Thursday, November 22, 2012

Scott Kerby * 2 pax | Sapa & Halong Bay | Vietnam

Date: Oct 31 - Nov 9, 2012
Nationality: Canadian

We did enjoy our tour through Sapa and Halong Bay.  Our guides were excellent, very pleasant, knowledgeable and accommodating when needed.  The food was good and plentiful and the drivers were very good. 

The kayaking was fabulous and thank-you to our guide and boat captain for accommodating our interest in paddling as much as possible.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mark Peatey * 5 pax | Cambodia

Itinerary: 8 days tours biking in Cambodia
Date: Oct 6 - Oct 13, 2012
Nationality: Australian

The tour was fantastic and a life long memory. Our guides were amazing, considerate, flexible and knowledgeable. They are immensely proud of their country and its amazing history and culture. The guide, Checq, was particularly amazing and a really beautiful person.

Thank you so much Candy for your efforts in organizing such an awesome family holiday.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Gina Green * 5 pax | Vietnam

Itinerary: Family Adventures in Vietnam
Date: Sep 22 - Oct 03, 2012
Nationality: Australian

We were 100% satisfied with the trip that ActiveTravel Asia planned for our family, our 3 guides were friendly and knowledgeable and the drivers were also very good. All the hotels were better than we expected. We booked the 12 day family adventure tour online in Australia. The walks, bike riding and kayaking were very fun and interesting and the cruise at Halong Bay way fantastic. The food was absolutely delicious, healthy and well prepared. ActiveTravel Asia responded to our emails promptly & phoned us a couple of times to welcome us & make sure everything was okay  They were happy to change the tour itinerary slightly to suit our family needs when I booked.

Thank you so much, it made our travelling experience so enjoyable. Will recommend highly.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Elizabeth * 10 pax | Halong Bay & Cat Ba National Park | Vietnam

Itinerary: Kayaking Halong Bay & Trekking Cat Ba National Park, Vietnam
Date: Sep 24 - Oct 06, 2012
Nationality: Australian

We planned our trip from Australia over the internet. It was for 10 people with varying dietary needs and physical abilities. Ms Candy was fantastic, responding to my emails promptly and leaving us in no doubt as to how much each leg of the journey would cost and what would be provided. The hotels were clean, spacious and comfortable and of the Vietnamese culture as we wanted them to be. The guides were knowledgeable and caring both in Sapa and Halong Bay. The boat provided for our accommodation on Halong Bay was luxurious and the food was stunning. The decoration of the salads and "flowers" made out of carrots and potatoes were really something. We were taken on a fabulous tour of Halong Bay and because we stayed a bit longer than most and also stayed on Cat Ba Island for 2 nights, we saw quite a bit more than the usual tourist spots. Fabulous, relaxing and at a good price. All 10 of us were agreed that you couldn't go past Active Travel Asia for organizing a tour within Vietnam.

Visited October 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Neil Klein * 05 pax | Ho Chi Minh trail | Vietnam

Date: Sep 15 - Sep 28, 2012
Nationality: Australian

G'day Miss Candy;

We have all safely arrived home now!
Thank you for arranging such a great trip for us!
Exploring your country was everything we had hoped for and more. We saw so much in our few days travelling that it was difficult to absorb it all.
Special thanks go to your staff that traveled with us for being friendly and helpful every day. Mr Duc worked very hard to make sure everything was as good as it could be for us and we had so much fun together, he helped to make it a very memorable trip for us.
If we plan to travel in Vietnam or Asia again we will certainly be talking to you first  
Thanks again, wishing you the very best in your life and business


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Georgina Broster * 2 pax | Ho Chi Minh trail | Vietnam

Date: Jul 24 - Aug 3, 2012
Nationality: British

Dear Candy

We are just writing to say a Massive Thank You for our recent tour with you. The whole trip went smoothly thanks to your organisation. We had a wonderful time in Vietnam, our guide Hai was fabulous, he was very good at showing us the sights in each town and looking after us on the roads. The Driver of the back up truck was great and it was really good to have the security of the back up truck with us.

Thank you also for the wonderful surprise in Hue to celebrate our Honeymoon. It was such a lovely evening with the meal, wine, petals, roses, chocolate, boat trip, lanterns and cake! Ed and I were both touched that you had worked so hard to surprise us.

We have been home for 3 days now and have lots of happy memories of Vietnam and our motorbiking adventure.

Many Thanks to all
Georgina and Edward.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Brian Fisher * 2 pax | Northwestern | Vietnam

Itinerary: Motorcycling Northwestern Trails
Date: Jul 1 - Jul 7, 2012
Nationality: Australian

Hi Candy,

Just to let you know we had fantastic time, our guide and driver were both great, we had no hesitation in recommending your company, it was everything you said it would be and more. We will back again, once again thank you...


Visit Jul, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hilary Elliot * 1 pax | Sapa | Vietnam

Date: Apr 28 - May 5, 2012
Nationality: Canadian

My experience with ATA was excellent - from the first response to my enquiry about trekking dates to the hotel booking in Hanoi to the trek itself - all was handled with professionalism and great service. The guide Anh was fantastic - so helpful and made sure that I had a good time. I found the weather on the trek to be much hotter than I expected but the landscape was beautiful and the visits to the minority villages very interesting. The Eco Lodge was beautiful and so quiet - lovely to just sit on the balcony and watch the birds and listen to the trees blowing in the breeze.

Visit Apr, 2012

Helen O'Brien * 2 pax | Sapa | Vietnam

Itinerary: Sapa Long Trails
Date: Apr 1 - Apr 9, 2012
Nationality: Britain - United Kingdom

We booked the Sapa Long Trek with Active Travel Vietnam with an additional 2 days visiting the markets at Can Cau and Bac Ha. The whole trip was excellent and I would definitely recommend it. 

We stayed at 4 different homestays which were like camping barns - comfortable mattresses, clean and warm bedding, and mosquito nets. All homestays had showers with hot water. The food was brilliant and abundant, with non-meat options provided for my partner, and quantities of homemade rice wine at 3 of them.
Our guide, Mr Loi, was excellent and, being from the Tay ethnic minority group himself, very informative about local customs and traditional.

The walking was through lovely scenery and interesting villages, covering a good cross-section of the local ethnic groups. The distances were definitely shorter than in the brochure - I would guesstimate 15km maximum as opposed to the 23km advertised.

It was a long drive between Sapa and Can Cau so that we arrived towards the end of the market but still in plenty of time to people-watch. This and Bac Ha market the following day are principally for the local themselves with only a minority of stalls selling tourist trinkets. They are mainly used by the Flower Hmong ethnic group who are beautifully dressed and take being photographed with a good humor.

Visit Apr, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lucila Parmigiani * 2 pax | Halong Bay | Vietnam

Itinerary: Kayaking Halong Bay
Date: Apr 18 - Apr 19, 2012
Nationality: Argentinian

We did the 2 day tour to Halong Bay with ATA and be couldn't be happier with the result! Everything was perfectly organized, well informed, incredibly punctual. The cabins on the junk were great, the food on board was superb and it allowed us to try a great variety of local dishes. The excursions were well planned and there was always someone around to guide you if you needed it.

The place is amazing and the staff accompanies the outing, so we totally recommend it!

Visit Apr 2012

Martina Kristofcakova * 2 pax | Sapa | Vietnam

Itinerary: Sapa trek & Topas Eco Lodge
Date: Mar 9 - Mar 15, 2012 
Nationality: French

Great agency, from the very beginning till the end! We spent 5 days in the north in March, the guide was excellent, the home stay families very nice, trek awesome. We stayed last two nights at the hotel and we regretted not t stay with the local families longer!!! Everything was just perfect! We did really appreciate, I can only highly recommend!

Visit March, 2012
Martina & Eric, France

Monday, February 20, 2012

DAVID QUISTAD * 2 pax | Vietnam

Date: Jan 27 - Feb 14, 2012
Nationality: American

Good Morning Ms. Candy,

We are now home and remembering our wonderful visit to Vietnam and Cambodia. The experience was so large that it will take months for us to fully understand and appreciate it all. Our guides and drivers were each unique and individual in their own way. All were professional and made us feel well cared for. Excellent choices! All of your lodging choices were comforting and offered great variety. The restaurant choices for lunch and some dinners was truly a work of art. Beautiful foods, beautiful presentations, excellent service and always different in style. The tour itineraries for the most part were complete, well thought out and well presented by our guides. In all cases, the guides remained flexible to our interests and went out of their way to make our visit special. We appreciated the very active days . . . not for lazy people!  It was a very nice touch for you to remain in contact with us throughout the early parts of the trip. It establishes an elevated sense of trust between the client and agency.

Regarding recommendations, you are already doing a great job. For first time visitors like us, there is much unknown so keep trying to provide as much information as possible. Also, your major strength is the quality and thoroughness of your services. keep stressing that as well as the fact that your tours are "Tailor Made" and private . . . just you, a private guide and private driver/private boat. Individual attention is a real plus. The value in your agency is your ability to help one get the most out of their visit "worry and hassle free" at a fair price. Congratulations!

Our very best regards, David and Kathy