Adventure Tours Australia vs Viland - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.7
Lodging — 4.7
Transportation — 4.7
Meals — 4.7
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.5
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Recent Reviews

extraordinary experience

5.0 September 2018
K
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I finished my 22 day tour from Darwin to Perth on the 1st September and I am still re-living every element of this extraordinary experience each day. I want to do it all over again straight away. Dan, our driver, guide and chef was an absolute gem. His energy and enthusiasm was infectious and he gave everyone the confidence to take on the challenging hikes we did throughout the breathtaking gorges and canyons of the Kimberley and Karijini. His support on these hikes was heart warming as it made it possible to do everything on offer.Swimming in the waterholes and showering in waterfalls was an absolute highlight. Dan ensured we made the most of every day doing more than was on the itinerary. Our meals were terrific - healthy, tasty and enjoyed by everyone in our group. I was amazed at the effort Dan made to provide for all of the special dietary needs of passengers. He treated everyone with kindness and patience at all times. This was only my second group tour ever and the first in Australia. I would highly recommend this tour as it is so much easier to sit back and enjoy the journey as well as the spectacular destinations. Not driving, meant I went to places I wouldn't have gone if I was in my own vehicle. The wonderful commentary and story telling adds to the experience. As an older passenger I wasn't interested in being on a tour with only retirees and older people. The mixed age group was an important element of its great success for me. I noticed that other tours, that are much more expensive, went to the same car parks and camping grounds but the passengers were not going as far into the gorges as we did. Often they were just going to lookouts and viewing from above. They may not have slept in swag's some nights but that was their loss too. Nothing like staring into the brilliant night sky. This tour was great value for money. If you're thinking about it just do it - I am sure you will love it.
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It was an amazing tour

5.0 August 2018
AB
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from a tour in the Top End with the legendary Scotty ! Besides being highly knowledgable and passionate about the places we visited, this guy went above and beyond to accomodate everyone's needs. Including mine as a Kosher observant.

I'm really speechless. It was an amazing tour, seeing all the good spots the top end has to offer ! Thank you, thank you, will definitely recommend to a friend.
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fantastic!

5.0 March 2018
M
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back off the 3 day Rock to Rock tour and the worst bit about this tour is that it ended. I had the best timem my tour leader, B, was fantastic! She was so enthusiastic and happy about everything. Always smiling even at 4.45am. She got us pumped up about every activity and was a wealth of knowledge!
I took this trip as it was my nans dream and sadly she passed. I brought a photo of nan with me to get a photo of her and me at Uluru. I explained this to B and not only did she take a photo but she went above and beyond to make it special with different photo ideas, toasting nan and even pouring her her own drink! She spoke to and about nan as if she were. This trip was truly magical. Everything i could have hoped for and more. Betina is a true asset to your company and i have no doubt that this trip would not have been as good if it wasnt for her!
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The Most Amazing and Exciting 14-Day Vietnam Tour!!!

5.0 February 2018
L
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I cannot recommend Viland travel enough. I just got back from the most amazing 14 days of my life seeing all of the beautiful and cultural highlights of Vietnam. We adventured through Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, Mui Ne, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa. The itinerary provides a perfect mix of experiencing the Northern and the Southern flavors of Vietnam. This company draws a fun bunch. Our group was very fun and we all became a family.

The true all-stars are the hospitable and fun team members! Dan, the Viland operator, was more than accommodating. He has lived in Vietnam for almost 10 years and is very knowledgable about Vietnam. You know you are getting the best that Vietnam has to offer combined with his knowledge and his powerhouse team of local guides. He was responsive and organized every detail flawlessly. One of my favorite highlights was the Oasis Bay Party Cruise in epic Ha Long Bay. What a beautiful sight! Our guide Peter was the most friendly and energetic tour guide. He made sure that everyone was having a fun time and gave us tons of history and a local knowledge. The parties were too much fun with dancing, kayaking, volleyball, and a massive hot tub jacuzzi on board! Another honorable mention is Mae, our lovely and charming tour guide in the northern lush province of Sapa. We went on a wonderful trek throughout the rice patties and the meandering rivers. She was very insightful about the local life in Sapa and the dozens of minority tribes that live in the local area. It was one of the most rewarding cultural experiences I have ever had.

You cannot go wrong with Viland Travel Tours. Do yourself a favor, look no further, and join the Viland Fam. Thank you again Viland team for the experience of a lifetime!
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Excellent service from Sarah from Viland Travel

5.0 February 2018
B
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  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
  • Value 5.0
My friend and I have been on two treks with Viland Travel.
Sarah is our agent-there is no-one better than her. She is thoughtful, caring, careful to give the best of her services, always trying to please and to make sure that our trips are satisfying and enjoyable. We traveled in the North of Vietnam and in the North of Laos. Sarah is open to changes at any stage of our treks, always changing our plans if we are not happy with them.
We paid before our trips and yet, there was no problem with changes during our trips. Sarah is fair and will refund money if needs be.
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Great guides, amazing locations, highly recommended!!!

5.0 February 2018
C
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I recently did the 8 day tour with Viland in Vietnam. I wanted to get the most out of my short visit and I truly felt like I got to see all aspects of Vietnam in such a short period of time. Seeing Halong Bay and SaPa Valley in the north and then traveling down to the south for Ho Chi Minh and Mekong allows you to see the diversity between the northern and southern cultures. From the locals personalities to the cuisine there is so much to learn about the two. Our local guides helped us with any questions and threw in interesting bits of information that I feel like i wouldn’t have learned if they were not there. It also helped because they translated anything we needed from food to bargaining in local shops! They were very open to questions and our tour operated Dan was amazing with all requests. Dan definitely made coming to a completely new part of the world easier for me since he handled all logistics of the tour and has a wealth of knowledge after living there for so many years. This took a lot of weight off of my shoulders as this culture was so new to me! The highlights of my trip were definitely Halong Bay and SaPa valley. The Ha Long bay boat was amazing and very comfortable. The activities were a blast and I got to meet so many great people. Having cocktails on the top deck as you sail through the limestone mountains is a surreal experience that I don’t think I will find anywhere else. The SaPa valley opened my eyes to the Vietnamese culture and was the most authentic part of the tour. I personally feel like I learned so much about myself as I hiked through the valley and got a peek at the village life. Overall this tour was just what I needed on my short trip. In such a short amount of time I truly felt like I experienced the most of Vietnam. I look forward to the next time I come back and hope to do another tour with Viland! 10/10 recommend!
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Tour Viland Travel Reviews

Tours 25 Trips 5 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 224 $ 83
Operator Type None Custom/Private Tour Operator
Size None Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • River Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level N/A N/A
Regions
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Luxury
  • Budget
  • Train & Rail
Headquarters Australia Hanoi, Vietnam
Year Established 2002 2010
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A English
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    About Adventure Tours Australia

    In the early 90s Adventure Tours Australia was conceived, as a way to help new travelers to Australia visit the farther reaching attractions of the country, such as Uluru.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Culturally rich, adventurous tours and local expertise. They strive to show travelers “the real Australia”. They specialize in wildlife and indigenous culture tours. Their guides have a collective two decades of experience traveling around the the vast country, and it’s many different often harsh environments. Their tours are eco conscious, and almost all have an element of camping involved.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Their trips tend to skew younger, especially given the two types of accommodation range from Camping to Basic. They often host families and single or solo travelers. No single supplement is required for those solo travelers open to rooming with someone of the same gender - if you prefer a room to yourself, they can often offer this for a supplement.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Their tours operate throughout Australia, including Tasmania. They have multiple kinds of tour, including short breaks, overland, and city explorations.

    How Does it Work?

    Trips fall under two main categories: “Basix” and “Original”. Each is fairly rustic in nature. Transportation is via 4WD or minibus. All trips are conducted in as eco conscious a manner as possible.

    Why Travel With Them?

    They are perfect for young adventurous travelers interested in seeing Australia from a local point of view. If you enjoy camping, getting to know other travelers, and feeling completely immersed in your location, they are the tour company for you.

    About Viland

    They design custom trips and small group tours in Vietnam and Indochina.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Based in Vietnam, they have a distinct destination focus, offering many different kinds of tours within Vietnam and, to a lesser extent, wider Indochina. You’ll know you’re getting a high calibur of local knowledge and a customizable experience.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Many different kinds of traveler can find something of interest with Viland Travel, provided they are looking for an immersive and well crafted Vietnam or Indochina tour. They have everything from luxurious honeymoon tours to backpacking trips, hard adventure tours to family beach holidays.

    Where Do They Operate?

    They are a local, Vietnam based agency and proudly offer many different experiences within their home country. Other trips are available in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you are seeking a highly specialized and knowledgeable guided or custom experience in Vietnam, Viland would be the perfect company to consider. They can help you design the perfect trip to your preferences, from hardcore adventure to luxury. Viland is perfect for special interest travel - so be sure to let them know what kinds of activities you’re interested in and they will be able to help you with an unforgettable Indochina travel experience.

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