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Mar132014

Tour/Activity

Bangkok Cabaret Show

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

An interesting evening. I got tired of every single person getting introduced many times over during the show. The show was ok. We were collected from our hotel early and had an hour and 1/2 before the show to look around the centre which was really worthwhile. We had dinner at a restaurant on the waterfront We really enjoyed that part of the evening so we ended up considering the cabaret show as an extra bonus.

Mar082014

Tour/Activity

Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a great tour. It gives you a chance to get out of the city and have a look at some of the country which is so different to Bangkok. Yes, the markets are quite commercial but interesting anyway. A great way to spend a morning.

Mar072014

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Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We really enjoyed the visit to the Summer Palace. It is a very interesting place. The tour of the Ayutthaya Temples is interesting but make sure you take a hat and water. You only see a small area so it does not take a lot of time. The trip back to Bangkok by boat was very relaxing and enjoyable. The buffet lunch was good and has enough variation that everyone can find something to eat. I appreciated the commentary as we travelled back to Bangkok. It is good to know what the buildings and places are that we are passing while the boat travels down river. This was a good tour and nice way to send a day.

Mar022014

Tour/Activity

Siem Reap Street Food Evening Tour

Siem Reap, Cambodia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tour guide was fantastic. He bought various items for us to taste and always listened to our preferences. He explained a lot about the local culture. We did this on our first night in Siem Reap so it was an excellent introduction to the area. We also had a lot of fun as part of the walk took us through a local fair ground. There were lots of rides and sideshow games. We played a game of shooting at ducks and won prizes (local beer which we really enjoyed).

Mar012014

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Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide and driver were excellent. They were very flexible in the places that they took us and they accommodated our wishes. I was I initially worried about the safety of riding in the cyclo but during the ride we felt very safe as the traffic accommodates cyclos and our driver was very good. A lot of local cultural aspects were covered. This is a great introduction to Phnom Penh.

Feb272014

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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

We would have liked to spend longer in the Mekong Delta but our schedule would only permit one day. This tour gave us the opportunity to experience a little of the delta. A map citing the locations we visited would have been helpful to understand where we had been but this is only a suggestion. The lunch was good, typically local food provided in a nice setting. We loved the little boat trip through the canals. I think we travelled at a good time of year - no mosquitoes. Also if you were interested you had the opportunity to taste snake wine/liqueur.

Feb262014

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Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour took us to the significant tourist spots in Ho Chi Minh City. When you visit the War Remnants Museum be prepared for the anti American sentiment. This was my least preferred location. We had a typical Vietnamese lunch (Pho) which our guide joined us for. He was very personable and always full of interesting information. Fortunately we had an unscheduled visit to a lacquer factory/shop which we found very interesting. There was no pressure to buy but it was clear the products produced there (though more expensive) were better quality than in most markets.

Feb202014

Tour/Activity

Halong Bay Overnight Junk Boat Cruise

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Halong Bay is beautiful. Yes there are a lot of tourists and tourist boats but the area is so beautiful that everyone deserves the opportunity to see it. The cabin was spacious and very comfortable. We were lucky that the weather was perfect. The boat was not large so it gave us the opportunity to get to know some of the other tourists. The staff on the boat were excellent and a lot of fun. Visiting Halong Bay is one of our best travel experiences. Kayaking on the bay was hard work but has given us great memories.

Feb192014

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Vietnamese Countryside Tour by Bike and Boat from Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a very small group with a fantastic guide and driver. It is possible to do this tour and not have to participate in the bike ride. Instead I wandered around the small town and explored the back streets and alleys however my travel partner really enjoyed the bike ride and believes it was a highlight. There are quite a few tourists riding on the small boats on the river but this did not impact on our enjoyment. Just be prepared for the hard sell for souvenirs and demands for extra money by the person piloting the little boat and stick to your plan (either buy and pay up because it is worth it or politely refuse). Our guide was very helpful with advice in managing these demands. Consider it all part of the fun of travelling. This is a beautiful part of Vietnam.

Feb182014

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

There were just 2 of us on this tour so it felt like a personal tour. Everything was carefully explained to us and we were able to move at our own pace. The guide was very good. Each of the locations we visited were interesting and significant locations in Hanoi. The guide was a delight.

Feb172014

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Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was our first night in Hanoi and a great introduction to the local cuisine. We learnt about some of the local culture and more importantly we learnt how to cross streets in Hanoi. The secret coffee shop overlooking the lake was a great way to end the night. We got to eat more than enough of the local food, most of which was delicious. There was no pressure to eat anything we didn't want to. We were a small group of 6 people and we ended up having a great time together with the guide. This tour gave us the confidence to move around the Old Quarter on our own the next day.

Oct162011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This activity involved a lot of stair climbing. We saw parts of the colosseum that we could not have seen unless we were on this or a similar tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was also good not to have to wait in a long line to enter.

Oct162011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This tour was interesting and involved 3 separate components. Consequently most people can find some part of the tour that they find fascinating. The tour guide was reasonably knowledgeable.

Oct152011

Tour/Activity

Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

This tour was very disappointing. We saw very little of Hadrian's Villa (but there didn't seem a lot to see). The Villa d'Este was very interesting and would have enjoyed more time to see the garden and actual villa. The tour was probably worth doing just to see the d'Este gardens. The tour guide was not knowledgeable at all.

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Oct142011

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. Early entry was good and we generally managed to avoid the crowds, especially the long lines to enter. I would strongly recomment this tour.

Oct092011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. I don't think I ever want to go to a gallery again without a guide to explain and show me what my eyes are not seeing. The Gallery was crowded by that didn't impact negatively on the tour. The Corridor was amazing. Unfortunately we had to spend extra time in the Corridor because there was a group of diplomats in front of us and we couldn't move any faster. This was not the fault of the guide. This is an excellent tour, if possible not to be missed.

Sep302011

Tour/Activity

Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was well organised. It is worth travelling to Eagles Nest for the history of the area and the view. Though we were given strict timelimes for each section of the tour, there was plenty of time to enjoy what you were doing and the participants could understand why those timelines were necessary. We certainly didn't feel rushed. The scenery is magnificant.

Sep292011

Tour/Activity

Neuschwanstein Castle Small Group Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Seeing Neuschwanstein Castle is probably a must for most people travelling in Bavaria. It is worth visiting. The stories about the characters which had inhabited the castle are even more interesting. The American guide was experienced but probably more interested and more oriented toward the younger (teens and 20 year olds) members in the group. This is not a "small group tour" as there were probably about 30 people in the tour group. It is a lengthy trip with long periods travelling by train. We didn't return to Munich until after 7:00pm. The tour involves a lot of walking and climbing.

Sep152011

Tour/Activity

Paris Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The guide was excellent. This isn't just about ghost stories but also other engaging tales (not necessarily true). It is more like "street theatre" or going to a show while walking the streets of Paris. We are glad we didn't miss it. Don't go expecting to be frightened - but definitely expect to be totally entertained. It was a long night as we didn't finish until almost 12 midnight - but worth it. Eat before you go. Also take water with you, though you do have a break (intermission?) and a chance to sit down in a restaurant and buy a drink.

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