Independent travel is not allowed in Tibet. You should join an organized group or use an authorized agency to travel in Tibet.
No, Tibet Entry Permit is required to travel to Tibet.
Yes, View Asia Adventures can arrange your Tibet Entry Permit which is issued two weeks prior to your entry in Tibet.
Photos are not necessary to apply the Tibet Entry Permit since your personal information is enough to get the Tibet Permit.
In addition to the normal medications for traveling recommended by your doctor, you should bring some thing to prevent symptoms of acute mountain sickness. Take time to acclimatize, drink lots of water and bring purification tablets. People suffering from heart, lung and kidney diseases should consult a physician before traveling to Tibet.
Tipping is not a custom in China, thus in Tibet. However, as the tourism develops, tour guides, drivers, and hotel staff do expect tips. If the service is satisfactory, a few dollars to the guide and the driver will be appreciated. While in restaurants and taxis, tips are not necessary.
Religious beggars are an accepted part of society in Tibet. Giving money or food to a pilgrim is considered an act of merit. Donations of two or three Yuan (Chinese currency) are appropriate.
Generally, it is quiet safe in Tibet. Since most Tibetans are devout Buddhists, who believe good deeds will accumulate merit in their next lives, crimes are rare. But tourists need pay attention to dogs