Alison Cathles review 1 Jul 2013
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Traveling across vast plains in the Gobi, with no roads no buildings no artificial light, and stopping to listen to the silence. The immense blue sky. The generosity and kindness of Mongolians. Thunder and lightening echoing around the mountains while we watched from our tents. The unexpected - the tour leader was flexible and a number of times we took unscheduled opportunities to see wildlife, talk to local people, find out about the election that was going on while we were there.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
This trip is for people who want to see Mongolia and get to know more about life for Mongolians rather than just visiting famous places. It is for people who care more about the environment than about luxury. The operator is a company that is small and personal , taking a lot of care to get to know what you are interested in and tailoring the trip in response.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. It was clear that the operator takes great care to operate to the highest standards of fair trade, to benefit local people by taking trade directly to them, and employing people less likely to have other opportunities. Great care was taken to make sure that when we camped we left no trace of having been there, and even to collect additional rubbish when there was an opportunity to do so.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
I am very impressed with this operator. They are the most caring company I have ever travelled with.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for taking the time to write such detailed feedback and for such positive comments.
It was an absolute pleasure to share our Mongolia with you.
I wish you Sain Yavaarai on your future journeys and and I very much look forward to welcoming you back one day to the 'Land of the Eternal Blue Sky'.
Again, a heartfelt thank you, Jess