Nov. 16-22, 2009, “Into the Heart of Tribal Laos”
Three days of kayaking through some interesting rapids; I was proud to be one of three who stayed in his kayak for the whole trip. 2. Great group of people: 6 Americans (4 of whom live in Bangkok) and 1 Thai. 3. The Lao hill tribes brew some potent rice whiskey. 4. Much of northern Laos is jungle and some of it has never been logged; this is because of its rugged terrain. 6. My silk sleeping bag ... a Lao product ... something smooth and cleaner than me underneath some sketchy blankets.
Bob Kieckhefer, Nairobi
Just wanted to thank you again for a terrific trip. We had a great time and learned so much!
Nicole Mull and Rhonda Weir
October 16-20, 2009, “4,000 Islands trip”
Thank you so much for the great trip we had in Laos. I thought all was just perfectly arranged and we really appreciated your local knowledge of the area and adjusted the program accordingly. Also your ability to deal with the different moods of teenager boys is great. They loved the trip and my kids definitely want to come back for a wilder experience with rafting and kayaking some time.
Marijke Whitcraft, Bangkok
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip to Laos. Boun was a great guide. The kids really liked him and he made it interesting for them, and us, big kids too. The boys loved the muddy cycling, where we might have found it just a bit too muddy. Lovely little villages, great to see the dolphins and all the other places we visited.
Debbie Ribeiro, Bangkok
March 4-8, 2009, “4,000 Islands trip”
Thanks also for putting together such a great trip. It was just what I needed....miles away from thoughts of work and the economy (I'm worried about my brother who was cut to half time). I enjoyed out small group immensely. Your friends are a hoot. Please keep me posted on your trip schedule. I'd like to join you on another river someday.
Nancy Wildman, Bangkok
I enjoyed the trip tremendously, especially the rafting and the floating. And the company; they all did fit together very well, and all their stories were a treat. I hope we all we be in touch by exchanging pics.
Walter Unger, Bangkok
November 12-16, 2008, “4,000 Islands”
Thanks again for a wonderful trip. I hope to join more of your tours in the future.
We´ve been talking about the 4,000 Islands experience ever since we parted company with you and Jim. It was one of our best and most memorable "adventures" in more than 30 years of international travel. Such good company, fascinating riverine landscape, a great and varied set of activities and just the kind of off-the-beaten-track excursions we treasure.
Jim Peare and Diane DeRocher
November 7-9, 2008, “Down a Winding River”
Hi there !! We had soooooooooo much fun!! The whole trip was great but the highlight was the kayaking. Both Yai and Mung, our guides, were what made it that much more fun. They were really great!!
I expected the trip to be exciting but it far exceeded our expectations, truly. Laos is so beautiful and we had great weather. Thank you so much for organizing for us! Hopefully we can do some more kayaking soon!
Deborah Bonfield, New York, New York
July 2-4, 2006, “Nam Ming-Nam Khan”
The guides were very friendly and hardworking. I would travel with you again to explore more of people/places of this corner of the planet.
Alex Marinelli, Milan, Italy
The highpoints were going through the rapids on my own and kayaking for 3 whole days! And staying overnight and the great lunches. This has been a great experience.
Andrina Tan, Singapore
Highpoints were arriving in Luang Prabang, temple visits, the solitude of the river, and the local people. Steve and the country are the drawcards.
Michael Carter, Sydney, Australia
We thoroughly enjoyed the Laos river trip and have actively talked about our experiences with each other and with friends every day since our return, including today! I thought the trip was well organized, well executed, and definitely better than expected! The group was great, the guides were very helpful and friendly, and the river itself turned out to be much easier and safer than I anticipated. Your thorough preparations, extensive information, and thoughtful answers to my many questions were certainly most appreciated. I was certainly impressed with both the quality and quantity of the food and chilled bottled water throughout the trip - there was never a moment of feeling under-resourced, while I felt I got a good understanding of Lao cuisine along the way. The baaci ceremony was a great to connect with the local villagers, if even for just a brief time. If it's any indication, Andrina and I have already talked about visiting Laos again (although we do have so many other countries on our wish list!) and we'd certainly be up for another river trip.
Mason Wong, San Francisco, California
Still can't believe my daughters and I paddled so many hours, slept with the chickens in the villages and actually had the most memorable time of our lives. Since Michael saw that we survived the kayak trip, he continues to seek more adventure for the Koplin clan.
Gail Koplin, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Once again I want to say how much we enjoyed our time with you and Bune (sp?) and Jim Lehman. We're going through our -- and your -- pictures and reliving much of the adventure.
Jim Peare, Diane DeRocher, Chicago, Illinois
Hi there !! We had soooooooooo much fun!! The whole trip was great but the highlight was the kayaking. Both Yai and Mung, our guides, were what made it that much more fun. They were really great!! I expected the trip to be exciting but it far exceeded our expectations, truly. Laos is so beautiful and we had great weather. Thank you so much for organizing for us! Hopefully we can do some more kayaking soon!
Deborah Bonfield, New York, New York
Dec. 1-5, 2005, “4,000 Islands trip”
Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience. Plan on hearing from us again, we really enjoyed the trip and appreciated your hard work. You made it seem so easy, but I'm sure it was not!
Nicole Mull, New York, NY
Thank you so very much for the most amazing and wonderful trip. I learned so much and had such a good time - I will never forget it.
Jeannine Melly, New York, NY
Nov. 21-27, 2005, “Nam Ha-Nam Tha trip”
Each night we ate and slept in a village of a different cultural group and one day we walked while our guides transported the kayaks and supplies to the next village.
That day was particularly rewarding as we spent a couple hours harvesting rice for a family where the head of the house was too sick to work. We completed this very exciting trip on a motorized long boat that left us at the Laos/Thai border. The trip was fantastic but even better was reading Steve's book when we got back to the US.
This has been a great year for us and it was capped off with our trip with you.
Harvey Toub, Bobbe Jacobs
October 2005, 5-day, “Hinboun trip”
The experience, personality and interests of Steve were key factors in making the trip so interesting. Thanks, it was terrific.
It was a great trip, thanks to good leadership, excellent team spirit. Keep on going; you are fantastic.
H.E. Hans-Peter Erismann
I learned a lot about Laos and especially enjoyed the night in the remote village near the cave.
A truly excellent few days that I will never forget. It rekindled my enthusiasm for widening my outdoor activities. Keep in touch.
Thanks a lot for four great days; it was worth every sore muscle and cranky moan. :-)
Claus and Ute Dorfner
May 2005, “4,000 islands trip”
I really hope we will have more trips like that (and even with the same people with whom I am in nice contact).
Dr. Susanne Siebert
December 2004, “17-day trip which included the 4,000 Islands”
There was enough great material for stories, that no embellishment will be needed. However, I am still wondering how many water buffalo one of us could have gotten if we chose one of the two girls. Thanks again for an amazing and wonderful trip.
Tim Yarish, San Francisco, California