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pauljanderson

Australia

Apr062012

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Ocean Park Hong Kong Full Day Tour

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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

My Review

Only give this a 2 for 1 Reason...if not for this easily deserves a 5!...Park experience was great and is a must see! Why we give a 2....We went on Pub Hol Easter Friday...we only had 2 pick ups it was 9am...guide even said not sure why picked up so early on Public Holiday as park didn't open until 10am...so to kill time, we were taken to Hong Kong Jewelery Company near Ocean Park..12 of us were piled into a very small room and spoken to about HK Jewelery! (I booked to go to Ocean Park and to be spoken to about Jewelery!!!!)...we were then led onto a huge sales floor and there were about 3 sales persons to every person...it was high pressure to buy now!...This was extremely off putting and if we were early, the pick up should of happaned later and another more appropriate destination applied...however when we arrived at park, by reading signs and asking park staff, we learnt that the park actually opened at 0930! We felt the diversion to HK Jewelery Company was pre-planned and a little misleading! Very poor ...Suggest you do this day as DIY...get Taxi and pay entery on arrival...would be cheaper and are not being mislead by local tour company! Park Experience 5 out of 5 though!

Apr052012

Tour/Activity

Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Victoria Peak

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Really want to give this more, great night and experience, but a few things letting it down...Dinner wasn't at Revolving 66..still is at Bubba Gumps at Victorias Peak... When I rung to confirm, the tour company had lost our booking (we had been in HK at end of March, left for China and then returned to HK at different Hotel..this seemed to confuse them)... While Bubba Gumps food was very nice and the view was good, the Rest is rather small...we had a small group, but still we were seated with 2 others we didn't know, so don't expect to have a close and intiment dinner with your partner! The harbour cruise is after the Laser Show!! We only stopped for 5mins at a lookout half way down Victorias peak to see light show... Harbour Cruise was good, however a lot of the commentary by guide was very repetitive and while the limited drinks on offer, were free, every time we went to bar, we were pressured in giving a tip...very off putting. We also stopped at Temple St Markets before Harbour Cruise, which was OK...Great night and experience, however description of tour needs to be updated...

Mar302012

Tour/Activity

Hong Kong Pink Dolphin Watching Cruise

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great half day tour...Travel by coach to Lantau Island and leave by boat...2x Guides..1 was HK Local and another was Americian...both very informative and passionate about Dolphin Habitatit and well being and development threating Dolphins..Dolphins weren't that playful on this day, however did see 3 to 5 different dolphins at times...Souviners for sale on board on return at rather OK prices...Highly Recommend! Guide even walked walked us back to our Hotel, due to Coach not dropping off here and this being on her way! Once again, great morning and highly Recommend! Take your camera, but be patient in getting photos...

Mar292012

Tour/Activity

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Excellent Day! Guide was a local and was full of useful information and facts..English was almost perfect!...Coach was modern and comfortable...Stop at beach wasn't really necessary, however view was OK...Stop of Fishing Village and ride on local boats through Water Stilts House was excellent! Stop at Buddha was good, however was very short and no Photos allowed inside...For a Vegitirian lunch, this was good...some spare time after lunch to walk around monistery etc..Best Photos of Buddha are from here, from a distance...Cable Car wasn't working due to routine maintenance It would have been good if we were advised of this before going, cause this wast he main reason we booked this tour...We were only advised when we received tour voucher waiting for us at hotel with note stappled to back of it...kind of poor communication from operating touring Company..Tour East Hong Kong...However Great Day!

Mar282012

Tour/Activity

Hong Kong Disneyland Theme Park Roundtrip Transfer

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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

My Review

2 Stars for Transport only, as Entrance Fee to park we paid speratley...Don't wast your time with pre-paying for bus trsf..Taxi will cost you about $AUD20 each way and there are plenty of them...We were picked up by coach going out, however coming home we were the only ones and our guide said "we catch taxi"...when attempting to ask why this was the case, he was rude and short and said it didn't matter...This day can easily be a DIY exercise...Taxi from Park back to Kowloon was $AUD20 and took only 20mins..even better Disney have their own train that goes from Central...Easier and Cheaper ways getting to Park....Park Experience would be 4 out of 5 Transport experience would be 2 out of 5...

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