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“Kayaking on the Nam & Mekong Rivers”
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 May 17, 2014

Recommended, quiet serene paddle down the rivers (after the rainy season, water is higher and faster as well). Stopped at Pak Ou caves. Guides were lovely

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Reviewed May 6, 2014

We did a half-day hike through local villages to the Kuangsi Waterfall. This includes lunch atop the waterfalls, time to swim, and a stop at the bear sanctuary. My experience was mixed. On the one hand, it was nice to be outdoors, our guide Anu was very nice, and the picnic lunch was tasty and authentic. Of course, the waterfalls are beautiful. The beginning of the hike is more engaging, with the villages and the changing scenery. Unfortunately, once you start going down through the rainforest, the variety is gone and it's much less interesting.

I was also a bit disappointed by Green Discovery's overall organization and communication. The employee at the office downtown was less than helpful - he was curt and offered little information beyond what was on the printed guides. Furthermore, he misrepresented the hike. He described it as an easy, shorter stroll, but we found that one stretch was strenuous (particularly in the heat) and the whole thing took several hours. In addition, we were the only 2 members of our group to actually meet at the Green Discovery office - the others were picked up along the way, and I was confused why we weren't given that option. Could be more professional.

Thank gkincaid
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TsongMae, General Manager at Green Discovery, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2014

Dear Traveler! Thank you for the review. You are very right, at some level, service could be better and we are working very hard on it despite the recurring shortage of resources in Laos. Some agencies have chosen to employ non nationals to ensure a proper 'western' service in sales Outlet, I sincerely wish that we will not have to go that way as we wish to pursue training and capacity building for the Lao people to reach a level of service travelers are expecting. Result so far are very good.
A survey on customer satisfaction for that specific excursion showed last year than 12% of people were not completely satisfied with the length and difficulty of the trek, among then half thought it was too short/easy and half too long/difficult...It is often the case with day trekking and hikes.
As for the pick up, green Discovery offers this to all the people going on a excursion with us (within reasonable distance!). I am sorry the sales agent at the office didn't mention this to you.

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We did 2 trips with this company during our stay . Our first trip was the 1 day kayaking tour on the nam kon. I was to learn later that the name in lao means lazy river. I wish I knew it before, because the river fits its name and is a little boring. The nature around the area and some of the views were nice. We also visited the tad se water fall on this trip,water fall was interesting, but a little too built up around it. There are several things to do at the water fall. Ride elephants,swim, hike, eat at the restaurant. We hiked around into the jungle. There are many trails and we went until we saw signs that the land was part of a private elephant park , so we turned back. It would have been nice to have a trail map so we would have known how far we could go. Trail was cool, and the water was clear. We saw many small fish. Next was lunch. It was good , with plenty of food.
okay the bad ,up to this point some of the comunication with the guides was lacking. It seemed our guides were new to this trip too. One of the other guests asked if thers was a place to change at the river she was told there was and when we arrived there was not. Number 2 , we passed a village we were supposed to stop at. Number 3 , we also make a stop at Henry mahout grave, well the guides did not know where it was. We stopped first at the wrong spot. Only after asking around did the guides figure out where it was. So I cant say it was the best trip but it was okay. Guides were friendly and accommodating. But lacked professional ism at times.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

This wasn't really a trek, more odd a walk through several villages. There wasn't a lot going on, but the people were friendly and the guide was informative. We didn't appreciate the stop at the "weaving village", which was really a stop to pressure us into buying silk scarves. If you want an immersion into Bill tribe culture, I think the longer trek would be better.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We booked with Green Discovery for a one day tour to the Pak Ou caves (Buddha cave) near Luang Prabang. It was a day trip that they group with a visit to a handicraft village as well as a whisky village. We opted to pay extra and have the trip just for the four of us. We are glad we did, some of the boats were pretty full and still only had one guide so would have been less informative. As it was we could ask our guide as many questions as we liked, and could hear the comments as we were such a small group. The caves were good, whisky village and handicraft place were clearly set up for tourists, but still interesting. The best part of the day was just cruising along the Mekong watching people going about their daily routines. All in all we enjoyed the day, we were picked up from our hotel and dropped back, and the guide was informative.

1  Thank Kathy L
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