6 independent reviews for Malaysia family vacation

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review 26 Jul 2018

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

Staying in the rainforest and snorkeling.

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

This vacation had a guide that travels with you the whole time - for us it was too much and not necessary. We are more independent and less risk averse than this vacation. Sometimes felt like being on a school trip.

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

Do not feel strongly one way or the other.

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

Good

Read the operator's response here:

We are so pleased that you and the family had a good vacation, although you are obviously a more independent family than many who travel with us . or the guide was over assiduous. In terms of the vacation benefitting local people, we regret the benefits were not obvious or discussed by your guide. Examples are that because we always have genuinely small groups, we ensure low impact travel and endeavour to spread the tourist dollar around by including off the beaten track destinations. The small group size also enables us to suggest eating and drinking in local cafes and staying in locally owned accommodation which is selected as much as possible for the hotels' eco-profiles. (e.g. Belum Rainforest Lodge) It specifically includes jungle trekking and camping in non-officially protected forest areas (ie not National Parks) which hopefully - if enough other people do the same - may lead to a halt in logging and hunting. We'd love to see you again at another of our destinations and would be happy to offer itineraries and bookings but with more opportunity to explore on your own.

review 24 Apr 2017

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

Meeting the families at the homestay in Kota Aur and exploring the pristine Belum Rainforest were high spots, but we have to say the entire trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Every day had something special to offer. Most of all, we would like to thank our wonderful guide Yan, who enabled the whole family to experience so much of beautiful Peninsular Malaysia. He was a mine of information, patient, kind and wonderful with the children and we feel we have made a friend for life.

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

Take lots of mosquito repellent, jungle trousers (fantastic for snorkeling / kayaking, as well as the jungle itself) and long sleeved shirts, both to wear in the evening and also to cover up to show respect.

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

Yes - our guide was passionate about the environment and is a trained forest guide. We ate locally, stayed in locally operated accommodation, learned about local wildlife and economies and met local people actively working to support conservation . We hope that we 'took only photographs and left only footprints'.

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

An exceptional experience for all the family on so many levels - exciting, interesting and life-changing.

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