Postcard from Our Traveler: A FANTASTIC Guide on Trip to India

Hi Pat!

Just wanted to let you know we’re back from the South India trip. We enjoyed it very much (although the poverty in Mumbai was very troubling). It was an excellent itinerary. We particularly enjoyed the elephant festival (Uthrallikkavu Pooram Festival in Wadakkancherry). We were the only foreigners amongst thousands of Indians. It was quite an experience!

Our tour guide, Jairaj was FANTASTIC. He is truly an asset to your company. There wasn’t a question that he couldn’t answer. And he is incredibly thoughtful – went well above and beyond to make everyone as happy as possible. Richard and I would be most interested in being informed if he ever guides a trip in another part of India. We’d love to tour with him again!

Thanks for all of your assistance!

Cheryl Hillery
Sagamore Beach, MA

Note from Asia Transpacific Journeys: The elephant festival Cheryl visited was the Uthrallikkavu Pooram festivities in Wadakkancherry. Almost totally untouristed, this exuberant celebration features processions of lavishly decorated, caparisoned elephants in headwear of plated gold. Riders carrying white silken parasols ride in rhythm with traditional music, and local crowds gather to watch ritual folk art performances. Surrounding villages vie to outperform the others and dazzle the crowd. Celebrating this little-known local festival affords travelers an authentic, delightful and memorable experience.

Postcard from Our Traveler: Greetings from Vietnam & Cambodia

Hi Tom,

Vietnam VacationKara and Jim here – coming to you from Hoi An, Vietnam.  First, you must know that we are having a wonderful trip.  Our two guides – in Hanoi and Hoi An – have been fantastic.  In case you are interested, we are keeping a little blog of our trip so that our family and friends know we are perfectly fine.  It is http://kjea.blogspot.com.

We leave for Siam Reap, Cambodia tomorrow. Regards and thank you for arranging such a wonderful adventure!

Kara & Jim Macdonald
Chicago, Illinois