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West Africa with Far Fung Places

This trip to Benin, Togo and Ghana was truly amazing! We were in Benin for the national holiday celebrating Voodoo, and were able to see many different voodoo sects practicing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 11, 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017

This trip to Benin, Togo and Ghana was truly amazing! We were in Benin for the national holiday celebrating Voodoo, and were able to see many different voodoo sects practicing and celebrating their religion. We traveled by bus through the countries, stopping in villages and towns to experience the daily life of the people. We visited 15to century palaces and... More 

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aumkathleen, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

Dear Dianne, It was such a pleasure to travel with such an experienced group to West Africa. Too often people travel with the wrong expectations. I'm delighted you enjoyed traveling by bus through the coastal countries of Benin, Togo, and Ghana where the physical geography differs greatly and affects the lifestyle of its diverse people. The area offers so much... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2017 via mobile

I just returned from a fascinating three weeks in Benin, Togo and Ghana in a small group with Far Fung Places. We received a very warm welcome in the predominately Muslim areas of Benin and Togo. We participated in the Voodoo festival in Ouida and enjoyed the dancing, drumming and joy of the celebration with thousands of the people. We... More 

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aumkathleen, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

Dear Mary, Thank you for posting such a lovely review on your trip to West Africa. Togo and Benin are French speaking predominately Muslim countries, but as you mentioned we were warmly received by the locals at the annual voodoo celebration in Ouidah, and even further afield in islamic/animist villages in the far north. As you articulated so well, it's... More 

Napa, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Absolutely wonderful trip to Bhutan. Far Fung Places is the absolute best. Every detail was perfectly arranged. Our Bhutanese guide was absolutely wonderful. Group nice and small. Accommodations excellent. But best were the personal experiences they gave us, such as lunch at guide's home, visit to his lama's, lunch and discussion with a leading female author with her own museum,... More 

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aumkathleen, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your lovely review on your recent trip to Bhutan. It always makes our team smile to receive these positive reviews. I am pleased you enjoyed the home cooked meal at Karchung's family home in Trongsa, as it is one of the highlights of the trip. Our guest speakers really go beyond the... More 

Kentfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

My wife and I took a 9-day trip to Bhutan in October 2016. The trip was completely organized, packaged and delivered by Far Fung Places. We were completely blown away by our trip! The hotels were fabulous, the locations we visited were stunningly beautiful, the itinerary was flawlessly executed and our guide Phun Wongdi was incredibly professional, knowledgeable and experienced.

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aumkathleen, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of Bhutan with Phub Wangdi, one of our superb guides in Bhutan. We always strive to give our clients the best experience in Bhutan, and when we get a lovely review like yours, I know it's because our team in Bhutan has worked their magic to make it a perfect trip for you. Thank... More 

Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

In October, I went with Kathleen Fung of Far Fung Places to remote islands in Indonesia. I had never taken a trip like this before, and it truly was beyond my wildest dreams. It was absolutely FABULOUS! We were on a boat (Damai 1) that normally takes people diving in the area, but our group was there to visit these... More 

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aumkathleen, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

It was a real pleasure to travel with someone who was an inspiration for all of us. I'm delighted our exploratory cruise was so rejuvenating, and judging from all the photos we have of you dancing your heart out with the locals, we know this trip suited you well! On behalf of the 24 crew and staff on Damai, plus... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

We just got back from an 11-day trip in Bhutan. It was more than a visit - it was an experience. There is beauty everywhere: from the many Bhuddist temples to the textiles and arts, and to the surprisingly diverse countryside. The food was delicious, and most of the hotels were first-rate. We greatly appreciated the personal touches from Far... More 

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aumkathleen, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

Dear Karin, Kadrinche-la (thank you in dzongka) for such a lovely review. I am blessed to work with such a great team in Bhutan: Tshering is one of the country's best guides; Ugyen really takes care of our clients on the road; and Khandu and her staff at BTCL always work so tirelessly to make sure all the details are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

This was a comprehensive experience of Bhutan in a mere 11 days. Never rushed, our relaxed, entertaining and informative tour guide, Karchung, kept us moving along comfortably with a stream of information and laughter. Our group of 8 was a compatible and a well-balanced bunch, divided when necessary for varying activity levels. Our driver, Sangay, a former monk, navigated the... More 

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tashidelek1, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

Thank so much for this beautifully written review––much appreciated. Tashi Delek, Dennis (JD) Keser More 

Potsdam, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

We travelled to Bhutan with Far Fung Places and had an excellent adventure. Kathleen Fung coordinated our trip flawlessly and Karchung was a superb tour guide. We had some apprehension about traveling to this distant land with children (ages 11 and 14) , but the staff from Far Fung Places made everything perfect. Throughout our trip we felt cared-for and... More 

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aumkathleen, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

Thank you for your complimentary review of Bhutan and Karchung, who is such an ambassador for his country. Having escorted family trips during the summer monsoon months, Karchung knows how to balance the needs of parents as well as children. On behalf of our superb team in Bhutan, Kadrinche-la! KZurich Fung More 

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2016

This trip to Southwest & Southern China was nothing short of magical. The trip was well planned and escorted by Kathleen Fung of Far Fung Places visiting the colorful Ethnic Minorities and viewing some of the most dramatically gorgeous mountain scenery. Kathleen chose an excellent guide who was both well educated and related to the Miao tribal people. He was... More 

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aumkathleen, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

CJ Thank you for your complimentary review of your recent trip to Southwest and Southern China which introduced us to many ethnic minorities who still followed their traditional way of life and made their crafts by hand. I appreciate your mentioning our guide in Guizhou, who really personalized the trip by introducing us to time-honored festivals such as the return... More 

Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2016

My wife and I took the Far Fung Places trip to West Africa with a couple with whom we have travelled previously in Madagascar and Melanesia, the four of us sharing two Toyota Land Cruisers, a well-informed guide, two reliable drivers and a cook. The first 6 days of the trip (in Benin and Togo) were just we had hoped... More 

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aumkathleen, Owner at Far Fung Places, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of West Africa. Please allow me to respond to the comments that you have made. The program to West Africa highlights the French speaking countries of Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso, and Ghana, a predominately Christian country on the coast. Due to safety we do not fly between these countries, but we journey by road... More 

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