Travel is all about getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things. But we are committed to keeping you safe while you get out there and Run Wild. So there are times when we might have to cancel trips or change itineraries to avoid those pesky problem areas (you know who you are).
• Geckos makes these kinds of decisions based on info from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory. We also check with our local operators, who are on the ground and can give us up-to-the-minute info on the mood and feel within country. We also consider info from other foreign government websites including Britain, Canada, New Zealand, United States and World Health Organisation.
• Geckos tours will not operate if the Australian Government travel advisory reaches Level 5 - Do not travel
• Where possible and safe to do so, Geckos will change itineraries to avoid trouble areas (we'll let you know if there's additional costs)
• Decisions to cancel or change itineraries are made on a rolling basis, because situations and DFAT advice can change at any time. Where the advice is temporarily at ‘Do Not Travel’, we will review the status of our tours approximately 2 weeks before to departure.
Since the start of November 2013, there have been a number of political demonstrations that have taken place in locations around Bangkok and other parts of Thailand. The main protest area was along Rachadamnoen Avenue including Democracy Monument in Bangkok, however this has also expanded to a number of government buildings in central Bangkok.
The rallies have been generally peaceful though there have been some acts of violence. As a safety precaution we recommend that travellers stay away from protests areas, details of which are listed on noticeboards at our hotels in Bangkok.
To date our trips have not been effected by the protests and we expect to continue to operate all of our trips without any interruptions.
In conjunction with our local office in Bangkok, we will continue to monitor the situation carefully.
Updated 17 December.
Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on Friday 8 November 2013 causing a significant number of casualties and widespread damage in parts of the Leyte and Eastern Samar areas. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes and have been displaced. There was also damage reported in other parts of the central Philippines however the big centres of Manila and Cebu City were not badly affected by the typhoon.
After passing through the Philippines, the typhoon hit the north of Vietnam on Monday 11th November by which time it had decreased in strength wand was downgraded it to a Category One storm. Vietnam is a country that is well used to tropical storms and typhoons with this being the 14th storm of the season. Destruction in Vietnam was not a severe as initially expected.
Peregrine and Geckos had some trip running in Vietnam over this time and we have rearranged itineraries and moved our groups out of the potential danger areas. Most interruptions have been to the Halong Bay area where we have had to cancel or delay boat excursions in Halong Bay and instead organise alternate travel arrangements to unaffected areas. As of Tuesday 12th November, local authorities have allowed boats to continue normal operation in Halong Bay and all itineraries from this date onwards will resume as per normal.
Last updated 12 November 2013, 4pm