1 independent reviews for Laos tailor made vacation, culture & adventure

Reviews for Laos tailor made vacation, culture & adventure


review 12 Feb 2016

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

My wife and I agreed that our vacation in Cambodia was without doubt the best we have ever had. Every day was different, ranging from the magic of the temples of Angkor, the wildlife, ranging from dolphins to elephants, the sadness of the Killing Fields, the majesty of the Royal Palace to the beauty of Lonely Beach. To pick any one thing was impossible, but if forced to it was the absolute brilliance of the staff of the company at every level, in the UK organising and supporting the vacation and in Thailand as brilliant guides and when due to a travel delay, caused by extreme weather, rearranging and supporting us in a way that actually enhanced our vacation!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take a good camera, you will see so much that it will all blur together after two weeks of diverse excitement. Be prepared for a fair amount of walking, but my wife and I are in our mid 60's and not super fit, but we easily coped. Take suitable walking shoes, and a rucksack to hold items such as sun screen, water, hat etc.. The vacation is however well planned with days of rest and chauffeured driving, to have easier days. This was a vacation for people who want to discover the real Cambodia and do not want to spend endless days on the beach, although we did have time to also do this on some days. Accommodation was generally of a good standard with food good and varied.

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

At all time our guides were respectful of both local people and flora and fauna. Almost without exception everything paid for went to local people, rather than international conglomerates. Often meals at lunchtime were taken at local eating places. We were taken to many local initiatives for local people, such as elephant sanctuary, agricultural and fishing to meet with local people and allowed to support their efforts. Indeed on one occasion we were taken into a school classroom to meet the local children and talk with them. (My wife is a retired teacher).

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

I have never been on vacation before, when about two or three days before coming home, I realised I was actually looking forward to going home! This most definitely was not the case this time. Every morning we started the day thinking we knew the days itinerary, but although we did do these things, they only represented a fraction of what we actually did. The vacation was mentally stimulating, I'm sure I learnt more in the last two weeks, than the previous two years, it was without doubt everything I want in a vacation, scenery, happy people, great history, good food, and marvellous beaches.

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