Asia Transpacific Journeys values our travelers to the Nth Degree. As fellow travelers, we understand first-hand that when traveling abroad your experiences and safety are top priority. We work tirelessly to ensure every voyage with Asia Transpacific Journeys not only lives up to our travelers’ expectations, but surpasses them. It is a matter of great pride when a returning traveler shares their glowing feedback with us. And it with that same pride that we share the following testimonial from two of our travelers who just returned from an extensive trip throughout Asia.
The trip that you arranged for us was an incredible, awesome experience without compare. From our arrival in Singapore up to that last leg of our trip out of Beijing, every single day went without complication or error (other than the two minor hotel mix-ups in Singapore). Enough cannot be said for the value of the ease of travel that was accomplished by working with Asia Transpacific Journeys.
GUIDES: Hands down, what made this trip so outstanding and memorable were the guides. Each one gave us their full effort. We always felt that we were being well cared for and safety never crossed our minds.
Joe in Singapore had to roll with the “punches” of torrential rains in the morning and backed-up traffic in the afternoon. Nevertheless, he gave us a full, very informative day highlighted by a visit to the orchid gardens.
Angela in Bangkok gave us her all while dealing with us two travelers finally feeling the effects of jet lag and heat that we were unaccustomed to. She kept the water and cold rags coming and didn’t waiver in giving us an extraordinary day in Bangkok. The lunch provided overlooking the Chao Phraya River was the best meal of the entire trip (among many outstanding ones).
Kai in Bangkok gave us a truly special foodie tour. It would take finger and toes to count all the tastes, the variety, the “unusuals” (ducks’ cheeks) that we enjoyed. He even added a couple of extras when we expressed an interest. He was conscientious in finding us seating where appropriate, which was not an easy task.
Ruchi in Chang Rai was a rare personality. We particularly appreciated her familiarity with the hill tribes and giving us the opportunity to see mountain life up close.
Pom in Luang Prabang and Ponsovan was the one guide with whom we spent the most time. Many of the most memorable events of our trip were spent with him—the elephant camp, the trip over the mountains, the Bacci and Alms ceremonies, the Lone Buffalo Foundation, the insights into the “silent war,” a walk through the rice fields, to mention only a few. He was part of some of the longest and best days of our trip and he never cut short on his effort. He was always conscientious about our comfort and wellbeing.
Ley in Vientiane was such a happy personality and gave us an outstanding whirlwind tour. When we met him, we realized that this was going to be a much too brief of a visit.
Huang in Hanoi and Halong Bay was a lot of fun to tour with. He had a great sense of humor and was generous with the small touches—offering us sticky rice ice cream, tiny pineapples, a taste of rice “happy water,” a stop at a pearl factory—those things made a special day an outstanding one.
Tuan in Hoi An was a stand out in his command of the English language. We were so grateful for all the guides knowledge of English, however, Tuan was certainly the most easy to understand and gave our ears a welcome rest. We particularly appreciated him sharing his thoughtful insights into Vietnam, its history and its people.
Chuong in Saigon provided an appropriate conclusion to our trip. He was willing to share some time to just visit and help us pull together the many pieces of information that we had accumulated while touring Vietnam and so we could understand the “big picture.” His knowledge of history gave us a good general overview of Vietnam’s story. He was an expert at timing, arranging things perfectly to give us a full experience for our day trip outside of Saigon. Chuong had a knack for making us feel very special.
DRIVERS: These gentlemen were as outstanding as the guides they accompanied! Some performed under particularly difficult conditions such as winding mountain roads and rough unfinished roads or what we viewed as the madness of city driving. The cars/vans were roomy and immaculate and we never once felt unsafe with them behind the wheel. And, again, one of those “big” small touches, they were always quick to open doors for us.
HIGHLIGHTS: There was not a tour or a day that disappointed us. But those times that we will talk most about are our two-day trip down the Mekong River, our visit to the elephant camp complete with elephant ride which included a walk up the river, the forever winding road over the mountains of Laos from Luang Prabang to Ponsovan, the trek through the rice fields to the Plain of Jars site #3, the visit to the Lone Buffalo Foundation class, the visits to the hill tribes of Laos and Thailand, the cooking class in Hoi An, and the night we sat on steps at a corner in Hanoi watching the unbelievably wild and crazy traffic. The most touching moment for me was the film on the “silent war” waged on Laos whose effects are still being felt today. I am so glad that I got to see this eye-opening film.
We also absolutely loved our two-day, overnight cruise on Halong Bay—it was exceptional, magnificent and luxurious! Our room was spacious, with a balcony and a lovely, roomy bathroom, and it was well air-conditioned. The lunch and dinner equaled two dinners, the activities were fun; the staff provided excellent service and were a true pleasure. With so many groups offering cruises on the bay, this was one more instance where the expertise of ATJ shone.
PROBLEMS: I have to dig deep to come up with anything significant. Of course, not surprisingly, we could have used at least just a few more travel days. The late change in hotel arrangements in Bangkok was a bit frustrating but the end solution worked well for us. We were very satisfied with our choice of countries to tour, however, by our choice, it sometimes seemed to be a whirlwind trip that just flew by. Ultimately, we would not change any decision.
IN CONCLUSION: This was an extraordinarily well-planned trip, executed with delightful precision. The exceptional variety of sites, tours and events was amazing. The people we met became friends. We offer a round of applause, a “wave” of appreciation and endless “bravos!” to Asia Transpacific Journeys. With immense appreciation for a job well done!
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