Tibet has always been the dream destination for tourists around the world. And with convenient transportation and open market, there appears numerous Tibet travel agencies. So it can be difficult to choose from them. Thus, here we list some main points of how to choose a reliable Tibet travel agency. Hope the information can help you make a wise decision and enjoy the Tibet tour.
Abundant Years of Experience– A Must for Reliable Tibet Travel Agency
The most prominent character of a reliable Tibet travel agency is long-time operation and rich experience. Therefore, during your selection process, spend some time reading the history of the agency. After that, you can find if it has the related experience. In addition, you can select reputable Tibet travel agencies recommended by TripAdvisor or other unbiased resources.
Choose Tibetan Tour Guide and Local Safe Tibetan Driver
This is an important reminder for travelers. In order to provide authentic Tibetan knowledge, tour guides and drivers should be Tibetans. Otherwise, you cannot rely on their instructions. Moreover, agencies should handpick their tour guides and drivers. From local insiders, your will learn real Tibetan history, culture, customs, festivals and etc. We know that some southern eastern countries travelers or overseas Chinese travelers booked Tibet vacations but most of these tours are run by Chinese, guided by Chinese tour guide, and drivers. Probably their prices are cheaper but they mostly learnt fake information about real Tibet.
Choose middle and reasonable Tibetan tour prices but not sky high Tibetan price
Price is a vital factor for tourists to choose a Tibet travel agency. There are many travel agencies or tour leaders offering various prices. So you can compare their prices and select from them accordingly. A good price is not too high or too low. But it contains all necessary services. Also, if a price of an itinerary is US$300 to US$800 per person more than others for the same itinerary, you should be careful.
“Tibetan Owned” or Not ” Tibetan Owned” Travel Agency, how to choose?
There are many nice Tibetan owned travel agencies, Chinese owned travel agencies and Tibetan-Chinese Co-Owned travel agencies in Lhasa. But there are less reputable agencies as well for both Tibetan or Chinese agent. Some people may warn you it is the best to choose “Tibetan Owned” or a must-follow tip to select a Tibetan agent or even a Tibetan tour guide. You have to be careful about this. The core point should be this: you have to have a Tibetan guide and a safe Tibetan driver. Every reputable travel agency here in Lhasa arranges Tibetan guides and good drivers, no matter it is a Chinese owned or Tibetan owned or Co-owned agency or tour operator. Like anywhere in the world, there are reliable or unreliable people (reasonable or greedy), here in Tibet it is also the same.
Avoid Sky High Prices when choosing Quality Private Tibet Tours
For Win-Win Tibet tour booking for travelers and tour operator , we can suggest foreign travelers to book itemized services with more Tibetan owned tourism providers and this way you can support more Tibetan people. For example, you can book a Tibetan owned hotel directly, book a Tibetan driver directly, or just book a Tibetan guide, a Lhasa beer with a Tibetan owned shop, a souvenir in a Tibetan owned shop, etc. So you’d better not combine every booking in a Tibetan package tour with namely reliable Tibetan person. If so, we can be sure your “Tibetan priced tours” are “Sky High Price” one. Because you can easily compare out that, each and every or most Tibet tours have reliable Tibetan English speaking guide, drivers, and the itinerary is almost the very same or similar, why not choose a less expensive one?
Quality Tibetan Tour Service-from Clients’ Reviews
It is hard for you to distinguish quality service from numerous tour operators. Therefore, reviews from clients is a helpful tool. From the past clients’ feedback or the instant TripAdvisor reviews, you can learn the details of services from different agencies. Then, you can know the highlight of each agency. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, contact them directly.
Many Tibet tour departures with flexibility
Many Tibet group tours departures can provide you with great flexibility when deciding the departure time. Thus, you need to check the calendar under the itinerary carefully. A reliable travel agency can offer you much freedom. So you do not need to worry about the departure date. And you can always find the suitable date to leave.
Reasonable and Safe Tibet tour itinerary
A reasonable itinerary considers the distance between the starting and finishing point for a day. So you won’t feel so tired along the way and can maintain a good condition for sightseeing. Meanwhile, the pace cannot be too slow in order to include all highlight attractions in a limited time schedule.