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Jan022012

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport Departure Transfer

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent. We were collected ontime and taken in a clean bus directly to the terminal.

Jan012012

Tour/Activity

Batu Caves and Temple Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The ChineseTemple tour was first and then on to Batu Caves. The temple is fabulous, not as big as the one on Penang, but equally as ornate. Batu Caves is amazing - lot of steps though, those with vertigo beware they are quite steep. The view from the top is great. Unfortunatley the Batik factory was closed (it was New Years Day) but we'd already seen a batik factory in Penang. So the driver offered to take us to anywhere else we had not seen, which was very accommadating of him.

Dec312011

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Kuala Lumpur By Night Tour

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

You are dropped off in China Town with upto an hour and a half to browse and shop. The guide advised us on the best method of bargaining. Afterwards we drove through areas of the city, got some good photos of the Petronas Towers and KL Tower all lit up. Then on to dinner at a Malay resturaunt with a show included. The dinner was buffet style. Our guide took us around and decribed each of the dishes and helpfully pointed out those with peanuts, as one of the group was allergic. We helped ourselves to a bit of everything and we on dessert when the band stopped playing and the dancers appeared. The dancing was not all Malay, as Malaysia has historical influences from India Burma and Thailand. At the end they ask some of the audience to participate in oneof the dances. Great fun. We were not sure the children would like this tour but they loved it and got up on stage for the dancing.

Dec302011

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Penang Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Penang, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Despite the picture shown for this departure, our pick-up was in a minibus and we were the only passengers. Our driver was punctual and dressed in the company uniform and so was easy to spot when he arrived in the lobby. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the airport if you staying in the 'Golden Mile' / Batu Ferringhi as the airport is on the southern coast.

Dec302011

Tour/Activity

Kuala Lumpur International Airport Arrival Transfer

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent. Our driver was standing by on the outskirts of the airport when we arrived from a delayed flight. A company represntative was inside the terminal awaiting our arrival and then radioed to the driver, only a few minutes wait while to found his way to the door with the minibus. He helped us with the bus and then drove us the hotel. This took over 1 hour from the airport to the city centre. As we had other tour booked with the same company, the driver gave us an envelope confirming all our tour pick-up times and the airport departure. We found the company to be very efficient.

Dec262011

Tour/Activity

Private Transfer: Penang Arrival Airport to Hotel Transfer

Penang, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Another excellent transfer. Driver was waiting at the airport in uniform so was easy to find. He helped us with the bags and then we set off in a nice airconditioned bus to the hotel.

Dec182011

Tour/Activity

Phuket Half-Day Safari Tour

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Pick up from our hotel was on-time and we were taken to the elephant camp. We enjoyed free coffee and tea whilst other buses arrived from around the island. We met our guide and went to the first demonstration point. We sampled coconut pancakes with Thai sweet tea or sweet coffee. If you don't like sugar in your coffee, drink it before stirring it as the sweetened milk is at the bottom. We watched the water buffalo plough a mock rice paddi, then it was harnessed to a cart and gave us a ride. We also looked at the various stages of how rice is grown. We watched a coconut be milked and shaved. We sampled it too. The next demonstration was for making coconut oil and then a Thai Chicken Curry with rice. Samples galore and tasty too. Second helping were permitted - "Happy Hour!" our guide said. We saw tapping of a rubber tree and processing it into sheets. Then onto the young elephant training area. We watched how they were trained to pick up objects and play with their mahout, then we were allowed to take photos with the elephant (free) and feed them if we wished (a basket of fruit was 50Baht). The children were delighted with this part of the tour! We had a short talk about the mahout and elephant living together for life, and then actually climbed onto the seat on an elephants back for our trek up the hill through the forrest, to a lookout point for a spectacular view towards the east side of the island. Fabulous. Afterwards we said a big thank you to our elephant by buying a basket of fruit and feeding it. A must do experience for Phuket, never to be forgotten!

Dec172011

Tour/Activity

Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We were collected promptly from the hotel lobby by a guide with excellent english. Sightseeing tour included two viewpoints, cashew nut factory, discount souvenier market , gems gallery and a temple. The temple is very nice. Chinese firecrackers were being set off when we visited as someone had been fortunate on the lottery. Ladies remember to cover your shoulders to enter the temple itself. Cashew factory was interesting, found out lots I didn't know about them. Cashew products were available for tasting and purchasing. The Cashew fruit juice is very nice, especially chilled. The first view point provided a spectacular view across to Karon beach. Here there was also a person allowing photos with an eagle (claws clipped) for a small fee. Kids liked this. The souvenier market was extensive and most products were cheaper than in Pattong. The gems gallery was a working factory for hand-made jewellery. They show you a video, walk you through the factory, and then you enter the sales room where you have hundreds of jewellery items available for purchase in 14 or 18 carat gold or white gold. Many items eg earrings are reasonable priced. Most items there are original designs. Very good morning.

Dec162011

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Bangkok Airport Shared Departure Transfer

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The easiest way to get from hotel to airport. Our shared departure was just the 4 persons in our party. Clean older style minibus. Polite helpful and smartly dressed staff. Very importantly - ontime / prompt, mostly early. Remember to be wherever your meeting point is 10minutes before your meeting time if you can as it is most likely your driver is already there.

Dec142011

Tour/Activity

Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our small group tour was just our party of four. Our guide was polite and well informed, and his english was very good (Although occassionally he mis-used words or stumbled to find the correct one, his meaning was clear) (His english was better then my Thai!) He was very patient with the children. Long tail boat was fun. We stopped to buy souveniers from a floating vendor and even to feed the catfish in the river with bread, which the kids loved. Learned lots about Thai culture, history and life. Reclining Buddha was huge and well worth seeing, the grounds are spectacular. Grand Palace was extensive and elaborately decorated. Your attire is very important on this tour. You take your shoes off lots, and you walk a far bit too. Ladies should dress with covered shoulders to enter temple, they will provide you with a scarf if do not. The Grand Palace has a dress code too. Ladies as for the temple, but also no shorts and your dress or skirt must cover your knees. Men are best in trousers. They will hire (for a 400 Baht refundable deposit) you appropriate clothes if yours are considered inappropriate : eg shorts, rips, above knees, showing your shoulders, low cut, see-through etc. I know it sounds like a hassel, but it is worth it.

Dec132011

Tour/Activity

Bangkok Rose Garden Cultural Center and Thai Village Half-Day Tour

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We were advised upon booking that due to the flooding the elephant had not yet returned to the village. We hoped maybe it may return during the ten days before we actually went, but it had not. However the elephant was not the only reason to visit the village, and their are plenty more things to do and see. The rose gardens are beautiful and pleasant to walk around, so close to the river. The show was quite good. It was inside. They gave us clothes as we entered which were chilled and moistened with lemon water - keep you cool and keep off the mossies. Whilst walking around the village you can see how silk is made from the worms to the weaving of the cloth, you can purchase items from the shop, you can watch umbrella/parasol painting, hear tradtional music, have your photo with ladies in tradtional costume or with an albino reticulated python. You must tip if you take a photo, the ladies in costume happily took 10Baht per photo, the snake handler had a card pinned to him (50Baht) but we took 5/6 photos for that. Great tour as a general overview of Thai life and culture.

Dec122011

Tour/Activity

Bangkok Airport Shared Arrival Transfer

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent. Our group was the only one in the bus. A man met us outside the baggage collection, and took us directly to an awaiting older style but clean minibus. It took just thirty minutes from airport to Chidlom. Driver didn't say much but was helpful with the bags and drove carefully but effectively through the crowded highways and streets of Bangkok.

Aug312011

Tour/Activity

Kona Submarine Adventure and Royal Kona Resort Luau

Kona, Hawaii

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Submarine trip on Wednesday was rescheduled due to heavy swells. Atlantis staff texted before 9am to arrange new day if possible, we did it on Friday instead, and so the Luau voucher was faxed direct to Royal Kona for collection at 5pm.
Luau was absolutely fantastic, professional set-up, great band, amazing dancers including the fire-dancer as the finale, excellent food, coffee and open bar! (soda, juice, beer, spirits and Meitai) Throughly enjoyed by all, especially the kids. Parking at luau was just $3, or there is free parking about 5minutes walk away. Photographer takes a group shot on entry, which is available for purchase after an hour for $20.
Atlantis Submarine tour was well organised and safe. Photographer takes group shot before going out on the boat shuttle to the sub, and photos are available for $20 on return to boat, this includes a CD with your photo and images of fish etc from previous dives. The submarine went to depth of 100ft and included going around a shipwreck. We saw all sorts of fish and coral, including an eel "Elvis" and a barracuda. Optional purchase of the dive-log ($1) was well worth it as the kids spent lots of time ticking the boxes of the fish they had seen. Tour is narrated by one of the staff (not pre-recorded) and so he was able to tell us exactly what we could see and answer any questions.
Highly recommend doing both tours !!

Aug252011

Tour/Activity

Honolulu Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Oahu, Hawaii

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very cost-effective method of seeing the city and getting out to Pearl Harbour.

Aug242011

Tour/Activity

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation

Waikiki, Oahu

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent day out, and fabulous way to get an overview of Oahu. Our driver (Keamoki) was great. He was very informative about the places, hawaiian culture, language and legends/folklore. He laughed and joked with us, was very welcoming, we were part of his ohana for the day. He told us information about the places we passed through, not just the schedueled stopping places, and passed artifacts, pictures, maps etc around the bus, to help us understand what he was talking about. The Japanese temple was beautiful. So tranquil. We were able to strike the giant bell in an appropriate manner as Keamoki had explained how to do it properly before we left the bus. We made one impromptu stop on the North Shore, as the driver had spotted a turtle on the beach, so we all got a quick look through the windows as there was no-where for us to park the bus and get out. Dole plantation was a bit of a let down. The gardens were pleasant, but the maze, train etc, all cost extra and took longer than our alotted stop-over time. Otherwise a throughly enjoyable day out, highly recommended.

Aug232011

Tour/Activity

Honolulu Airport Arrival Transfer with Optional Lei Greeting

Oahu, Hawaii

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Brilliant. Staff confirmed our email and said that we would be meet us after the baggage collection, which they did, in their blue aloha shirts. Our leis were beautiful - purple and white orchid-like flowers - well worth the extra. Staff took our photos wearing the lei (with our camera). We were taken to the mini-bus and had to wait only a few minutes for the other 4 passengers (8 total) before we were taken directly to our hotel in air-conditioned comfort. Staff were helpful and curteous, they even wheeled our cases to the bus.

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