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