Postcard From Our Traveler: Our Trip of a Lifetime

Travel to Asia

Our trip has been incredible!  We are in Hong Kong now until 3/3, but we are
done with the whole part you helped plan.  And I want to tell you that
everything you said was true.  :-)

Having you/your company take care of all the arrangements was a major plus
factor, and as you had said, if we could afford it, it was well worth the
money.  This type of travel, flying from point to point with passport
controls, hotels, languages, etc. is very wearying, and we feel that the
reason it was less so was because we were met in each country.  This took
some of the foreignness out of the experience.

For us, having the cruise to break up the being on the move format was
delightful.  Of course, the sightseeing was superficial being in each place
such a short time, but we mostly like the ship life of having everything
there and easy.  We would have done better to have had you arrange for land
tours for us from the ship, as you suggested.  Many of them were silly
stopping at different factories, etc.

Here is a little feedback, which I think you would want, but honestly you
are hearing from some EXTREMELY satisfied clients.

The guides were excellent; they were all such nice people, friendly, and
eager to please.  The one in Myanmar, her name is Toe Khin Khin, was far and
away the best.  And having her fly with us to Bagan (our favorite place)
made things so easy.    She had lots  of information,  laughing and so much
fun to be with, sensitive about what her clients like to do, and the most
rare quality she has is fitting in with the exact mood that is called for.
For example, when we were in a temple and feeling spiritually connected or
watching a sunset, she laid back and just enjoyed that feeling with us.  She
pointed out special opportunities that we just lucked into:  seeing the
children’s novitiate procession in Bagan and also attending her coworker’s
wedding reception.

Hotels were beautiful.  One thing that amazes me is that none of them had
more than 2 dresser drawers for clothing.  We sometimes had an additional
little cabinet brought to the room.  Of course a cruise ship spoils us all,
since every nook and cranny is outfitted with more drawers and closets than
you could use.  The pool in Siem Reap was fabulous – gorgeous, huge, warm –
although the room was quite tiny.  The pool in Laos was not heated, and with
the 30 degree drop in temperature at night, it was unusable.  The charming
manager Eddie said they have a plan to heat the pool in the future.

Tom, the choice of places to go, how much time to spend in each place, the
sequence of when to go where — was just about perfect.  We appreciated your
info book encouraging clients to speak up and tell their guides what they
like to do best.  When Toe told us that our second day in Bagan was going to
be spent on a 3-hour drive each way to Mt. Popa, we said NO WAY.  We could
not tear ourselves away from the spiritual other-worldly experience of just
being amidst these pagodas.  So we stayed in the area and found marvelous
things to do.

Thank you so much for the work you put into making this a trip of a lifetime
for us.  We will never forget it and hope we have a chance to recommend you
to others in the future.

Kind regards,
Lenore & Peter,
New York, NY

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Lenore and Peter embarked on a custom Asia trip, discovering: Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Singapore. Their custom itinerary was planned by Asia Travel Specialist, Tom Lastick. This was their first trip with Asia Transpacific Journeys.

A Postcard From Our Traveler: Fantastic Extension in Cambodia

Cambodia

An amazing extension you planned for us…we loved it.. Huot was a really good , sensitive and knowledgeable guide…he mother henned us and informed us and was open to talking abt Khmer Rouge days ..He was understanding of our need for rest and cooling down !!! Do submit our recommendation for him.

The Koh Ker Beng Melia extesion was a fantastic wonderful surprise…to feel like Henri Mouhot with no one , virtually there…. FANTASTIC !!!!

Connected with Thuzar tho all too briefly as the hotel botched up room numbers and left her sitting in the lobby.  Alas. but got to see her wedding pix and cute crawler baby pix.

Our Cambodia time felt like a whole other trip  …wonderful.

Many thanks for all your planning.  We enjoyed the other couples as well though being younger they had a whole lot more energy.

Took in the Angkor theater  also… very nicely done in air conditioned comfort.

Many thanks once more,

Sandra L.
Cambridge, M

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Sandra is an Asia Transpacific Journeys travel veteran. This was her eight small group trip, arranged by Asia Travel Specialist, Rebecca Mazzaro. We continue to look forward to helping her plan her next big journeys!

To learn more about travel to Asia, or to begin planning your journey with a Travel Specialist, please call 800-642-2742.

A Postcard from Our Traveler: A Trip We’ll Treasure

 

John H. of Wisconsin recounts his experience with one of our group trips to Vietnam:

Linda and I returned home this afternoon after a great trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Bali.

We had a fascinating time and all the arrangements couldn’t have been better.  Thanks to you and your Asia Transpacific Journeys colleagues for helping make this such an interesting and memorable trip.

The guides and drivers in each country were all helpful and informative and went out of their way to help make our visits outstanding.  The hotels were excellent, and the detailed itineraries interesting and very well geared to our interests.

In short, we had a terrific time, and more than once turned to each other and said “Asia Transpacific really has done a great job!”

Thanks for making this a trip we’ll treasure.

Best regards,

John H.
Mineral Point, WI

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John embarked on a Custom Southeast Asia trip organized by Asia Travel Specialist, Chris Dunham. This was John’s first trip with Asia Transpacific Journeys.

Learn more about custom or small group trips to Southeast Asia by speaking with a Travel Specialist today, 800-642-2742.

Travel to Thailand and Cambodia: Top 10 Things to Do

Here are a few of our favorite things to do in while traveling in Thailand and Cambodia.

10. Thailand: Interact with the locals in hill-tribe villages of the Yao, Akha, Chinese Haw, Lahu and Lisu.

9. Cambodia: Be one of the first to cross the newly opened border into southern Laos by boat and explore the pristine Ramsar wetlands.

8. Thailand: Learn to ride an elephant in Northern Thailand.

7. Cambodia: Travel by by boat from Phnom Penh to the Mekong Delta.

6. Thailand: Kayak through the caves of Phangnga Bay.

5. Cambodia: Enjoy cocktails at the studio of famous photographer John McDermott.

4. Thailand: Go on an exciting food tour of Bangkok.

3. Cambodia: Trek through the Virachey National Park.

2. Thailand: Stay in an exclusive luxury tented camp on the Thai-Burmese border.

1. Explore the Angkor complex by bicycle.

For more ideas for travel to Thailand and Cambodia, check out our website or call one of our travel specialists at 800-642-2742.

Asia Transpacific Journeys: How to Travel to Cambodia

 

The Banyon is serene, other-worldly

Plan a vacation in stunning Cambodia! Learn about the exciting things to see and do, and plan your Cambodia trip with Asia Transpacific Journeys.

Mysterious ruins amid stunning waterfalls, lush jungles, and sugary beaches are only a few of the wonders you’ll find here, and there’s nothing standing between you and the extraordinary. Planning an exciting and unforgettable Cambodia tour is easier than you think. Follow these steps to simplify your journey to this land of countless beauties.

1. Call Asia Transpacific Journeys to speak with our Cambodia travel agents.  Whether you decide on a small group tour or a custom journey, our team of experts can help with every detail.

2. Decide when you want to travel to Cambodia. The weather is pleasant year-round, but the winter months are the least humid.  Temperatures peak around April, and a wet season from early summer to mid-fall brings heavy, quick downpours that present no problem to most visitors but may hinder travel to remote locales.

3. Before your trip, research Cambodian sites, culture, and history. We suggest starting with our recommended reading list and customized travel guide. A trip to Cambodia is incomplete without standing in awe of Angkor Wat, the ruins of the largest religious structure in the world, and Cambodia is home to many more temple ruins. Lucky travelers can see floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, explore mangroves and waterfalls in the Koh Kong Conservation Corridor, and experience a fantastic mesh of history and innovation in the capital city of Phnom Penh.

Your vacation to the mystical land of Cambodia doesn’t have to be complicated. Contact Asia Transpacific Journeys to book your Cambodia tour today!

Cambodia Travel Destination Voted #1 World Heritage Site

The 12th-century temples in Angkor, Cambodia, stand as astonishing remnants of the powerful Khmer Empire that once ruled Southeast Asia. The ancient site last week picked up a new accolade: most beloved World Heritage Site.

That assessment comes from the travel website TripAdvisor, which partnered with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre to find out which sites travelers would recommend as must-see tourist stop.

Do not hesitate to contact one of our Travel Specialists (800.642.2742) if you want more information on travel and tours to Angkor Wat, Cambodia.