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Apr202014

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Small-Group Cultural Tour: Bat Trang, Dong Ky and Do Temple

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

My husband and I were the only people on this tour, which we took on a Sunday. Our guide Tang was great and gave a lot of historical background at each stop. Watching the ceramics being made was interesting but we were disappointed that there was no silk production to view. The temple dedicated to a famous emperor and the community house were interesting. The places we stopped were not really villages any more. They felt like outer suburbs of Hanoi.

Apr182014

Tour/Activity

Halong Bay Small Group Adventure Tour including Cruise from Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great trip. A long day (about 8 of the 12 hours spent traveling) but worth it if you don't want to stay overnight. Although the day was cloudy, the closer we got to the rocky formations, the clearer they were so I was able to get some good photos. Lunch was sufficient and the caves were worth seeing. It was a shame that the merchandise at the handicrafts centre was so expensive. A purse I bought around the corner of the hotel was 5 times more expensive at the centre. Our guide San was terrific and had excellent English.

Apr162014

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My husband and I were the only people on the tour and we had a great day with our fabulous guide Trois. He gave a great mini history lesson of Ho Chi Minh's life and work. Lunch was good but it is a LOCAL restaurant so be prepared - no fancy tables and chairs, no a/c. It was fine and the food was good. Ladies make sure your shoulders are covered and your top is not revealing when visiting the mausoleum, as this will be considered disrespectful. Highly recommend this tour (base company is Intrepid Travel).

Feb262013

Tour/Activity

Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A good trip but the day was unnecessarily long. The train trip is not essential; we waited almost an hour for the train to arrive. The visit to the cemetery, museum and bridge was good. Lunch was simple and sufficient. Our guide was knowledgeable.

Feb232013

Tour/Activity

Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I was so glad I booked a tour for the palace. My guide Peter was fantastic. He explained the history very well and gave me time to wander around by myself. The place was packed but it was still worth seeing. The gem factory visit at end end was the only negative - not interested.

Feb272012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The driver was on time and we had a good run to the airport. I know that people state that the train is cheap (about $2) but this drops you off right at the door. Would use this service again.

Feb262012

Tour/Activity

Changi Chapel and Museum Half-Day Tour from Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The guide was very knowledgeable. The Changi museum was interesting and we could have had more time there instead of having a 20 minute stop at a food court. The stop at the mosque and the walk around the associated shops was interesting too.

Feb252012

Tour/Activity

Singapore by Night Tour with Dinner along Singapore River

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Our guide Cecilia was great but I can't say the same for the way the tour is constructed. Dinner at Clarke Quay was a disappointing Chinese Banquet (about 5 dishes). Then we headed off to the harbour area. Nice to view but there was no stop for photos. Bugis night markets was next. The half hour given was sufficient to have a quick look but you can go to the markets during the day. It is not a "night only" market as it is open from 10 am to 10 pm daily. Now the Long Bar. I didn't choose to have a drink but was told by the guide that if I went to buy a sling from the bar, it would cost me S$32! The bar is not even in the original position. There was a band playing, which some may enjoy, but I found the music so loud, I could not talk with others. I recommend that you skip this tour. Go to Bugis during the day (a short walk from the city) and go to the Tiffin Room instead for high tea, or visit the Long bar during the day.

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Feb242012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Zoo Breakfast with Orangutans

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The zoo was great. We were not really interested in breakfast but it was the only way to get a photo with the orangutans. The photo with the tour title is deceptive. You do not have breakfast with the orangutans - you have breakfast in an outdoor restaurant and then queue for a photo. The orangutans are near the front tables. We didn't quite manage to see everything at the zoo so skip the breakfast if you want more time as the orangutans don't come out until about 9:30/9:45.

Feb232012

Tour/Activity

Sentosa Island Tour with Singapore Cable Car and Optional S.E.A Aquarium

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

All good: the cable car, the museum and the butterfly park. Pay the extra and go to underwater world as it is worth it.

Feb222012

Tour/Activity

Singapore City Tour with optional Singapore Flyer

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Do add the flyer to the trip - it is a must and it is cheaper to add it to the city tour than to buy a separate ticket @ $29. The city tour was crowded as it was a very big group and two buses were used.

Feb212012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was good to have a car to pick us up after arriving on a late flight. The car was clean but smelt a bit of cigarette smoke.

Jan272012

Tour/Activity

Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour

Melbourne, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Had a great day on this tour. Plenty of opportunities for wine tasting. The cheese tasting in the trophy room at De Bortoli didn't go as planned (just a last minute bit of cheese at the bar) but that wasn't the tour operator's fault. It seems that De Bortoli had a few staff call in sick that day. Lunch at Domaine (with 4 half glasses of wine) was the highlight. I thoroughly recommend the tour. Our host was very informative.

Dec142010

Tour/Activity

Private Ho Chi Minh City Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The driver spoke little English but got us to the airport, stopping right out the front of the departures door.

Dec132010

Tour/Activity

Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The tour was very interesting. Our guide Huong was very informative. We enjoyed seeing the local industries and the boat rides. The boat ride in the canal was good but a bit scary at times when the boat wobbled. This tour is not suitable for the physically disabled or infirm as the boat trip around the river required us to get on and off the boat several times.

Dec122010

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Had a very interesting day. Our guide Huong was excellent - helpful and really looked after us. Nothing was too much trouble for her. The war museum is a must-see.

Dec112010

Tour/Activity

Private Ho Chi Minh City Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Excellent. Our guide was there to meet us and we only had to wait a minute or two for the driver to bring the car to us. Worth the money after a long and exhausting flight.

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