Cathy Adams review 18 Nov 2022
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I loved Luang Prabang - the itinerary could have given more time here. I dropped out of a planned excursion so I could spend more time.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Go straight to Luang Prabang. I don't understand why the trip doesn't start there as there is time in Vientiane at the end. The itinerary makes a feature of the
train journey but that meant a very early start after a long flight which was tiring.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. I liked the use of local guides and restaurants
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Three. I enjoyed the trip and it was generally well organised. It may be that there are constraints due to flight schedules but I felt that it would have been far
better to have had more time in Luang Prabang. We also spent most of one day on an a bus journey from Luang Prabnag to Ponsevhan (?sp) across the
mountains. The scenery was beautiful but the road was terrible and the journey not very comfortable a a result. And it was 8 hours in a bus with only a couple
of stops. on a longer trip that wouldn't have mattered too much. but that is a big chunk of time when the trip is only a week.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you to Cathy for her comments and so pleased that enjoyed many aspects of the tour and in particular Luang Prabang. Just a comment that there are indeed a number of reasons we start the tour in Vientiane - post pandemic, the airport at the capital opened much sooner than Luang Prabang Airport and we therefore changed our original starting place and added a day to the length of the tour. Vientiane remains a much less expensive place to fly to with
many more, and better connections to Intercontinental flights. In addition, the train journey from Vientiane to Luang Prabang is relatively new and many customers do enjoy it. We'd be happy to discuss starting in Luang Prabang to anyone who feels, like Cathy, that it would improve their trip. In terms of getting to Phonsavan, we agree, it is a lengthy road journey, albeit through beautiful scenery, but the only alternative is to fly and as we fly from there back
south, we didn't feel we wanted to add another flight. Roads have deteriorated in parts of Laos during the last couple of years and we are reviewing the itineraries, but can't currently see a better way to get to the Plain of Jars.