So again, let me say we had a fantastic time in Asia, probably the best trip we’ve ever done.
I appreciate all the hard work – everything fell into place, and remember I had asked about someone meeting us in Saigon? When our bus arrived at the hotel our guide was already there waiting to greet us while other people who had arranged tours had to wait around.
Myanmar was a highlight and I’m so pleased we added it to the itinerary and that we spent the full 9 or 10 days there.
I’d rate the tour company a 10/10. The itinerary was perfect with virtually no overlap from city to city, i.e. we didn’t see the same thing twice.
The tour guides themselves were great with a good command of English, very knowledgeable and able to make suggestions for local restaurants, shopping, whatever. I was impressed too that they took us to places where things were made locally rather than something touristy.
Another highlight was the river cruise with Heritage Line. We were lucky in that it was towards the end of the season so there were only a maximum of twenty guests at any time with a crew of around 40. It topped even our experience with Scenic in Europe; the Jahan has bigger cabins and the service was outstanding, not to mention that they had great food. And again, the itinerary was perfect with excursions in the morning and afternoon and a chance to meet the locals and see village life rather than visiting tourist spots.
We were very pleased with all the local guides; I particularly appreciated the air conditioned SUV and supply of bottled water when we were in Siem Reap; don’t think I would have made it otherwise (temperatures were in the high nineties).
The guide in Thailand (Danny) was one of the best; he took such care to make sure my food was perfect for me, i.e. allergy free, and he took lots of photos of us without being asked, etc.
We loved virtually all of the hotels, our favorites being the Apricot in Hanoi, the boutique hotel in Chiang Mai (Puripunn?) the Sunrise resort in Hoi An and the hotels in Bagan and Inle Lake as part of our tour.
One very good thing came out of our flight delay however: the guide took us home with him and then arranged for his in-laws to prepare lunch for us. When David tried to tip him afterwards he wouldn’t take the money saying we had been his guests. It was a wonderful and unique experience. (I made mention of it on the feedback sheet; I really wanted the company to realize what a great asset they have in that particular guide in Hanoi.)
Look forward to planning another trip with you for next year.
Mr & Mrs Channing, Toronto
This was a most educational, emotional and exciting tour we had and the experience will always stay with us.
Right through the trip we had guides and drivers who truly cared about us and accommodated us in many ways even when it was not part of the itinerary. Our trip started from Vietnam to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and finally Singapore. Each place offered its own unique culture, history, food and landscape. We were fortunate to visit our Sponsored Child while we were in Hue, Vietnam.
It is hard for me (to) describe everything. Photography being my hobby I have taken over 4000 pictures.
Once again our many thanks for this wonderful trip.
Mr & Mrs Tailor – Mississauga
If you want to see countries like the ones we went to, or other countries you have been dreaming about, consider doing it the way we did it. I know that Chris and his team of Connoisseurs will be more than helpful in setting it up for you. It was easy to set up. All we had to do was tell them what we wanted to see, and they set up the private tour for us. They also gave us suggestions of other sites we should include in the tour. Out trip included the Angkor Temples in Cambodia, Bangkok, North-Central India, and Nepal (including a flight to Mount Everest).
This is an excellent, if not the best way to see the world.
Mr. & Mrs. Stach – Edmonton