7 independent reviews for Vietnam and Cambodia 15 day tour, tailor made

Reviews for Vietnam and Cambodia 15 day tour, tailor made

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review 27 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Loved the countryside and the absence of other tourists for the most part of the destinations. The initial driver and guide were entertainers and good company as well as informative and helpful, (I understood this more and more as we bumped into other couples to share thoughts, and changed driver and guides later in the tour) which makes or breaks the experience. Loved the personal treatment.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be careful about packing the right clothing. It was much warmer and humid than I ever imagined. Travel as light as possible due to all the changes of venue. Don't worry about the food so much as many might concern themselves with, it's good and it's an experience...even the fried insects. Keep the driver and guide close to you, as they will show you better food, better sights. They will make or break the experience. Don't be squeamish, especially in the countryside.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Maybe benefited local people, but certainly benefited the local people in the "party", which is something that the company should review. One of the things I learned was that services in some instances were clearly chosen due to status of an individual within the party, not the community. I don't believe I exaggerate. I don't really believe that environmental issues or conservation was high on the agenda.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

What I asked for was delivered...credit to the tour operators. There are things that I would have changed in hindsight, mostly to do with the timings and the agenda, and I would be happy to explain this further. We took away many great experiences and sights, and would certainly book through this operator again.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Richard, thank you ever so much for your fantastic and productive feedback - we are always looking at ways of improving our services and the experiences we offer, especially in the more regions we operate in, and your comments are invaluable in achieving this. We strive to ensure all of our trips benefit the local community as much as possible, such as working with a number of local families to host homestay experiences so that it is not just one party that benefits. We are also working closely with our local partners to raise the awareness of environmental issues across Vietnam. For example, we have chosen to no longer operate cruises to Halong Bay due to the negative impact that the mass of tourism to the area has had and instead now sail in Bai Tu Long Bay, a far quieter bay with fewer licensed boats. Nonetheless, there is always work to do and rest assured we will continue to strive for better standards so future travellers can enjoy a meaningful adventure safe in the knowledge their presence is having a positive impact. We look forward to hearing from you in the not so distant future for your next trip!

review 19 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We had a tailor made itinerary for 18 nights and opted to include Hue and the Cardamom Mountains. Most memorable parts: many! Bai Tu Long Bay, the Angkor temples and in particular the jungle temples of Ta Prohm and Beng Mealea / Koh Ker.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Check the weather: avoid the rainy season which varies with location ( North, Central and South Vietnam are different!). Bare in mind that travel plans (especially by road) may be affected 'post' rainy season ( extensive road repairs and much longer journey times). Lengthy journey to Cardamom Mountains due to road repairs currently in progress. Hue and the jungle temples at Beng Mealea and Koh Ker are amazing.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes: theatre and arts performances supported local communities; local markets and traders,

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent in all respects. The organisation, quality of guides and transport arrangements were outstanding. All accommodation was excellent. The personalised itinerary allowed us to achieve all our goals and more. On reflection, we may have chosen to spend more time in Hue and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) instead of the Cardamom mountains ( total journey time in November by road and boat was approx. 8/9 hours each way)

review 17 Mar 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Angkor temples, Bai Dinh, Hanoi water puppet show.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Research thoroughly beforehand, be prepared for heat, humidity and mosquitoes, wear long sleeved light clothing, traffic is manic in Hanoi.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes definately.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Amazing! Truly the holiday of a lifetime.

review 21 Feb 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Vespa trip and Cambodia temples

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take less clothes!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, local guides and local partners used

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent

review 10 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Experiencing a completely different culture. Travelling to different places.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Remember passport photos for visas. Make sure rest days factored in for older travellers. Travel light.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our guides were local. Places we stayed were supporting local tourism. Found the amount of rubbish and plastic waste at tourist locations upsetting. We were given lots of small water bottles as we always needed water to drink. Could the operators not use big containers for tourist to refill bottles?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very well organised. Perhaps would have omitted Cambodia. Found the tipping process difficult - didnít know how much to tip. Would appreciate advice on how much to tip and who expects to be tipped.

review 4 Jun 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Vespa tour in Saigon! Fantastic fun.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take loads of sweets to hand out to the kids along the way!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


review 28 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Many things. Trip to Halong Bay, Hoi Ann, Food Crawl on a scooter in Saigon, boat trip up the Mekong, and Angkor Wat

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do reasearch on Hanoi and Saigon you are only there a full day and donít have time to find your way about effectively. Also take a breakfast bag from the hotel when going to Angkor Wat, saves returning back to hotel for breakfast.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. The Bamboo workshop showed the use of sustainable material. The vegetable farms were interesting

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very interesting, varied and good value for money.The only downside the long haul flights.

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