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“Feel mis-sold but maybe we were just naive”
Review of Green Discovery

Green Discovery
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Owner description: Trekking, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, community immersion are some of the highlights Luang Prabang has to offer. Multiple-day treks to the remotest places are rewarding as is the direct contact with people of the forest still deeply immersed in their distinct, centuries old traditions.
Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

We signed up for a bike tour, going to local villages, off main roads in rural luang prabang. The other people on the tour were promised am adrenaline filled day of mountain biking, not fussed about seeing villages. So we weren't a great match. Whilst the tour was good value and we saw some fantastic sights, it was just too hard for us. 44km through muddy hilly tracks in 33 degree heat wasn't really our idea of fun. We should have asked more questions before signing up really and others probably got annoyed having to wait for slower people. So just be 100 percent sure u know what u are signing up for!! Only for the very fit'

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We signed up for an all day trekking, elephant riding and waterfall tour. We waited until there were a few other participants as the tour becomes cheaper with more people signing up for it. The tour was amazing. Our guide was pretty good. The elephant trek was awesome. I'd done a trek before in Thailand but the Elephants here in Laos were much better treated. The path is also pristine jungle, not a touristy elephant ride on some pre-determined trail. WE literally blazed our own trail through the jungle. The trekking was pretty miserable as it was the rainy season and the mud made the entire thing pretty miserable. By the end of the two hour trek I was bleeding, sore and with a huge smile on my face. If you want to see REAL jungle, this is the way to go.

11  Thank Thtrebuf1
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Green Discovery staff made my visit to Luang Prabang enjoyable and delightful! I spent a day on the Mekong River visiting craftspeople in villages, an amazing Buddhist shrine in a cave, and a riverside restaurant with excellent food! The price was reasonable and our guide was knowledgeable. Thank you Green Discovery!

Thank carlydancer
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Unlike other reviewers we found the office staff in LP very helpful. the person with whom we spoke ran through a range of tours and did so more capably and with greater interest than most of the other operators we had spoken with. We opted for the trip up the river to the caves calling in at two villages. It rained throughout the whole trip but our guide was cheerful and spoke pretty good English. The first village produced local whiskey about which we were given a quick talk and a taste but no hard sell. Similarly in the second village where the focus was silk weaving. we have seen more impressive caves but the history/use of the caves partly made up for that and the exercise after a long stint on the boat was good. Lunch at a decent restaurant was included in the price which itself sharing with another couple was reasonable. Left about 9. Got back 4.30.

1  Thank Fobury
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Took the kayak tour to the 1000 Buddha cave and added an option to see a small elephant camp across the river. Simply put this was a very good tour. You get picked up at your hotel and driven to a spot on the river about 10km upstream from the caves. Kayaking (leisurely) from there to the caves takes about 2 hours. We then visited the elephant camp were it was clear the Mahoots loved the elephants (they have 5) and do not use sticks or nails to make them comply. Bathing with the elephant is simply one of the the best experiences you can do in south east Asia. We then cross the Mekong to see the frankly underwhelming cave and finally get back on the kayak for about an hour to get back to a village where they produce whiskey. From there,back on the truck andback to Luang Prabang. You can also kayak all the way back to Luang Prabang. The guide was excellent and spoke fine English. One thing to note is that this is not a very physical trip because the currant helps a lot. Lunch was provided and was very good but local.

3  Thank FrenchBaron
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