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From Luang Prabang to Ancient Hanoi and Angkor Wat

Treasures of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia

Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia

16 Days

From $7,795

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    Overview

    Gold-leafed pagodas glinting in the sun, young monks in saffron robes, women carrying goods to market by yoke basket—the visual images of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia are striking. In Luang Prabang, Laos' romantic temple town, we boat along the Mekong and meet hill villagers. In Vietnam, we take a bicycle rickshaw through Hanoi's Old Quarter, overnight on a private boat in Bai Tu Long Bay, stroll the lantern-lit lanes of Hoi An, and marvel at the palaces of the Nguyen emperors in Hue. Our final treat is Angkor, Cambodia's surreal “lost city,” where the stone towers of a medieval metropolis rise out of a subtropical forest. Our incredible Trip Leaders ensure an unforgettable cultural immersion in these ancient lands.

    Arrive: Luang Prabang, Laos

    Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Highlights

    • Explore Luang Prabang's ethereal golden temples, meet hill tribe people
    • Discover Hanoi's Old Quarter by bicycle rickshaw
    • Experience surreal Bai Tu Long Bay on an overnight cruise
    • Enjoy the majesty of Cambodia's temple-city of Angkor

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      Luang Prabang is a tranquil oasis of golden temples, colonial-era villas, and frangipani trees along the winding Mekong River. We visit its 15th century pagodas and boat along the Mekong River to a Buddhist pilgrimage site. At sunrise one morning, we'll “make merit” by giving alms to the monks.
      We'll explore Hanoi's Old Quarter by cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) and on foot, then head to Bai Tu Long Bay, where our private “junk” (traditional boat) brings us into a stunning UNESCO-listed landscape of sheer limestone islands.
      We walk the riverside lanes of Hoi An, and in Hue, see the elaborate tombs of the Nguyen emperors. In Saigon, we visit the historic Reunification Palace, forever associated with the Fall of Saigon in 1975.
      Angkor is a breathtaking expression of the glory of the Khmer Empire. We plan our visits for the least crowded times as we explore iconic temples including Ta Prohm, where huge banyan trees have grown through the walls. Depart on Day 16 via Siem Reap.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee (Internal airfare): $200 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 a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in deluxe hotels and private traditional junk
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Local beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      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 Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

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

      Maison Souvannaphoum

      Luang Prabang, Laos

      Days 1-3 (3 nights)

      Steeped in history and colonial charm, the Maison Souvannaphoum is a former royal residence with contemporary design features. Each guest room has a balcony (rooms in the Garden Wing face the pool) and feature one king bed or two single beds. Facilities include an outdoor...

      Melia Hanoi

      Hanoi, Vietnam

      Days 4-6 (3 nights)

      This large modern hotel is centrally located, close to the Old Quarter, and offers great views of the city from the higher floors. Facilities include two restaurants featuring both international and Vietnamese cuisine, bar/lounge, and a deli offering quick breakfasts or afternoon snacks. There are also a fitness center, outdoor...

      Signature Halong Cruise

      Day 7 (1 night)

      The Halong Bay Cruise is an elegant ship designed to make her way through the limestone islands and inlets of Halong Bay. This 40-passenger vessel has a 2 to 1 passenger to crew ratio, 12 spacious cabins, and three decks. Cabins feature hand-crafted wooden desks and wardrobes, remote-controlled AC, and...

      Hotel Royal Hoi An

      Hoi An, Vietnam

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      In a quiet area just a short walk to the majestic Old Quarter of Hoi An and bordered by the tranquil Thu Bon River, the Hotel Royal Hoi An features stylishly decorated modern rooms, two restaurants, a charming spa, and a swimming pool.

      Azerai La Residence, Hue

      Hue, Vietnam

      Days 10-11 (2 nights)

      Located on the Perfume River near the center of Hue, Azerai La Residence is a former governor's residence renovated into a boutique hotel with a French colonial ambiance. The hotel overlooks the Citadel of Hue and features tranquil, jasmine-scented gardens, Art Deco–inspired rooms, bar, and restaurant. Unwind in the luxurious...

      Caravelle Hotel

      Saigon, Vietnam

      Day 12 (1 night)

      The chic Caravelle is situated adjacent to the Saigon Opera House in the heart of downtown. Many luminaries have stayed here, including former US President Bill Clinton and actor Michael Caine, and the Saigon Saigon Bar, once a famous gathering place for war correspondents, is still a lively venue every...

      Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort

      Siem Reap, Cambodia

      Days 13-15 (3 nights)

      Set among lovely gardens and ponds, the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort will feel like an oasis of serenity after a full day exploring the temples of Angkor Wat. A combination of French and Khmer architecture, the hotel features tastefully decorated guest rooms with wooden floors, ceiling fans, soft linens and...

      Trip Leaders

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      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is Level 1+, or Easiest, according to our trip grading system. It is an overland cultural adventure, and for the most part, physical activity is light but we still encourage participants to get in shape for the trip because travel to remote places does require some physical stamina. We ask that you make a special effort to bring flexibility and a spirit of adventure to this unique journey.
      Review Trip Level Details

      Laos in November and March should be warm-to-hot (80°Fs) during the days, with pleasant evening temperatures (60s). Laos in December-February will be cooler (70s), with cool-cold nights (50s) and cool, foggy mornings. Normally, there is only a small chance of rain from November through early March, and weather for the most part should be sunny.

      Vietnam lies within various climate zones.  Hanoi during November-March should be warm (70s) during the day with pleasant evening temperatures (60s), while in December through February can be chilly (50s-60s) during the days with cold nights (50s). During winter (November-March), Hanoi has the possibility of drizzle or rain. Bai Tu Long Bay weather is similar to that of Hanoi.

      Hue during November-March has a very varied climate (different from all other regions) that may include some drizzle and rain. Hoi An during November-March should be pleasant, sunny, and warm (70°F-80°F) with nice sea breezes but on occasion it can also be rainy. Saigon during November-March (their “dry” season) will be hot and steamy during the days with warm, pleasant evenings (70s), similar to the climate of Bangkok.

      Cambodia (Angkor) during November-March is likely to be hot and sunny during the days (80s-90s) with warm, pleasant evenings (70s). The climate at Angkor is dryer and hotter than Hanoi and Laos. Our trips schedule temple visits in the early morning and late afternoon with a rest break during the midday heat.

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      Client Testimonials

      "This was a very memorable experience. The logistics were absolutely seamless and we learned a great deal."

      Alan W.

      Bedford, MA

      "This was the perfect getaway. The Trip Leader was the perfect host, and the individual country leaders were also great."

      Anna B.

      Mt. Kisco, NY

      "Our Trip Leader was outstanding. His extensive knowledge, charm, patience, and delightful sense of humor made for a memorable trip."

      Anne W.

      Riverside, CT

      "This trip was one of the highlights of my life—jam packed with wonderful sights and experiences."

      Carol M.

      Bronxville, NY

      "We were taught so much beyond the usual viewpoint given to a tourist that I felt I had a much deeper understanding of the culture and history than I would have if traveling with a different company."

      Charlene H.

      Palm Springs CA

      "We had a fantastic time on this trip...one of the best ever! The itinerary was perfect—great places with so much to see and do and just the right amount of time in each."

      David and Linda G.

      Wilton, CT

      "This trip was a fantastic experience in which everyone could participate and find those moments of discovery, challenge, and reflection."

      Deborah B.

      Los Gatos, CA

      "This was an adventure that my husband and I will long remember. Thanks to WT for yet another outstanding trip. You really know how to run a good trip."

      Essie H.

      Santa Monica, CA

      "I don't think I have ever been so comfortable in my surroundings, or treated so well on any trip."

      Gerry F.

      Windsor, CA

      "It was a phenomenal journey, with plenty of variety, historical significance, and exposure to local life. Having grown up during the Vietnam war era, it was an emotional journey as well. It was wonderful to see how these countries are now thriving after experiencing such horror and tragedy. We really felt that we got exposure to how people currently live in addition to learning about their history. Thank you, Wilderness Travel, for creating this wonderful experience and itinerary!"

      Jan K.

      La Jolla, CA

      "Sharing Indochine with Andrew was a gift. His extraordinary breadth of knowledge and experience in the area made it all come alive. It was a magnificent adventure that taught me so much about the cultures and history, far more than I could have imagined."

      Jane S.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "Excellence is what I've come to expect from Wilderness Travel, and this trip was all that and more. David Henley, Chan, Long, and Khet were quite simply the best—incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. The places we visited took my breath away. There were numerous cruises to take us to more remote sites. And I particularly loved the personal touches of visiting villages and schools. What a joy to have Khmer children serenade us with ‘If You Miss the Train I'm On.’ This is a trip I may need to take a second time!"

      Jeannee S.

      Milwaukee, WI

      "A great way to see three countries in 2.5 weeks. Very enjoyable and educational."

      Joseph L.

      Acampo, CA

      "This was my second time on this trip, and I found it as enchanting as the first time."

      Judith M.

      Albuquerque NM

      "An incredible variety of activities was packed into the trip, yet we never felt rushed. It would be impossible to do what we did in the same period of time without the expertise of WT guides."

      Kay M.

      Cle Elum, WA

      "We had many wonderful experiences during this trip! Each country had its own special events that helped us better understand its people and the ways they live. As we learned more, we developed increasing respect, knowing about the glories of their pasts and their visions for the future."

      Linda L.

      San Antonio, TX

      "Well planned and well executed, this met all my expectations (and the bar is high because I've so much enjoyed every trip I have taken with WT!)."

      Lucia C.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "Experiencing different cultures; viewing beautiful scenery within the cities and in rural areas; learning Indochine's incredible contemporary and ancient histories; and meeting its beautiful people made this trip extraordinary. Every day brought unique experiences. My world view has been profoundly changed by the experience."

      Marjo K.

      Bend, OR

      "What a fabulous trip!! We saw and did so much—it is going to take me a while to absorb and process it all. Loved every minute of it!"

      Patricia B.

      Laredo, TX

      "The trip was wonderful. I am impressed not only with the itinerary, hotels, and food, but also with how smoothly the trip runs."

      Robert B.

      Berkeley, CA

      "What an excellent adventure! Besides the delicious food and superb hotels, our lead guide was outstanding. His historical, cultural, and anecdotal knowledge is wonderful. The local guides in each country added to our understanding of the individual country."

      Sharon S.

      Presque Isle, WI

      "It was the BEST trip my husband and I have ever taken! WT will be the only way we will travel from here on out."

      Terry H.

      Kalispell, MT

      "Everything was great about this trip from start to finish."

      Tish P.

      Ashland, OR

      "The trip was part Indiana Jones, part Anthony Bourdain, and another part adventure in a land of amazing beauty and culture. The trip itinerary, coupled with David and the three assistant guides, provided a nice immersion into the culture of each country. It wasn’t just about seeing touristy things but being able to visit the villages and schools provided so much depth to the trip."

      Tom N.

      Pittsburgh, PA

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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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For dinner tonight, we sample Vietnamese fusion cuisine at a local restaurant.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Hoi An","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We&apos;ll spend much of the day strolling around this charming town and visit several houses, temples, a museum, and the old Japanese Covered Bridge. We also visit the lively market on the quay and see fishermen bringing their catch to market in small boats. For lunch, we sample delicious cao lau noodles, unique to Hoi An. In the afternoon, we take a river trip and see how local fishermen employ gigantic nets to catch fish. Hoi An is something of an artists&apos; colony and there are a number of studios and galleries, and excellent tailor-made silk clothing is available. 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Built between the 9th and 13th centuries to glorify a succession of Khmer kings, the temples are massive and majestic, with wide causeways, imposing gateways and towers, huge moats, and colossal sculptured Buddha images&mdash;all in a wonderful jungle setting. This afternoon we will visit the &ldquo;Great City&rdquo; of Angkor Thom, which was larger and more splendid than any city in Europe of the late 12th century. We start our explorations at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, and its impressive causeway flanked by gods and demons. We then proceed directly to the East Entrance of the magnificent Bayon Temple, noted for its gigantic Bodhisattva sculptures. First, we exlpore its remarkable bas-reliefs which depict a uniquely beautiful history of both Kings and the day-to-day life of Commoners in late 12th century Angkor. 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From here, we make our way to an atmospheric 11th century temple, now lying in ruins. The templet itself is small, but is inside a larger compound, surround by a laterite wall and moat. Time permitting, we can also visit a nearby school and village. We then head to the 9th century Roluos group of temples where we'll visit Prasat Bakong, a temple representing Mount Meru. Following lunch in Siem Reap, we visit Les Artisans d&apos;Angkor, a school promoting the arts and crafts of Cambodia, much of which were temporarily lost under the Pol Pot regime (those who wish may proceed directly back to the hotel). 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Whether he is photographing people and places, or sharing his historical and cultural knowledge of temples and palaces, his trip members appreciate his keen intelligence, depth of knowledge, and engaging personality."},{"GuideID":850443,"First_Name":"Mathew","Last_Name":"Smith","BioShort":"Mathew Smith, a former language teacher from the UK, went to Thailand to teach in 1987, fell in love with Southeast Asia, and met his future wife. He now lives in Chiang Mai with his wife and daughter. Fluent in Thai, Mathew is loved by trip members for his extraordinary knowledge of Southeast Asia&apos;s politics, history, and culture, and also for his easygoing style and sense of humor. In addition to his explorations in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, he has visited Myanmar frequently, enchanted by the country&apos;s quiet beauty. 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Mathew has led Wilderness Travel&apos;s Indochine trips for almost twenty years, yet he&apos;s still constantly intrigued, surprised, and delighted by the people he meets and the places he explores. &ldquo;It is seldom that you get to lead a trip to three such fascinating countries&mdash;Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia&mdash;whose histories and cultures, although unique, complement each other so well.&rdquo; He also explores Burma frequently, enchanted by the country&apos;s quiet beauty. &ldquo;I particularly love the rural areas and am inspired by the nature of the relationships between the Burmese people and their environment\u2026this is an especially exciting time to travel there.&rdquo; Mathew is a gentleman and scholar with an uncanny ability to run a smooth trip. His home base is in Chiang Mai where he lives with his wife and daughter."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Alan W.","GuestLocation":"Bedford, MA","GuestReview":"This was a very memorable experience. The logistics were absolutely seamless and we learned a great deal."},{"GuestNames":"Anna B.","GuestLocation":"Mt. Kisco, NY","GuestReview":"This was the perfect getaway. The Trip Leader was the perfect host, and the individual country leaders were also great."},{"GuestNames":"Anne W.","GuestLocation":"Riverside, CT","GuestReview":"Our Trip Leader was outstanding. His extensive knowledge, charm, patience, and delightful sense of humor made for a memorable trip."},{"GuestNames":"Carol M.","GuestLocation":"Bronxville, NY","GuestReview":"This trip was one of the highlights of my life&#8212;jam packed with wonderful sights and experiences."},{"GuestNames":"Charlene H.","GuestLocation":"Palm Springs CA","GuestReview":"We were taught so much beyond the usual viewpoint given to a tourist that I felt I had a much deeper understanding of the culture and history than I would have if traveling with a different company."},{"GuestNames":"David and Linda G.","GuestLocation":"Wilton, CT","GuestReview":"We had a fantastic time on this trip...one of the best ever! The itinerary was perfect&#8212;great places with so much to see and do and just the right amount of time in each."},{"GuestNames":"Deborah B.","GuestLocation":"Los Gatos, CA","GuestReview":"This trip was a fantastic experience in which everyone could participate and find those moments of discovery, challenge, and reflection."},{"GuestNames":"Essie H.","GuestLocation":"Santa Monica, CA","GuestReview":"This was an adventure that my husband and I will long remember. Thanks to WT for yet another outstanding trip. You really know how to run a good trip."},{"GuestNames":"Gerry F.","GuestLocation":"Windsor, CA","GuestReview":"I don't think I have ever been so comfortable in my surroundings, or treated so well on any trip."},{"GuestNames":"Jan K.","GuestLocation":"La Jolla, CA","GuestReview":"It was a phenomenal journey, with plenty of variety, historical significance, and exposure to local life. Having grown up during the Vietnam war era, it was an emotional journey as well. It was wonderful to see how these countries are now thriving after experiencing such horror and tragedy. We really felt that we got exposure to how people currently live in addition to learning about their history. Thank you, Wilderness Travel, for creating this wonderful experience and itinerary!"},{"GuestNames":"Jane S.","GuestLocation":"Santa Fe, NM","GuestReview":"Sharing Indochine with Andrew was a gift. His extraordinary breadth of knowledge and experience in the area made it all come alive. It was a magnificent adventure that taught me so much about the cultures and history, far more than I could have imagined."},{"GuestNames":"Jeannee S.","GuestLocation":"Milwaukee, WI","GuestReview":"Excellence is what I've come to expect from Wilderness Travel, and this trip was all that and more. David Henley, Chan, Long, and Khet were quite simply the best&#8212;incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. The places we visited took my breath away. There were numerous cruises to take us to more remote sites. And I particularly loved the personal touches of visiting villages and schools. What a joy to have Khmer children serenade us with &#8216;If You Miss the Train I'm On.&#8217; This is a trip I may need to take a second time!"},{"GuestNames":"Joseph L.","GuestLocation":"Acampo, CA","GuestReview":"A great way to see three countries in 2.5 weeks. Very enjoyable and educational."},{"GuestNames":"Judith M.","GuestLocation":"Albuquerque NM","GuestReview":"This was my second time on this trip, and I found it as enchanting as the first time."},{"GuestNames":"Kay M.","GuestLocation":"Cle Elum, WA","GuestReview":"An incredible variety of activities was packed into the trip, yet we never felt rushed. It would be impossible to do what we did in the same period of time without the expertise of WT guides."},{"GuestNames":"Linda L.","GuestLocation":"San Antonio, TX","GuestReview":"We had many wonderful experiences during this trip! Each country had its own special events that helped us better understand its people and the ways they live. As we learned more, we developed increasing respect, knowing about the glories of their pasts and their visions for the future."},{"GuestNames":"Lucia C.","GuestLocation":"Santa Fe, NM","GuestReview":"Well planned and well executed, this met all my expectations (and the bar is high because I've so much enjoyed every trip I have taken with WT!)."},{"GuestNames":"Marjo K.","GuestLocation":"Bend, OR","GuestReview":"Experiencing different cultures; viewing beautiful scenery within the cities and in rural areas; learning Indochine's incredible contemporary and ancient histories; and meeting its beautiful people made this trip extraordinary. Every day brought unique experiences. My world view has been profoundly changed by the experience."},{"GuestNames":"Patricia B.","GuestLocation":"Laredo, TX","GuestReview":"What a fabulous trip!! We saw and did so much&#8212;it is going to take me a while to absorb and process it all. Loved every minute of it!"},{"GuestNames":"Robert B.","GuestLocation":"Berkeley, CA","GuestReview":"The trip was wonderful. I am impressed not only with the itinerary, hotels, and food, but also with how smoothly the trip runs."},{"GuestNames":"Sharon S.","GuestLocation":"Presque Isle, WI","GuestReview":"What an excellent adventure! Besides the delicious food and superb hotels, our lead guide was outstanding. His historical, cultural, and anecdotal knowledge is wonderful. The local guides in each country added to our understanding of the individual country."},{"GuestNames":"Terry H.","GuestLocation":"Kalispell, MT","GuestReview":"It was the BEST trip my husband and I have ever taken! WT will be the only way we will travel from here on out."},{"GuestNames":"Tish P.","GuestLocation":"Ashland, OR","GuestReview":"Everything was great about this trip from start to finish."},{"GuestNames":"Tom N.","GuestLocation":"Pittsburgh, PA","GuestReview":"The trip was part Indiana Jones, part Anthony Bourdain, and another part adventure in a land of amazing beauty and culture. The trip itinerary, coupled with David and the three assistant guides, provided a nice immersion into the culture of each country. 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If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our local contact (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.<br><br>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"vietnam-cambodia-laos-indochine-tour","Custom_Meta_Description":"Explore Southeast Asia on this cultural journey from the temples of Luang Prabang in Laos to ancient Hanoi in Vietnam to Cambodia's ethereal Angkor Wat.","Custom_List_Description":"A three-country cultural adventure across Southeast Asia, from the temples of Luang Prabang in Laos to ancient Hanoi in Vietnam to Cambodia's ethereal Angkor Wat.","Custom_Redirect":"","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"","Custom_After_Dates":"","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Indochine: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Guided Tour","Custom_Before_Days":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_1":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_2":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_2":"","Custom_Choosing_Right_Trip_Office_Contact":"","Custom_About_WT_Expeditions":"","Custom_Arrival_-_Sales":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-18T13:59:31 --><p><strong>Suggested Airport:<\/strong> Luang Prabang, Laos (LPQ) <br \/><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time:<\/strong> early afternoon on Day 1 <br \/><br \/><strong>Meeting Place:<\/strong> A complimentary transfer is provided from the Luang Prabang airport to the Maison Souvannaphoum. A representative will meet you outside the customs area and will be holding a Wilderness Travel sign. <br \/><br \/>If you are arriving on a different day, a transfer will also be arranged for you. If you have booked extra services through Wilderness Travel for early arrival, a voucher for your transfer and extra hotel nights will be sent with your final documents.<\/p>","Custom_Departure_-_Sales":"<p><strong>Suggested Airport<\/strong>: Siem Reap, Cambodia (SAI)<br><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time<\/strong>: after 5:00 pm on Day 16 <br><br>There are activities planned on the morning of Day 16, the last day of your trip, so please arrange for a late afternoon\/evening departure. A complimentary transfer will be provided from the hotel to the Siem Reap Airport. If you are departing on a different day, a transfer will also be arranged for you. <br><br>If you have booked extra services through Wilderness Travel for an extended stay in Siem Reap, a voucher for your transfer and extra hotel nights will be sent with your final documents.<\/p>","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-18T14:02:30 --><p>You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to Luang Prabang, Laos, and from Siem Reap, Cambodia. The most convenient routing is via Bangkok. <br \/><br \/>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. More information can be found on Exito&apos;s website at <a href=\"http:\/\/www.exitotravel.com\">www.exitotravel.com<\/a>. <br \/><br \/>Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the US one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the U.S. <br \/><br \/><strong>Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. <\/strong>Once your tickets have been purchased, please forward a copy of the email confirmation that shows your exact flight arrival and departure times. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-18T14:12:25 --><p>We are happy to arrange additional nights in Luang Prabang or Siem Reap. 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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>Laos<br><\/strong>US citizens need a visa for Laos. <br><strong><br>Visa on Arrival (VOA):<\/strong> 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> 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\">laoevisa.gov.la<\/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><br><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><br><strong>Electronic Visa (E-Visa):<\/strong> US citizens can apply for an e-visa for Vietnam through the Vietnam Government website: <a href=\" https:\/\/evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn\">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><br><strong>Cambodia<\/strong> <br>US citizens need a visa for Cambodia. <br><br><strong>Electronic Visa (E-Visa):<\/strong> You can obtain your visa online, prior to arrival, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs &amp; International Cooperation of Cambodia: <a href=\"www.mfaic.gov.kh\">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><em><strong><br>Special Note:<\/strong> US citizens can obtain a Cambodia visa on arrival at the Siem Reap airport, instead of prior to arrival, but we request that you <strong>do not<\/strong> do this, as the visa issuance line can be very long, which will keep the rest of the group waiting. <\/em> <br><strong><br>Thailand<\/strong> (for any travelers planning to visit Thailand in conjunction with your trip) <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 official currency in Laos is the kip. US dollars (and Thai baht) are commonly used and accepted everywhere. <br><br>The currency in Vietnam is the dong. You will need to change some USD into dong or withdraw dong at an ATM (there are many at Vietnam airports). Changing money should be done at hotel reception desks (exchange rates are comparable to banks). <br><br>Cambodia's official currency is the riel, but US dollars act as a secondary currency. <br><br>If you are stopping over in Bangkok, Thailand's currency is the baht. You can exchange funds into Thai baht in the Bangkok airport Arrivals area (open 24 hours). <br><br>ATM machines are available in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. VISA and MasterCard credit cards are accepted in most larger shops, hotels, and restaurants in these countries. Travelers' checks can be very difficult to cash and are not recommended. <br><br>If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad. <br><strong><br>Note: <\/strong>If you bring US dollars, it is important to bring new, clean banknotes with no rips or marks; old, torn, or marked-up bills may not be accepted. Small denominations (such as $1s, $5s) may be handy. You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, any meals listed as &#8220;on your own&#8221; in the trip itinerary, and for personal items such as beverages and souvenirs.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides for outstanding service. A range of reference would be would be $150-200 per trip member for the Trip Leader and $120-150 per trip member for all the local guides\/drivers. The Trip Leader takes care of gratuities for luggage handling and for waiters at restaurants.","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.<br><br>","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for Laos is 856, for Vietnam is 84, for Cambodia is 855, and for Thailand is 66. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use.<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br>Internet access is available at all of our hotels but not on our overnight on the boat in Halong Bay on Day 7.","Custom_Electricity":"Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia have 220\/230-volt current and a range of plug types. Most newer electronic appliances do not need a converter, but you will need a plug adapter.","Custom_Laundry":"","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"Entry requirements are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling. This provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. <br><br>We recommend you discuss the following with your physician:<br><strong><br>Polio:<\/strong> Adults who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine as children should ask their doctor about receiving a booster before traveling overseas. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><strong><br>Hepatitis:<\/strong> 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> A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><strong><br>Typhoid:<\/strong> 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).","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. <br><br>","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"<div>In hotels and lodges, don't brush your teeth with tap water; use bottled water. Don't use ice in your drinks unless you are sure it was made with treated water. When in doubt, ask your Trip Leader for guidelines.<\/div>","Custom_Getting_In_Shape":"","Custom_Medical_Care":"","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"","Custom_Covid-19":"","Custom_Reading_List":"Elevate your travel experience by delving into this curated collection of books tailored to your upcoming adventure. They will not only entertain but also provide invaluable insights into the history, culture, cuisine, wildlife, mountain trails, or even folklore of the places you're about to explore. Discover the perfect companions for your journey ahead by <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-indochine\">following the link<\/a> or scanning the QR code.","Custom_Photography":"","Custom_Cultural_Considerations":"There are some essential elements common to the cultural experiences of most of the people of these areas. For example, respect for one's elders and hospitality are widespread cultural attributes. Here are some things to be aware of:<br><strong><br>Respect<\/strong><br>Great respect is given to Buddha images and Buddhist monks. Women must not touch a monk under any circumstances. If a woman has to give something to a monk, she must first present it to a man, who then presents it, or alternatively place it on a cloth in front of the monk, or drop offerings into the monk's alms bowl. All Buddha images, large or small, ruined or not, are regarded as sacred objects. It is not appropriate to climb up on one to take a photograph, or to do anything that might show a lack of respect. When sitting in front of a Buddha image, monk, or anyone of higher status, your legs should be tucked under your body away from the person. (Sitting cross-legged suggests equality and is perfectly acceptable among friends, but not in the presence of &#8220;superior beings!&#8221;). When in doubt, the best guide is to watch the local people and do what they do.<br><strong><br>Visiting Monasteries in Laos<\/strong><br>It's OK to wear shoes while walking around the compound of a monastery, but shoes should be taken off before entering a monastery in Laos, as they should be in all homes. (Because you'll be removing your shoes several times each day, lace-less shoes are handy.) Shoes do not have to be removed when visiting most Vietnamese (Mahayana) monasteries or at Angkor.<br><strong><br>Losing Face<\/strong><br>As elsewhere in Asia, it is considered unseemly to show too much emotion, such as displaying anger. It is best to just relax through any conflicts or irritations. In particular, avoid doing anything to cause public humiliation to anyone. This extends to criticism of service, engaging in public arguments, and &#8220;demanding to see the boss.&#8221; The people of these countries have an extreme reluctance to hurt others' feelings and thus lose face.<br><strong><br>Gifts<\/strong><br>Many of the people we visit are living under hardship and our natural instinct would be to give them gifts. 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. Public demonstrations of affection between men and women are frowned on. Your efforts to emulate the local behavior while in these countries will be much appreciated.","Custom_Giving_Back":"","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li>Air tickets (or E-tickets)<\/li><li>\nPassport<\/li><li>\n2 extra passport photos (see Visa section)<\/li><li>\nOne other picture ID, such as a driver's license<\/li><li>\nExpense money<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"<ul><li>Standard hard or soft-sided suitcase, with small padlock (must be unlocked for air travel in the US). Rolling suitcases have been the preferred choice of past travelers.<\/li><li>Daypack for water bottle, camera, and other items you want with you during the day<\/li><li>Small roll-up duffel to carry home purchases and to use for an overnight bag for Halong Bay. Our private junk has limited storage space so we request you pack an overnight bag for this one night. The rest of your luggage will remain locked on our bus and you will be reunited with it the following day.<\/li><\/ul><div><br><strong><br>Weight Limits<\/strong><br>On all internal flights, there is a weight limit of 44 pounds per person for checked baggage. Carry-on baggage can weigh 15 pounds per person and must fit in the overhead bin. Please note that in Laos and Cambodia, we may fly in smaller planes, with limited overhead luggage space (about 12 inches deep). On these flights, carry-on luggage that does not fit in the overhead rack will be automatically checked. If you go over the weight limit, excess baggage fees may apply.<\/div>","Custom_Clothing":"We suggest that travelers dress modestly to show respect for the local cultures. For women, long pants and modest, knee-length shorts or skirts are appropriate. For men, long pants and knee-length shorts are appropriate (In some temples, no shorts, short skirts, or tank tops are permitted; your Trip Leader will advise you.) Shoes must be removed before entering any monasteries and homes in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and some temples in Vietnam. <br><br>The clothing list below is provided as a guideline only; we encourage you to pack as lightly as possible.<br><ul><li>Lightweight long-sleeved shirts<\/li><li>T-shirts<\/li><li>Light cotton or quick-drying synthetic pants<\/li><li>Lightweight long or mid-calf skirts for women<\/li><li>Modest, knee-length hiking shorts<\/li><li>Light or medium-weight fleece jacket<\/li><li>Fleece sweater (mostly for December and January departures, when it can be cooler)<\/li><li>Lightweight rain jacket<\/li><li>Sturdy walking shoes or running shoes with good traction<\/li><li>Tevas or other sandals<\/li><li>Underwear\/socks. 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Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores.<\/li><li>\nAspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol for muscle pain or headache, Tylenol PM for sleep<\/li><li>\n\nTopical antibiotic (such as Neosporin) for cuts, bites, or sores<\/li><li>\nInsect repellent. Repellents with DEET are recommended. DEET content of about 30-35% is ideal (higher DEET content is not recommended). Wipe DEET off your hands before touching plastic surfaces (such as binoculars) because it can damage plastic. Aerosol repellents are useful for spraying on clothes.<\/li><li>\nBlister kit. 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This also applies to travelers who are just transiting through India on the way to\/from their actual trip. If you bring a satellite phone to India, it will be confiscated and you could be subject to serious penalties, including arrest. Please double-check entry requirements on your own before traveling.","Custom_When_to_Go":"","Custom_Children":"","Custom_Tag_Line":" From Luang Prabang to Ancient Hanoi and Angkor Wat","Custom_Lodging":"14 nights deluxe hotels, 1 night aboard private traditional junk","Custom_Meals":"All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners","Custom_Difficulty":"Cultural explorations and walking tours","Custom_Currency_Exchange_Rate":"","Custom_Fuel_Surcharge":"","Custom_Signing_Up_For_a_Trip_-_Email":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_This_Year":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_Next_Year":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Header":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Text":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like":"The trip is <strong>Level 1+, or Easiest<\/strong>, according to our trip grading system. It is an overland cultural adventure, and for the most part, physical activity is light but we still encourage participants to get in shape for the trip because travel to remote places does require some physical stamina. We ask that you make a special effort to bring flexibility and a spirit of adventure to this unique journey.","Custom_Terrain":"","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"","Custom_Weather":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-09T17:18:17 --><p>Laos in November and March should be warm-to-hot (80\u00b0Fs) during the days, with pleasant evening temperatures (60s). Laos in December-February will be cooler (70s), with cool-cold nights (50s) and cool, foggy mornings. 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We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. 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. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. 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.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.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. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. 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":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee (Internal airfare): $200 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<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}