Visiting Angkor Wat, fantastic place
We had 4, all of them were organised, friendly and competent
Take as little as possible, buy everything there
Reviewed by John Staveley who travelled in March 2012
Two things stand out. Angkor Wat is one of those few places in the world that exceeds your expectations – it is truly awesome. At the other extreme, our bike ride through the countryside around Hoi An allowed us to see lush and immaculately cultivated market gardens and gave us a glimpse of rural life today.
Both of our tour leaders were excellent – Vantha in Cambodia and Phoung in Vietnam. They were both tireless, always cheerful, well informed, anxious that everyone had a good time, and brilliantly well organised. Great assets.
There’s a lot packed into this holiday – it’s an assault on the senses in everyway. You need to enjoy crowded hot cities for their life and vitality. You need to enjoy ruins and be interested in ancient civilisations, And you need to be prepared to contemplate man’s inhumanity to man in the Killing Fields of Cambodia and in the photographs of the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
Reviewed by Ronald David Harker who travelled in March 2012
Scenery in Laos; one of the trip members falling off the elephant into the Nam Khan river (several times!); then capsizing us into the Nam Song in Vang Vieng on the very first rapid and losing her sarong.
Thinh Lai, our guide in Vietnam – the very best tour guide! We missed him on crossing to Cambodia. Other guides, with the possible exception of the Lao guide, were also very good, but Thinh was exceptional – informative, helpful, funny, friendly. He organised optional activities taiored to the group’s wishes and went far beyond the call of duty.
1. Read the pre-departure notes, and stick to the advice in it. You really don’t need to take anything other than what it recommends. 2.Make use of the tailors in Hoi An – excellent value and quality of work. If you have favourite garments you’d like copied, take them with you or bring photos/patterns. 3. Make sure your insurance covers itinerary changes caused by weather. We had to but extra flights because of flooding and not all of us manged to get our money back.
Reviewed by Magdalena Styles who travelled in October 2011
Laos and Cambodia.
Very good. Our Laos leader was slightly impeded by his grasp of the English language, but he was very helpful.
Yes – should have with all the handicrafts I bought!
Kick back and enjoy the experience.
Reviewed by Sadie Ellen Tobin who travelled in November 2010
Cambodia – loved the people (especially the little kids) loved the atmosphere and loved the scenery. I also enjoyed the unusual truck ride from the border to Siem reap!!
I found the tour leader a little patronising but he had some extremely useful local knowledge. He was also very keen to stay as part of the group and joined us for meals etc which i thought i was nice.
Our tour guide did mention about some local projects but not in any great detail
We were only in each location for a few days at a time so we didnt get to fully experience each country (but that isnt a negative of the trip as we were looking for a short tour)
What ever price they offer you – don’t be embarrassed to cut it in half!!
Reviewed by Sian Peach who travelled in May 2008
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