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Paprika

Hong Kong

May172013

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

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Tour comprise of Lacquer Painting, Ceramic Village and Silk Village Tour with lunch inclusive. Charged 106US$. We went on a 46 degree celsius humid day. Lacquer painting visit was interesting, process and explanation was fine. Ceramic Village was chaos. Arrived at noon to find out that the original schedule factory was CLOSED due to family anniversary. Guide then said there are others to look in same village so we follow her to walk. We walk, walk and walk under 46 heat and I nearly got heat stroke. We were not inform how long we have to walk to the next factory. In the end, took us 15 minutes+ to arrive and I can hardly breathe when you have sweat like running showers for so long. Pretty disappointing to find out that all moulds are by machinery now, only hand craft we can see is add on paint works. After visit and shop at market, we were brought to a local style home restaurant which smell of FAECES. Is so unbearable that we have to leave and head back to city for lunch. We were expected to head to a small decent restaurant where we can have Pho etc. BUT we were taken to FOOD COURT where your shoes stick to greasy floor and smell of grease... Afternoon we head to silk factory but NO ONE was there because of their lunch hours. Again, all by machine now so we can only see different machines with different patterns and NO hand craft business whatsoever. the village is basically shops and NOTHING to see.

So conclusion is IF you are looking for genuine local hand make art and craft procedures review, sorry, this is NOT for you. If you are looking for shopping only, yes, there are plenty of shops to shop till you drop.

May162013

Tour/Activity

Halong Bay Small Group Adventure Tour including Cruise from Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Took 4 hours by car to arrive at pier to took ferry. A simple lunch with combination of cucumber salad, seafood, fried meat. Drinks exclusive. The lime rocks are quite fascinating which as you travel along/between, each angle is different and is a different picturesque for photos. Is like a never ending business. After travelling along for few hours, we end up at the Cave with icicles etc which worth watching. Arrived back in Hanoi and hotel around 8pm so you better bring along some snacks with you if you have stomach problems. Other than this, scenery was enjoyable.

May212011

Tour/Activity

Private Ho Chi Minh City Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The guide was very punctual and professional. The driver who picked me up at the hotel this time spoke English and was very helpful all through the short journey. I am very impressed and would book this tour again.

May192011

Tour/Activity

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

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Most of the tour is on visiting Coconut Candy, Rice Paper Making process and Fruit farm. However, I MUST WARN anyone of you who is having back problem like me or with elderly to be very careful because the journey to Rice Field took around an hour on Local Scooter Truck on bumpy narrow roads which is EXTREMELY uncomfortable. Think before you join. Other than this, Rice field owner offered us fresh coconut from tree and home-make tea from his on farm which was a bonus to the trip. The journey on the Delta took only 15% of the tour so if you were expecting a cruise on muddy water, you will be disappointed. Lunch included was good though. If this si your 1st day of tour and you have to confirm 48 hours before. Beware, the tour operator's phone is ALWAYS ENGAGED. I spend lots of long distance call and still CANNOT find them. In the end, I just have to wait at the Lobby and keeping my fingers cross to be pciked up. So make prior arrangement and not 48 hours before.

May182011

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Tour covered basic spot like Notre Dame Cathedral. General Post Office, War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace, Thien hau temple and Giac.. Pagoda. Lunch included was good choice from our young lady guide. I would have preferred less temple though. not much to see (We have lots in HK already) One thing I MUST say is that the guide is very good at helping you to take good photos. We were lucky as well as there are only 2 on our group tour. But i would have love to learn more about Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City's information, history etc more. I think there should be more explanation by the guide at the Museum, we were just left to walk around ourselves. I would conclude that trip as OK but not as good as one expect. For those travellign during the weekend, this 48 hours before confirmation request will drive you VERY MAD as the so called hotline is ALWAYS engaged and you can hardly get through. I did not get confirmation and have to call many times long distance. The end is I just have to wait at the Lobby and hoping that they will come.

May172011

Tour/Activity

Private Ho Chi Minh City Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

My flight was late and I was very worried that nobody would pick me up at the airport. Was impressive that despite I had a hard time finding them over the weekend to confirm my tour over always engaged phone, Buffalo Tours was very punctual and professional and maange to pick me up smoothly from the airport. One thing I have to comment is that the driver who drive me to my hotel CANNOT speak english. So, I do feel bit insecure given the fact that I am travelling alone at night. But as a whole, I do liek Buffalo Tours as they are the 1st to quickly revert to me on confirmation on pick up unlike Intrepid Indochina (the tour company) who you get n response until the day of the tour and panicking to hell sitting at the Lobby wondering whether they will come or not.

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