. If you wish, you can add-on a private cooking school experience at Red Bridge Cooking School, set in three acres of lush tropical gardens and a highlight of the culinary scene in Hoi An.
      In Hue, Vietnam's cultural and religious capital, explore the Tam Giang Lagoon, the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen emperors, and the Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Citadel. Optional biking with your private guide is available. On Day 10, enjoy bustling Saigon, with its French colonial landmarkes, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office. An optional add-on includes a visit to Saigon's Cu Chi Tunnels, a legendary network of underground passageways from the Vietnam War (please note: if you would like to add this tour to your Private Journey, an additional overnight will be required in Saigon).
      Scattered across a tropical landscape, Cambodia's royal city of Angkor is one of the most extensive and awe-inspiring archaeolgical sites in the world, and a lasting testament to the glory of a bygone Khmer civilization. Explore this architectural masterpiece of breathtaking temples, and enjoy a sunset climb up Phnom Bakheng and sunrise over Angkor Wat for spectacular views. Depart on Day 13.
      • Water Puppet Performance
      • Private Cooking Class
      • Cu Chi Tunnel Tour

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: October to March. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      90 Days prior to departure: Balance

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $500 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of English-speaking private regional guides
      • Accommodations in comfortable hotels (first class or deluxe option) and aboard private junk
      • Meals as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Kayaks, paddles, PFDs (life jackets) on Halong Bay
      • Cannondale or TREK-style bicycles, helmets, and support van for optional bike routes
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to guides or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      La Siesta Hotel and Spa

      Hanoi, Vietnam

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      An oasis in Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter, La Siesta Hotel & Spa is just a 5-minute walk from Huan Kim Lake. This lovely boutique hotel features top-notch hospitality, stylish modern rooms, a spa, and an excellent breakfast buffet along with a full restaurant, The Red Bean. It's easy to...

      Private Junk

      Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      Traveling aboard a private junk (motor-sailer) in Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay is a wonderful way to capture the evening and early morning vistas of this magnificent World Heritage Site. Our modern boat is constructed of teak and bassia wood to resemble the centuries-old Chinese style, with its...

      La Siesta Hotel and Spa

      Hanoi, Vietnam

      Day 5 (1 night)

      An oasis in Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter, La Siesta Hotel & Spa is just a 5-minute walk from Huan Kim Lake. This lovely boutique hotel features top-notch hospitality, stylish modern rooms, a spa, and an excellent breakfast buffet along with a full restaurant, The Red Bean. It's easy to...

      Anantara Hoi An

      Hoi An, Vietnam

      Days 6-7 (2 nights)

      Set along the scenic Thu Bon River in Hoi An's French colonial quarter, the Anantara features three restaurants and guest rooms with one queen bed or two single beds and private balconies offering views of the gardens or river.

      Pilgrimage Village Hotel

      Hue, Vietnam

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      The Pilgrimage Village Hotel, on the outskirts of Hue, is an elegant haven of tranquility. The resort offers a serene country setting with tropical gardens and lily and lotus ponds. Spacious, well-appointed guest rooms feature garden or countryside views from private balconies. Need pampering? The spa offers an extensive range...

      Hotel Majestic Saigon

      Saigon, Vietnam

      Day 10 (1 night)

      Full of character and a sense of history, this classic French colonial-style hotel has maintained its old world glamour (it's been around since 1925). Located on the riverside, it's just a few steps away from the city's famous landmarks. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a rooftop bar, a...

      FCC Angkor Hotel

      Siem Reap, Cambodia

      Days 11-12 (2 nights)

      The boutique-style FCC Angkor Hotel is set on the leafy grounds of the French Ambassador's old mansion in the heart of Siem Reap. Even with its chic modern and minimalist decor, the hotel still exudes an old French colonial ambiance. Facilities include a saltwater swimming pool,...

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It is designed to offer an enjoyable, active vacation. All bicycling is optional, bike routes are on relatively flat terrain and you will always have a support van along should you decide not to bike (and to offer a cool, refreshing drink!).
      Review Trip Level Details

      October through March is the ideal season for travel in Vietnam and Cambodia. You will experience a range of temperatures and climates because Vietnam covers many climate zones.

      Vietnam lies within various climate zones, and where it may be cold and drizzly in Hanoi, it is very likely to be hot and steamy in Saigon: Hanoi in October, November, and March should be warm and pleasant (70s°F) during the days with pleasant evening temperatures (60s°F). Hanoi in December through February can be chilly (50s-60s°F) during the days with cold nights (50s°F) with the possibility of light rain and drizzle. Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay are typically a bit cooler, with the possibility of light rain throughout the year. Hue during October-March has a very varied climate (different from all other regions) that may include light drizzle, but can be very humid. Hoi An during October-March should be pleasant, sunny and warm (70s-80s°F) with nice sea breezes. Saigon during October-March (their "cool" season) will be quite hot and humid during the days (80s-90s°F) with warm, pleasant evenings (70s°F)—a climate similar to that of Bangkok.

      Cambodia (Angkor) during October-March (their "cool" season) is likely to be very hot and sunny during the days (80s-90s°F), but with warm, pleasant evenings (70s°F). The climate at Angkor is dryer than that of Saigon/Bangkok and therefore more pleasant. April through September is monsoon season in much of Southeast Asia, and therefore is not recommended for travel.

      If you do the Laos Extension, it is usually warm-hot (80s°F) during the days during October, November, and March, with lovely evening temperatures (60s°F). Laos in December-February will be cooler (70s°F), with cool-cold nights (50s°F). There is usually a small chance of rain during the "cool" season, which runs from November through early March, and weather for the most part should be sunny.

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      Client Testimonials

      "I thoroughly enjoyed the trip! Everything from the sites we saw, the activities we did, the guides we had, and the hotels in which we stayed. Our time in Vietnam was amazing."

      Amy G.

      Larkspur, CA

      "This was a fabulous trip. We got to see and learn so much, and had really wonderful accommodations and service. It was beyond anything I was expecting."

      Anne T.

      Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

      "Our guides were knowledgeable, personable, flexible, and very attentive in every way. We all appreciated not only their knowledge of history but also their open and honest comments about their countries' challenges."

      Carol B.

      Saint Louis, MO

      "We loved our trip, especially kayaking and three different bike experiences in three very different villages. Sunrise and sunset at Angkor Wat were great!"

      Fran & Merrill L.

      Encino, CA

      "This was our first Private Journey. I have just raved about the structure of the trip, the people involved, and the accommodations. Really wonderful."

      Gail L.

      Boulder, CO

      "The pacing, the logistics, the thought given to the sites visited, the hotels selected, the mix of activities, the opportunity for 'downtime,' the late check-out and early check-in at the hotels, the quality of the guides—all of these things made for a first-class experience and a spectacular vacation."

      Gillian F.

      Philadelphia, PA

      "The trip was fantastic. Guides, accommodations, drivers, overall service was excellent. We very much enjoyed the entire experience. Thank you!"

      Jane S.

      Newton, MA

      "I couldn’t have been happier—great itinerary and guides, everything was A+."

      Jeannette H.

      Lahaina, HI

      "I cannot think of one thing to change. It was terrific."

      Margaret C.

      Richmond, VA

      "We loved our trip!! Great hotels, itinerary, guides, and service."

      Richie H.

      Salt Lake City, UT

      "All five of our guides took the time to explain and show us things that they were proud of and found unique to their country. I felt they were sharing special secrets and stories that only we—as their guests—were being told."

      Ruarri T.

      Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

      "Everything about our private journey was outstanding, and we could not have been more pleased. All of our guides were excellent—very knowledgeable about their area, passionate about delivering a great experience for us, capable of explaining what we were seeing and experiencing and responding to our numerous questions. Interacting with and learning from our guides was itself a highlight of our journey. Kudos to the Wilderness Travel team!"

      Steven G.

      Evanston, IL

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our Trip Leaders (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground. <br><br>We recommend using <a href=\"https:\/\/www.whatsapp.com\/\">WhatsApp<\/a>, and suggest you download the free app and enter the local emergency contact number(s) in advance of your trip.<\/body>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><strong>TRAILS OF INDOCHINA<\/strong><br><strong>\nVietnam<\/strong><br>\nHanoi Office: (+84) 913 237 040<br>\nHue Office: (+84) 913 493 398<br>\nSaigon Office: (+84) 918 713 456 <br><br><strong>Cambodia<\/strong><br>\nSiem Reap Office: (+855-89) 666 527<\/body>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"vietnam-cambodia-angkor-wat-private-tour","Custom_Meta_Description":"With your private guide, explore charming Hanoi, experience surreal Halong Bay with an overnight aboard your own private boat, visit picturesque Hoi An and the royal city of Hue, with a grand finale at exquisite Angkor Wat.","Custom_List_Description":"With your private guide, explore charming Hanoi, experience surreal Halong Bay with an overnight aboard your own private boat, visit picturesque Hoi An and the royal city of Hue, with a grand finale at exquisite Angkor Wat.","Custom_Redirect":"","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"October to March","Custom_After_Dates":"","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Vietnam & Cambodia Private Tour | From Hanoi to Angkor Wat","Custom_Before_Days":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_1":"Optional Add-ons","Custom_After_Days_Text_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T14:07:17 --><ul><li>Water Puppet Performance <\/li><li>Private Cooking Class <\/li><li>Cu Chi Tunnel Tour<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_After_Days_Header_2":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_2":"","Custom_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"","Custom_References":"","Custom_Visit_Our_Website":"","Custom_Helpful_Links":"","Custom_Choosing_Right_Trip_Office_Contact":"","Custom_About_WT_Expeditions":"","Custom_Arrival_-_Sales":"","Custom_Departure_-_Sales":"","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"","Custom_Recommended_Hotels":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_2":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_2":"","Custom_About_Private_Journeys":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_5":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_5":"","Custom_file_name":"vietnam-and-cambodia-private-journey","Custom_Passport":"A valid passport is required for your trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Asia. In addition, we recommend your passport has at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\/passport_1738.html\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> (the service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016) or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisaexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is a good idea to carry a photocopy of the photo page of your passport as an additional piece of identification, as well as extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"<strong>Vietnam<\/strong><br>US citizens need a visa for Vietnam.<strong> Vietnam visas cannot be obtained upon arrival; you must obtain your visa prior to departure.<\/strong><br><strong><br>Electronic Visa (E-Visa)<\/strong>: <br>US citizens can apply for an e-visa for Vietnam through the Vietnam Government website: <a href=\"https:\/\/www.mfaic.gov.kh\/\">https:\/\/evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn\/.<\/a> <br><br>The current e-visa fee is $25 per person for a single-entry e-visa, or $50 per person for a multiple-entry visa. <br><br>The length of stay is valid for up to 90 days from the date you arrive in Vietnam, for either single or multiple entry. Once issued, the e-visa is valid for 6 months, so we recommend you apply approximately 3+ months prior to departure so that it is valid for your trip, but no more than 6 months from your entry date into Vietnam. <br><br>Please note that in order to obtain this e-visa, you must be able to upload a recent color passport photo and your current passport photo page from your computer. Once you complete the e-visa process, you should receive the visa in approximately three business days, via email. Once issued, you will also need to print the e-visa and bring it with you on your trip.<br><strong><br>Cambodia<\/strong><br>US citizens need a visa for Cambodia. <br><strong><br>Visa on Arrival (VOA):<\/strong><br>You can obtain your visa upon arrival at the Siem Reap airport. The current visa fee is $30 per person, and one passport photo is required. This fee must be paid in US cash, so please bring this with you.<br><strong><br>Electronic Visa (E-Visa):<\/strong><br>You can obtain your visa online, prior to arrival, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs &amp; International Cooperation of Cambodia: <a href=\"https:\/\/www.mfaic.gov.kh\/\">https:\/\/www.mfaic.gov.kh\/<\/a>. The current e-visa fee is $37 per person and is valid for single-entry. <br><br>Once on their website, please look for the \"Apply e-Visa\" button, which will lead you to the e-visa page and further instructions. Please note you must be able to upload a recent color passport photo and your current passport photo page from your computer. Once you complete the e-visa process, you should receive the visa in approximately three business days, via email. Once issued, you will also need to print the e-visa and bring it with you on your trip. <br><br>The length of stay is for 30 days from the date you arrive in Cambodia. Once issued, the e-visa is valid for 3 months, so we recommend that you apply once you are able, but not more than 3 months from your entry date into Cambodia.<br><strong><br>Laos (for optional extension)<\/strong><br>US citizens need a visa for Laos.<br><strong><br>Visa on Arrival (VOA):<\/strong><br>You can obtain your visa upon arrival at the Luang Prabang airport. The current visa fee is $36 per person, and one passport photo is required. This fee must be paid in US cash, so please bring this with you. <br><strong><br>Electronic Visa (E-Visa):<\/strong><br>If you prefer, you can obtain your Laos visa online, prior to arrival, through the Lao Government e-Visa website: <a href=\"https:\/\/laoevisa.gov.la\/index\">https:\/\/laoevisa.gov.la\/index<\/a>.The current e-visa fee is also $36 per person. <br><br>Once on the website, please look for the \"Apply e-Visa\" button, which will lead you to the e-visa page and further instructions. Please note that you must be able to upload a recent color passport photo and your current passport photo page from your computer. Once you complete the e-visa process, you should receive the visa in approximately three business days, via email. Once issued, you will also need to print the e-Visa and bring it with you on your trip. <br><br>The length of stay is for 30 days from the date you arrive in Laos. Once issued, the e-Visa is valid for 60 days, so we recommend that you apply 45 days prior to departure so that it is valid for your trip, and not more than 60 days from your entry date.<br><strong><br>Thailand (for any travelers planning to visit Thailand in conjunction with your trip)<\/strong><br>US citizens do not need a visa for Thailand for a stay of 30 days or less. <br><br>If you are a citizen of any other country, please check with a local Embassy\/Consulate for entry requirements to each country.","Custom_Money":"The currency in Vietnam is the dong (VND), but the US dollar is more or less a second currency in Vietnam. Bring a good supply of $1 and $5 bills for tipping and small expenses. Your hotels will change money and accept credit cards, and ATMs are reliable throughout the country. <br><br>Cambodia's official currency is the riel (KHR). US dollars act as a secondary currency. Hotels also accept credit cards. Small US bills ($1) are handy. There are ATMs available throughout Siem Reap, where you can pull out riel and USD. <br><br>Laos's currency is the kip (LAK). US dollars are accepted in many places, along with the kip. Credit cards are not widely accepted, although many hotels and larger stores will take them. <br><br>You should secure your cash and valuables in the hotel safes when you do not want to carry them. We recommend a money belt, worn under your clothing, to safeguard your cash supply. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for Tipping (see below), any optional activities, meals listed as &#8220;on your own&#8221; (~$15-30 per person, per meal), for international and domestic airport departure taxes, and for personal items such as beverages and laundry. 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People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><strong><br>Hepatitis<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><strong><br>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><strong><br>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna, a course of four capsules, one every other day for a week, with full effectiveness reached in a week. You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention).<br><br>","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"Malaria is a serious but preventable disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Please discuss antimalarial medication with your doctor, who will explain various antimalarials and their side effects and recommend a regimen for you. In addition to medication, a further precaution against malaria is to wear long sleeves and long pants at dusk. Thin clothing should be sprayed with insect repellent, especially around the elbows and ankles. Use repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or a natural repellent of your choice. <br><br>If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria. <br><br>For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers\/\">cdc.gov\/malaria\/travelers<\/a>) or by phone at 888-232-3228.","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"In hotels and lodges, don't brush your teeth with tap water; use bottled water. 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Because the unwary distribution of pens, money, candy, and so on has led to beggar mentality in many places in the world, we suggest you do not give anything to soliciting children. Along our journey we may visit some schools. Gifts of pens and school supplies to the head teacher would be gratefully accepted. Your Trip Leader will organize this for the group if appropriate.<br><strong><br>Other Do's and Don'ts<\/strong><br>In Buddhist countries, the head is the most spiritual and exalted part of the body. Thus, it is not appropriate to touch anyone on the head, except for small children. (Touching the head of a small child demonstrates your protection of that child.) The feet, considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body (especially in the villages) should never be pointed at someone or a Buddha image. Bowing your head and body slightly when walking through someone's &#8220;space&#8221; is considered a polite and necessary thing to do. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>90 Days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<body><p>Minimum fee: $500 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost <br><br><em>*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}