Personal Testimonials from 2016

After another successful and busy summer season on the trains, we have collated the feedback sent to our friendly Beijing office staff.


The Mongolian leg of our trip was phenomenal.

Debbie Ahokas, June 2016

From: "Jenn Ahokas"
To: "Matt"
Sent: Saturday, 25 June, 2016 14:42:21
Subject: Ahokas Mongolia

Good Evening Matt,

The Mongolian leg of our trip was phenomenal and I am already speaking of going back very soon! It was one of the best things that I think I will ever do in my life, and in great part that is thanks to you.

Tour Guide Baska is excellent and all the arrangement are fantastic. I cannot wait for the next stop

I just want to express our sincere thanks for all the arrangement in UB, we are extremely pleased and it surpass our expectation.

Thank you so much again

Debbie Ahokas


From: "Christoph Klose"
To: "Matt"
Sent: Thursday, 23 June, 2016 14:50:07
Subject: Re: Travel documents

Hallo Matt
I am back in China.
It was a great journey.
Thanks a lot for the perfect Organisation.
Best regards
Susanne Klose


From: "Reinhold Friedrich"
To: "Matt"
Sent: Thursday, 9 June, 2016 15:10:06
Subject: Back home - FRIEDRICH and GINER

Hi Matt !
We are back home safely, to Austria, come! Thanks for the excellent organization of this trip - there has not been a single breakdown. All trains, all transfers, all hotels, all the guides, all interrupts have worked perfectly and were on time and in any manner in order. I was amazed at the excellent English of the guides again.
The trip was in my - in our view - a complete success and you can set Monkeyshrine agency really recommend !!!
Thanks for your efforts!
Greetings from Innsbruck

Our guide Anatoliy in Krasnoyarsk was top-notch! We both enjoyed his warmth and passion for his home town.

Bonnie Hofkin, May 2016

From: "bonnie hofkin"
To: "Matt"
Sent: Thursday, 19 May, 2016 19:30:36
Subject: We are back!!

I cant begin to tell you how wonderful our experience was in Siberia. The entire trip fit together seamlessly and without a hitch of any kind. What can I say .... everything was perfect. ★★★★★
I think Vladivostok was a great way to start .... and head west. Vladimir our driver there waiting for us. The hotel was great, thanks for the recommendation. Our day guide and driver were an 'interesting' team. The driver knew no English was seemed to know alot about what we were seeing but the actual guide was a friendly young good-natured guy that knew very little of the sights we were seeing.
Ulan Ude~ home stay with Tatianna was lovely. She is very sweet and seemed to enjoy our company as well. Our guide Goldan was nothing short of amazing. AMAZING!! He is brilliant . Red-headed Igor who transported us to and from the train was so utterly pleasant and accommodating. A real delightful guy.
Lena who guided us in Irkutsk was also lovely and we especially loved our time in Listvyanka. The new guest-house was absolutely stunning. I recall you describing it to me when I called you to book the trip. Our day trek guide Dima was ok ... not to accommodating but that was probably due to a deep language barrier. Not much talking but he fixed a great lunch. It was a beautiful hike tho.
Our guide Anatoliy in Krasnoyarsk was top-notch! We both enjoyed his warmth and passion for his home town. I was so glad our trip was arranged to see the May 9th parade .... I know he spoke to you about that. It was one of the highlights of our entire trip. I love his passion for guiding. Ykaterineburg was great also ..... Constantine is a brilliant history buff .... very knowledgeable ... very nice guy. And our guide (Lena?) lovely gal who showed us the Romanov Monastery and Asia/Europe divide was a delight.

The "monkey" stopped there but not our adventure. On to Moscow my daughter and I found our way via Metro to our hotel off Arbat st.

It was a thoroughly amazing trip and I owe it all to you and Monkey Shrines. A million thanks for helping me with this adventure Matt. How can I help you? if there is a link you can send for a review Id be more than happy to do that. I hope I have a chance to work with you in the future.
Happy trails,

From: "Adrian Dällenbach"
To: "Matt"
Sent: Monday, 28 March, 2016 12:49:46
Subject: RE: ADRIAN DAELLENBACH / Final payment

Hi Matt
I finished my whole journey and the part from Mongolia and Russia was awesome! Thanks for organizing, everything worked out perfectly!

And again, thanks for everything!
Kind regards

From: "Mick Hilleson"
To: "Matt"
Sent: Monday, 15 February, 2016 07:34:58
Subject: Mick Hilleson

Thanks Matt, we had a great time. Each element worked well. Alice was great at collecting passports and sending them on; the train was a gas; the local tour company did well; flight back fine.
We will certainly recommend your services to others (have done)
Mick Hilleson

From: "Zoe Brett"
To: "Matt Monkeyshrine Beijing Office"
Sent: Tuesday, 12 January, 2016 2:38:29 PM
Subject: Re: ZOE BRETT / Trip feedback

The trip was a huge success and an amazing adventure.
Everything was very well organized and executed.
We got really lucky with the weather.
Both St Petersburg and Moscow were snowing by the time we reached them. AND we managed to score at least one blue sky sunny day in each iconic picture location!
Some trip photos below:



Tour guide Alice is a firm favourite with our guests

Anne and Ken and guide Alice

Statue in Mongolia

Zoe Brett selfie in Mongolia


From: "Jonathan Fleet"
To: "Matt"
Sent: Saturday, 14 November, 2015 15:38:59
Subject: Trip

Hi Matt,
just wanted to get in touch and let you know how our trip went. Have to say it was fantastic - ticked all the boxes for us!! The stops and excursions we went on were all great and local guides were first class and thoroughly enjoyed our time chatting away and getting a feel for the local area. Being met at the train stations went like clockwork and really have to hand it to you guys in getting really good people to work with at the various stops along the way- this certainly made our travelling easy.
Already we have been recommending the Monkey Team to others and rest assured we will continue to do so, in fact the next email is to a friend who has considered doing this trip and wants me to let him know how it all went!
We will also put something on TripAdvisor for you guys as well. Is there any other forums like this you suggest as am happy to give a glowing review.

Once again a massive "thanks" from us for your assistance,

Jonathan, Julie and Matthew

PS, got to watch one only game of the RWC, the one that counted!!! - at the Rugby House pub in St Petersburg.