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Feb292012

Tour/Activity

Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

I was NOT impressed by this over-priced excursion! The points I make were made by many others on this excursion and I only hope they have the courage/impetus to do their review/s in a like manner - we owe it to our fellow travellers. The food was the worst I have ever had, rice was tepid (a breeding ground for salmonella) the chicken curry was all bone and gristle, the other dishes were equally awful as were the desserts AND it was all self-service. I could have stayed home and got better service. You had to pay extra for any drink/s you had. The pick-up was awful too. I was the last to be picked up but people already on the mini-bus had been on it from 17.00/17.30pm (I was picked up at 18.50!). The people, in Bangkok, running this should look at the Paris Seine dinner cruises and take a leaf out of their book. The waiter service at your table, the TWO bottles of wine per table included in the price, the SUPERB food , is surely to be emulated. I am only sorry that this review has had to be done so many days after the actual trip ( I have only just returned to the UK) and that many people may have already booked/been on this 'cruise'. VIATOR you should carefully check the excursions you are selling. In future I will wait until I am in the country (to which I have travelled) in order to book any like excursions.

Feb282012

Tour/Activity

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

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

It was indeed a 'small-group tour', Two guides and me! The whole trip was great BUT I would have structured it the other way round. Instead of doing the river bit first it would have been better to do the Grand Palace first (in the relative 'cool' of the morning, and then, in the heat of the day, do the river bit. My guides were superb and gave me a great insight into all we were seeing, Thai history and culture. Take socks with you as the ground is corching hot when you have to take your shoes off to enter certain buildings. The hotel allocated as the meeting point was not very helpful when I arrived rather early for this excursion (due to , and I asked if I could have (buy) a coffee or some breakfast. The answer was 'no' despite their residents being served breakfast at the time.... I then had to walk to a nearby cafe to get a coffee. People should be informed that on being met by your guide/s you then have a fair walk to the pier to get the boat for the river part of the excursion. The other point that should be made is the clothing question - I took heed, as I thought, of the 'respectuful' dress code and wore full length leggings (down to ankle and a top that had neither low neck nor showed bare arms above the elbow. Having got to the Grand Palace I was informed, by my guides, that I was inappropriately dressed and thus had to hire a sarong (as it was my leggins that were causing offence) at a cost of 200BHT which was refunded when returned BUT only on production of the yellow receipt - lose that and you loose your 200 BHT!

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