Our travel specialist did a great job in working with us during a difficult time of traveling! COVID-19 certainly provided a lot of roadblocks and extra hassles, but they were able to help us go on a wonderful vacation in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. They did a good job of checking in with us and arranging our COVID-19 tests. The driver and the activities they picked were very good, fit our needs, and there was a great mix of different things in our itinerary that we liked. We also loved our accommodation options. Overall we had a great vacation!Some things that could use improvement: Attention to detail- there were some things that were overlooked. For example, their travel contract clearly said we were responsible to get our own country tourist visas. We used another service to help us with this and when there were delays, our travel specialist seemed upset. When we reached out to them, they said that was a mistake and they were doing our visas and the hold-up was on us because we had used another agency to help us with the visas. Very frustrating communication. We had given them our passport and other information months before the trip. I am a US service member and was deployed and did not have access to email at that time- I usually am on top of details like my passport expiring, but this was an unusual circumstance. We then found out two weeks before our trip was set to leave that my passport expired 5.5 months after our trip and we almost were not able to take the vacation- we then had to rush to get a passport. This is why we pay a travel agent to have an eye for detail and the way in which our travel specialist responded to this issue was less than ideal. During the vacation, we had no scheduled lunches. Every day we had breakfast at the hotel, and dinner was planned at a hotel, but during the day we would sometimes wait a very long time before we were able to have our driver find a place for us to eat. Definitely something that should be considered for the next trip.Show More
This travel company provided us with an amazing trip 38 day trip to India. The travel agent met with us several times to tailor the trip to our interests. She provide a personal touch that we have not experienced with most other travel agents. We had some really unique experiences. Our trip took us north and south with, for the most part, excellent guides. Our drivers were exceptional and we really felt well cared for. I would not hesitate to recommend the travel company.Show More
It was very easy to organise the trip and the itinerary via email with our travel agent. He had some great ideas of fun things we could do and guided me towards what routes would fit best.On arrival in Bhutan we had a fantastic guide and driver. They took fantastic care of us, provided us with lots of information on the country and were great fun the whole time!Couldn't have asked for a better trip, thanks so much to everyone at this travel company for arranging it!Show More
The travel company surpassed any other tour experience I’ve had in the past. The field supervisor and driver drove 11 hours to meet me when I first arrived just to reassure me that all was impeccably a organized and that I could rely on the company to provide this level of personal attention. The company presented me with a complete packet that contained hotel vouchers, airline tickets, a map of India, and a pamphlet that detailed my entire trip of 21/2 weeks of extensive travel. I continued to receive personal communication and attention at every step of my trip. As a single older woman traveling alone to India, this travel company took the best care of details to ensure I was well taken care of in terms of safety/providing me with excellent, attentive drivers who spoke fluent English, meeting me at each airport with a company representative who went over next day schedules and provided me with any vouchers or tickets I needed; providing hotels that were works of art in themselves, arranging informative local guides, and giving me a comprehensive tour of India. I learned many details pertaining to various cultures and religions of India as they arranged for me to see several ceremonies. I started at Udaipur and traveled to the Pakistan border and ended in Dharamshala at the Himalayas. The company did everything to make this memorable journey possible!! I highly recommend them to all.Show More
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This travel agency is based in Siem Reap, Cambodia and run by an American as well as talented Cambodian staff. It was planned relatively late compared to the departure date as a solo trip because a previous trip taken with my spouse got interrupted and I had some extra time.
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The hotels they suggested in each place were excellent choices. The hotel in Kathmandu was a historic and interesting building with character but also had all the mod cons and was an oasis in a very chaotic and dusty city. In central Bhutan, the choices are more limited but the places they picked fit my needs and budget well and were fine for me. I loved the hotel in Siem Reap. Amazing service and luxury in a central location.
Guides and Drivers
The guides and drivers in all places were very good to super. I had been to Bhutan before. The country has first-class guides and my guide was even better than the guide on my previous trip. Just a really nice guy who did his best to show me an area of his country that was new to me. He was very good at organizing yet also able and happy to fit in additional stops on the fly, assuming they were feasible. The guide and the driver also found very good places to eat - a big improvement over my travels 10 years ago. It was an honor to stop and have our picnic lunch at the home of my very kind and good driver. On our more difficult hike, they were extremely patient and very helpful with this in-shape American 50-year old who isn't quite used to the air or such steep uphill climbs.
My guide in Cambodia was also excellent. Both he and the driver showed and taught me more about their country, as well as giving good advice when I wanted to spend some time navigating Siem Reap on my own. A real highlight was when a Khmer-American who is an expert on Angkor gave me a tour and accompanied me to lunch afterward.
The guide in Nepal was fine, though not quite as fluent in English. He was a bit younger, though still knew a lot, and it was interesting to get a youthful perspective on the country. The car was a relatively aged Fiat but in good condition and the driver was excellent. My impression is that Nepal is a bit more difficult for tourism and I didn't see tons of other tourists going around in massively better vehicles (car import taxes are extreme) or with better guides. Like all of my guides, he took far better photos with my camera than me (and he was thrilled to play with it).
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Originally, I had thought of going to Laos but was happy they steered me to Nepal instead. It was a whole lot more interesting than I expected - I was more keen in Nepali history and culture than trekking. I'm glad I went because it was both interesting and fit in well with the rest of my itinerary as Kathmandu is one of the places you can stop at on the way to Bhutan.
The itinerary was generally put together very well. The amount of time in each place was really just right. I had been concerned that I would not have enough time in Bhutan's Bumthang Valley but they got it exactly right and the plan was very good.
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Additionally, during the planning stage, the agency was very responsive to my wishes yet also good at making suggestions and explaining alternatives. My travel agents kindly hosted me to a fun high tea in Siem Reap.
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