Trekking Tips


Trekking is one of the most popular activities for people visiting South-East Asia. But there are few key factors in every trekking trip that you should be aware of before you set out. These include…
1. It will always be muddier than you were told it would be. This applies even if you were told it would be really, really muddy. Because it will be muddier than that.
2. There will be stepping stones that aren’t really stepping stones as there will be at least one significant gap. This will mean you either need to take your shoes off and tread into water of unknown depth with bare feet, or you’ll have to take the same gamble with the certainty of getting your shoes wet for the remainder of the trek.
3. No matter how tame the trek, you will end up bleeding at some point. Unless it is due to leeches, you will never quite work out how you’ve cut yourself.
4. You will forget to bring something, even though you’re given a clear list of what to bring with you. It’ll never be disastrous, but it will be a nuisance. Ie. You’ll be without water for the first couple of hours, you’ll not bring a towel so you have to drip dry, you’ll forget sun cream and go back bright red. Or, more likely, you’ll forget to bring anything to swim in so you either have to get your shorts soaking wet or do it in your pants when you get to that lovely waterfall pool.
5. If you go swimming in your pants, lots of people will turn up as you get far enough into the water to make backing out an impossible option. By the time you leave the water, there will be a herd of people, all disgusted by your clearly outlined genitalia.
6. You’ll always do the trekking trip when you really need to get laundry done and you can’t do it the next day due to needing to catch a bus or plane. That means your only clean clothes to wear will be a heavy pair of jeans and the tacky souvenir T-shirt that you were given in a bar/ terrible tourist attraction. You’ll also have to lug a set of filthy, wet clothes around with you for a couple of days.
7. You’ll learn something you don’t want to learn about the local wildlife. Never, ever ask whether snakes live in the area. You will not like the answer.
8. There will an excruciatingly awkward point of the trek where you are taken to a village and introduced to a villager in their house. The conversation will consist of saying hello, nodding and smiling. For at least ten minutes.

You can get Thailnd and Laos included as a stopover on your RTW here