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Gareth J

Gareth J

United Kingdom

Apr212012

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Skip the Line: Kensington Palace Tickets

London, United Kingdom

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

My Review

We were a little dissapointed with this attraction. There are a lot better attractions in London and for the price I would not really reccomend this location. The Viator price however was cheaper than we would have payed on the door. If travelling with children there is not a lot for them to do and in my opinion they would be bored.
The palace is probably mostly recognised as Princess Diana's home but all there is linked with Princess Di is 4 of her dresses. The best part of the palce is the section relating to Queen Victoria and this is quite interesting (for adults). Perhaps we were expecting a bit too much having visited other palaces and Royal homes but this was just ok and nothing special at all.

Mar272012

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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Really enjoyed the trip. The guide gave us not only good information about the palace but also information about the culture and an insight into Buddhist beliefs. The palace itself was stunning and a must to visit when in Bangkok.

Mar262012

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Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I am pleased I did this trip as it is somewhere I have wanted to visit due to having an interest in history. There is a fair bit of travelling involved if you are going from Bangkok. We were fortunate and were the only people on the trip. The weather was bad and it took us
2.5 hours to get to the first stop and when returning it took us due to traffic over 3 hours. The train ride is good and they have introduced that for 300 Baht each you can travel in a Tourist Only carriage. You get coffee, water and a snack box and most importantly are guaranteed a seat. I recommend you do this as the journey can take about 2 hours and if the train is full and you are not in the tourist carriage you may have to stand all the way and I would think the enjoyment would be reduced. The guide was very informative and freindly and we enjoyed the day. Be prepared for a fair bit of time travelling though.

Mar252012

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Private Tour: Bangkok Temples including reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great trip, good guide who was very informative. You must visit these temples when in bangkok and booking a trip like this is in my opinion the best way to see them. The traffic in Bangkok is a nightmare so trying to do it on your own is not easy added to this the information we received about Bangkok as we were travelling to the temples and the information given about the temples when there was great .I would reccomed this trip and when I booked the variance in price was not that much more for the private tour so it made it worth it as I am partially deaf and if I did not hear the guide for any reason (it is busy at each temple) I could just ask him to repeat as it was only us he was presenting to.
A must do in Bangkok.

Mar222012

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Phuket Half-Day Safari Tour

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This trip is great and something you will always remember. They give you an insight into how they used Ox to plough the land, how the Coconut is important to the Island with various demonstrations of their uses. They show you various ways they make Curry and ask you to try some and also demonstrate how Rubber is collected and used from the large ammounts of Rubber trees in the area. The best bit is obviously the Elephant ride and not only is the ride good some of the views you are shown on the route are stunning. The day is great but don,t just expect an Elephant ride as there are other things that take place. Do not also think that the educational things are boring as you move from one thing to another at a fair old pace so Children won,t get bored as the guide is excellent and makes the stops interesting and involves all. You get to taste, smell, touch various things. I would reccomend this trip to all ages.

Mar202012

Tour/Activity

Canoe Cave Explorer Phang Nga Bay Tour from Phuket

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent trip. My wife was very sceptical about doing this trip as she was concerned about the kayaking. This was an excellent experience and we were well looked after both on the boat getting to Phang Nga Bay and when the kayaking began. The crew were great and the food onboard was also of a high standard. Other than alcohol all drinks were free as well.
You were allocated to 1 crew member who rowed your kayak and you just sat there admiring the views and observing the wildlife. We also went past James Bond island on the boat and took some photo's but you do not stop there on this trip.
I would recommend this trip to anyone as it is an experience I will always remember.

Mar182012

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Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Value for money wise this is an excellent trip. You get to see various viewpoints of the islands where you can take photographs or just admire the beauty of the island. The Guide gave us some excellent information at each location and her English was first class.
We also visited a nut factory and a gem factory. We were shown how the nuts are removed from their casings to be flavored and packaged.Obviously they are for sale in the shop at the location and there are loads of different varieties to try in advance to buying and to be honest I tryed most and bought quite a few also.
The visit to the Gem factory was the last stop and you see how the gems are cleaned and made into all types of jewellery which again is finished with a trip around the shop to buy. My wife informed me that the prices were good. Although there were shops in both the factory locations there was no big pressure to buy just the typically friendly Thai way. Excellent trip worth doing to break up just sitting by the beach or pool but you are still back at the Hotel in time to still have a few hours lazing.

Mar162012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Zoo Night Safari Tour with optional Buffet Dinner

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Most of the reviews I read and people who both my wife and I spoke to who had been to Singapore previously said to do this trip. The trip is OK but don't think that this is anything like a safari because it's not. The travelling on the tram is ok but it is like going around a zoo in the dark aqnd not a Safari. Due to the bulid up it was given we were dissapointed however Children will probably enjoy it.

Mar152012

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Singapore Sentosa Island Afternoon Trip

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This trip was Good. The Cablecar over was good giving stunning views of Singapore but also the bay area and out to sea. When on the island we visited the Aquarium and the Pink Dolphin show and Sea Lion show was very good.The aquarium was excellent for children overall. The show on the beach after dark although a bit corny is ok with the fireworks and lasers making it impressive and the backdrop is good. I think children will again enjoy this. This is definatley something the kids will enjoy but is also good for adults who want something different in Singapore besides siteseeing and shopping. A good way to vary your visit to Singapore.

Mar142012

Tour/Activity

Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent value for money and the ideal way to discover Singapore. This gives you the foundation to know where the sites are in relation to each other so even when the pass runs out you know what is possible to visit on your own and the distances between each site. Plan your visit wisely as various locations are quite spread out. The Botanical Gardens are quite a way up but well worth a visit. You can get off and get back on the bus here but allow time for going around the gardens as they are quite big.
We got on the bus with our voucher outside our hotel which fortunately was one of the stops (no not Raffles) and showed our Viator voucher. We were allowed to board the bus which took us to the main terminal to have our ticket validated. Have a look around the shops at the main terminal before getting your ticket validated and you will then have longer to travel as the tickets is from validation and NOT when you board the bus originally. A must do in Singapore.

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