We LOVED our trip, all your hosts were excellent, the choice of the hotels perfect. Needless to say, I am ready to recommend you to any of my friends or acquaintances who would be interested to visit this part of the world. We loved every host, each one with his different personality, but all with their warmth and care, as well as their knowledge and sense of humor. What made a big impression on us was the special care that they took of Dimitri, who although not incapacitated, needed some extra attention. He never asked for it, because he is a very independent guy and avid traveler, he only needs to take it easy sometimes, but all of the hosts (and especially Ngoc, who treated him like his own father) never left him unattended and showed such respect and care that we all admired.
I am sure the culture and upbringing of people in this part of the world also makes a difference! We appreciated and enjoyed the experience of the private lunch we had in the village after our return from Halong Bay. The people were wonderful and they did so much to please us! We loved the extended family (our hosts), their hospitality, and the food! We were glad we had the opportunity to be accompanied by Khong, who was a wonderful companion and helped us in everything. We were also glad to meet his wife in Hanoi. Charming people, both of them! Hue was very beautiful. Hoi An is so interesting! Siem Reap, what can I say about our experience with the monks? You were right in mentioning that it would be the high point of the whole trip! Sophea was so good and helped us enjoy this memorable day.
Thank you for including it in our schedule. If you ever visit our country, we would all like to meet with the person who contributed to such an interesting and well prepared trip for us!
We had a wonderful experience on our trip from start to finish. Each of the guides made our experience very personal, and gave us a view into the daily lives of the people that we could not have accomplished on our own. The people of Thailand and Laos are so open and warm that it makes spending time in their cities/towns/villages so easy and rewarding, such an ideal escape from our daily lives here in Boston. All the services that you and your guides provided suited our needs perfectly and there were no hiccups along the way. We were very busy and on the go for the majority of time, but the diversity of our daily activities was such that it never felt like the pace was too much. Accommodations that you recommended perfectly suited our travel style, smaller more intimate properties that reflected the culture of their respective locations, and the splurge at the Oriental in Bangkok was special primarily for its ideal location on the river. All in all, there is not a single complaint that we could think of, and we already miss all the wonderful food, tropical fruit, flowers, people, and the friendly attentiveness of our guides, Tong, Ek, and Suree. Thanks again for a memorable experience. We will return to SE Asia, hopefully frequently in our lifetimes.
The Chang Mai accommodations were phenomenal - a lifetime memory for all of us. You planned a wonderful trip!
The trip overall was a really great, unforgettable experience. Very illuminating for the kids. As you know, we had not traveled in this fashion before, through an outfitter such as yours, but doing it that way turned out to both significantly enhance the experience and provide much-needed comfort and flexibility. The guides overall were really good, but we have our favorites. Thanks again very much. Look forward to talking with you.
After being back one week now, recovered from jet lag and caught up at work, I am happy to report we had a wonderful trip. Our favorite places were Halong Bay, Siem Reap and Bangkok. Our favorite guides were Kat, Ngoc, Kien and Cam. My new favorite hotel BY FAR is the Oriental, WOW! But we also loved Hotel de la Paix and Sofitel Metropole. In fact the Queen of Denmark was at the Metropole at the same time. All in all, it was fabulous and we have many great stories to tell. Thanks for your help and suggestions and planning! We really appreciate it!
When you have traveled a lot, to say that a trip may be the most remarkable you have ever taken is a pretty big statement. Wondrous aptly describes the countries we visited, but it was the high caliber planning and quality of the local hosts (guides) that resulted in 16 spectacular days. The level of detail of the itinerary is exemplary and includes information about not only where you are going, but also photographs of each of the guides with their cell phone numbers and bios. There is a definite willingness and flexibility to change the itinerary at a moments notice depending on your desires or energy level on a particular day. We are so pleased with Sandy and Asia Desk that we already recommended them to friends and family for recent trips to Thailand and Vietnam. All returned raving about this team.
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