2 independent reviews for Laos and Vietnam vacation, Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Reviews for Laos and Vietnam vacation, Luang Prabang to Hanoi

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review 9 Dec 2016

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

Drinking home made "Happy Water" with our guide at his Homestay in a tiny village amongst the Sapa rice terraces. Sitting in the remote Golden Buddha cave temple near the Nong Thao Lake when 4 monks came in and chanted for some time.

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

Be prepared for long stretches of time spent on the road in Laos due to the distances between the key stopovers with not much opportunity to exercise

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

Difficult to say. Certainly the cash we were spending went directly to local people.

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

Laos does not have the "Wow" impact that Vietnam and Cambodia have on first visiting . However it is very easy and safe to travel and the people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. They do not (yet) see tourists as walking ATMs :-)

review 28 Nov 2013

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

Visiting a cave which had become a shrine due to a tragedy that happened there during the Vietnam war.....the place was thickly populated by the most incredible butterflies it was a deeply spiritual and moving experience. Our guides were lovely kind thoughtful and patient

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

Don't bring too many clothes you won't need them and laundry can be done easily and cheaply in Laos and Vietnam

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

Yes we were pretty Eco and ate with locals everywhere which was a big part of the fun

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

AWESOME

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