I'm currently considering doing either the Indochina in Depth (SAID) or Indochina Adventure (SAIA) next year and have a couple of questions;
Indochina in Depth (SAID)
From the trip notes I see that a Laos visa can not be obtained at the border crossing and needs to be gained in advance. As I would be travelling from the UK I believe my options are to arrive in Bangkok early and get a visa there or to deal with the Laos Embassy in Paris. As neither of this options are great I wonder if you have any advice based on the experience of previous travellers.
Indochina Adventure (SAIA)
The itinerary looks excellent apart from the Elephant Trek on day 27. Having worked at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand during a previous trip with you, and learnt how working elephants are treated I have no desire to have anything to do elephant trekking. Would I be able to avoid this part of the trip?
Thanks in advance ...