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FEEDBACK – A Caravan to the Beautiful Isle (Taiwan)


  • We have just returned from a wonderful trip to Taiwan. Sam, our guide was delightful, conscientious, knowledgeable, flexible and with good English. The driver was also extremely pleasant and reliable, and the vehicle most comfortable.                                                   
                        Toby and Christine, October 2014

  • . The content of the tour was wonderful! It was great to not have to rush anywhere and to have time to explore places in more depth. I never felt that we were in a hurry, and there were lots of opportunities for walks. I felt that we had had a really good look around Taiwan and explored the main areas worth visiting. It was a great trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it - thanks.
                Royden, October 2014

  • I am at Taipei airport awaiting a flight home, and so have the time to say how much I have enjoyed my "Oriental Caravan" trip. It was excellently organised, the hotels were of a superior quality, and the guide and driver were both thoughtful, knowledgeable, and considerate.
                                                                            Colin, March 2014

  • We greatly enjoyed the tour. The fact that we circumnavigated the island gave the trip a special character. We feel like we now have more than a basic understanding of its land, people, culture and history. (The fact that we had previously traveled in mainland China probably helped us feel at ease from the beginning.) Your website’s descriptions of its natural beauty, friendly people and great food are not exaggerated! Overall the pace was good. The sometimes-tedious long drives on the eastern side of the island were worth it for the great scenery and the opportunity to get into a more rural lifestyle. The overall quality of the lodgings was outstanding, and in most cases they were very conveniently located to the main tourist attractions. Some of the lodgings were much more upscale than we would normally book on our own, or have expected based on our Japan tour with you. That was a special pleasure!
                                                                                                                                     Peter and Margo, March 2014

  • The itinerary was good, varied and comprehenisve making the most of the country's attractions.
                                                                                                                                                                   Alison, February 2014

  • Thank you so much for arranging a wonderful holiday for us. Because we a were a small group during the whole trip there was no rush and very relaxing and you had the chance to talk to every one of your fellow travelling companions and got to know them better. The tour guide and the driver really did their jobs well.
    Rita and Michael,  October 2013

  • "First class.  Cannot praise highly enough… the itinerary and content were good and varied, giving me a good insight into all parts of the island."
                                               Jo-Ann, April 2013

  • "Great trip, small and diverse group was a big plus.  Thanks Phil!"
                                                                                                                      John and Lyndsay, October 2012

  •  "Overall an excellnt tour which ran smoothly, with no hitches or glitches."
                                                                                                                              Alan, October 2012

  • "I really enjoyed this holiday. Thank you!"
                                                                Ian Thake

  • "More interesting than I thought it would be. Alan was first class – always ready to listen and help with queries. Obviously knowledgeable about the island and its history – and very patient with us all. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday in all respects with some walks for the more energetic – a good mix of history culture and scenery."
                                                                                                                                                                   Anne Hebditch

  • "We were impressed with the quality of the accommodation. Alan did a great job – we enjoyed his commentary and sense of humour."
                                N and C Fowler

  • "This was a great trip – very varied and well planned. Couldn’t improve on it!"
                                                                                                                          Vivien Lawrence

  •  "K and I had a lovely time in Taiwan. Outstanding highlights were Taroko (which had the nicest accommodation – what a perfect setting!) and Alishan, and I really loved all the temples in Tainan. Longshan was also amazing – we went four times and it was like a different temple each time. Alan {the guide} was fabulous – nothing was too much trouble and he is just so knowledgeable. Not just about his own country but the world in general. I felt I learned so much about the history, geology and flora and fauna of Taiwan and ne spent time with Kathy (helping her identify birds and generally filling her I on them.. If you speak to him do pass on our thanks. I really enjoyed Taiwan and am glad I went."
               Jen Scott

  •  "Great trip… very well organised and thought through. Good value in the totality – thanks for an intriguing experience."
               R Jagger

  •  "This is the fourth trip that I have taken on The Oriental Caravan, it goes without saying that I'm a satisfied customer. The fact is I've become a friend. As such, I wanted to make some comments on our recent trip to
    Taiwan. The trip itinerary was excellent and accommodations were very good (at Sun Moon Lake - excellent).
    I learned a lot; enjoyed the sights;  did my best to accommodate the food, and made some friends from South
    Africa to boot. I'm a reasonably literate individual but never read of or realized the number and variety of aboriginal tribes on Taiwan. I really enjoyed this picture of Taiwan. As an American, I just assumed the presence of Han Chinese who fled from the mainland after 1949. I have a must deeper appreciation of the complexity of the country and its history and customs.

     Our leader/guide, Alan Chou, was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful with a good sense of humor. Alan's knowledge
    of the history, culture(s), the language(s) and geography was especially demonstrated. He also had a deft hand in the herding of cats operation that characterizes travel and was a big part in making this trip a successful experience. Please let Alan know that both Rose and I appreciate his efforts as leader immensely. I believe that I speak for most of the others when I say that Alan did a very difficult job with the apparent ease of a real professional."
                                                                                                                                                                     Gerald Mallon

  •    "In our opinion the trip could not be improved on - a surprise around every
    corner! Left us with some of the best memories of our lives."
          Neil and Di Braithwaite, Linton
  • "Great introduction to Taiwan - good variety and balance between cultural
             venues and natural history. Exceeded expectations..."

                                                                                           Janet Ludlow, London

  • "As with other trips on The Oriental Caravan, the Taiwan tour was both 
          comprehensive and extremely enjoyable providing fascinating insights
           into  the country and its very friendly people.''
                                                                                            Martin Pick, Stone
  • "Still not fully down to earth after our fabulous holiday. As always, you          
          researched the best places."
                                                                                         Keith and Margot Cooper, London
  • "Excellent trip – I thought I knew something about Formosa and Taiwan. I had no idea how little and how partly wrong I was. Altogether pleasantly surprised. The hotels in particular were very high class".
                                                                                          Z D Hora, Victoria, Canada

  •  “Good. I felt we had a chance to see most of what Taiwan has to offer. The guide was extremely friendly, personable and knowledgeable.”
                                                                                      Christopher Bennett, South Glos. 

  • “Very good mix of culture, temples + scenery - plus a touch of ‘relaxing by the pool’!”
                                                                                         Christine Bennett, South Glos.

  •  “Excellent!”
                                                                                                S. Kerton, Dhahran

  •  “Really enjoyed the trip. Well paced and relaxing as well as cramming in a great deal! Plenty of time for people to do their own thing which is good. The pre-tour information was the best I’ve seen. Everything one wanted to know and more!”
                                                                                                   J. Davie, London


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