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Small group booking vs individual guide

Cork, Ireland
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Small group booking vs individual guide

Thinking of heading over for Christmas with our two boys (aged 3 & 4). Looking at unique travel co in the UK. Anyone any experience - we're adventurous. Any thoughts on small group vs individual guide?

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: Small group booking vs individual guide

Well I think the answer has not much to do with Sri Lanka. It's a broad choice for a tourist, private driver/guide or small group. Some like the first (despite it being more expensive, though in poorer countries like Lanka the difference is not major) and others prefer the latter. At least when the group members were noisy Russians or Italians, we would strongly choose against that model :-)))

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Small group booking vs individual guide

Thanks folks. Yes it is a 'broad choice' or up to the individual traveller. I've done some superb small group tours but to be honest I've never had an individual tour guide just for our family. Seems a little extravagent but seems to be the done thing in Sri Lanka.

Thanks again

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3. Re: Small group booking vs individual guide

My thoughts:

Touring with two young children will be much easier with a private tour when you can stop wherever you like or need to. Your itinerary can be made to suit your and the children's interests and changed along the way if needed.

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Archi

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4. Re: Small group booking vs individual guide

Thanks Archi. From the feedback that seems to be the better option. We thought that the kids may get lonely and the distraction of a small group may help to difuse any conflict but it seems that they'll be distracted enough by the fab country.

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5. Re: Small group booking vs individual guide

There's plenty to enthrall children with the monkeys, squirrels,elephants, completely different sights than at home, tuk tuks, market noise and excitement, maybe a beach, turtles . . . as well as the things adults might like to see and do that children find a different aspect to enjoy. SL people are fascinated by visiting children and will make a fuss of them.

Thirty years ago, one of my children discovered a huge scorpion in the bathtub aged about 4 years old that trip but fortunately was cautious as well as fascinated. Great [ supervised!] learning experiences to be had everywhere!

Have a great time!

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Archi

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6. Re: Small group booking vs individual guide

Nice to read your post Archi. We are travelling to Sri Lanka end of June with our 8 and 7 year old girls. They love wildlife and are quite adventurous. We have hired a driver and van for the 2 weeks.

Can I ask about vaccinations required for all of us - there are lots recommended but what are the MUST HAVES? Any tips on best mozzie repellent?

Julesvern

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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7. Re: Small group booking vs individual guide

To assist a bit:

It's up to the real doctors/nurses to give the medical advice. TA members are just amateurs in this but can give some accents. Which are:

* Malaria (tablets no jabs) only relevant if you stay overnight in the Cultural Triangle and Southern plains (Yala etc.). But even then if it's for a few nights, many people stick to strong skin protection and don't go for the tablets.

* Hep-A (always) and Typhoid (if staying 2 weeks or longer) are tropical must-haves. Diphteria, Tetanus and Polio are worldwide must-haves.

* Rabies, Hep-B and Japanese encephalitis are not needed except for people doing very specific activities.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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