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Jun192012

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Bali Monkey Forest, Mengwi Temple and Tanah Lot Afternoon Tour

Bali, Indonesia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Monkey Forest element of this Tour was disappointing; its old and tired, the toilets stink (even though you pay) and being manipulated to buy souvenirs by a compulsorily assigned guide who owns the shop was distasteful in the extreme. OK the monkeys were cute and I got some good video but the staff were very pushy to get us to have pix taken with a bat and a snake! - sorry very tacky and again left a bad vibe. Overall The Monkey Forest is not recommended. HOWEVER I have given this Tour 5 stars for other reasons. What is not advertised - and it may have been our awesome guide - was that we were treated to a visit to a working farm with rice paddies and other crops and walked all through it where our guide showed us rice production in full detail. My wife loved this as she had not seen it before. We were then treated to some fried banana and other sweets by the lady of the farm - great stuff! The rice paddy excursion should be advertised as a highlight of this trip - not hidden! In addition the Mengwi Temple was awesome and very interesting (see pic) and the Tanah Lot visit also excellent! It was low tide (best if it is) so we could clamber over the rocks to the miracle holy water spring and were blessed by Monks - very cool!

Overall this turned out to be well over 5 hours by the time we got back to the Resort. Awesome Guide with great English. He also treated us to a visit to a local village temple where they were celebrating a holy day. And he took a detour to show us Kerobokan Prison - didn't have to. Now thats a great Guide and driver!

Jun172012

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Bali Sunset Dinner Cruise

Bali, Indonesia

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

My Review

This cruise was disappointing. Yes it took place at Sunset but by the time the sun set we were not anywhere we could see it - and it was nto over the sea like the photo shows - we were inland on a small waterway. The welcome cocktail was underwhelming and the food on board was served cold and was very poor quality. Many people complained about the food. The best thing about this cruise was the cabaret show - it was very good. Other wise I would not recommend this cruise - sorry.

Jun162012

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Bali Kintamani Volcano, Ubud and Barong Dance Full-Day Tour

Bali, Indonesia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great day - well worthwhile. Very good guide and very interesting attractions. The view at the Volcano was awesome and the buffet lunch was very good. It was well paced and value for money. The Ubud artisans were very interesting and they were not pushy for sales which we appreciated. The Barong Dance show was very professional and worth seeing - very well organised. Yes recommended- you won't be disappointed - do it!

Jun052012

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Historical Malacca Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur including Lunch

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very good tour - we were lucky enough to be the only two on this tour so had a personalized tour with a dedicated guide. he was awesome. His knowledge of Malacca and Malaysian culture in general was excellent. Totally great experience and highly recommended for anyone interested in the cultural and historical inside story of Malacca

Jun032012

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Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Morning Tour

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Yes a great tour with a great guide - if you want a very quick overview of the main cultural and historical aspects of KL - this is a good choice.

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