2 independent reviews for Northern Thailand and Laos cultural vacation

Reviews for Northern Thailand and Laos cultural vacation

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review 3 Dec 2019

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

Visiting the Hill tribes and also the Plain of jars sites. The images of those people and places will stay with me as will the insights into the challenges of their lives. The COPE center about rehabilitation of those injured by ' bombies' was also very thought provoking about the whole situation.

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

Take clothes that will dry easily overnight and don't need ironing. Even if you used the laundry service it didn't always come back fully dry and definitely not ironed.

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

Yes although I would encourage people to buy more from the hill tribes direct as there is not only a big mark up in the city but middle men get the profit. ( night markets are also often people from the hill tribes selling direct as well). One area for development was the large number of plastic water bottles used. Could not a large container be used and then a bottle be refilled form this ( this happened on one of the boat trips).

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

You see a whole variety , with both a bit of Thailand and then in Laos both countryside and towns. Amazing differences in temperature and life style between them all. We learned so much about the challenges of development and the mixed blessing in having partnerships ( vast amount of Chinese investment and influence going on).

review 15 Feb 2014

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

Visiting Luang Prabang

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

Travel light as there are a lot of one night stays

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

Certainly benefited local people because we ate in local restaurants

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

Very good

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