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Jul192014

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El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Even though it rained most of the time (we WERE in a rainforest, after all), this tour was wonderful. Our driver/guide was experienced and very knowledgeable, and added enormously to this tour. Such a beautiful place!

Jul172014

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Caguas Cultural Day Trip from San Juan Including Botanical Garden and Lunch

San Juan, Puerto Rico

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

If you can't get to Caguas on your own, then this tour is perfect for exploring some of the museums in Caguas. I would have preferred more time in the Botanical Garden, and, as vegans, we were promised there would be plantains along with the rice and beans for our lunch, but they ran out of patacones before we got there. Our guide was excellent.

Jul152014

Tour/Activity

Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

New Orleans, Louisiana

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

My Review

Just sitting in Jackson Square and listening to the calliope on the Steamboat Natchez play for half an hour the day before our cruise was wonderful; the day we went, only two songs were played on the calliope, which was a great disappointment. I enjoyed riding on the only steamboat on the Mississippi River, but it was definitely a tourist-type thing to do. I enjoyed the swampboat ride much better!

Jul142014

Tour/Activity

Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was the highlight of our trip to New Orleans! We didn't have enough time at the Destrehan Plantation, and, very curiously, our guide barely mentioned slave life there, but the ride on the swampboat was everything I had expected. So many alligators! We were even able to hold a baby alligator whose snout had been taped shut. The swamp itself (Manchuk) is incredibly beautiful; we were lucky to have good weather, warm, with a breeze blowing. I could have stayed there for hours, watching for wildlife, taking in the beauty of the swamp. I loved this tour!

Nov212013

Tour/Activity

Miami Everglades Airboat Adventure with Transport

Miami, Florida

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

My Review

Riding an airboat through the Everglades was the highlight of this tour, but that part wasn't long enough. Seeing the alligators trapped in small zoo-type enclosures was not something I ever want to support, but it was a part of all programs I researched for seeing the Everglades, so there it was; perhaps visiting on one's own would be a better choice. Half of the total time was spent on the bus, picking up and letting off passengers, unavoidable for this type of tour, but time consuming. Our driver was full of good information about the city of Miami on the way to the Everglades, but offered nothing but loud music on our way back, an unfortunate situation.

Jan012012

Tour/Activity

Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

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

My Review

What I will remember most about this trip is how COLD it was in the van, and how, even though I asked repeatedly for the AC to be turned off, they did not. Kuhn talked the whole way with the driver, offering no information during the ride. I was so cold, that I got very sick upon returning to Bangkok. There was too much just sitting and riding in the freezing van, not enough exploration of the park. The elephant ride was wonderful, but please get another tour guide who is willing to offer information to people on the trip, and warn people to bring a thick blanket, or many layers of clothes. Also, Kuhn should be told to listen to passenger's requests when they are so cold! I cannot say I enjoyed this expensive trip, and am still recovering from being in that freezing van for so many hours. This is no exaggeration: I thought I might die, I was so cold!

Dec312011

Tour/Activity

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This trip with Kuhn Pon was excellent. He is the best tour guide I have ever had, offering information all along the ride to Ayutthaya, in addition to at the site, and also on the cruise back to Bangkok. I can't say enough about Kuhn Pon's excellence! He should get a bonus for being so willing to offer extra information, answer questions, and make the tour an incredible experience. Thank you!

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