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May292014

Tour/Activity

Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Overall our tour was very good. We had provided the tour company with ideas in advance but it didn't seem like all of the pre communicated sights were passed on to our actual guide. That was ok because our guide was flexible and quickly adapted to what we told her we wanted to see. We had requested the use of public transportation and used the metro to get to the first stop but after that our guide suggested we switch to a taxi. The traffic was horrible so this didn't seem like the ideal option. I understand that this may have been more convenient, but I felt like we had a lot of wasted time just sitting in a cab and being in some very frustrating traffic. Our guide was knowledgable and friendly which made for a pleasant tour and she did a great job making sure we fit all of the many things into our day that we wanted to see.

Sep062013

Tour/Activity

Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

Seoul, South Korea

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

My Review

The sights themselves and design of the tour was ok, but the tour guide was not the best. Had it been just me, it may have been better, but I was traveling with someone that is vision impaired and the guide could visibly see this. We probably should have be very direct with her in that this slowed down our movement in crowded areas and places with lots of stairs but we assumed because she knew she was vision impaired she would have understood this. We were frequently left behind and I missed most of the commentary the guide provided. It was very rushed and we ran through most sights quickly. The final time spent in the Namdaemun Market was a big waste for me and my sister. The guide walked us from one end of a street quickly down another and at the end herded us back onto buses/vans.

Sep012013

Tour/Activity

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We really enjoyed our trip to Nara and loved seeing the temple and deer. The guide was good, but with a larger group was hard to hear sometimes. Obviously not something that can be helped, but we did have some difficult with other guests on our tour. I know it is cultural and we understand that to an extent, but having rude guests touring with you can definitely take away from the experience.

Jul012013

Tour/Activity

Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We had a great time on this trip. The weather was perfect, but if it is sunny out it is a good idea to wear a hat and/or sunscreen because it does get very hot out on the water. Make sure to bring cash, although we found that the larger market area we were taken too not actually on the water took credit cards.

Jun282013

Tour/Activity

Phuket Fantasea Show and Dinner

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We really enjoyed the show, but if you are opposed to doing the tourist thing, this is not for you. The driver was prompt for pick up, but getting home was a little more difficult. We really had no idea if the driver was coming back for us and the buffet time we were given was after the show ended, which was way to late for us. It was 8:30-10 pm for dinner. We ended up eating dinner before the show so we could get back to our hotel at a reasonable time. I still have no idea if we were supposed to meet this driver again. We went home with the show transport instead. The food was bad, but the show was good. We actually like touristy shows so we definitely enjoyed that portion. They do not allow you in to the show with cameras and make you check those along with camera phones, so just be prepared.

Jun242013

Tour/Activity

Kuala Lumpur International Airport Departure Transfer

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great service!

Jun242013

Tour/Activity

Chiang Mai Airport Shared Arrival Transfer

Chiang Mai, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This worked out perfectly for us since we had people arriving at different times but all within a short time of each other. The driver/guide was easy to find and helpful in getting us acquainted with the city. He made sure we were checked in and did not need anything else before leaving, since we arrived before the hotel check in time.

Jun182013

Tour/Activity

Kuala Lumpur By Night Tour

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

My driver was excellent- on time and made sure that I was able to get some good pictures of Petronas Towers at night. The only downside was that I was the only one booked on the tour so I was by myself for the night since the driver didn't join me (obviously). On the other hand, I was extremely happy that the company did not decide to cancel the tour because it was just me. Then I would have been really bummed! The show was great and the food was pretty good too. I liked that there were a lot of vegetarian options for me.

Jun172013

Tour/Activity

Batu Caves and Temple Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I had a great time and definitely recommend it. The guide was professional and helpful. I enjoyed all of the information he provided to us. Since this was at the start of my time here it was worth it to have a guide giving me some of the background of the city as well as Batu Caves.

Jun162013

Tour/Activity

Kuala Lumpur International Airport Arrival Transfer

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I definitely recommend arrange a pick up in advance. It was easy to find the company, but getting to the driver was a little more hectic than I would have liked. I suppose if I was a bit more well rested I may not have minded as much, but there was a large crowd of us all being herded in the elevators together and I kept getting pushed over by others trying to squeeze in. The ride itself was perfect and I even managed to get in a little nap on the way.

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