Pre-trip information

A detailed pre-trip information pack will be sent out to you when you book onto the trip, but here are the main things that you need to know.

Health Considerations

Vaccinations
It is possible that you may require some vaccinations for your trip, depending on the areas that you are visiting.  The operator recommends that you check out the fit for travel website for more travel health information or consult a reputable travel clinic or your GP for information and advice. They also suggest that you allow at least 8 weeks to get all your vaccinations.

Being vaccinated against Yellow Fever and having a valid certificate and a photocopy is deemed compulsory in some countries we visit, especially at certain borders and are needed if you are entering from an Infected country.

Travel Insurance

It is a compulsory requirement that you have adequate travel insurance before you join any Oasis Trip & at the very least are insured for all necessary medical & repatriation costs incurred.

You will be asked to provide the following details to the operator before you travel: travel insurance name, insurance policy number & insurance emergency telephone number. You will also be required to give a copy of your policy with this information to your tour leader on arrival with confirmation that the policy duration is sufficient to cover you for the entire duration of your trip.  It is also wise to leave a copy of your insurance policy with a friend or relative for safe keeping.

It is very important that you are covered for all the activities that you may wish to undertake while on our trip. It is also extremely important that you check the full extent of your cover related to 24 hour Medical Emergency Assistance. In the event of you needing medical treatment you want to know that you have the best cover available to you. Your policy should include adequate Medical Emergency and Repatriation cover as well as Cancellation, Baggage and Personal Liability cover. You need to be aware of EXACTLY what activities your policy covers you for.

The operator offers Overland Adventure Travel Insurance that covers most of the adventure and sporting activities on the trips.

Visas & Passport

Passport
Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after the conclusion of the expedition.  You will need at least 10 pages free to complete the trip.

Visas
Most of the countries on this overland tour require a visa.  All, with the exception of China, can be obtained en route for most nationalities.  Your China visa needs to be obtained before travelling and a Letter of Invitation is required which is included in your trip price.

This summarises the visa requirements for most nationalities:
China – Visa to be obtained before travel, Letter of Invitation required and applied for through the operator (included in trip price).
Laos – Visa on arrival
Vietnam – Visa obtained enroute
Thailand – Visa free and on arrival
Malaysia – Visa free and on arrival
Indonesia – Visa on arrival
Singapore – Visa free and on arrival

All information given pertaining to visas is given in good faith and is accurate, to the best of the operator’s knowledge.  The rules and timings for obtaining each visa can vary enormously from one embassy to the next, and the processes and requirements can and often do change overnight and without prior notice.

The operator will do everything they can, in liaison with their strong support network of local operators and agents, to help you get all your visas in time and with minimal inconvenience and cost.  But please remember it is ultimately your own responsibility to ensure you have all the necessary valid documents for your trip and the operator cannot offer any guarantees that your applications will be successful; these decisions are ultimately in the hands of the officials in the various countries on the route.

What to pack?

Luggage
The less you take the less you have to pack, wash & lug home & you can always pick up extras along the way. Most people make the mistake of bringing too much gear.  Clothes washing or laundry facilities will be available at least once a week.  The climate in South East Asia is tropical so pack for hot and humid conditions with frequent, short, heavy showers.

Equipment
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Small day-pack or small bag to carry daily items
  • Soft rucksack or holdall (not rigid suitcase) – 70 – 90L in size
    Remember baggage is limited to 20kg per person plus one day bag.
Clothes
  • One pair of trainers or boots
  • Sandals / flip flops / jandals / thongs
  • Underwear / socks
  • T-shirts / shorts
  • Shorts / swimwear
  • Jeans / trousers / jog pants / leggings
  • Skirt or dress
  • Sweat shirt / jumper
  • Jacket/fleece & waterproof jacket

It is worth bearing in mind that keeping your arms, shoulders and legs covered will go a long way to prevent causing offence and hassle to yourself. This is true for men as well as women (especially in predominantly Muslim countries). Avoid wearing tight or revealing clothing, but generally on some beaches you can wear what you like. Attitudes in most places visited on this overland tour are fairly liberal, especially in larger towns and cities, and the locals are used to seeing Western tourists, but please respect their cultures and show some sensitivity where appropriate.

Toiletries – note most are available to buy on the trip
  • Soap, shampoo, toothbrush/paste, antibacterial hand wash, lip balm, moisturizer
  • Sun block 30+, after sun, hat & sun glasses
  • Tampons (can buy in most places)
  • Contraception

Personal medical kit
Even though the operator’s trucks are equipped with a comprehensive medical kit, the operator advises you to bring a small personal medical kit as the truck kit is not for general everyday use. It will also be your responsibility to carry your kit on included excursions and optional activities as some local operators may not have medical kits to hand.

  • Antiseptic ointment / antihistamine cream & tablets
  • Paracetamol / ibuprofen or equivalent pain killer (please see the notes re medications in Central Asia for restrictions on certain medications)
  • Eye drops / bath
  • Anti-diarrhoea treatment
  • A couple of bandages (elasticated & triangular)
  • Medication for personal allergies / asthma etc
  • Insect repellent containing DEET
  • Re-hydration sachets / vitamin tablets
  • Assorted plasters
  • 1-2 sterile syringes
  • 1 course of malaria treatment
  • Some suitable antibiotics as recommended by your doctor for infected cuts or to treat severe dysentery
  • Malaria tablets
Personal effects
  • Camera with protective case, spare batteries & memory card
  • Torch & spare batteries (head torch is best)
  • Alarm clock
  • Travel adaptor plug / charger (for cameras and mobile phone batteries)
  • Money belt
  • Personal stereo – there is a stereo on the truck with CD / iPod / MP3 adaptors
  • Towel &/or sarong

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