The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Take this opportunity to walk away from the beaten track in north Vietnam and then cross the border to Cambodia to explore the mystical delights of Angkor Wat.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 47500
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.
Walk through the mountains of northern Vietnam and discover stunning panoramas, layered rice terraces glinting in the sun plus ethnic villages. Then cross the border to Cambodia to wonder at the marvels of the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat.
Our trip begins exploring Vietnam’s buzzing capital city, Hanoi. We will explore some of the history of the city from early times through the French colonial era and up to modern day. Next we head north into the mountains where the best walking can be found. Here, we come across ethnic villages and markets, we cross high ground including the highest road pass in Vietnam, Heaven’s Gate at 2047m. This will be the highest point we reach on this holiday. Areas visited include Mai Chau, Son La, Lai Chau and beautiful Sapa. Tourism is coming slowly to these areas but you will notice a pioneer feel. Local cultures and traditions are still strong in the villages and towns we visit
We return to Hanoi and fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia, our base exploring the temples of Angkor Wat. Set within lush countryside; this massive complex stretches for miles. We also enjoy a boat trip on Tonle Sap and the chance to walk the lakeshore. It was the fertile soils around the lake that feed the Angkor civilisation, thought to be the largest pre industrialised civilisation in history.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We depart London Heathrow on our overnight flight to Hanoi via Bangkok.
Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, our guide will be waiting to transfer us to our hotel. We will have some free time to recover before our welcome dinner with the group at a local restaurant and overnight in Hanoi.
After a leisurely breakfast we set out on a full day walking tour in Hanoi. We start at the former University of Indochina building. Next we visit the National Museum of Vietnam History to learn something of the country's past. During the morning we will pass by some of the most beautiful French colonial buildings including the Hanoi Opera House, Hotel Metropole and Tonkin Palace. We will also visit Maison Centrale, also known as “Hanoi Hilton”, the site where US prisoners of war were jailed during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon we will take in Lenin Park, Hanoi Flag Tower and Ba Dinh Square, home of President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and National Assembly Building. We will stroll along Truc Bach lake to Chau Long Market for a closer look at Hanoian culture in the flurry of a local market. During the day we will cover about 10km at a gentle pace. Finally we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we leave Hanoi for Mai Chau, a scenic town about 4hrs drive away to the west of Hanoi. The route takes us through some of northern Vietnam’s most picturesque scenery, with mountain roads carving through lush foliage and overlooking stunning panoramas. We will stop en route in Hoa Binh to visit the Muong Cultural Space which is dedicated to the heritage and culture of the Muong - Vietnam’s third largest ethnic group. In the afternoon, we visit the enormous main chamber of Mo Luong Cave. In this dramatic setting you’ll hear the legend of the cave as well as a little of the history of Vietnam. We will take a walking tour through local White Thai villages set in tranquil Mai Chau countryside. This is a chance to learn something of the life of Vietnam’s White Thai ethnic minority and experience their warm hospitality and get a rare glimpse inside their traditional stilt houses. We will also explore the local rice fields and learn about traditional rice growing methods that are still used today. Afterwards we have dinner, enjoy a traditional dance performance and overnight in Mai Chau.
Today we continue exploring the Mai Chau Valley as we walk through the peaceful White Thai villages of Na Phon and Na Meo. The walk will take us past farmers working the fields with their buffalo: framed by scenic mountain landscapes with the occasional stop to talk to the friendly locals and perhaps even peek inside their homes. We will take lunch with a local family at the village of Te, followed by a forest hike to the scenic lakeside village of Kha. The walk will cover 16km with some ascents and descents. We should have some free time at the end of the day to relax by the hotel pool or explore Mai Chau further.
This morning, we head to two local villages, Sa Linh and Pa Co, which are inhabited by H’mong hill tribes. Located 1,000m above sea level, the villages are surrounded by fruit trees. Look out for the occasional glimpses of wildlife as you walk along the green mountains. It takes about 40mins to drive up to the higher elevation of Sa Linh. From here it is a 5km hike to Pa Co. The villages are located in the Black and Flower H’mong tribal areas. On finishing our exploration we return to Son La. On the way we pass by Moc Chau, where we stop to visit a tea plantation for more understanding about Vietnamese traditional tea. Upon arrival in Son La City, if time permits, we can visit the site of Son La Prison which was built by the French colonists in 1908 to jail Vietnamese revolutionaries.
After breakfast we have a morning travelling and exploring more of the minority groups in Son La. We will have myriad photo opportunities of amazing mountains heading towards Lai Chau. En route we visit Pu Sam Cap Cave - the most famous cave in Lai Chau. The site includes 3 chambers which will surprise with natural, pristine beauty. After the visit we have short transfer to our hotel to check in and relax. Today we overnight in Lai Chau.
We have an early start this morning as we drive 1hr to Sin Suoi Ho, a Hmong village located 1,500m above sea level. The village is famous locally for the planting of about 20,000 orchids. We start out from the village accompanied by a local guide to walk to Heart Waterfall and Love Waterfall. These beautifully situated falls are a popular sight for the local people. We return to the village for a locally prepared lunch. Early afternoon we continue the walk to visit another ethnic village passing by terraces covering the hills and stretching all the way down into the valleys. After the walk back to Sin Suoi Ho, we will say farewell to the local guide and drive back to Lai Chau.
In the morning we visit Hon Village of the Lu ethnic minority who have preserved tradition and lifestyle. We continue to Sapa via the Tram Ton (Heaven's Gate) Pass - the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. From Heavens Gate at 2,047m, on a clear day you can enjoy the breath taking view of the Fansipan Mountain Range. Mount Fanispan, at 3143m, is the highest mountain in Vietnam. From here we proceed to Ta Giang Phinh Valley inhabited by the Black Hmong tribe. Here we have a chance to witness daily activities of local life such as ploughing and harrowing the fields, growing, harvesting or doing some housework. During quiet months men gather to build new houses or repair parts of old ones while women stay home making their traditional costumes. Finally we transfer to Sapa to check in at our hotel and relax.
After breakfast we will be met by a local guide and driver for a short transfer to Cat Cat village. Our walk today starts from the village by way of a waterfall and local hydroelectric project before continuing on a dirt trail through rice terraces. We eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of the Black Hmong minority. Here we will be served lunch near the river. After lunch, we head toward Muong Hoa valley. We will pass through Lao Chai then Tavan village of Giay minority. We will return Sapa from Tavan by coach and the rest of day is free.
This morning we continue our exploration of Vietnam's ethnic tribes on foot. We drive a short distance southeast of Sapa town to Ta Phin, a large valley, surrounded by high mountains covered by pine forest. Ta Phin commune is home to the Red Dzao and Black H’mong ethnics. Although living close to each other for decades, these two ethnic peoples are very different: The H’mong are thought to be cheerful and open minded whilst the Red Dzao have a reputation for being economical and reserved. We will enjoy an easy walk following village paths around the valley, paying visits to H’mong hamlets scattering from the bottom of the valley to higher mountain slopes. We will walk to a Red Dzao village in which you will meet groups of women making handicrafts includes embroidered clothes, handbags and more. The walking distance will be about 5km today. In the afternoon we transfer down from the mountains back to Hanoi for our final night in Vietnam.
This morning we transfer to Hanoi airport for our flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Upon arrival, after immigration formalities, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. This afternoon we have a chance to take in a taste of the history, the culture and some of Siem Reap’s most awe-inspiring sights during our walking tour. We stroll to the centre of the city and the glorious Wat Damnak Buddhist monastery. This magnificent pagoda and its lush surrounding grounds offer peace and tranquillity in the heart of the temple complex. With huge historical significance, the grounds of Wat Damnak contain Cambodia's largest public library outside of Phnom Penh. You will see monks, students and locals studying in contemplative silence. Next we visit the ancient and beautiful Wat Preah Prom Rath. Built more than 500 years ago, this pagoda has huge grounds filled with numerous statues and sculptures. The oldest part of the site is the impressive front gate with Bayon style carvings similar to those found in Angkor Wat - a taster of the Angkor ruins without leaving the city. Next we head to the Royal Residence. This neat-looking building is one of the King’s residences but it’s the lush grounds that really make this place worthy of a visit. Running alongside the river and home to Yeay Tep Shrine and Preah Ang Chek, these verdant parklands are home to hundreds of towering, ancient trees. The trees provide shelter for numerous beautiful butterflies and huge fruit bats that sleep contentedly by day and wake up at dusk to search for food. Later we will explore the bustling Psar Chas (Old Market), constructed in the 1920s. This colourful and expansive market has a wonderfully frenetic pace and is the perfect place to pick up Cambodian artworks, information about the country’s Khmer heritage and a multitude of souvenirs.
For many today might prove to be the highlight of the holiday. We start with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance. Your next stop is the Bayon, known for the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. The bas reliefs are impressive and tell stories of daily life and great battles fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais. We move on to Phimeanakas, shaped a bit like a pyramid with two ponds in the rear. The ponds were once used for religious rituals but today serve as swimming pools for Khmer children. Walk to the top of the temple for impressive views of the Angkor complex. See the rows of trunks that form the wall of the Terrace of the Elephants, a platform from which King Jayavarman surveyed his army. Close by is the Terrace of Leper Kings. Then it’s a short drive to one of the most loved temples of all - Ta Prohm. This small crumbling temple is held together by giant tree roots giving it a magical feel. We return to Siem Reap for lunch and to escape the hot sun. Then later in the afternoon explore the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. This spectacular temple is a massive three-tiered pyramid, rising 65m from the ground and crowned by five towers. It’s the national symbol of Cambodia and proudly appears on the country’s flag. We end our day with sunset views over the jungle from the top of Pre Rup Temple before returning to Siem Reap.
This morning we will be picked up at our hotel to drive to the shore of the Tonle Sap Lake. Here we embark on a cruise to Kompong Phluk, an isolated Khmer community of three villages built on wooden stilts, rising from six to eight metres high. The community has about 3,000 inhabitants who farm fish and vegetables on floating platforms. During your visit, your boat will take you through mangrove forests, a unique ecosystem that survives on flooded soil for months. Mangroves are also hosts for a variety of wildlife, keep an eye out for birds and especially the crab-eating macaques! Back on land we continue driving to the small village of Chansar. Here we hop aboard an ox cart for a ride through the fields and to the home of a Khmer family who make a living making brooms. Watch how they make brooms from natural materials, and if you like have a go! Then take a guided walking tour around the village where you have the opportunity to participate in fishing, farming or animal husbandry activities, depending on the time of year. Funds from our tour go directly to the community to improve the lives of the people. On the way back to Siem Reap, we will stop at a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from the monks.
After breakfast, we transfer to Siem Reap Airport for our flight back to the UK via Bangkok.
Departure dates for your selected tour
9th Oct 2021 - 23rd Oct 2021 (14 Nights)
6th Nov 2021 - 20th Nov 2021 (14 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
On a tree-lined street in the Old Quarter, the Light Hotel is close by down town Hanoi. The warmly decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, safes and tea & coffeemakers. Other amenities include a coffee shop with a terrace overlooking the city, gym, spa and rooftop outdoor pool.
Mai Chau Mountain View Resort is conveniently located for our excursions. Set a short distance from the centre of town, this 4-star property commands an excellent location. Comfortable rooms include air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and minibars. Amenities include outdoor swimming pool, spa and sauna.
The Muong Thanh Grand Son La Hotel is located in Son La city centre. It is easy to access key attractions and is conveniently located for our travels. Bedrooms feature free Wi-Fi, safes and air conditioning. Recreational facilities include a gym and in-door swimming pool.
Set in a vibrant area, Hotel Muong Thanh offers pleasant rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and tea & coffee makers. A garden features an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a spa and sports complex.
On a hill overlooking Sa Pa Lake and Mount Fansipan, the Hotel Victoria is close by the Sapa Market and the Ham Rong flower garden. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, sitting areas and flat-screen TV, plus terraces or balconies. There's a relaxed restaurant with a terrace and mountain views. Additional amenities include an exercise room, an indoor pool, a cosy bar with a fireplace, a spa and a tennis court.
Hotel Lotus Blanc Resort is 3 km from the Angkor National Museum and the lively nightlife on Pub Street, and 9 km from the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex. Rooms with parquet floors offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and tea & coffee makers. They have sitting areas and balconies with city, garden or pool views. Breakfast is buffet style served in the restaurant. There are also 2 bars. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, spa, and gym with exposed stone panels.
This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Vietnam
The currency in Vietnam is the Dong. It can be ordered in the UK before you travel or obtained from ATM's locally.
Currency in Cambodia
The currency in Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). US Dollars are widely accepted and used for most transactions over US$1.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.
We fly from London Heathrow to Hanoi returning from Siem Reap via Bangkok both ways with Thai International Airways.
Travel in Vietnam and Cambodia is by road and boat. Please note that the road system in both countries is not maintained to the same standard found in Europe, and occasionally detours or delays may occur due to blockages or road works. Even travelling short distances is likely to take considerably longer than you might expect.
If you are joining or leaving the holiday abroad we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will meet the party at the first hotel and leave at the last hotel – please contact us before departure to confirm the hotel details! However, should you wish to join the holiday at Hanoi Airport or wish to make other alternative arrangements, please be sure to let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.
The Vietnamese have introduced a law that says if seat belts are fitted on a coach the passengers must use the belt. Fines can be levied against the passenger not the driver of the bus.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
A valid passport is required and must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Passports must also be in good condition, undamaged and with no missing pages. A visa is required for UK nationals visiting Cambodia. It is not necessary to pre-arrange a visa before leaving the UK. All entry formalities are completed at the border crossings, and payable in US Dollars, the current visa fee is $30. It should be paid in US$ cash. Non-UK nationals should check with local consulates or embassies about visa arrangements.
You should bring a passport photograph, which are needed to obtain your Cambodian visa.
Passport Information for Vietnam
A passport is required and should be valid for at least six months after your return from the holiday. Your passport should ideally be kept in the hotel safety deposit boxes at all times. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to the UK.
A visa is not required for visits to Vietnam of less than 15 days. On this holiday we are in Vietnam for 11 days.
Breakfast and dinners are included in the holiday price. We will take breakfasts at the hotel. Dinners will vary between the hotel and local restaurants. The meals are a mixture of local Vietnamese, Cambodian and international cuisine with fresh fruit being particularly outstanding. Local restaurants will allow us the opportunity to sample traditional and local food. Seven lunches (as shown in the itinerary) are included in the holiday price and will be taken at our accommodation and at local restaurants. Other lunches are not included and are at your own expense. Please note the Vietnamese and Cambodians are not used to catering for vegetarian tourists and although wholesome vegetarian meals will always be provided some may find the food uninspiring. Please see some of the hotel details below for further information. Please note that the water in the hotels is not drinkable but bottled water can be purchased everywhere.
The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Country Specific Kit
Wildlife and scenery viewing experiences are always improved with binoculars. For seeing a bird in the treetops or picking out some detail on the horizon they are invaluable. If you have a pair, please bring them with you on your holiday. On some holidays it will be appropriate to have them with you all the time. Sometimes you might prefer to avoid carrying the extra weight. Your tour leader will always be happy to advise which days it will be particularly useful to take them.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Vietnam
The electricity supply is generally 220V at 60 Hz, although some hotels now operate on 110V, or both. Please check what supply is provided before plugging in any electrical device. Please note that any appliance set for 110V will almost immediately burn out if connected to a 220V supply. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Vietnam
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Vietnam.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Typhoid immunisation is recommended.
You might also like to consider immunisation against Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B and Rabies.
Malaria is present throughout the year in Vietnam; please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.
Dengue fever and Zika virus also exist in Vietnam; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
There have been outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Vietnam but the risk to humans is low.
Health Advice for Cambodia
No compulsory vaccinations are required. Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Tetanus vaccinations are recommended and you may also wish to consider protection against Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis and Rabies.
Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
There is a risk of Malaria throughout the year in all areas except some main cities. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic. Dengue fever and Zika virus also exist in Cambodia; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
There have been some cases of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in poultry in Cambodia.
There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.
Diarrhoea & Boiled Water
Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best.
Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.
Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended. Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.
Further Travel Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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