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review 29 Jul 2013

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

The old town and cycling in Hoi An.

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

Pack lots of light weight clothes, leave room for shopping and pack a good light weight waterproof!

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

Benefitted local people and projects.

review 11 Apr 2012

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

The home stay on the Meakon delta and the National park. I also love kayaking and seeing the wild monkeys in Haylon bay.

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

There are long travel days so bring books and cards, although the guide was great and no one got bored.

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

The whole ethos of the vacation was on sustainability and local services. We visited an orphanage and played with the children and many local charities supporting victims of Agent Orange, but I was most impressed with the support for disabled artisans, allowing them to support themselves and make a good living from their work.

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

Absolutely brilliant.

review 5 Sep 2011

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

Cambodia - the temples of Angkor Wat are a true gem; Phnom Penh and its museums as well as the recent Cambodian history were heart breaking but very educational. Vietnam - Halong Bay is stunning, but overcrowded even during low season.

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

The trip I booked consisted of 2 trips. The first is mainly in Cambodia and it is an excellent trip, true to the responsible travel philosophy. The second is mainly in Vietnam and was overall disappointing.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The part in Cambodia possibly benefited local people, but there was nothing responsible or sustainable about the trip as organised in Vietnam.

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

Enjoyable, some great memories, but certainly not outstanding. I have been using the same provider for a few years now, but will reconsider using it in the future. I imagine it is still a good choice for some countries but has become the victim of its own success and the type of agency I would normally try and avoid in others (Vietnam).

review 11 Jul 2008

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

Staying in a remote raft house in the middle of a lake surrounded by rainforest and gibbons!

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

Take some comfortable sandals which you can walk or climb in, not just flip flops!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes we usually got public transport, and we stayed in homestays although the families we stayed with were quite well off already.

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

Good - lots to do and see, plus time to relax.

review 15 Jan 2006

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

I think discovering the way of life of the Vietnamese people, particularly in the remote rural areas and the open friendliness of the locals. I also found the food very affordable and very fresh.

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

I would advise them to have patience, be open minded and willing to accept things that you do not see at home. Also be prepared to sacrifice a little comfort when not staying in hotels.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I believe the tour benefited the local people which is something I feel is not always the case with other tours. I like the idea of pooling money to use as a kitty for tipping the guides.

4. Any other comments?

Although it was a big culture shock, our tour guide had everything organised in advance and really had a passion for his country. Mostly the warmth and hospitality of the people was ever-present.

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