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Meeneem Tips

Hoe maak je een rugzak of backpack passend?

Voor de meeste modellen grotere backpacks geldt:

  1. zorg dat de bandjes en gespjes van je tas los zijn zodat je de tas makkelijk om kunt doen.
  2. stel het rugpand van de tas in op je eigen lengte.
  3. doe de rugzak op. Als de rugzak zwaar is, zet hem dan op een verhoging of doe hem op via de knie.
  4. maak de heupband vast en trek hem strak aan.
  5. trek (als de rugzak deze heeft) de stabilisatiebanden op de heupband aan (de bandjes die tussen de heupbanden en de rugzak zitten).
  6. trek de schouderbanden aan maar niet te strak.
  7. trek de topstabilisatiebanden aan (de bandjes aan de bovenkant van de schouderbanden), deze moeten strak staan.
  8. doe het borstbandje vast en trek deze losjes aan.
Uitgelicht: Diran ND V-Trax - Lowe Alpine - 60/70L - Woman

Diran ND V-Trax - Lowe Alpine - 60/70L - Woman

Price: 179,00 €

Kenmerken:

Merk: Lowe Alpine
Vorm/soort: Backpack - Expeditierugzak
Materiaal: 420D Dobby en 450D PW / HydroShield
Inhoud: 60 tot maximaal 70 liter
Kleur: Anthraciet (Zwart)
Gewicht: 2120 gram
Lengte rugpand: 36-46 cm

Omschrijving:

  • Uitgerust met een borstband, heupband en een ondersteunend V-Trax rugpand dat afgesteld kan worden

  • De openingen bevinden zich aan de bovenzijde en via twee ritsopeningen aan de voorzijde

  • Extra vakken zitten aan de zijkant, onder aan de voorzijde, aan de binnenkant, op de top en op de heupband

  • Inclusief regenhoes en compressiebanden

  • De binnenkant van de rugzak bestaat uit twee compartimenten met uitritsbare tussenbodem

  • De bovenklep is verstelbaar waardoor de tas tot 10 liter aan extra bagage kan meenemen

Kortingsgroep: 
Korting voor JoHo donateurs vanaf 15%
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Assortiment

 

Light travel & Compacte backpacks

 

Meeneem Tips

Hoeveel kilo neem je mee in je rugzak, backpack, reistas of koffer?

Hoeveel gewicht wil je meenemen?

  • Hoeveel kilo je meeneemt op reis is ook weer zo'n punt waar iedereen een mening over heeft. Oldschool backpackers ( van die gasten die jou altijd vertellen hoe het hoort) zweren vaak bij zo licht mogelijk, daar is afzien vaak wel een soort reisdoel, maar zelden als het om gewicht gaat. De wat meer op comfort gerichte backpacker maakt ruim gebruik van de vele mogelijkheden die er zijn om met lichtgewicht artikelen op stap te gaan
  • Hou altijd de relativiteit in de gaten, overal kan je spullen weggeven of weggooien als je teveel bij je hebt, en bijna overal kan je ook spullen bijkopen als je te weinig bij je hebt
  • Heb je weinig geld, tijd of zin om daar tijdens je reis mee bezig te zijn steek dan wel iets meer tijd in je voorbereiding
  • Uiteraard is en blijft het een persoonlijk kwestie wat je wel en niet mee wil nemen,  dus neem vooral mee waar jij je prettig bij voelt en wat jij denkt nodig te hebben

Wat is nu zwaar of te zwaar?

  • Waar men in de jaren zeventig 25 tot 30 kilo op rug geen probleem vond, zijn er nu zelfs kerels die al beginnen te piepen bij 15 kilo. Licht en zwaar is vaak ook een kwestie van perceptie. Al is het uiteraard nu niet meer nodig om met 25 kilo op stap te gaan tenzij je gaat kamperen, een duikuitrusting mee wil nemen of elke dag in een andere outfit wilt gaan stappen
  • Tussen de 10 en 15 kilo dragen is voor de meesten (man en vrouw ) geen groot probleem. Hoe meer je wilt lopen en zwakker je rug hoe prettiger het is om dichter bij de 10 dan de 15 kilo te zitten. Heb je wieltjes, ga je weinig lopen of rondtrekken,  dan is 15 tot 20 kilo voor de meesten ook nog goed te doen.
  • Vliegmaatschappijen laten je vaak tot een kilo of twintig meenemen zonder extra kosten

Wat weegt nu wat ?

Om een beeld te krijgen van hoeveel iets weegt, staat hieronder een handvat.
 

Spullen van +/- 2 kilo of meer zijn

  • een tentje
  • je rugzak of rolkoffer

Spullen van +/- 1,5 kilo zijn

  • een paar berg- of wandelschoenen
  • een zwaardere slaapzak
  • een licht tentje
  • een lichte rugzak

Spullen van +/- 1 kilo zijn

  • een niet te grote slaapzak
  • een zwaar boek
  • een lichte spijkerbroek
  • een dikker katoenen vest/trui/hoodie

Spullen van +/-500 gram zijn

  • een normaal boek of Lonely Planet
  • een klamboe
  • een lange broek ( katoen of polyester)
  • een lichte dagrugzak
  • een flightbag
  • een dunne fleece
  • een dunne broek of korte broek
  • een paar Teva's of sandalen
  • een volle fles shampoo

Spullen van +/- 250/300 gram zijn

  • een dunne blouse
  • een volle fles aftersun of zonnebrand
  • een paar lichtgewicht sneakers
  • een strandhanddoek
  • een dunne lakenzak

Spullen van +/- 100/150 gram zijn

  • een dunne blouse
  • een stuk ondergoed
  • twee paar sokken
  • een flesje reisshampoo & wasmiddel
  • een sneldrogende reishanddoek
  • een flesje antimuggenmiddel
  • je mobiel

 

 

Advies & Keuzehulp

 

Tips & Keuzehulp

Hoeveel liter moet mijn backpack, rugzak, reistas of koffer zijn?

 Minder, minder, of gewoon wat meer?

  • Je leest her en der dat je nooit een grotere rugzak mee moet nemen, omdat je dan teveel ruimte hebt om teveel spullen mee te nemen ...dat is nou weer zo'n typisch staaltje Nederlandse betutteling, alsof je dat zelf niet kan bepalen. Er spelen gewoon verschillende factoren mee bij het bepalen van de grootte van je backpack, en er zijn flexibele oplossingen te vinden voor bijna elk 'probleem', mocht je een 'verkeerde' keuze hebben gemaakt.

Over het algemeen geldt vaak:

  • Hoe kouder je bestemming is, hoe meer van de inhoud van een tas je nodig hebt
  • Wil je meer kleren meenemen omdat je niet wilt wassen of veel uitgaat dan heb je meer ruimte nodig
  • Ga je kamperen dan neem je vaak meer spullen mee die veel ruimte nodig hebben

Hoeveel liter (inhoud) heb je nodig voor je rugzak, backpack, reistas of roltas?

  • Iedereen lijkt een mening te hebben over hoe groot of klein je tas of rugzak moet zijn. De minimalisten zweren bij zo min mogelijk liters, de comfortable backpacker kiest vaak voor gemak, en de vakantieganger rolt zich soms een ongeluk. Kies vooral wat jij denkt dat goed voor je is, en gebruik daarbij zoveel mogelijk handvatten en overwegingen
  • De inhoud van reistassen en rugzakken wordt aangeven in liters. Je ziet vaak indelingen die nogal varieren bijvoorbeeld van 30 tot 40 liter voor een wat grotere daypack, van 50 tot 65 liter voor een 'dames' rugzak, van 70 tot 85 liter voor een 'heren' rugzak.
  • Beetje vreemd daarbij is dat men er vanuit gaat dat vrouwen weinig mee willen nemen en mannen juist veel ...  Het aantal liters wordt dan gelijk gesteld aan het gewicht dat je mee zou nemen, terwijl dat toch ook echt afhangt van het gewicht van de spullen die je meeneemt. Een grotere rugzak vol lichtgewicht spullen (klamboe/fleece etc) is een stuk lichter dan een wat kleinere rugzak met boeken, schoenen en een volle toilettas
  • Om een beeld te krijgen van hoeveel er in een tas of rugzak gaat, staat hieronder een handvat. Zo kan je zelf een beetje bepalen wat voor tas of rugzak jij nodig hebt.
Spullen van 2 liter zijn (ongeveer)
  • een niet te grote slaapzak
  • een zeer compacte tent
  • een slaapmat
  • een jas, of dikkere trui
Spullen van 1 liter zijn (ongeveer)
  • een normale trui of broek
  • twee schoenen
  • drie Tshirts
  • een groot + klein boek
  • een klamboe
  • een toilettas
Spullen van 0,5 liter zijn (ongeveer)
  • twee klein boeken
  • een medische kit
  • drie paar sokken
  • drie stuks ondergoed

Wat kan je doen als je rugzak of tas te groot of te klein is?

  • Grote rugzakken kan je vaak kleiner maken door de banden aan te trekken
  • Heb je ruimte over dan kun je kleren wat minder opgepropt opvouwen en inpakken
  • Je klamboe of slaapzak kan je vaak heel klein inpakken maar als je daar wat minder moeite instopt dan fungeert het als een soort zachte vulling van overgebleven ruimte
  • Blijkt je tas toch wat klein dan kun je proberen je kleding zo klein mogelijk op te rollen, je kunt vacuümzakken gaan gebruiken, kleding weggooien of een extra rugzakje of vakken kopen en die aan je rugzak bevestigen
  • Koop je onderweg vaak allerlei leuke spullen, dan kun je natuurlijk zaken naar huis sturen of tegen de tijd dat je terugreist een extra tas aanschaffen
  • Ga je voor een korte backpackvakantie dan zal je vaak zien dat je meer mee terugneemt dan dat er heen gaat

Welke pasvorm moet je kiezen bij een backpack of rugzak?

  • Ieder lichaam is anders gebouwd, dus welke rugzak de beste pasvorm heeft, zal ook per persoon verschillen.
  • Pas een rugzak daarom het liefst in een winkel, gebruik hiervoor de elders genoemde tips over hoe je een rugzak passend maakt.
  • De meeste rugzakmerken maken onderscheid tussen een mannen- en een vrouwenmodel.
  • De draagbanden van de vrouwenmodellen lopen net iets anders over de borst waardoor het voor vrouwen beter kan zitten.
  • Mannenmodellen hebben een wat langer rugpand.

Advies & Assortiment

Advieswijzer Rugzakken, Backpacks & Travelpacks

 

    Lang op reis & Wereldreis

     

    Global Companion, Eagle Creek Travelpack

    Cerro Torre, Lowe Alpine

    • Bovenlader, 2 compartimenten, groot draagcomfort ook tijdens langere wandelingen

    Diran, Lowe Alpine Backpack

    Lange & korte reizen met weinig bagage

    Global Companion, Eagle Creek

    Airzone Trek+, Lowe Alpine

    • Bovenlader, met extra hoofdvak toegang aan de zijkant

    Actieve reizen & Langdurige trektochten

    Cerro Torre, Lowe Alpine

    Diran, Lowe Alpine Backpack

    Paar weken backpackvakantie & Festivalbezoek

    Active leisure

    Allround vakantie

    Eagle Creek

    Active leisure

     

    Backpacks & Bagagebescherming

     

    Tips

    0 - Transporthoes (vliegtuighoes/flightbag)

    Wat is een transporthoes?

    • Een transporthoes of vliegtuighoes beschermt je rugzak tegen beschadigingen door bijvoorbeeld de bagageband op het vliegveld of wanneer je jouw tas bovenop een minibus moet gooien.
    • Dit model gaat open op de 'korte' kant; je laat je tas er dus van boven inglijden of je wurmt de hoes van van boven om je tas.

    Een transporthoes (vliegtuighoes/flightbag) meenemen op reis of niet?

    • Vakantie: prima keuze, praktischer dan laten insealen op het vliegveld
    • Wereldreis of lange reis: aanrader, kies een stevige, niet te zware uitvoering

     

    Advies & Alternatieven
    Uitgelicht
    Uitgelicht

    Diran ND - Lowe Alpine - 65/75L - Woman

    Price: 145,00 €
     
    • Reiskringloop of extra donateurs korting? extra donateurskorting van € 179,95 voor € 145,- 
    • Voor wie: exclusief voor JoHo donateurs (€5,- p/j) en abonnees
    • Combinatiekorting; Ja je reguliere korting gaat af van de kortingsprijs
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    Kenmerken:

    Merk: Lowe Alpine
    Vorm/soort: Backpack - Expeditierugzak
    Materiaal: 300D Nailhead
    Inhoud: 65-75 liter
    Kleur: zwart met roze accenten
    Gewicht: 2280 gram
    Afmetingen: 71 x 36 x 29cm

    Omschrijving:

    • Uitgerust met een borstband, heupband en een ondersteunend Axiom rugpand dat zelfstandig op de rug afgesteld kan worden.
    • De openingen bevinden zich aan de bovenzijde en via een ritsopening aan de voorzijde.
    • Extra vakken zitten aan de zijkant, onder aan de voorzijde, aan de binnenkant, op de top en op de heupband. Inclusief regenhoes en compressiebanden.
    • De binnenkant van de rugzak bestaat uit twee compartimenten met uitritsbare tussenbodem.
    Kortingsgroep: 
    Korting voor JoHo donateurs vanaf 15%

     

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      Internationale verzending

      • Verzending buiten Nederland is mogelijk, levertijden kunnen sterk verschillen per land.
      • Verzending & verwerkingskosten (shipping costs): 15,- per bestelling

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      Smokey Slum Tours

      Smokey Slum Tours

       

      Slum Tours in Manila that will change your Life...
      ...and the Life of your Tourleader...

      JoHo Smokey Tours

      Smokey Tours - FAQ

      SMOKEY TOURS GENERAL

      What should you wear during the tour?

      • For the Slum Tour we recommend that you wear covered shoes (preferably rubber) as you may walk in the dirt, especially when it rains.
      • For all our other tours, you can wear comfortable clothing. Women do not need to worry about dressing conservatively but like every culture, by wearing revealing clothing, you can sometimes invite unwelcome attention. We also recommend modest clothing if you intend to enter churches or religious places. Please do not forget to bring a hat and use sunscreen, because when the sun is out, it can get extremely hot!

      When is the best time to visit? Do you ever have to cancel tours because of the weather conditions?

      • We run our tours right throughout the year, but the weather can be a little more unpredictable during the rainy season (roughly from June to November). We will cancel tours 2-3 hours in advance depending on the strength of the rain or winds. We will also cancel tours if a storm signal (number 1 and above) has been declared in Manila before your tour starts. 

      What is the difference between the Group tour and the Private tour?

      • Group tours allow other people to join the tour. Participants pay the price of the tour per person. Group tours start on the regular schedule given by bookings and cannot be changed. Waiting time for participants of group tour is only up to 15 minutes past meeting time before tour leader starts the tour. Please also note that joining a group means that the itinerary is fixed. 
      • A Private tour means you lock the tour to you and your group only. The price is also set regardless of the amount of people joining. That type of tour shows more flexibility concerning the start time or the itinerary, according to your preferences. Please note that the no camera policy (on Slum and Cemetery Tour) is still implemented on Private tours. 

      Can I be picked up from where I am staying in Manila?

      • We are a small organization, we do our best to help our guests. In exceptional cases, it might be possible at an additional cost depending on where you are staying and the itinerary of the tour on the day. 

      How do you maintain the quality of the tours?

      • All our tourleaders coming from different areas covered by the tour so they can give you specific inside information. Our tour leaders go through extensive training before going on the tours and information is reviewed and shared so that it is as accurate as possible. Please note that the tour leaders didn't completed education in tourism. 
      • We value greatly what our customers think and we ask for feedback by using a questionnaire. Questionnaires are a way to see the areas for improvement of both our tours and our tour leaders. 
      • Chris Way, from Reality Tours and Travel, which runs similar well established tours in India, has been acting as our consultant since March 2013.

      Do you do the tours in other languages apart from English?

      • Unfortunately, our tour leaders do not speak any languages other than English and Filipino. 

      How do I get to your meeting points?

      • All the meeting points for our tours are located near LRT-1 stations. We usually meet guests at a restaurant/cafe near the LRT-1 station and this information is given via email which is for guests confirmation. 
      • From Makati, Gil Puyat is probably your nearest station on LRT-1, but is quite far away from the hotel area. 
      • On the LRT, there are intervals of about 5 minutes between trains, which can get very busy. Pedro Gil to Tayuman (Slum and Cemetery Tour meeting point) when you are on the train takes about 20 minutes. 
      • The roads in Manila can get very busy. In order to arrive on time for your tour, please allow at least 30 minutes from Malate and at least 45-60 minutes from Makati City.

      How easy is it to use the LRT or MRT (similar to sky trains)?

      • The LRT and MRT are very simple to use. You can either buy a single journey ticket (about PHP 15-25) or buy a 'Stored Value' card (PHP 100 MRT, PHP 150 LRT) which you can use multiple times. Pleae note that if you have to change lines, you have to buy another ticket.
      • Queues can be long for buying tickets and trains can be very crowded at peak times (7am to 10am, 5pm to 7pm). You might have to wait for 2 or 3 trains to pass before you can able to board the train.  

      When I get to the meeting point, how will I know who is the tour leader?

      • They will be smiling, wearing a Smokey Tours T-shirt and ID.

      Can I do more than one tour in one day?

      • It is possible to book two tours in one day. The tours are timed in such way that it should provide enough time to travel from one meeting point to another by taking the LRT-1 line. The longest time it takes to get from one meeting point to another meeting point by taking the LRT-1 is 40 minutes (not yet without waiting time for buying ticket and for getting into one). 

      I want to donate, can I bring goods to the Slum Tour?

      • Please be aware that we don't distribute goods during our tours. This may cause unwanted attention and is distracting for other people who attend the tour.
      • Donations (food, school supplies, shoes etc) can be dropped off at the end of the tour and our tour leader will talk with the social worker about proper distribution of products.

      Note that if you decide to bring the donation with you to the tour, our Tour Leader does not carry the luggage/bag you bring. We discourage bringing very heavy luggage during the tour.

      BOOKING/PAYMENT OF TOURS

      Can I just turn up for a tour, or do I have to book in advance?

      • You need to book and confirm all tours in advance. You cannot turn up on the day at one of the meeting points without letting us know as tour leaders may not be there because they could be assigned to other tours. Only go to the meeting point when you have received an emai, text or call from us with information on when and where a specific tour starts. Please don't just show up at the meeting point, to avoid possible disappointment and confusion.
      •  All tours need to be confirmed with us via email. You will need to reply to the email from our Bookings Team, which will provide you with specific details about you tour.

      How far in advance do I need to book?

      • Please book at least 24 hours before the tour is scheduled to commence, preferably via email. Then we can check if there are still enough spots available on the requested date and can confirm this to you. Our tours can book out fast, especially in peak season. If you send us a booking request less than 24 hours before the tour starts, we cannot garantee that we can get back to you before the tour starts. If you want to book less than 24 hours in advance, we would advise you to book by phone instead of email.

      How and when should I pay for the tours?

      • Please pay on the day at the start of the tour in cash. 

      Where does my tour fee go?

      • Guide change in tour leader and add last minute cancelled tours, which are not paid for, education of the tour leader, marketing and administration costs. We try to have as much as volunteers as possible to keep the overhead costs low.

      What are the terms and conditions of booking the tour? Can I amend or cancel a tour having booked it?

      • Please see terms and conditions of booking a tour. In particular please note the "Assumption of Risk'' clause. If you need to amend or cancel a tour, please let us know as soon as possible.

      I am traveling by myself. Can I still do the tour?

      • Yes! We have no minimum number of participants. Group tours are still conducted even if only one person confirms and shows up on the tour as scheduled. 

      Will there be other people on the tour? Can I book a private tour?

      • Yes, there might be other people on the tour. In case you don't want it, you have to book a private tour. 

      CANCELLATIONS

      Emergency cancellations:

      SLUM TOUR

      How do I find the meeting point of the Slum Tour?

      • The meeting point of this tour is at the McDonald's at Good Earth Plaza - Rizal Avenue corner Bustos Street Sta. Cruz Manila. Note: Do not go to the McDonalds at Sta. Cruz Church (this is wrong). The right place is the McDonalds underneath the LRT-1 CARRIEDO STATION (Southbound).

      How long will it take to get to the meeting point from Makati/Malate/Ermita/Global City/Pasig City/Eastwood?

      • The meeting point should be 25-35 minutes from Malate area via taxi and could be shorted as there are more road options. Taking the LRT-1 from UN Avenue/Pedro Gil/Malate stations (northbound) could take 15-20 minutes not including time to get into the train. 
      • For Makati, please allot more time. It could be as short as 25 minutes on some days (Sundays and holidays) but could be as long as 45 minutes to an hour or more if traffic is heavy. Please take note that getting a taxi in Makati in the morning could be difficult in the mornings of work days. 
      • For Global City (Taguig/For Bonifacio), Pasig City and Eastwood, allot 1,5 hours of travel time. 

      Will we visit Smokey Mountain? Is this also the Smokey Mountain Tour?

      • We have replaced the Smokey Mountain Tour with our new Slum Tour because the Smokey Mountain area was seized and closed by the government for public visits in June 2014. We will still tell you about the story of the two Smokey Mountains during our Slum Tour. 

      Is the Slum Tour run on bicycles?

      • No, the Slum Tour does not run on bicycles. It is a walking tour that also uses public transportation (jeepney, pedicabs and tricycles) to get into areas. 

      What will I see in the slum area?

      • The main businesses in the slums are recycling and scavenging. You see how the people live their lives from these industries and others. 
      • We will also pass through the narrow alleys of the residential areas, where you really get a feel of how the people are living and you see the sense of community that exists in the area. 

      Is the slum dangerous?

      • Although we cannot take responsibility should anything happen, we believe that the area is safe as long as you follow the tour leader and the rules. There is a strong police presence in the area and we have written permission of the district we pass during the Slum Tour. 

      Is it appropriate to bring small children on the tour?

      • Visiting the slums may not be suitable for some children especially with the heat and the cleanliness conditions. We require children to be at least 6 years old when they take the tour as some areas could be very slippery if very young children are allowed to walk on their own. We also recommend children get shots/vaccine before taking the tour for further health safety.

      Why can we not bring cameras on the Slum Tour?

      • We like to go into the slum area and be as inconspicuous as possible. We do this by having small groups and by not allowing cameras. We have a STRICT NO CAMERA POLICY as an agreement with the baranggays (local communities) that we visit. Media and writers who were able to take pictures didn't join group tours and they requested their own permit from the baranggays. 

      Is it appropriate to bring small children on the tour?

      • We see no problem with bringing children of any age on the tour. 

      I don't like going on organized tours. Is it possible to visit the slum area on my own?

      • It would be a little uncomfortable going by yourself, particularly without the written permission of the baranggay (local community) which we have obtained. Although the residents are very friendly, they might be a bit concerned at what you are doing and might report you.The area is like a maze and you will not gain the same insight as with one of our tour leaders. Not all slums have the same character. Some slums could be very peaceful and welcoming, but some might be very dangerous to visit even for locals without someone from that slum accompanying them.  

      How does Smokey Tours give back to the community?

      • Smokey Tours gives 100% of its profits from the Slum Tour (minus the tour allowance for the tour leader and the transportation costs) to a beneficiary NGO that supports that community in different ways (typhoon and disaster relief, medical and construction training and help in organizing small centers). You could check the page about our new beneficiary NGO. We also support some local livelihood especially the pedicabs and tricycles and all our tour leaders are from the different areas covered by the tour. 

      Why does Smokey Tours no longer donate its proceeds to BYSMP?

      • Since 2011 Smokey Tours donated 100% of its proceeds to Bahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres (BYSMP). BYSMP provides child education sponsorship, medical assistance and nutritious meals for children. As BYSMP has been empowered for four years, other NGOs may need help more now. Smokey Tours has started donating its proceeds to a new beneficiary NGO, CREST. They provide relief and preparedness for typhoons and other disasters, which affect the slum areas very badly. You can read more on the page about our new beneficiary NGO.

      Can I bring something for the children? Should I give money to the people living there?

      • We ask you not to give anything to individuals, either for the children or adults. This is to avoid unwanted attention as well as the bad feeling of others if they don't get any from you. However if you would like to bring stationery or sweets, then we can distribute them to a suitable NGO in the area. 

      Is there any other way that I can help the people in the slums?

      • Helping the people or families in the slums by giving them money directly may not be the best thing to do as this can cause unwanted attention and bad feelings for those people who may not get the help. You may check with the NGO visited during the tour and see how you can help either by donating to them or volunteering for them if you have more time in Manila!

      MARKET TOUR

      How do I find the meeting point of the Market Tour?

      • The meeting point of this tour is in front of Mister Donut, beside IsetannCarriedo Department Store near LRT-1 Carriedo Station (northbound). Mister Donut should be easy to find if you take the rear exit of the LRT-1 Carriedo Station (northbound). If you would be taking a taxi, please tell the driver to bring you to IsetannCarriedo in Avenida and NOT in Isetann Recto. Make sure the drivers bring you to the right Isetann as our tour leader cannot pick you up or meet you somewhere if the tour has already started.

      How long will it take to get to the meeting point from Makati/Malate/Ermita/Global City/Pasig City/Eastwood?

      • The meeting point should be 25-35 minutes from Malate area via taxi and could be shorter as there are more road options. Taking the LRT-1 from UN Avenue/Pedro Gil/Malate Stations (northbound) could take 15-20 minutes not including time to get into the train.
      • For Makati, please allot more time. It could be as short as 25 minutes on some days (Sundays and holidays) but could be as long as 45 minutes to an hour or more if traffic is heavy. Please take note that getting a taxi in Makati in the morning could be also difficult in the mornings of work days.
      • For Global City (Taguig/Fort Bonifacio), Pasig City and Eastwood, allot 1,5 hours of travel time. 
      • Here is the map of the Market Tour meeting point.

      I am allergic to certain foods, can I participate in the Market Tour?

      • Yes of course, but be aware of certain foods if you have any allergies. Please advise your tour leader at the start of the tour if you have food restrictions/allergies.

      Can I buy things while on the Market Tour?

      • Definitely! However, inform your tour leader if ever you want to make some purchases so that you won't be over charged for items and to also avoid the possibility of paying to someone who is not really working for a shop. Make sure your tour leader is informed when you give your payment and when you get your change - make sure to always count your change before leaving. 

      How is the safety during the Market Tour?

      • Quiapo, the area where the market tour takes place, is relatively safe. Keep in mind that the place is often very crowded so be aware of the potential pickpockets.

      Can I take photos during the Market Tour?

      • Yes, you can take as many photos as you want! Again, it is best to ask your tour leader before taking photos so they can keep an extra eye on your belongings.

      CEMETERY TOUR

      How do I find the meeting point of the Cemetery Tour?

      • The meeting point of this tour is on the 2nd floor of McDonalds in Tayuman Center near the LRT-1 Tayuman Station (northbound).

      How long will it take to get to the meeting point from Makati/Malate/Ermita/Global City/Pasig City/ Eastwood?

      • The meeting point should be 25-35 minutes from Malate area via taxi and could be shorter as there are more road options. Taking the LRT-1 from UN Avenue/Pedro Gil/Malate Stations (northbound) could take 15-20 minutes not including time to get into the train.
      • For Makati, please allot more time. It could be as short as 25 minutes on some days (Sundays and holidays) but could be as long as 45 minutes to an hour or more if traffic is heavy. Please take note that getting a taxi in Makati in the morning could be also difficult in the mornings of work days.
      • For Global City (Taguig/Fort Bonifacio), Pasig City and Eastwood, allot 1,5 hours of travel time.
      • Here is the map of the Cemetery Tour meeting point.

      Can I take photos during the Cemetery Tour?

      • Please note that taking pictures inside the cemetery we visit is not allowed as it is a policy by the city administration. We try to be as less intrusive as possible and to minimize any discomfort our tours can cause to locals. At all other stops during the tour, cameras are allowed, but please inform your tour leader if you want to take photos inside jeepneys or in busy places.

      Can I go back to the cemetery after the tour and take pictures?

      • You can go back to the cemetery, but if you want to take pictures you need to get permission from the administration of the cemetery and they accompany you to take only photos in certain areas (not of the community). People caught taking pictures inside the cemetery (both local and foreigners) without permission would be first repreminanded then if seen again, brought to their office and pictures would be deleted (you could be also fined). Officials roam around the cemetery in a car or on a motorcycle and could stop you if they see you taking photos.

      Can I buy flowers during the tour? Why is it not allowed for guests to wear red?

      • Filipinos can be very superstitious and these advice are given to follow some practices. The guests can buy flowers if they want during tour but the reason why it is not recommended will be told during the tour. Wearing red is considered inappropriate by some people living in the cemetery. 

      How does Smokey Tours give back to the community?

      • Smokey Tours doesn't give part of the tour fee to the community living in the cemetery. However, we support the local livelihood especially the tricycle drivers who make their living inside the place. There are guests who have taken the tour and decided to return again to donate clothes and some decided to distribute food or school supplies but do it discretely or not in crowded areas to avoided unwanted attention.
      • Some of our guests planned to organize feeding, medical missions or teaching sessions in the area. Should you decide to do so, you may coordinate with the administration office of the cemetery to ensure it would be in order.

       Should I give money to the people living there?

      •  We ask you not to give money to individuals, either for the children or adults. This is to avoid unwanted attention as well as the bad feeling of others if they don't get any from you. 

      Are there restrooms inside the cemetery?

      • Yes there are, but you might have to pay PHP 5 to use some because water in the area is bought.

      Family Tour

      How do I find the meeting point of the Family Tour?

      • The Meeting Point is in McDonalds in Good Earth Plaza, UNDERNEATH the LRT- I Carriedo Station. There is only one McDonalds underneath the LRT Station.

      How long will it take to get to the Meeting Point from Makati/Malate/Ermita/Global City/Pasig City/Eastwood?

      • The Meeting Point should be 25-35 minutes from Malate area via taxi and could be shorter as there are more road options. Taking the LRT-1 from UN Avenue/Pedro Gil/Malate Stations (northbound) could take 15-20 minutes not including time to get into the train.
      • For Makati, please allot more time. It could be as short as 25 minutes on some days (Sundays and holidays) but could be as long as 45 minutes to an hour or more if traffic is heavy. Please take note that getting a taxi in Makati in the morning could be also difficult in the mornings of work days.
      • For Global City (Taguig/Fort Bonifacio), Pasig City and Eastwood, allot 1,5 hours of travel time. 
      • Here is the map of the Family Tour meeting point.

      Is the Quiapo Market safe for my family?

      • Yes. However, please be mindful that Quiapo Market can be very hot, busy, noisy and full of smells, during certain times, just like most local markets elsewhere. What one family feels comfortable with, can feel uncomfortable to others, so please take your own standards into consideration when booking a Tour. Keep in mind that the place is often very crowded so be aware of the potential pickpockets. Please contact us for more information when in doubt. 

      Can I bring my child in a stroller?

      • We discourage the use of strollers since the Market can be very busy and the underground is not even.

      What is an ideal age for children to join?

      • Since it is a Private Group Tour, there is a lot of flexibility to cater to the needs of your Family.  The Market is an interesting place to explore from a young age. We recommend the Tour for children who can walk themselves without having problems with the weather. Age depends on the child, but 4 years and older should be ok.

      Can I do the Tour with adults only?

      • We recommend the Family Quiapo Market Tour for adults since there is so much more to see and share than what fits in 90 minutes. If you would like to have a longer Tour around the area, we recommend our Market Tour.

      Are there restrooms at the Quiapo Market?

      • Yes there are, but you might have to use the facilities in local restaurants or fastfood chains around the area.

      Can I take photos during the Family Tour?

      • Yes, you can take as many photos as you want! Again, it is best to ask your tour leader before taking photos so they can keep an extra eye on your belongings.

       

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