|Air & Land
8 Day Bali Vacation (Los Angeles)
|Sep '23 - Apr '24
8 Day Bali Vacation (New York)
|Sep '23 - Apr '24
The trip was AWESOME....as a first-time traveler with Gate I, it far exceeded my expectations and look forward to my second trip with Gate I in August 2024! While traveling to Thailand and exploring the cities, the sites, the culture, shopping and sampling the foods was such a great experience, I do believe that our guide Nuno, was 100% responsible for making each day an incredible experience which topped the day before! As the trip progressed, it just got better and better. Nuno was very engaging, informative and interactive with our group. He was very attentive to everyone's needs or special request. I loved his stories and sense of humor! He always had a smile on his face and imagine, at times he was as exhausted as we were! But it never showed; he was always smiling and energetic. He made the trip very personal, having us sample typical snacks of the country. We explored farms, the Indigo making experience and additional temples. The final days of the trip in Phuket was a highlight of the entire trip. Both days were filled with excursions to the surrounding islands which was spectacular and magical. The Diamond Cliff Hotel & Spa was a wonderful hotel. If I had one recommendation for the travel itinerary, I would strongly recommend adding an additional day for the experience of relaxing around the hotel before launching off to our travels home. Nuno is a talented guide and real asset to Gate I. Others will so LUCKY to have him as their guide on their Thailand adventures ! Overall, I rate this trip 200% with Nuno responsible for 100% of the trip- making it so exciting for all of us !!!!!!Kimberly D.
I just wanted to take a moment to firstly, praise our tour manager, Paulie. She was organized, knowledgeable, funny, approachable, very personable, and very kind. The amount of information and detail she knows is remarkable! She was helpful to me on so many occasions. She is a huge asset to Gate 1. This was my fourth Gate 1 tour, and it was so enjoyable. We had a wonderful tour experience. I would also like to commend Vong of Laos and Nivath of Cambodia, for their kindnesses and vast knowledge of their tour areas. Their pride of their homes was evident, and made their tours so interesting. I felt very comfortable in their care. I never felt any impatience from any of our leaders or our drivers; we were given the appropriate amount of time for everything we did, yet we moved along at a good pace to see so many things. Our drivers and support staff were phenomenal. Shout outs to Yut and Nun in Thailand, and Pilot in Cambodia. We had several van drivers in Laos; all were terrific! Kudos to Gate 1 once again. I'll be back in June for the next trip!Jane A.
Thank you for the opportunity to express my thoughts about my recent 15-day trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. This was my first adventure with Gate 1 and it will not be my last. My good friend, has traveled with you at least a dozen times and encouraged me to try Gate 1. The days were organized without confusion and the available excursions added flavor to the trip. Most of all, however, I want Gate 1 to know the treasure it has with "Tony" ), our tour director. I have never traveled with a tour director who was so knowledgeable, organized, attentive, and handled challenging guests with grace. At each group meal, he never sat down but glided among tables explaining the dishes. We wondered if he ever ate or slept! He exuded a love of Vietnam that was contagious and treated each guest with respect. He had an innate ability to intuit any possible situation. Many of us will hold future tour directors to Tony's high standards. He made the experience incredibly positive. Thank you Gate 1 for working to provide your guests with great travel experiences!Janet H.
Our tour director for Cambodia and Vietnam was Victor. He was the best tour director we have ever experienced! He was always available and went beyond the Call of Duty to make everybody feel safe, special, and cared for. His knowledge of world history and the history of this part of Asia was incredible. He was so interesting and he shared some personal stories and experiences from his own country that made the trip even better. His overall knowledge was exceptional. He was like a walking encyclopedia and knew answers to everything anyone might ask him. He was always cordial and friendly to everybody in the group. He went out of his way to make the trip fun, interesting, and engaging. He had a great sense of humor and spoke English very well. He kept the group together and everyone got along well. We were like one big happy family. He was extremely organized and provided us with information and schedules needed for each new place we visited. He also included restaurants in the area with detailed information about them and a map showing their location, along with some other activities that one could visit. Victor is an asset to your company and anyone who is lucky enough to have him as their tour guide will not be disappointed. I look forward to going on another tour with Victor! Thank you for and AMAZING trip and experience.Lois T.
We recently returned home from your 16 day Thailand Phuket tour. This was our first time travelling with a tour group and we couldn't have been happier with the group of people we ended up with and even more so with our tour operator Nu. He was so passionate about his country .. his job ... his people .... this showed with everything he pointed out and every stop that was made. This is an action packed tour .... and he took the time to listen to your questions, concerns and opinions. You truly have a great employee with him.Deborah M.
NU our tour manager was just amazing. The best tour manager i have ever encountered with Gate 1. We arrived 3 days early to Bangkok and he was there to greet us and make suggestions. Throughout the tour he was always willing to answer any questions, make recommendations, make jokes and laugh with the group. Our safety and experience was his #1 priority which could be seen in every your we took. It was an absolute pleasure with NU and I will be doing another tour with him FOR SURE.Donna D.
Thank you so much for a fantastic and enlightening trip to Vietnam! This was my first time in Asia at all and I didn't know what to expect; but even if I had had the highest expectations, this trip would not have disappointed. Our tour director, Nghia really outdid himself, and made this introduction to Vietnamese history, culture and people incredibly meaningful to me and my fellow travelers. He made this trip more than a vacation- an opportunity for an authentic glimpse into the Vietnamese heart. And all the while working hard to make sure all the invisible-to-us details were in place and everything went smoothly. I'm so glad I booked this trip! Thank you Gate 1, and thank you to all of the Vietnamese people who went out if their way to make my group feel welcome.Natasha V.
It was amazing, start to finish. The most different country we've visited. Ecuador and Galapagos being tied for our favorite out of our 10 Gate 1 trips. Our guide, Rex, was a wonderful guide. He took care of everyone and his pride in his country is very evident. He's very knowledgeable and a great representative for your company. And the bus drivers do an amazing job. If you've been to Vietnam, you know what I mean! The hotels and restaurants were very nice. I honestly can't think of anything I would want to change about this trip. Maybe have Vietnam moved closer to the US?Janice K.
It was absolutely amazing! This was my 12th Gate 1 Trip and my tour manager, "Yo", was the best tour manager that I have ever had! Yo went above and beyond in everything that she did. Her knowledge about her country was extensive, her enthusiasm was contagious. Yo made the tour incredible!Karen M
How can one do justice to what comprises our experience in a few words? This tour was amazing!! I am a 14 year Gate 1 Travel alum having taken 9 Gate 1 Travel tours since 2009. Without a doubt, our Tour Director for this Southeast Asia trip, Yo, made this a holiday of a lifetime. Yo LOVES what she does. She is very knowledgeable, professional, and treated everyone on the the tour like a dear friend. Yo gave us lots of historical and cultural information providing both context, imagination, and interpretation for what we were seeing, and was more than happy to answer questions. She also offered recommendations of other things to do/ see and places to eat during the tour. Yo made our trip unforgettable and a reminder of why we are Gate 1 devotees. Thank you again Yo - we wouldn't have wanted anybody else to show us Southeast Asia!!!Charles T.
It was unbelievable!! Above all our Tour director Rex was Amazing. He made our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam a wonderful experience. At every step he did things above and beyond his role to make our experience unforgettable. We have taken numerous trips but no one has ever taken time to creat a booklet to enhance our understanding and experience of the places we visited. He loves his country and wanted to show us all what it offers. Rex is empathic, compassionate kind hearted and always available kind of Tour Director. We did so many extra things to have local experiences. All our local guides and Drivers were very good. I wish it was possible to have Rex for all our tours. I know it is not possible but he has set a very high standard for us. I want to Thank Gate 1 for having Tour Director who has lived and experienced the culture. Look forward to our next trip.Shashi B.
I just finished the survey about my recent trip to Thailand, the Classic Thailand tour, which was fabulous in part thanks to our tour manager POK, there is no space for specific feedback on our tour manager POK and wanted to make sure to let you know that he is an exceptional guide and tour manager, without him our experience of Thailand would not have been the same, his in depth knowledge of his country, culture and people is extraordinary, his sense of humor, his humanity and kindness toward all of us, his diplomacy and sensitivity to each individual on the tour was priceless. Both my daughter and I cried when we had to say good bye to Pok, he had become a close friend, he looked after us as if we were his family!!! Please give him a big pay raise because he goes far beyond what is requested of him. he waited with us until our bus went to the airport he was around and reachable at all hours during the trip. Thank you Pok, and thank you Gate 1 for having him part of your staff he is a keeper!!!Michele K.
My trip was wonderful. It had everything I expected and then some. This was a major bucket list trip for me. For over 50 years I've wanted to visit Angkor Wat. Two previous trips had been reserved and cancelled. The 3rd time was the charm. When we approached Angkor Wat and that magnificent temple came into view, I almost cried. Then Tom, our tour manager, made the experience even more special by helping me negotiate the huge steps and also told me stories about the carvings. I would have missed a lot on my own. While the trip was very fast paced, we never could have experienced so much of Vietnam. And yet somehow it didn't seem rushed. I learned a lot about each of the places we visited with information-filled guided tours of the special landmarks at each location. For example: I had no idea of the size of the Mekong Delta not to mention the diversity of life styles from city life in My Tho to a rural home on an island where you walked everywhere or took a oared boat. The Citadel in Hue was amazing and overwhelming. It's hard to believe that so much was destroyed during the war but now has been beautifully restored. The temples, residences, gardens appear to have never been ruined. Must mention Halong Bay. One of the most gorgeous natural area I've ever visited. Sailing on a calm sea on a perfect day with each vista more wonderful than the last, a great way to end a trip. I fell in love with Vietnam. Tom is a very caring person. Since I was the oldest one in the group, he did give me some extra assistance from time to time but not at the expense of the other tour members, as far as I know. He was the best tour manager I've ever had. He's knowledgeable and fun to be with. He is skilled at keeping us organized and on schedule without it seeming like we were being directed. His leadership was a big part of my enjoyment of the trip. This was an extremely memorable experience. Thank you for completing my bucket list in such a delightful way.Rita R.
Our Tour Manager Steve was excellent throughout our two week tour. He was always accessible during the multiple changes of our venue from arrival/departures at airports, hotels, local transportation, etc. Upon our arrival at Siemreap he provided his 19 page pamphlet that emphasized our attention for protection of our carry ons, document security, safety awareness when on the streets and in crowds. It included a day to day itinerary of each location, schedules, times and expectations of the venue. It was very helpful and unique to any other Gate1 excursion we have been on.Susan K.
It was absolutely fabulous!! Née was outstanding as a tour guide and made sure we got to see as much as possible of the country she was proud to show us. The accommodations, the food, the drivers were all wonderful. This was our 5th trip with Gate 1 and we recommend you to all fellow travelers. We have never been dissatisfied. Again, Née, is truly a treasure to your company and we can't say enough good things about her!!Susan J.
I feel like the online review I just completed did not allow me/us to adequately express how amazing our tour manager, Suphannee (Nee), was in her management of our tour group to Bangkok, Laos, and Cambodia. We have done a number of other tours, including several with Gate 1, and two things tend to make or break a trip, the tour manager and our fellow travelers. From minute one of the trip, Nee impressed us with her unique combination of warmth, humor, intelligence, and organization. Our opinion of her only grew throughout the tour as we saw her deal with unexpected events (like a traveler with a twisted ankle) or a festival that she turned into a wonderful cultural experience. She also managed a wide range of personalities with an expert grace that built group cohesion. For example, when some quietly grumbled about the length of a bus ride, she explained to the group about all we would be missing if we flew between cities. In fact, as we reflect, it is those well conceived stops on the longer bus rides that helped to create memories we will always value. For example, stopping to see how indigo fabric was made in a small town and then eating at a restaurant that employed the older members of the community created a memory that will make the indigo pieces we purchased far more valuable. Among our four Gate 1 trips, Nee was by easily our best tour manager. She made it look like everything was running smoothly at all times. She was professional while being friendly to everyone in our group. Her organization and personal skills made our trip a huge successDebra H.
My trip was wonderful, the best part was our Tour Manager: Tan . He made everything perfect for us, addressed every issue or request. Thanks to him, this trip was wonderful. I arrived at Bangkok at 3am in the morning, 2 hours after the scheduled time (delayed bag retrieval and long lines for immigration) and the Gate 1 rep was there waiting for me and kindly took me to my ride, at the hotel at that time Tan was waiting for me as well to give me the welcome greeting and the instructions for next day, that was amazing!! I was not expecting this and it gave me peace of mind because I was traveling alone. But this was not all, I was greatly surprised because Tan not only knows his country and history very well but also during the bus rides he provided information, anecdotes and local believes regarding the places we were visiting as well as traditions and many other aspects of the Thai culture allowing us to appreciate each place and learn stuff that is not found in the internet, all while traveling, making the rides entertained and productive. He also provided us with a very detailed document of our itinerary day by day, with everything that we could need and more. Even for those not doing the optional tours, he added places to visit, addresses, cost, type of ride and where to take it, definitely a very knowledgeable and caring person.Liliana C.
I returned over 2 weeks ago from my trip to Viet Nam and Cambodia and that was an amazing experience! Our Tour Manager, Tran, was absolutely awesome! Tran anticipated our needs at every turn and provided us with frequent hand outs so we could quickly refer to the sheet to know what was upcoming which included local restaurants. It was a fast-paced trip so having that information nearby really helped to navigate the ever changing city/country. I always felt safe while traveling with Tran as he took copious time to explain the culture, city, food and overall highlight for every place we traveled. This was my third trip with Gate 1 in 11 months and this was also my best trip yet! A big part of it was due to Tran being truly the best at what he does which is organize, inform and safely take care of travelers. I left Hanoi with a longing to return and I will. Another plus was on one of the last ride on the coach Tran did a recap of our journey by recalling the activities starting with Phnom Penh and even that was special all due in part because we were still traveling so our memory was fully intact. Gate 1 and Tour Managers like Tran is what keeps me coming back. Thank you to all the Gate 1 Family globally....you all rock!Ixchel C.
Had a Wonderful trip. Steve is the best. He is very knowledgeable of the history, culture etc of his country Vietnam. He is professional, kind, approachable and reliable. He really took care of our group. I will recommend Essential Vietnam, Gate 1 Travel and of course our tour Guide Steve. The tour really showed us the essential in 7 days, very organized tour.Maria S.
We just completed a two week Vietnam and Cambodia with Gate 1. The purpose of this note is to tell you how outstanding our tour guide - Victor was. He went over and above what's called for and attended to the needs of everyone in our group. There were many in our group that had completed several tours with Gate 1 but Victor was head and shoulders above every other tour guide. His total commitment, excellent communication skills, keen eye for detail, and above all his personality- smiling no matter what he is faced with. He was reassuring, calm and an absolute gentleman. We hope guides like him are rewarded well and kept for long by Gate1. This is the unanimous opinion of our group of 35 people!!! He made the tour so much more informative and pleasant. We thank him from the bottom of our heart.Jana I.
The tour director, Jeffrey, was excellent! He was the glue that made the trip a wonderful experience. He was well informed about each area, well organized and helpful. He answered questions with a smile and was helpful making recommendations for each area. Jeffrey went out of his way to personally give a short walking tour of each new area to help us get our bearings. Jeffrey is personable and a definite asset to Gate 1.Gail L.
My trip was extraordinary and is one for the books. This is my 2nd trip with Gate 1, and based upon my experience. I would be hard pressed to travel with anyone else. The itinerary was fantastic, each experience was fun, educational and memorable. I cannot say enough good things about our guides. Nee in Bangkok, Sronoh in Cambodia and lastly Duc in Cambodia and Vietnam were exceptional. Lastly, we were lucky enough to have a great group of fun, flexible and Travel loving people and that always is a relief. I am already missing them.. thanks for checking in, after I recover from this adventure, I will be watching the sales to book my next Gate 1 holiday!Sabina S.
My wife and I had a great time in Thailand with Gate1 Tour 1 Travel. Specially with our tour manager Mr. Parinya. He did an amazing job. His knowledge, kindness, generosity was appreciated. He is such honorable person and very respectful. We will definitely recommend Gate1 to our family and friends. We look forward to our next trip with Gate 1 travel.Mehran L.
My overall feedback is that this was an excellent trip/tour. It featured a full itinerary that included the "must see" places. And coupled with the optional tours, it allowed exploration of not just the cities but we were able to see how the people really live and work. Moreover, the schedule was packed with little to no down time. All of the accommodations were centrally located and very clean. Several were rather elegant. Each breakfast was exceptional with both "western" choices and local food. I also liked the meals that were provided as part of the basic tour and as part of the add on optional tours. Some restaurants were off the beaten path so to speak, which is what I like. Local guides were competent; although, perhaps they tended to provide more information that we could assimilate. Sometimes less is more. The tour manager, Hai T was very good. He is friendly and personable and was always willing to help with routine day-to-day matters and any special requests. He was very organized and detail oriented. And he has a wealth of knowledge about the country and the places we visited. Although, I am not a shopper, based on what I observed from other tour members he provided good tips and where to shop and what percentage to bargain. He also prepared a very good guide-book that outlined the general schedule and provided a lot of other useful information on shops, restaurants and things to do along with some useful language tips. Finally, all of the transportation (bus and plane) was excellent.David C.
This was our 4th trip with Gate 1. All of our tour managers have been wonderful, organized and caring. Tom, our tour guide for Cambodia and Vietnam was beyond exceptional. He created a booklet with each day's schedule as well recommendations for restaurants and things to do in your free time. He constantly delighted us with treats and surprises as well as humorous stories and information about Vietnam. He is the BEST!!Joy K.
Amazing, one of the best trips. Our Trip Mgr Tran was informative, thoughtful, well organized and managed the personalities with grace. He went above and beyond, I would rate him exceptional.Carol G.
Eka was the most fabulous tour guide and host. Her level of knowledge about her country and her great sense of humor made the trip so memorable. I would highly recommend this trip on Gate 1 to all of my friends, I can't wait to go on the next 3 trips that I have scheduled with Gate 1.Carol A.
It was outstanding. The schedule, the hotels, the places we visited, the food and the travel mates were great. Hudom , our tour manager, was awesome. So much knowledge about his country, history, geography and Buddhism was mind blowing. Not only his knowledge but experience and personal stories made the trip so much fun. Hudom was flexible and went the extra mile paying for elephant's pants when some in the group were not dress appropriately to visit the Wats and stop at several seven eleven so some in the group were able to buy supplies they need it. Gate one is extremely fortunate to have him and I'm recommending this trip to friends and family as long as they have Hudom as their tour manager. THANK YOU HUDOM and thank you Gate One for a very memorable trip. My husband wish of celebrating his 70th in Thailand came true and exceeded it our expectation.Gloria M.
I just completed the survey after getting back home from the 16 day Thailand/Phuket trip, and I would just like to add a few more words. My wife Julissa Alcantara and I wanted to emphasize how great our tour guide, Ukkrit ( Steven ) was for us during our entire trip. We really enjoyed our time with Steven and we are absolutely grateful for all of the information and everything we learned about the history and culture of Thailand and its people. Steven treated all of us with the utmost respect and really took care of all 32 of his clients on this trip. He always made sure we were all enjoying ourselves and did not let us leave Thailand without making sure we were completely satisfied, wanting only more from this trip. This was our first time not only traveling with Gate 1, but with a tour group as well, and we must say, thanks to Steven, we will most definitely be traveling with Gate 1 again in the near future.Julissa L.
Thank you for checking back with me about the trip to Indonesia. It was wonderful! The small discovery size group was very harmonious. We were astounded to discover that everyone else on the tour had traveled with Gate 1 multiple times; we were the newbies. The tour guides were excellent, knowledgeable and personable. The itinerary was packed full, at times too full, would have liked some more down time - that being said, the experiences on the itinerary were quite expansive and culturally rich. The hotels and accommodations and dining were outstanding. What more can I say. Perhaps two more days on Bali and two days less on Java would be my only constructive feedback. Thank you for working with us in the planning as well as you did!!!Roberta O.
Just want to say THANK YOU to our tour manager Shaukani for his outstanding job which is above and beyond tradigital tour manager's job. He was excellent in all aspects - helping people in the group with all thing they need. He was always friendly, helpful, with good sense of humor. His knowledge of Malaysia is exceptional. So, I got lucky to be part of the team he was a tour manager. I which him all the best! Thank you Shaukani (Shaun) for everything you've done for us and for me personally! You're the best!!! He was doing very hard job - dealing with the people different ages, personalities, etc. - trying to satisfy each individual requirements. And Shaun was good in this job!!! I will have a good memories of him for lifetime!Simon S.
Our trip was amazing! Got home a few days ago and we are already doing our research to book with gate1 again for next year. I just have to say our tour manager Thang in Vietnam was A++++++ he went above and beyond what was expected of his job. Such a lovely guy with great personality. I could write a thesis on him and his great qualities. HE is the GEM of Vietnam. I have attached a few pictures. Thank you for booking us to the greatest adventure.Lee H.
As with all our Gate 1 Tours we had a wonderful experience. The beauty, culture and history of the three countries we visited was amazing. More than anything our Tour Director for most of the tour Thang made it the the amazing experience it was. Like all Gate 1 Tour Directors, he was warm, knowledgeable and organized. But he went well above and beyond any Gate 1 guide we have had. He not only posted our schedule in the lobby of our hotel, he also handed out a personal copy of the schedule to each of us daily with suggestions that would help us in negotiating our way around on our own in each town. He also kept track of each and every one of us from the fastest to the slowest and made sure everyone's questions were answered. A truly amazing tour with an amazing tour director. Thank you.Alice V.
I recently had the privilege of embarking on a mesmerizing journey from Bangkok, through Cambodia, and finally Vietnam. While I have been on several Gate 1 trips in the past, and take nothing away from the guides we have had, Tran was exceptional. From the moment we met Tran, it was evident that we were in the presence of a true master of his craft. Tran's passion for his country and its rich cultural heritage shone through every aspect of our tour. His deep knowledge of Vietnam's history, traditions, and hidden gems added an invaluable layer of depth and authenticity to our experience. Whether we were exploring bustling cities, serene rural landscapes, or ancient temples, Tran's insightful commentary transported us back in time, allowing us to fully appreciate the significance of each place we visited. One of the most impressive qualities of Tran was his remarkable ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. His warm and friendly demeanor instantly put us at ease, fostering a sense of camaraderie among the members of our tour group. Tran's fluency in multiple languages ensured that every participant felt included and understood throughout the journey. Tran's meticulous attention to detail was evident in every aspect of our tour. From the carefully curated itinerary that seamlessly blended must-visit attractions with off-the-beaten-path treasures, to the perfectly timed rest stops and delectable local culinary experiences, every moment was thoughtfully planned and executed. Tran's exceptional organizational skills ensured that we made the most of our time, never feeling rushed or overwhelmed. Beyond being an exceptional guide, Tran also possessed an uncanny ability to anticipate our needs and cater to our individual preferences. Whether it was accommodating dietary restrictions, suggesting personalized excursions, or providing insightful recommendations for souvenirs, Tran's dedication to ensuring our comfort and satisfaction was truly outstanding. Moreover, Tran's genuine care for the environment and commitment to responsible tourism left a lasting impression on our group. He consistently encouraged us to minimize our ecological footprint and showcased eco-friendly initiatives in the areas we visited. Tran's dedication to sustainable tourism was truly commendable, and it inspired us to be more conscious travelers ourselves. In conclusion, Tran's remarkable expertise, genuine passion, and unwavering dedication to delivering an exceptional travel experience made him an outstanding tour guide. Anyone planning a trip to Vietnam and wanting to embark on an unforgettable journey, I wholeheartedly recommend Tran as their guide. His professionalism, knowledge, and infectious enthusiasm will undoubtedly leave you with cherished memories of this beautiful country. Thank you, Gate 1 and Tran, for an extraordinary adventure that exceeded all expectations!Bryan C.
We have been to many trips using Gate1 but Hai is the BEST TOUR GUIDE ever! My husband, friends, and I had a wonderful experience because of him. He is patient with all of us! He is very helpful! He is very well organized with all his notes and maps. He is very approachable and always willing to help and answer any questions! Hai is very friendly and always has a smile and love all his jokes! Love his singing voice too! He is very easy to understand enjoyed listening about his beloved country. Thank you Gate1 for hiring Hai. Will highly recommend this trip to friends! It was a very memorable experience that I will not forget ! Learned so much about Vietnam and it's culture! It's worth traveling 18 hours on the plane and changing hotels and flying from Thailand to Cambodia to Vietnam!Edna H.
The 18-day trip to Thailand with Laos and Cambodia was wonderful. Your guide "Yo" is a treasure. She is the best guide of my long life, and I am well-traveled! She has deep knowledge of the places she showed us, and great organizational and people skills. I loved the stories of Thai gods and princesses she told us at Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. She kept us laughing with her great sense of humor. When faced with the daunting "meals on one's own", Yo provided us with directions to various restaurants, which we tried and found to be excellent. When my son suddenly decided to stay in Bangkok, Yo offered ideas as to how he might spend his extra time in Thailand, and arranged through Gate 1 to get a later flight for his return to the U.S.. The tour surpassed my expectations. The hotels were beautiful, their locations central, and their breakfasts delicious. We signed up for all the tours and some extra ones, all arranged by Gate 1, and they were all excellent, especially the river cruises which brought respite from the heat. Gate 1 attracts such nice people to its tours! We shared lots of laughs together, and shared our best photographs through Whatsapp. I am proud of many beautiful pictures (taken by others in my Thailand group 'Family') which I can show my friends. I have recommended Gate 1 to other prospective travelers for years, and will continue to do so! Thanks Gate 1 for your thoughtful and action-packed 18-day Thailand tour!Judith D.
Dear Gate 1 our first experience with your group is when we recently traveled to Cambodia and Vietnam. It was an awesome experience filled history and events that we will long remember. Our tour guide, Steve was simply the best...outstanding in every way. I my humble opinion he is a 10+++. We traveled many times through out Europe with many different guides and NONE of them come close or measure up to Steve. This young man (Steve) has mastered the skill and ability to make things happen in a flawless way. Each day was a great experience as we enjoyed people and cultures of both Cambodia and Vietnam. Some the high lights were as follows: Angkor Wat; The Water Buffalo cart ride through the country to see the small farms; Boat ride on Tonle Dap Lake; Ho Chi Minh City (so, so big); The Mekong Delta; oh yes the Sampan ride, coconut candy; Thu Bon River; yes, cooking our lunch...what an experience; oh, oh yes the Cyclo ride through the streets...you got up close with all the motor bikes; Dragon boat ride on the perfume river; The crowing event...Halong Bay...so, so beautiful and awesome as well as a great lunch. The Hotels were 5 star...the food always mouth watering. Finally the tour of Hanoi...Thank you Gate 1 we will be going on more of your tours...overall rating 10++. We would like to go to Africa with you and have Steve Chang as our guide... lastly the trip was fantastic/fabulous but the "KEY" to this whole trip was Steve...we will remember his attention to every detail, his caring, kindness, love for his job and country and making feel special. Thank you again.Alton J.
My trip to Vietnam went really well. My family enjoyed it very much, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our tour manager Mr. Bee- not only he is extremely knowledgeable, he obviously loves his country and is very proud of it. Mr. Bee has excellent organization skills and the patient of a saint. Gate1 is lucky to have him. I would definitely recommend Gate1 Vietnam trip to my friends and family.Chyi C.
We completed the 12-day Vietnam tour and I just wanted to send some praise for our tour guide. Bee was amazing. He was able to not only help us navigate the aspects of the tour but give us great advice as to where to visit in our spare time and where we should eat, and even a glimpse into how the locals truly live. He was also very patient throughout the whole tour with everyone involved. We were some of the younger people on the tour (under 30), and he managed to appeal to us as well as the older generations. The trip was truly memorable, and Bee was a big factor in that!Trevor S.
I just got back from another wonderful, informative and extremely well planned vacation. This time was Vietnam. I wanted to specifically make a comment regarding your tour guides. All the vacation that I have taken with your company are incredible, the tour guides that you pick not only know their country and are passionate about their individual country, at the same time, they make you feel like family. Tom, our tour guide in Vietnam was not an exception but, he went way further than what he needed to do to make us feel comfortable and resolved any inconvenience.. At the end of the vacation we were all a family, Tom, solve all problems, made extremely good suggestions , and make us feel extremely comfortable in a country where we didn't not know the language, and it was a little bit difficult since most people don't speak English. He's directions to locations, suggestions to restaurants, the shopping was extremely helpful. His advice helped us get things of us good quality and at extremely good price. I had an incident and Tom with out hesitation solved it. Thanks again and really, you need to congratulate Tom for a job well done.Linda W.
I wanted to add some comments regarding our local guide in Cambodia and Tour Manager in Vietnam - Mr. Nivath, our guide in Cambodia, was delightful! He was extremely knowledgeable, passionate, funny and went above and beyond. His personal stories added a depth and understanding of the history and life in Cambodia and was greatly appreciated. Siem Reap was definitely a highlight of the trip! Khanh Nguyen (Kan), our guide in Vietnam, was excellent. His logistical skills of navigating with all 36 of us was evident. We appreciated his Vietnam Destination Information Booklet as it helped keep us all on time and informed. Kan's currency conversion guide was also a great help. Kan was very knowledgeable, patient and generous and we appreciated his local unexpected snacks. We enjoyed his stories, patience and humour. I would definitely recommend this trip to others - 17 days worked well and the balance of Bangkok, Siem Reap Cambodia and the majority of days in Vietnam was a good experience and pace for us.Shannon S.
The trip was outstanding. The tour Managers Jeffrey and Deno were both exceptional 100 percent knowledgeable of their duties, the Drivers were very hospitable and had great knowledgeable about their route. The food was enjoyable, all tours were on point, the hotels were beautiful. I have no complaints all accolades . Thank you for a wonderful tripPamela M.
Our trip to Vietnam was perfect! It starts with our tour guide Tom who was just the best of the best! He kept our group in a family mood, and that helped us to have a wonderful vacation. He knew everyone's name, and gave attention to everyone of us. Our group was a mixture of different backgrounds and nations- Vietnamese living in California, Polish and Hindu living in NY, and others. Not an easy task for anyone to keep the group together, I think. But, for Tom it was not a challenge at all. He was able to manage this difficult task with ease! His sense of humor and great artistic spirit was a huge plus! He sung songs for us, made a beautiful collage of pictures and videos so that we will never forget Vietnam! Good job Gate1 for having such a perfect employee!Krystyna N.
The 16 day trip was wonderful but largely due to our outstanding tour director, Boom. She was awesome! Her knowledge of the country and all of the unique stops along the way made it so much more special. I know from experience that trying to manage that many people is never easy, but she made it look easy...she knew all 36 names before we left Bangkok-simply amazing, and it made each one of us feel like we were part of a family, and not just 36 random people going on a tour. She was unflappable, very professional and attentive to all of our needs. This is my first Gate 1 experience, and based on this trip, and our outstanding tour director, Boom, it won't be our last. I just hope the other tour directors are as good as Boom.Cherie W.
Wonderful trip! Your tour manager "Ray" in Thailand was amazing! He made the trip so meaningful sharing his vast knowledge of the countries we went to, as well as an understanding of its people and customs. Many members of our tour group commented that he was the best tour manager they have ever had. I guess we got really lucky as this was our first Gate One trip! The trip went flawlessly and surpassed our expectations. We are usually independent travelers, but this sure was the way to see Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and all its experiences! If you have the opportunity, please share this with Ray.Nancy F.
As always, my husband and I enjoyed Singapore and Malaysia. This is our 31st trip with Gate1! Each country had their unique beauty, customs and traditions to experience. Ruslim, our tour manager was superb and very well organized. He made our tour very enjoyable and safe.Maria P.
I want to take a little extra time to share more information about our amazing trip to Vietnam and Cambodia! Our local guide, Sohpai, and our tour Director, Duc, were absolutely the best tour experience I've ever had! Duc. Especially went out of his way to accommodate my 82 year old father and made our experience in Vietnam a dream come true. I cannot express enough what a unique and compassionate soul Duc is. I hope that Gate 1 recognizes his exceptional service. For example, Duc helped my father go to the pharmacy after a small cut, gave him concern and helped bring cough drops for my partner who caught a cold. Duc really went above and beyond to help my family. Everyone on our tour thought he was amazing. I've included some of my favorite pictures from the trip, including a picture with Duc, that I will always cherish along with the friendship we built. Thank you for facilitating an amazing trip! And thank you for bringing us together with Duc. This truly was a once in a lifetime experience.Emily T.
This was the best trip I have ever had and the tour guides especially, went above and beyond to make sure that the trip was successful. Lift is delightful, funny and entertaining. Buffalo, no words are good enough to describe him. He is a tour guides teacher with a wealth of knowledge, a great personality, entertaining, a good photographer, caring and I feel privileged to have had him be out tour guide.Hazel L.
Both tour managers were excellent. Lift was great and had an infectious personality. Buffalo was the best tour manager I have ever had in all of my Gate One trips. He worked incredibly hard even helping with serving meals. He did a couple of excellent videos of our trip which he shared with the group. He even prepared a booklet with everything we needed to know including daily adventures and recommendations for restaurants in every city. Both tour managers are terrific assets to Gate One and I hope to see them again on another Gate One trip.Robert S.
Dang - our tour guide was magnificent from beginning to end. His knowledge of the country was stellar, his ability to lead the tour- keep everyone on track and happy was excellent. His availability, energy, enthusiasm and going the extra mile was apparent every minute of every day. There was not one misstep during the 17 days - all because of Dang!!!! He was thoughtful and provided our group with many little touches that made the trip even more special. Vietnam could not have a more stellar or genuinely committed ambassador. In Cambodia the country tour person was Sang. Another stellar guide that knew the history and imparted it with interest joy and empathy. A lovely gentle man who loves what he does and made the trip. We are astonished that in 17 days there was not one single issue!!!!! No small feat given we were 37 strangers to start with - and a lot of tour logistics. It could not have been a better trip. Most people on the trip were booking more trips for next year on Gate 1, before they even got home. Dang and Sang are exemplary employees that both provided us with the trip of the lifetime. I cannot say enough about how skilled, genuine and lovely they are. RUN don't walk to take this tour and try and get Dang and Sang as the amazing tour leaders.Arthur A.