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Packed with adventure, these tours offer inspiring destinations and authentic travel experiences at a reasonable price. Using all kinds of transport and accommodation, we’ll take you off the beaten track to discover the true heart of the people and places you visit.
Travelling in small groups is more flexible and allows us to be less conspicuous: we travel and eat with the local people, stay in smaller, family-run hotels and visit places inaccessible to larger groups.
These moderately paced tours provide some busy days with plenty of experiences to enjoy, as well as time to relax along the way.
The information below is intended to assist you as you consider your travel options with Explore. In addition to the detailed itinerary each trip has been supported with some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all things money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, personal equipment and much more to help you with your travel preparations.
Each departure date has it's own dedicated trip note, detailing all you need to know about that trip. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.
We have the following different versions of the Beyond The Mekong trip available at present.
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Accommodation and Meals Expand
Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date.
For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.
Budgeting for your trip Expand
You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the trip price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide.Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Lunch £: 3.00 - 5.00
Dinner £: 4.00 - 8.00
Lunch £: 2.00 - 4.00
Dinner £: 6.00
Lunch £: 6.00
Dinner £: 10.00 - 12.00
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.
Bottle of Beer £: 1.50
Water £: 0.50
Area Text: The ancient Kingdom of Thailand is a proud and independent place that burns fiercely with the white heat of modernity while revering the links to its historic past. In recent years the country has witnessed dramatic social and political upheaval, yet the royalist traces of ancient Siam, authentic street food and gorgeous silks still remain, coexisting with massive industry, high-energy nightlife and seminal hi-tech. Get used to the idea that Thailand is rapidly becoming a highly advanced 21st-century society and you can then enjoy its countless attractions to the full. Why not start with the weird and wonderful? Grab a mouthful of cooked bugs off a street stall or watch kickboxing before visiting an ancient temple to learn Thai massage. Top of the list for many people visiting Thailand are the beaches. Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel in a resort, or a quiet out-of-the-way place with just a handful of A-frame huts metres from the sea, it is here to be found. In the southwest, travellers will find many pleasures along the Andaman Coast, from world-famous diving sites, iconic islands and fabulous beaches to sea caves and towering limestone outcrops. On the Gulf Coast, Koh Samui offers pampering palaces, fine dining, action-packed beaches and quiet bays, while its sister island, Koh Phangan, draws 10,000 people to the world's largest outdoor party on the sands at Hat Rin. Further east, towards Cambodia, Koh Chang, with its thickly forested interior and rich wildlife, is the least known of Thailand's large islands. The hilltribes of the north represent another Thailand. With their distinctive cultures and traditional lifestyles, they provide a vivid counterpoint to the lowland Thais. Taking the time to trek through the forests of the north, rafting down its rivers and staying with ethnic minorities is a highlight for many visitors. The unofficial capital of the north is Chiang Mai whose laid-back charms are well known for seducing travellers. What's more, Isaan food from this region is also distinctive, similar to Lao cuisine and very popular. Even in Bangkok, you won't have to go far to find a street stall selling sticky rice, kai yang (grilled chicken) and som tam (papaya salad). Most visitors begin and end their stay in Bangkok. The capital has impressive historical sights, atmospheric canals, great food, throbbing nightlife and world-class shopping, but, most importantly, it provides a thrilling introduction to this captivating nation.
Bottle of Beer £: 0.75
Water £: 0.75 - 1.50
Area Text: Laos is fast becoming the darling of South-east Asia, satisfying all the romantic images of perfumed frangipani trees, saffron-robed monks, rusty old bicycles and golden temples, all set amongst a rich tapestry of tropical river islands, ethnic minority villages, cascading waterfalls and vivid, green rice paddies, and bound together by the mighty Mekong River, the country’s lifeline. The vernacular architecture that other countries have swept away in a maelstrom of redevelopment survives in Laos. Simple wooden village homes, colonial-era brick-and-stucco shop houses and gently mouldering monasteries mark Laos out as different. Traditional customs are also firmly intact: incense wafts out of street side wats, monks collect alms at daybreak and the clickety-clack of looms weaving richly coloured silk can be heard in most villages. As compelling as these sights and sounds are, the lasting impression for most visitors is of the people and their overwhelming friendliness. Many believe the best thing about Laos is the constant chimes of sabaidee ringing out from schoolchildren, monks and other passers-by, extending an invitation to join their meal. This is a land that endured the terrible legacy of being the most bombed country per capita in the world, yet its people transform bomb casings into flower pots and bomb craters into fish ponds. Regardless of their history, people here radiate a sunny, happy disposition. Life is simple in Laos but the people share with their former French colonists an infectious joie de vivre that ensures that good food and great company is the pinnacle of enjoyment. If you’re seeking a relaxed lifestyle and a warm welcome, you’ve come to the right place. Laos, but it is a beautiful country with a great deal to offer. The capital, Vientiane, has French architecture and a laid-back atmosphere; the former royal capital of Luang Prabang – designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – is a charming little city stuffed full of striking religious buildings; Wat Phou, an outlier of the former Cambodian kingdom of Angkor, is beguiling too, and the Plain of Jars continues to fascinate visitors with its enigmatic stone urns and devastating war history. The north offers adventure activities and treks amongst ethnic villages, while the Mekong islands in the far south are a great place to relax, swinging in a hammock and watching dolphins.
Bottle of Beer £: 1.30
Water £: 0.60
Area Text: Cambodia is perhaps the most beguiling of all the countries of South-east Asia. Long associated with the brutal Khmer Rouge, the country has risen above its blood-tinted history to finally take its place as one of the region's pre-eminent tourist destinations. Home to a truly rich mix of travel experiences from ancient monuments and powdery beaches to remote ethnic minority villages and city life, Cambodia never fails to excite the senses. And, for most visitors, Cambodia's tranquil and, dare one say it, timeless way of life is its greatest appeal. Ancient Cambodia produced one of world's greatest civilizations at Angkor. Renowned Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world but is merely one temple lying at the heart of a thousand others. An enormous and elaborately detailed complex, this ancient temple city has remained the heart and soul of Cambodia for almost two millennia. And, despite its popularity with ever-growing throngs of visitors, this is still a historical site that exceeds expectation. Included in the gargantuan complex lie legions of magical temples which attest to the ability of bygone artisans, from the intricate Banteay Srei, with its detailed carvings to the beaming faces of the Bayon. Visitors also flock to jungle-clad Ta Prohm, where tentacle-like foliage entwined around the temple provides an insight into how the whole site must have looked when it was first explored by Western adventurers in the 19th century. The town of Siem Reap has graduated from being Angkor's service centre to become an international hotspot, teeming with modern restaurants and upmarket hotels. Fortunately, the settlement still retains much of its original charm, with old colonial shop fronts, misty lamp-lit streets and a bustling market area. It also offers access to the floating villages on the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in South-east Asia. In the south, Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, may not be the most sophisticated metropolis, but it is a charming, bustling town, with a good selection of early 20th-century modernist architecture, a strong sense of history and delightful restaurants and bars. What's more, it offers the sort of cityscape most travellers dream of: a skyline punctuated by royal and religious spires, turrets and pinnacles rather than by office blocks. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are the highlights of the capital and provide a welcome counterpoint to unavoidable reminders of Khmer Rouge atrocities.
Chiang Mai - Cookery class £23
Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle Opium Museum entrance fee £2
Vientiane - Buddha Park US$11
Siem Reap - Scenic helicopter flight over Angkor temples from US$202; Optional sunrise at Angkor Wat US$12
Phnom Penh - Privte Blessing US$34; Private Cooking class US36
The prices stated are based on a minimum number of participants (ususally 5-6). Please be aware that the optional excursions can run with fewer people but the price may be higher. Likewise, a slightly reduced price may be applicable where the participation is greater. These excursions are generally run via our agent in the country. Local companies may offer similar excursions at a cheaper price. Should you want to use these companies please be aware that a lower price may mean that not all costs are included (entrance fees etc.) or services will not operate at the same safety and quality standards
Accordingly you should allow US$40 for tipping
Major Language: Thai
ATM Availability: ATMs are available in Bangkok but are limited on the islands.
Credit Card Acceptance: Major stores and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques: Can be exchanged at banks and exchange offices throughout the tour although rates may not be as favourable.
Local Currency: Thai Baht
Recommended Currency for Exchange: We recommend that you bring your money in GBP or US$.
Where to Exchange: Most major towns and on the islands - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
Major Language: Lao
ATM Availability: ATMs are available in most major towns and cities including Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Savannekhet.
Credit Card Acceptance: There is very limited credit card use.
Travellers Cheques: Travellers cheques are exchangeable only in the main towns.
Local Currency: Kip.
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US$ are the easiest to exchange in Laos.
Where to Exchange: All major currencies and travellers cheques are exchangeable in the main towns.
Major Language: Khmer
ATM Availability: There are ATMs in most towns and cities.
Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are accepted in some large shops and restaurants in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Travellers Cheques: They can be hard to change outside of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh; we recommend them for emergencies only.
Local Currency: Riel.
Recommended Currency for Exchange: In Cambodia, US$ is the most commonly used currency (small denomination notes are easier to use).
Where to Exchange: Large towns.
Joining your trip Expand
You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found on our website at www.explore.co.uk, in the tour specific dates and prices section.
You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer. For more information please refer to https://www.explore.co.uk/transfers.
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.
Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.
If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer please refer to https://www.explore.co.uk/transfers.
We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.
On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.
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It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Under 18 immigration guidance
Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.
Laos: A single visa is required for UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. This is obtained on arrival into Laos at a cost of 30USD for New Zealand & Australian citizens, 35USD for UK & US citizens and 42USD for Canadian citizens. You will need 1 passport photo for this visa.
Cambodia: A single visa is required by all nationalities and can be obtained upon arrival at Phnom Penh airport at the current cost of 30USD. You will also need one passport photo to arrange this. Alternatively you can now obtain an e-visa prior to departure from www.mfaic.gov.kh for 25USD.
Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate.
All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
Vaccinations & Protection
Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio and infectious hepatitis. Although not compulsory, travellers may also wish to immunise themselves against Japanese encephalitis. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on Malaria and Zika Virus. Please take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites - these include mosquito repellent as well as long trousers and long sleeve shirts to cover up when necessary. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.
Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Although not compulsory, travellers may wish to immunise themselves against Japanese encephalitis. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.
Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, infectious hepatitis, tetanus, typhoid, diphtheria and polio. Consult your GP regarding tablets advised for malaria. Though not compulsory, travellers may wish to immunise themselves against japanese encephalitis. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/ Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.
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Generally hot with high humidity. There is some rainfall from April to September with most days being hot (around 33 Degrees) and a light breeze on the islands. If it does rain, it will be more of a heavy tropical downpour that lasts a few hours. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed at http://www.explore.co.uk/weather.
The area of Laos and Thailand is tropical 'cool' from November to February, (15 to 27 Degrees Centigrade); 'hot' from March to May (up to 38 Degrees); 'wet' from June to October (rainy, hot and muggy). Bangkok and lowland areas are sticky all year round, but the northern highlands (Luang Prabang) are more temperate with a drier heat. The so-called 'cool' season can get very cold in the uplands at night and in the morning, bring a fleece.
Cambodia is a hot and tropical country, being hottest in April and coolest in January (still high 20s). Although rainfall is at its maximum in October, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap receive very little rain compared to the coastal areas, and when it does rain it tends to be in the form of sporadic mid afternoon downpours. There is normally very little rain between December and March.
Laundry facilities available from Luang Prabang onwards. Please note that when visiting temples men and women will need to cover their shoulders (shawls over clothing are not accepted) and shorts are also not appropriate for either sex.
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Why choose Explore Expand
We’ve been creating award-winning pioneering adventure holidays for over 30 years, earning the trust of thousands of delighted customers, who feel safe in our hands. Our tour leaders have expert local knowledge and our tours are designed to take you off the beaten track to see the most exotic, inspiring and dramatic places in the world.
- With over 30 years' experience, we are passionate about what we do.
- Pioneering small group adventures, self-guided, private journeys & tailormade holidays.
- Award winning tour leaders who you can trust.
- Responsible travel is and always has been one the driving principles of Explore.
Our adventure holidays are full of exciting things to see and do, exploring in small groups travelling by bus, boat, plane, rickshaw, camel, or any number of unusual forms of transport . Often you will stay in family run hotels and village houses and enjoy authentic local cuisine. In this way, it’s easy to discover the true heart of the people and the place you travel to – and make some new friends along the way. Each tour is uniquely different, so please feel free to browse through our tours to see what may whet your appetite.
When you travel with Explore, you are directly contributing to local economies and helping empower the people you meet. We currently support a range of charities and good causes, including: Toilet Twinning (helping to flush away poverty), Lone Buffalo Foundation (a community project based in Laos providing creative skills for young people), Dekamer ( a turtle rescue centre in Turkey) and Kids Saving the Rainforest (a wildlife rescue centre in Costa Rica supported through the LATA foundation). We also care passionately about the world’s wildlife. We are patrons of the Born Free Organisation and Friends of Conservation.
- The Travel Foundation
Explore are active members and supporters of the Travel Foundation which has established a variety of sustainable tourism projects in destinations and works with industry to improve practice. Visit their website www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk
- Tourism Concern
Explore support the work of Tourism Concern who campaign for fairly and ethically traded tourism, and are part of its Ethical Tour Operator Group www.tourismconcern.org.uk
- For further information on responsible travel go to www.explore.co.uk/ResponsibleTourism/
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We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice follow the link at www.explore.co.uk/travel-safety
Booking your holiday Expand
You can book your Explore holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected. Explore is a fully bonded tour operator licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and by ABTOT.
The air holiday packages (Tours including flights) that we advertise are ATOL protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser's LicenceÂ granted by the Civil Aviation Authority.Â Our ATOL number is ATOL 2595. In addition, As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore.
To reserve your place on this tour you will need to check availability on the Explore website or through our dedicated call centre based in the UK where you can. Our tours can fill up quickly so you are advised to book as early as possible. If your chosen date is ‘Available’ or ‘Guaranteed’ we will be able to provisionally hold you a space for up to 48 hours.
For Self-Guided holidays and Private Journeys simply choose your date of travel and let us know so we can confirm all ground services.
The easiest way to confirm your booking is through our website. When you are ready to book, we normally require a 10% non-refundable deposit, but for some holidays this may be more to cover such items as permit fees, internal flights or other non-refundable services. If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking
The price paid for our holidays is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase, whatever the circumstances. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast majority of other adventure tour operators. The price guarantee applies to all new bookings departing between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2017.
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