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Harry J

Harry J

USA

Jan082015

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Yangon by Circular Train: Life Along the Loop

Yangon, Myanmar

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A very interesting look at local life in Yangon. My guide was very informative and made sure I saw everything including an extra visit to a Bhuddist ritual in a local monastery. Lunch was in a typical local Burmese cafe. This tour shows you the gritty backside of the city and not just the gleaming gold temples. The local markets are fascinating and watching the local people on this rather rickety old train was a real treat. Included was some walking through the side streets of the city.with the busy locals. A very unusual tour that should not be missed. It would be extremely difficult for a tourist to do this on his own as the trains are confusing at the station's and there is no language spoken other than Burmese.

Nov082012

Tour/Activity

Traditional Lei Greeting in Kona

Kona, Hawaii

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The lei was beautiful and was presented right at the arrivals area. I did note, however, that with both mine and with others presented that there was not the traditional kiss by the lady presented the lei. Perhaps this is no longer done due to local health ordinances, but I would have thought that a slight peck on the cheek or at least a touching of cheeks would have been done, as one always saw in past years.

Jul222009

Tour/Activity

Grand Canyon West Rim Air and Ground Day Trip from Las Vegas with Skywalk

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
A really great trip. The views from the airplane were outstanding. The pilot was a terrific guide and very professional in all aspects of the operation. Everything was very well organized. Do not do any trip but the earliest in the day as the crowds get claustrophobic by the time you are coming back from the 8am departure. The best lunch deal was at the ranch, with a great indoor sit-down area, live music, and friendly cowhands. The guides do not really "push" the ranch, but you should make sure you save enough time to go to it if you have any interest in cowboy stuff. The West Rim is now handling many hundreds of visitors a day, and the current facilities can barely handle the crowds by about midday. The West Rim airport, deserted at 8am, was a total madhouse at 12:30 with groups coming and going. Our pilot, although young, had over 2000 hours and completely satisfied my questions concerning the safety and operation of the 9 passenger single engine high-wing Cessna. The flight got a bit bumpy here and there, but not to excess. Self-drive leaves you in Boulder City in the afternoon with the opportunity to drive around that lovely city and area, and perhaps visit the dam you just saw from the air.

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