Destination: China

Comment from Larry McGowan and Robert Young

15 Day China Shangri-La Tour, 14 April 2019

Hello Allan and Gigi,

Just wanted to pass on my commendations for your tour to Shangri-La, China. It was a great trip and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Wonderful accommodation and inclusions so thank you very much.

Regards Larry McGowan and Robert Young

Destination: Japan

Comment from Helen Hawksworth

13-Day Japan Cherry Blossoms Tour, 1 April 2019

Good morning Sarah,

Would you please pass on the all at ADS what a wonderful trip this was to see Japan. We were so lucky in seeing Mt Fuji on a clear day and also seeing cherry blossoms right down to Osaka. I will be recommending this trip to all my friends and family.

Kind regards, Helen Hawksworth

Destination: Japan

Comment from Beryl Hale and Elizabeth McLean

13-Day Japan Cherry Blossoms Tour, 28 March 2019

Dear Allan,

I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the tour.  The Hotels were excellent and the food lovely.  Monica did a great job, she took care of me and took us to the airport and helped us get through, I found it rather stressful. On behalf of Beryl Hale and myself Elizabeth McLean, we had an enjoyable time.  There was more walking than I imagined so you have to be fit, so I would let elderly people know, and if they have a walker forget it.

Cheers Elizabeth

Destination: Japan

Comment from Sandra Smith

13-Day Japan Cherry Blossom Tour, 4 April 2017

Hi Allan,

My partner Richard and i returned from your tour on April 17th.We had a fantastic trip, saw so much and experienced so much. Our tour guide Danny Diu was amazing, very knowledgeable, funny and very considerate of us slightly slower people. It was an amazing,incredible fantastic trip. We will thoroughly recommend your tours to all our family and friends. Also Monica Chow was wonderful in her assistance of Danny.

Regards, Sandra Smith 

Destination: Japan

Comment from Don and Kathy Grigg

13-Day Japan Cherry Blossom Tour, 29 March 2017

Sarah, I am reminded by your newsletter that we completed a very successful “unforgettable” Japan Cherry Blossom trip organised by ADT plus an additional three days with our own arrangements in Nagoya, over a month ago. The food , accommodation, transport , scenery, points of interest and historical sites were all very good. Your guide Mr Yeung was excellent. His friendly and courteous nature, his English and his knowledge of Japanese culture and history were most impressive. Please pass on our thanks to him for his efforts and extra assistance which he gave us when buying train tickets at the Kansai airport for our trip onto Nagoya. Overall the trip was most enjoyable and I would recommend this ADT trip guided by Mr Yeung to any first time travellers to Japan. Thank you for the great trip.


Kind regards, Don and Kathy Grigg

Destination: Japan

Comment from Dennis and Linda Connor

10 Day Best Hit of Japan Tour, 3 April 2016

Dear Allan 

This was our first time we have toured with Asia Discovery (ADT), as in the past we have toured independently, and we would like to say what a wonderful experience it was , the professionalism right through from day 1 when we booked up was at the top level,and the tour itself, with its clockwork precision was outstanding, we realise a lot of planning  goes into co-ordinating the activities, and it certainly showed with everything falling into place so perfectly, the accommodation we found was of a high standard, and the meals with the Japanese cuisine were very special to us, and were delightful.  The tour guide Denny was very informative, and knowledgeable, and always had our best interests at heart to ensure everything ran smoothly, so that we experienced everything on the itinerary. He always seemed to go that extra mile for us,even up to assisting us with the check in for our flight home. Our coach driver was exceptional, his driving so smooth and precise. We always felt safe. Monica our tour leader always had her finger on the pulse, and did an excellent job throughout the tour to ensure our comfort at all times. The group had a wonderful rapport which enhanced our experience. We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending ADT, and we would definitely consider using  your services again

Best Regards, Dennis & Linda Connor

Destination: Japan

Comment from Roger and Valda Davey

10 Day Best Hit of Japan Tour, 3 April 2016

Hello Allan,

My husband and I have just completed a trip to Japan organized by your company and write to thank you for an experience we will never forget. We are seasoned travellers and although we are generally not tour people, this trip was so well organized and so well run that it made it very easy for us not to have to be concerned about how we would get from place to place, how we would communicate and what we would eat, particularly when we do not know the Japanese language. Monica Chow, our group leader was very informative, friendly and approachable with a good sense humour which was an added bonus. Her laid back style meant that no-one felt pressured but she was quick to offer support for some of the elderly tour participants who needed assistance. Somehow she even managed to get the weather right so we were able to see Mt Fuji in its entirety, something which only happens occasionally, we are led to believe. We were super lucky to have a diverse but travel appreciative group who all interacted well with each other.We will certainly be happy to recommend this trip to friends and family.

Kind regards,

Valda and Roger Davey, South Australia

Destination: Japan

Comment from Jim and Fran Mackay

Dear Allan,

This Best Hits of Japan was our third trip with ADT and the best so far. Like all of your trips it was loaded with significant content but this time we had a really safe driver in a good coach and an excellent guide, Cindy Ng, all the way which enabled a strong rapport to be built between all on the coach. Cindy had chosen our meals so we experienced many different Japanese cuisines and rearranged the schedule, in consultation with our driver, so as to maximise our enjoyment as you will see later when we finalise and forward our diary. We rate this trip as a highlight in our travelling experience and so much of that is because of the way Cindy handled it. And she has a marvellous sense of humour.

Regards, Jim and Fran Mackay

Destination: Japan

Comment from Patrick Heaney

15 Day Japan and Korea Double Indulgence Tour, 30 March 2013

We have just returned from the 15 Day Japan and Korea Double Indulgence Tour. The guides in both countries were very good and very helpful. I want to travel with ADT again and would like to have a brochure on the China tours if possible. Thanks for the excellent tour.

Regards, Patrick Heaney

Destination: Japan

Comment from Alfred and Frances Teuma

15 Day Japan and Korea Double Indulgence Tour, 30 March 2013

We are back from Japan and Korea. It was a wonderful trip as usual full of surprises. The tour guides Cindy in Japan and Michelle in Korea where so giving they made our trip so memorable and thanks to Monica’s care, everything went smoothly. We would and do recommend Asia Discovery Tours to everyone.Thank you for all the planning and hard work on your part in your office. We reap the rewards. You have a happy day!

Alfred and Frances Teuma

Destination: Japan

Comment from Neil and Gwen Larnach

19 Day Best Taste of Japan and China Tour, 20 March 2013

Just a short note to express our appreciations to you for arranging our tour of China & Japan. All went very well, accommodation, meals & sightseeing all excellent and we thought the tour was great value for the cost. Just the right week for the Cherry blossoms in Japan. You covered our requirements with the upmost efficiency. We will certainly be in touch with you to travel again with Asia Discovery Tours.

Thank you again for all your help, Neil & Gwen Larnach

Destination: Japan

Comment from Bob and Chris Arnold

19 Day Best Taste of Japan and China Tour, 20 March 2013

Four of us have recently returned (7/4/13) from the China and Japan tour. Just letting you know what a fantastic trip it was and I think it is fair to say that all (19) of us on the tour enjoyed it immensely. No major hiccups or criticisms.Thanks for a great trip and looking forward to travelling again with you.

Destination: Japan

Comment from Lesley

13 Day Japan Yokohama Quilting Tour, November 2012

Thank you and Asia Discovery Tours for organizing such a wonderful trip to Japan. I really enjoyed the food, the culture, the sightseeing and the people. This was made all the more enjoyable by our Japanese guide Cindy. She was very informative, friendly and a delight to be with.

Many thanks, Lesley

Destination: Japan

Comment from Lynn Hewitt

Special Interest, 28 November 2009

Dear Alan,

Please thank your staff for organising the DuQuilters' Adventure tour to Japan in November, 2009. The trip was most enjoyable and successful, due mostly, to the expertise of the guide, Tony Heng.   I would like you to know that he was friendly, businesslike, very knowledgeable and efficient in ensuring that the tour ran smoothly each day. He was considerate of the ladies, helpful in any way he could be, and his care was appreciated by all of us.   Tony has been guiding tours in Japan for 22 years and his knowledge and language skills are excellent. His sense of humour was appreciated by us all and we enjoyed many happy and humorous moments.   He was adaptable and prepared to change arrangements in order to ensure the smooth running of the tour. Knowing that Sunday is a particularly busy day for visiting temples in Japan, he changed the visit to Kiyomizudera in Kyoto in Kyoto to Monday, thus making the visit much more pleasant for everyone, including the bus driver. Tony also accepted the suggestion from me that we could visit Nishijin Textile Centre which was not on the itinerary, but I knew that the ladies would appreciate the visit to see the Kimono Parade and silk weaving and associated crafts.   Tony spent time choosing appropriate restaurants to provide a variety of experiences for the group.   As Tour Hostess, I really appreciated his friendly efficiency and we worked well together.   I hope that this information will be shared with your tour organisers in Japan.

Yours sincerely, Lynn Hewitt

Destination: Japan

Comment from Tricia Sewell

Korea and Japan Quilt Tour, 19th November 2009

Dear Allan,  

I spoke to David on my return to advise you that all went well with the trip and to thank you for allowing me to lead the trip. Everything seemed to go very well and hopefully, you've received some good feedback from the others.   The trip was well-organised and run, both in Korea and Japan. Accommodation and food were great, although not all the ladies enjoyed Asian food. Cindy, our tour guide, in particular, tried to arrange a mix of Asian and Western style food, which was appreciated. Thanks again. My regards to both you and David.  

Tricia Sewell

Destination: China

Comment from Jackie Livingstone

China Textile Tour, March 2009

Dear John,

I want to thank you for the wonderful Textile Tour to China.   Everything went smoothly.  The hotels were good, the food outstanding and the tour guides looked after us very well.  The drivers did exceptionally well considering the traffic in the cities.  There was harmony among the group of ladies, and you were very helpful and a lot of fun, thank you. The trip was value and it would be very nice to do another similar trip.  We saw so much, it was quite mind boggling.  The length of time was just right.   Once again, thank you for a delightful trip.  

Warm regards, Jackie Livingstone

Destination: Japan

Comment from Carol Ballard

Special Interest: Quilting Tour of Japan, October 2008

Thank you Allan Wendy John & Trish for a very enjoyable holiday to Japan. It was very informative and most enjoyable. Our guide on the tour Miss Celeste Chai, was brilliant, funny, and lots of fun. Please pass on to her employer our best wishes. Regarding the flight was far too long but the return trip in the A380 was just great.... I certainly would travel, and recommend your company to any friends of mine who need to travel to Asia kind regards

Carol Ballard

PS: Mt Fuji was so good

Destination: Japan

Comment from Ms. Anne Dove

Special Interest, Japan Quilting Tour

Hi Wendy,

I just wanted to say what a wonderful holiday I have had.I will never forget my trip with Asia Discovery Tours to the Japanese International Quilting Exhibition 2008. The trip was wonderful. We saw traditional Japan and modern Japan and could not have been possible without our wonderful tour guide Celeste.  She showed us Buddhist and Shinto shrines temples, deer parks with added features of the Japanese children dressed in traditional costumes at the temples for blessings. Both traditional and modern accommodation.  The food was great especially the tradional Japanese cuisine was extra specially wonderful.  The scenery from Mt Fuji to hot springs, leaves turning different colours, the modern buildings to the traditional shrines, castles and mountains draped in cloud. Everything was spectacular.


Tricia Sewell and John Scriven were wonderful embassadors of Asia Discovery Tours.  Tricia was a calming influence on everyone, when things became sometimes heated because of the tight schedule we were all on.  Thank you for introducing me to Tricia, I feel I have known her for years but it was only two weeks.   The quilt show was great, wonderful and a total enjoyment to me.  I learnt some new techniques which I will pass on to my fellow quilters.  The shopping was excellent and not just at the quilt show but throughout the trip.  I especially enjoyed the trip to the Crystal Forest. I do hope to do more trips away but I believe nothing will compare with my trip to Japan. Once again thank you for advertising the trip of a lifetime for me.

Kind regards, Anne Dove Brisbane

Destination: Sri Lanka

Comment from Michael Broomhall

14 Day Panoramic Sri Lanka Tour, 11 March 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed my 17 Day Panoramic tour of Sri Lanka. The guide, Upali was excellent and very accommodating. Although in general Sri Lanka is a hot and humid country I enjoyed all the sightseeing. There were lots of interesting places and things to see. A particular highlight was Sigiriya Rock Fortress.When I travel with ADT I expect accommodation of at least 3 stars or more. My requirements are bed, toilet, shower and air conditioning. However the accommodation on this tour was truly amazing – way better than what I expected. Every hotel provided meals of a very high standard – great quality and huge choice of food. The Goldi Sands hotel was located on the beach in Negombo. The rooms were good and it had a nice pool and was close to the beach. The Palm Garden Village Hotel in Anuradhapura was interesting. We arrived quite late – after dark. It looked like a huge ancient castle – but was in fact only 22 years old. The grounds and pool were both massive. Again the room was good. The Jetwing Lake hotel in Dambulla was at least 5 star. It was luxurious. The rooms were amazing with balconies and views over the 72 metre long pool! The OZO Hotel in Kandy was excellent. The Araliya Green Hills Hotel was quite different as we were out of the heat and humidity. It seemed more like a mountain resort. Again food, facilities and staff were all excellent. The Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa Hotel in Bentota was a resort with amazing facilities. The room was good and the pool again was huge. The beach was close by. Meals were fantastic and could be had indoors or outdoors.

Kind regards, Michael Broomhall

Destination: Sri Lanka

Comment from Peter and Margaret

14 Day Panoramic Sri Lanka Tour, 10 September 2018

Hi Sarah,

Just wanted to let you know Peter and I had a wonderful time on our Asia Discovery Tour of Sri Lanka. Our Tour Guide did a fantastic job and we felt it was great value for money - especially the quality of the accommodation throughout. After our experience with the Sri Lanka Tour we are more than happy to travel with Asia Discovery again.

Kindest regards, Peter & Margaret 

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