My husband & I along with another couple have just returned from our cruise and holiday in Shanghai and Beijing. Our trip was organized through Mary Murphy at Motive Travel in Perth Western Australia and Mary booked our Shanghai and Beijing Tours through Helen Wong’s Tours.
In Beijing we had little more time and we were met by Susie (Sun Li) she was also very welcoming and knowledgeable she made us feel at home our driver was Mr Dong who was also welcoming and a gentleman and most importantly a good driver. Susie has a very happy and bubbly personality which we appreciated she was also fun loving and efficient and knew what she was doing. She was a fountain of knowledge when it came to the various places we toured. She also used her initiative and suggested things we might like to do outside of our pre arranged tours. She suggested we see the “Golden Mask Dynasty” a show which has been running since the Olympics and I have to say that was one of my highlights.
Both these young ladies in my opinion are a great asset to your company as are the drivers who were good drivers and gentlemen. We will remember them fondly. My husband and I were very impressed.
Margaret & Ian Waddell
'Thank you for a wonderful holiday'
I must point out that our guides and drivers were great and at all times professional , friendly and extremely well informed We felt well supported at all times particularly negotiating crowds and airports.
The tour was well organised and were saw many fabulous sites that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
We loved Shanghai and the position of the hotel it was close to many sites and we felt safe there. It was great to be able to leave the hotel and enjoy the local atmosphere.
We loved each of the shows we attended, they were fantastic and extremely entertaining a great end to the days.
Mr Steven and Mrs Kaye Hall, Frankston, VIC
'We Loved Shanghai!'
We knew we were going to be stunned by the scenery, culture and people of South East Asia, but the Helen Wong Tour exceeded our expectations.
We knew from a previous trip to China with Helen Wong that the organisation would just click into place, and that the hotels would be excellent and in great locations.
But nothing really prepared us for the pleasure of the holiday which came from our guides and the leisurely pace which allowed us to appreciate the sights and sounds.
We spent a lovely day messing around on boats in the Mekong Delta, we walked around rice terraces and watched children playing in the hills around Sapa, we stood enthralled in Luang Prabang watching the silent parade of monks collecting rice from local residents, and we gasped at sunrise over Angkor Wat. Our guides selected locations and times of visits so that we were away from the crowds. They did a superb job.
The hotels were everything we had hoped for, oases after a day sightseeing with attentive staff and good facilities which we had time to enjoy – an added bonus. We dined in some fabulous restaurants and even had a picnic by a waterfall complete with white table cloth and flowers.
It was a truly remarkable holiday and we shall certainly travel with Helen Wong again, we highly recommend it.
Glenn and Denise Start, London, United Kingdom
'Exceeded our expectations!'
Congratulations to all off the Staff at Helen Wong’s Tours both here and in China and Hong Kong
Just wanted to let you know we are back from China, and report to you we had a fantastic time, everything you planned for us was entertaining, informative as well as good fun. There has been no negative feedback about any aspect of the trip, even your people in Hong Kong where we said we would look after ourselves went out of their way to make sure we were looked after every step of the way.
As I told you we are all members of a golf club that has about three thousand members, we will all be recommending your company whenever we talk about our trip to China. A special thanks to you Pam, I outlined what we required and you exceeded our expectations in putting the tour together. All of the people who travelled have asked me to express their appreciation to you…
PS: what are you going to arrange for our next trip????????
Allen Pennell, Doncaster VIC
'Congratulations to Helen Wong's Tours'
On behalf myself Alan Free & Ira Holowko I wish to acknowledge your Helen Wong’s Tours on which we were members it was a great success due to many things .The organization of the Tour ,the Air flights ,the bus drivers and the bus trips ,the accomodation , the food ,the visit to factories ,the concerts etc were so well set up thank you .
The tour would not have been such a success if it had not been for our Tour Leader Christina ,please ensure she is made aware of our comments also a big thank you to Guides Hung &Michelle .Your leaders are all very talented people and so interesting . To Helen Wongs Tours a big thank you and if you need people to advertise your tours in Melbourne we would be only to pleased to assist .
Regards Alan Free JP & Ira Holowko
Dear Helen Wong’s Tours
We have just completed a Glimpses of Vietnam tour and we loved every second of it. The accommodation, activities and food were excellent.
In particular, our group’s Tour Guide Tom Bui was outstanding. His manner was always professional and efficient. At the same time, he showed great sensitivity, patience and understanding of the needs of each individual in our group. He was always ready to offer assistance when needed and showed genuine concern for the welfare of us all. His sense of humor and fun, flexibility, kindness and knowledge of the history and culture of the Vietnamese people make him a wonderful ambassador for Vietnam and an invaluable Tour Guide.
Many thanks for a truly wonderful Vietnam experience.
Susan Cesnik & Paul Maxted, Melbourne
'A glimpse of Vietnam'
We thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Supreme China’ experience. The trip was memorable in every way, first class accommodation, beautiful breathtaking scenery and outstanding planning each day. The guides and drivers were excellent and we were met punctually on every occasion.
The shows and trips we were taken to helped us appreciate China’s diverse culture and history. We will recommend your trip to all our friends.
Warm Regards and many thanks again
Anne and Doug Joshua
'Big Thanks to our guides'
Just wanted to say thanks for all your help in making our recent trip to China such a success. We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We did not want it to end. We did everything we had on our wish list plus lots more. We would also like to pass on our thanks to the Tour Leader, Yayao Xu, for all his help and organisation which contributed in no small way to the tour’s success.
Once again many thanks.
Marilyn and Eric Carfoot, Hendra, Qld
'We didn't want the China tour to end'
We recently travelled to China with Helen Wong’s Tour and completed the Ancient Panorama tour. Our national tour guide was Happy Apple (Miranda Lee).
We would like to express our congratulations to her for her exemplary conduct with the tour as we did have a few minor problems such as sickness , whereby we were admitted to hospital with another lady for a few hours. Miranda was deeply concerned about our health and wellbeing and managed extremely well under difficult conditions.
Both my husband and myself would like to thank her very much for her concern and care ,please forward this onto her from the Beijing Office. Please pass on our best wishes to Miranda.
Christine and Peter Smith, Melbourne
We have just returned from a wonderful first-time tour of China (10th September to 5th October) – a tour which we very much enjoyed. Our fellow travellers were most compatible and good company: in the beginning there were 9 of us, which was a conveniently sized group and provided variety. Later the group split into 2 tours, with 5 persons in our group. We observed large groups from other tour companies and were appreciative that ours was small in number.
‘Amazing China’ was a phrase that regularly came to mind – we enjoyed a well-rounded tour where every day it seemed there was something new that we had not anticipated or which was grander than our expectation, even though we had read books, viewed DVD’s, etc. We built from the major, well-known tourist attractions of Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Terra Cotta Warriors to the lesser known sights in Chengdu, Kunming, Guilin and Suzhou, (e.g. the Giant Buddha, the rice terraces, the Dazu carvings, the Reed Flute Cave, the Chinese gardens) to finally arrive in Shanghai where there was an ocean of people, coinciding with the Mid-Autumn Festival.
We had a new guide in each city, which had the advantage that we experienced a wide range of personalities. They all had good knowledge of the tourist attractions, as well as being proficient in Chinese history and local culture. They were informative, very professional and entertaining. Two stood out – Christina (the Helen Wong employee in Beijing) and Chelsea in Kunming – they put in that little bit extra.
We found the accommodation quite satisfactory, with hotels located conveniently and, of good standards. The stand-out hotel was the Marriott in Beijing.
The lasting impression of China is the friendliness of its people. In all cities, we encountered happy, friendly people who were inclusive, pleased to encounter visitors to their country, wanting to have their photo taken with us, and happy for us to photograph them. Language was not an impediment, with communication easily taking place with a smattering of Chinese and English languages, and many signs and smiles. In the park at Kunming, we mingled with people playing music and dancing – it was such a rewarding experience.
We have no hesitation in recommending this tour to others.
John & Ruth Stubbs
'Tour Guide was exemplary'
Dear Helen and your staff
My husband and I have recently returned from the 25 day Grand Tour of China organised by your Company. We would just like to say that the Tour lived up to everything that was mentioned in your brochure; the accommodation was wonderful, the drivers amazing and of course the guides outstanding. To have an english speaking guide was wonderful, their knowledge of China extensive and they were very passionate about their homeland and enjoyed sharing its history with us. There was nothing I could fault with this fantastic Tour; we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and would highly recommend this Tour, or any of your Tours to China. Many thanks for making our 25 days in China something we will never forget.
With fond memories always of China
Sue and Noel Stimson
'Many Thanks for making our 25 Days in China'
‘Thanks for our wonderful Holiday to Vietnam’
'Thanks for our wonderful Holiday to Vietnam'
This is just a short personal note of thanks for the wonderful time Elizabeth and I had in China in the tour organised by Helen Wong’s Tours. It was a great success.
I think the thing which I most appreciated was the flexibility of the guides in changing plans to fit individual interests A good example was Xian – which I had visited roughly 20 years ago on business. I was keen to drive past the Chinese Central Satellite Control Station as well as visiting the remarkable sculpture honouring those who travelled on the ‘Silk Road’. This was very close to the Sheraton hotel where I had stayed before and it was great to see it all again. All the guides did a great job and I would be more than happy to recommend them to anyone else doing a similar tour.
Gordon Pike, Warrawee, NSW
We Appreciate the Flexibility shown by your guides
The Yangtze Tour was 'Absolutely Amazing'
l am writing to tell you what a wonderful time we had on our visit to Beijing. Your company looked after us exceptionally well in all places, and l will make sure to speak personally with our travel agent here (in Australia) and highly recommend you.
l would like to bring to your attention the special care we received from (guide) Sally. She was a touch of gold to us in many ways and made our time very special. Sally organised for my Daughter, Teisha, to take a ballet class with a wonderful teacher. She is an amazing young lady and it is my pleasure to have met her. l found her to have a great knowledge of what Australians need in visiting your country (China). Our trip would not have been as good without her. We hope to have Sally visit us one day and enjoy the friendship we now have with her.
Warmest Regards and Best Wishes for the New Year,
Frankston South, Victoria
“YOUR COMPANY LOOKED AFTER US EXCEPTIONALLY WELL”
Just wanted to let you know that we had the most fantastic time on our recent holiday to China. Please pass on to Helen Wong that the accommodation, flights, guides and especially our national guide (Mr Shoo) were exceptional. The holiday was way beyond what we had imagined and all the paperwork provided beforehand for reading certainly helped. We will certainly be recommending your company to our friends.
Fleur & Bruce Smith, Avenell Heights, Queensland.
We have recently completed an 11- day Glimpse of Vietnam tour, and would like to convey to you how fabulous it was. Every detail was very well taken care of from the expert tour guides, the meals, transfers, excursions and hotels. We cannot fault a thing and would highly recommend Helen Wong’s Tours to anyone wishing to travel with them.
Arend and Wendy de Bie, Halls Head, WA
Vietnam Tour 'Cannot be faulted'
We have just returned one of your tours to China and would like to say thank you to your organization. We toured Guangzhou, Guilin, Xian and Beijing. The hotels were excellent, the itinerary was the same, we walked many miles, but it was worth it, it is amazing how much we saw in such a short time. The guides were all excellent and very helpful young people. Our group consisted mainly of mature age/senior passengers so the guides also needed and shown patience and extra helpfulness. Seeing the Terracotta Army in situ was and old dream of mine come true. I hope to return to China again sometime in the future, so keep me on your mailing list.
Marta Barany, NSW
Thank you Helen Wong’s Tours
Just wanted to let you know how very much we enjoyed the Glimpse of Vietnam tour and the following couple of days in Hong Kong. We had an absolutely marvellous time, and were very impressed with how smoothly everything went – the transfers between airports and hotels were seamless, the hotels themselves were very comfortable, and the tours we were taken on were carried out in the most efficient, friendly and professional manner possible. Thanks to the organising abilities and personal qualities of the tour guides. In Vietnam, Son Nguyen did an excellent job of looking after our group of 20 people. We were kept fully informed at all times of all aspects of the tour, and it was obviously important to him that everyone was comfortable and having a great time, and his warmth and friendliness endeared him to all of us!
Thank you again for your assistance with arranging our trip, responding to our enquiries, etc. We would certainly recommend Helen Wong’s Tours to anyone we knew considering a similar trip.
Mike and Carol Morphett, Thirroul, NSW
Everything runs smoothly in impressive Vietnam
“We travelled to Shanghai along with Graham and Marjorie Whybrow in May to visit World Expo 2010. Whilst Expo proved to be a bit too crowded for our taste, we want to let you know how impressed we were with our appointed guide Wu. Wu did everything possible to make sure we enjoyed our stay, even to the point of making sure that we were catered for on the extra days we stayed. She was well organised, prompt, friendly and polite at all times. We loved her!!!!”
Jeanette and Geoff Murray, Harden, NSW.
Friendly guide has our vote
I am home again from my China trip. All the arrangements went beautifully, apart from my travel wallet being stolen or lost. I think stolen, but thank you for emailing me the details. Everything was wonderful. The guides were great, especially Carolyn in Xian and Carman in Beijing. So thank you again for arranging everything. If you ever need a recommendation, I am happy to provide one.
In June 2010, I travelled to China for work-related matters. I was able to take 9 extra days and asked Helen Wong’s Tours to organise my trip for me as I was to travel alone and had not visited China before. I was delighted with the quick response and cost, and even more delighted with my 9 days in China. I had a truly wonderful time. My three guides were charming, helpful, flexible and informative. I particularly enjoyed my guide in Beijing (Carmen) with her background in Chinese history and culture. I saw and did everything I could fit into the short time in each city. My accommodation in Guilin, Xian and Beijing was excellent and the travel arrangements were perfect. The drivers were very kind, helpful and safe. Particularly helpful for me was being met at each airport and delivered to my hotel, regardless of the very late arrival in one case.
Kathryn Pitkin, Mayfield East, NSW
Thanks for a wonderful trip
My husband and I have recently returned from a trip to China and the UK. When in China we enjoyed a trip which was arranged through Helen Wong’s Tours. We stayed in Beijing from March 19-23, and our guide Jamie, along with the driver, was very accommodating indeed. Jamie’s English was excellent, and she was very helpful, and the driver coped ably with the traffic and was prompt and courteous.
Our visit to Xian, between March 23 and 25, was also much enjoyed, assisted by our guide Heather and driver Mr An.
Please accept our compliments and thanks.
Brian and Christine Johnston, Port Melbourne, Vic
Fantastic time all round
We have been back a couple of weeks now BUT I really wanted to say we had a fantastic time in China The guides you organised were fantastic: JJ in Shanghai & Lisa in Xi’an. We would thoroughly recommend both. (They were# punctual, looked after us and were just absolutely fantastic. The hotels you picked were very central and made our lives very easy.
One thing for your knowledge that we learnt re Expo. Getting into the CHINA pavilion is about impossible. Note – it is to remain as a permanent exhibition after the EXPO closes.
We queued up from 5am at one of the gates till 8am, then made a 400 /500 metre dash to the next barrier. BUT sadly whilst a close second group, #it# was not enough to get us tickets to the Pavilion. Some of the other pavilions that don’t have queues but are interesting and well worth a visit were Vietnam, Netherlands, also PICC #corporate area). The ferry ride was very nice from one side of the river to the other. The Chinese gardens were lovely/very relaxing.
And the water feature outside the Cultural centre was good fun on a hot day — possible to take some nice pictures of the Cultural Centre.We almost felt we could have skipped the EXPO and just seen the fantastic sights of Shanghai. We are already thinking of a trip to Beijing next year.
Thank you for your assistance
Lorraine Roberts, Redfern, NSW
Please accept our compliments
We went on your Mighty Yangtze Tour beginning in Shanghai on 3rd June and finishing 19th June in Beijing. Never having been on an organised tour before, we were not too sure what to expect. We are ecstatic about the trip! We felt pampered and totally spoiled every minute we were away. Our local guides were all so accommodating and we felt so privileged to be able to speak to so many Chinese nationals, which gave us a small insight into their lives.
The level of accommodation was fantastic and we had to pinch ourselves several times to ensure we weren’t dreaming it all.
We thank you wholeheartedly for the tour and the high standard maintained throughout.
Gail and Barry Peters, Mitchell Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Ecstatic about the trip
Neil and I would like to thank you very much for our fantastic trip you organised for us and my family in China. Everything went smoothly and we had a wonderful time, the guides were always there and even stayed with us to check us into all the flights. We really appreciated their hard work and knowledge of the areas we attended.
Again, we really appreciated all the effort by you to put the trip together and would highly recommend Helen Wong’s tours to anyone.
Neil and Fiona Hume
“WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND HELEN WONG’S TOURS”
We’re back from our China trip, and what a fabulous trip it was. I couldn’t resist myself from letting you know how impressed we were. We marvelled at the sights, the luxurious hotels, the food, and the excellent guides who gave us so much information.
The whole organisation was perfect – and for such an affordable price! Our group of 8 all got on like a house on fire, so much fun.
Thank you again,
Greetings from Nelly Van Der Goes and Douglas Fitzgerald
“WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND HELEN WONG’S TOURS”
I would like to personally thank Helen Wong and yourself (Mike Smith) for the best ever George & Paul trip. It has been my third trip which I am most grateful for. The fact that I was part of a small group of the most wonderful people made it special. Not to forget to mention Ken our host for making every moment in Vienna interesting, fun and informative in such a beautiful country.
Once again thank you very much.
Susan Denton, Bondi
“BEST EVER” 2UE GEORGE AND PAUL TRIP
It was a pleasure to be part of the Helen Wong’s Tours 2UE tour of Austria.
The tour went extremely well. A special thanks to all those involved with the tremendous amount of planning – to make such a tour a success. I am sure it will be a good advertisement for many future Helen Wong Tours’ tours into Europe.
Robert McNeill, Sydney
EUROPE PROVES A SUCCESS FOR HELEN WONG’S TOURS
We all had a wonderful time away in Austria (on the Helen Wong’s Tours 2UE trip with George and Paul) – a great group of travellers, an excellent itinerary, extremely knowledgeable guides and an excellent itinerary program of culture and natural scenery. There were lots of great memories – and highlights.
Janet Dennett, Mosman
EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES
I had a truly enjoyable time on our tour through Austria – it was everything I hoped it would be. It was well organised, and Ken, Annis and the other guides were excellent. I have just downloaded my photos from the trip and am reliving the fun we had. We were so lucky with the weather. I was a bit disappointed at all the sunny mild days at first, but loved it when it snapped colder and even snowed. Lovely memories – all round. I enjoyed meeting you all, and perhaps will see you again on some other tour in the future.
Diarne Den-Ouden, Sydney
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Austria and agree with you Mike Smith that we had fantastic guides and coach driver. All in all, it was a great trip with a lovely bunch of people.
Heather Bensley, Sydney