Tourism is relatively new in parts of Asia and standards of comfort and service cannot always be compared with those in other developed countries. For up to date information, essential travel advice and tips, please contact the Foreign Commonwealth Office. www.fco.gov.uk/travel.
If the Foreign Office advises against visiting a particular country, we would act on this and reserve the right to cancel your holiday.
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We offer the following types of tour :
1. Private tour : Designed for couples or friends travelling together as a private party. The car & local guides are just for you hence total flexibility. This is a fully inclusive, fully escorted tour on halfboard or fullboard basis. There are no set departure dates so you can travel any time that suits you.
2. Independent tour : Is for adventurous people who want the freedom to explore a destination their own way. We just include in the tour, accommodation with daily breakfast, an orientation tour in major cities and internal flights. You will arrange and pay locally for your own airport transfers, visits & excursions and main meals. There are no set departure dates.
3. Small group tour : Created to allow different people to join a ready-made tour they choose from our brochure. These tours are usually fully inclusive, fully escorted and on halfboard basis. Alterations cannot be made to the tour but extensions before and/ or after the tour can be arranged with a surcharge. The group size is around 16 persons mainly from the UK. The minimum number of people to guarantee a departure is 4.
4. Coach tour : Introduced to give you the opportunity to tour a destination with fellow travellers from other countries. These tours are not totally fully inclusive, partly escorted and organised by local tour companies carefully selected by us for reliability and the good standard of their service. The group size can vary from 6 up to 25 persons coming from all over the world. The minimum number of people to guarantee a departure is 6.
5. Tailor made tour : Tell us where you wish to go, what you want to see, which hotels you like to stay in and our dedicated team is always here ready to put together an itinerary for you until you are completely happy with it.
HOW TO BOOK ?
Choose a tour and click 'Book' on the top right of the page. Your provisional booking will be confirmed to you by email within a few days. Once the tour is confirmed a deposit of £200 per person will be required to secure the booking. The balance is due 60 days prior to departure.
Alternatively please just give us a ring on 0208 617 3358 and book over the phone or send us an e mail to make a booking.
By international flights we mean an outbound flight from the UK to the first city of your holiday destination plus a return flight from the last city of the destination back to the UK. This may involve more than 2 flights because there are no direct flights to some far east destinations such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Myanmar.
**** We always quote our international flights and ground tour separetely leaving you the option to book your own international flights if you prefer so.
These are offered on the menu for an easy pick and mix in case you just need a few organised tours during your self-organised holiday.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Wherever a visa is required prior to departure we arrange it for you. You will receive a visa notification about 2 months before departure. Passports must be valid for at least six months after final departure from the countries visited. Please check if you need to renew your passport. The name on the passport must match the name on the air tickets. Please visit www.ukpa.gov.uk
All visitors require an entry visa prior to departure.
Where we provide visa service, we will require all your passport details and we will need to keep your passport for about 2 weeks in order to obtain visa stamp for you. This should take place about one and a half month prior to departure. Should you wish to use your passport during this time, please notify us on booking so we can obtain your visa earlier.
All visitors require an entry visa which is obtainable on arrival at airports in major cities. For other remote ports of entry, visa must be obtained in advance. 2 photographs are required for visa processing and a fee, in US$ cash, is payable.
THAILAND/SINGAPORE/ HONGKONG/ MALAYSIA/ BORNEO/ SRI LANKA/JAPAN/ SOUTH KOREA
Visas are not normally required for short stays for nationals of most EU countries.
INSURANCE Your Travel Holiday Insurance is compulsory and must provide full cover for the cancellation of your holiday including missed flights, cover against theft, terrorism, personal accident, personal liability, legal assistance, medical expenses, repatriation. Please send us a copy of your insurance policy and keep one copy with you during the trip.
Climate varies from one area to another and with altitude but most countries in Asia enjoy tropical warm weather all year with rainy season from May to October and cooler dry season from November to April. Temperature can be variable depending on season and country. Please check more details for each specific country. Please note that weather is unpredictable and we cannot be held responsible for disruption to your holiday due to severe or unusual weather conditions.
Currency for Thailand/Japan/ Korea/ China/ Singapore/Malaysia may be obtained prior to departure. Currency for Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos/Myanmar/ Nepal cannot be obtained prior to arrival and you should take US$ travelers cheques (except Myanmar) and cash which may be exchanged at banks, hotels or authorised exchange counters. Credit and debit cards (except Myanmar) are also acceptable at larger hotels, restaurants and shops although a surcharge may be payable.
Tipping is widely accepted and very much appreciated by local people. On average, a tip of $1-2 should be sufficient for hotel staff and taxi drivers. $10 is an average tip to a guide for a day of service. Tipping is not the norm in Japan or Korea and is not compulsory although very much appreciated by some local guides.
DONATIONS are very much encouraged in temples and places of interest to contribute to the maintenance of sustainable activities.
Street traders are generally polite and pleasant. Some however can be very persistent so you are advised to take care when dealing with them. However due to questionable hygiene, we do not recommend buying food from street traders, unless you intend to cook it yourself. Please note that street theft is common in many of Asia's major cities, so try not to carry handbags or other valuables.
Airport tax is payable, in cash, on departure from certain local airports, e.g Myanmar, Cambodia. These taxes are not included in the tour price and as these taxes vary further advice will be given with your travel documents.
INTERNAL FLIGHTS & TRAINS
Internal flight schedules are subject to change or cancellation at short notice. Flights should always be reconfirmed at least 24 hours prior to departure. Check in should be at least one hour prior to departure. The conditions on some trains are basic and the level of comfort cannot be compared with trains in other countries. Nevertheless a train journey can be a very enjoyable experience. Tickets for trains and internal flights are issued locally and are delivered to you on arrival. Should you have any problem, our local staff will be happy to assist you.
LOCAL TRANSPORTS Trains, buses, metro, taxies etc. combined with walking tours are the best way to experience the real way of life of local people. Seat-in-coach trips, operated by independent tour operators, can be booked by us, on your behalf, prior to departure but we are not responsible for the operation of these trips.
Please consult your doctor for up to date advice at least one month before traveling or call the Health Advice for Travelers on 0800 555777. We recommend that you only drink water from sealed bottles or cans. Travelers on long haul flights should be aware of Deep Vein Thrombosis syndrome and non smoking policies imposed by airlines. Most overseas hotels and means of transport are not equipped to cater for the needs of many disabled holidaymakers. Please make sure that your special needs can be catered for before booking your holiday. There are no special vaccination requirements but the following are recommended: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A & B inoculations and malaria tablets.
Please visit www.doh.gov.uk
LOCAL ASSISTANCE During your trip, if you need some help, please contact our local representative or our local office who are the most efficient people to deal with local problems. Due to time difference and long distance phone call, it is not advisable to contact our London office unless the matter cannot be resolved locally. Please note that we cannot refund your phone calls if you choose to phone our London office instead of using our local service and support.
USEFUL TIPS Travel light: It is advisable to travel light as you may need to walk to and from train/bus stations and must carry your own luggage on and off trains and through stations. It's a good idea to take with you light items of clothing that can be washed and dried overnight. Respect : Visitors are expected to take off shoes and walk bare feet when entering temples and mausoleums. Certain religious buildings require that people dress conservatively. If you are unsure about the customs, our local staff will be happy to answer any questions.
Vietnam/ Cambodia/ Laos/ China by Rough Guides. China by Lonely Planet. Myanmar by Lonely Planet. Vietnam by Insight Guides. Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia/Myanmar/Thailand by Footprint Handbooks.
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL While enjoying your holiday, please respect and protect the beautiful destinations visited. You are encouraged to support environmental projects including nature conservation, protection of wildlife and preservation of historical monuments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT US ON 020 8617 3358.