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review 30 Nov 2022

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

The boat trip through the 7km Kong Lor caves (a huge, pitch black natural tunnel in a very remote location) was spectacular. We were the only visitors that day, so had a much different experience from “peak tourist”. Great for us, but less so for owners of the dozens of other parked up boats.

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

Pack light, bulky suitcases & wooden plank jetties to small boats don’t mix. (even if someone else carries) Be prepared for bumpy roads and some long bus journeys. Be flexible. Don’t expect everything on menus to be available.

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

Most definitely. The hotels were all small, locally run, struggling to get back up to speed after Covid. We ate in locally run restaurants, often with only 2 or 3 staff!

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

We really enjoy the ethos & organisation of all these tour operators trips, with this being our 4th with them. It was truly an “off the beaten track holiday”, taking in some very remote sites (historic, scenic, cultural) which would be virtually impossible to do on your own (except by motorbike) and where there are (currently at least) very few (sometimes none!) other tourists. Travelling on small wooden boats on the Mekong is fun, and gives time to take in the jungle type scenery. Tourism in both Laos & Cambodia appears to have been much damaged by Covid, so facilities in many places are limited, and roads in remote places have not been maintained.Thus, at times, the days seemed long & the mini bus journeys arduous. The hotels, as ever, were small & quirky, with most owners/managers doing their very best to provide a good level of service.

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