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Paul M

Paul M

United Kingdom

May222009

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Dubai Private Departure Airport Transfer

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Driver arrived for us within a few minutes of the agreed time time was advised at time of arrival transfer so no nuisance reconfirmation etc and service was excellent - recommended.

May192009

Tour/Activity

Day Tour to the East Coast - Orient Express

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We had an excellent day out. This was not booked as a private tour, but much to our surprise we were the only people who had booked for that day, so top marks to Orient Tours the local supplier who ran it as a private tour for us at no extra charge. Transport was in a very comfortable air conditioned people carrier with the 2 of us, the driver and the guide. Both staff were excellent and provided a very memorable day for us. A couple of things to note - some other reviews here mention going into Oman. This is no longer possible as the small part of Oman at the tip of the UAE-Oman peninsula now has border-control with UAE -- which is a recent thing -- so the tour can no longer visit the Oman side of Dibba. Also, the Fujairah fort could only be visited externally as renovations have been going on -- apparently for the last couple of years and very slowly! The outside is still well worth seeing. The Friday market we just used as a toilet stop, as at the first few stalls we visited the owners were very pushy, picking things up that we had no interest in and handing them to us. They spoke no English. The other stops and general landscape and things pointed out on the road were all well worth seeing. The lunch restaurant offered a good selection and the food was good. This is a must do if you have a day to spare. We were picked up at 8:30 a.m. and were back in Dubai at about 3:30 p.m. It's a long drive, but there's plenty to see and do so definitely recommended and good value.

My Photos

  • Al Bidyah Mosque
  • Fujairah Fort, East Coast of Emirates

May182009

Tour/Activity

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was the first hot air balloon flight my wife and I were ever on and we loved it. It's a pity that it's a LONG journey in each direction to the take off / landing site - about 80-90 mins each way. As stated the flight itself is around an hour but we got slightly longer as we had to take off again after the land-owner of our chosen landing site became a little upset on our arrival there. It was quite amusing to watch the "discussion" between him and the pilot! The flight itself is HOT - the burners are just overhead and I was right at the edge of the basket which seemed to mean I was getting the full heat of it unprotected like those who were below the burner - I'd to bend down a couple of times to shelter from the intense heat! Don't let that put you off though, but note the hat is to protect you from the heat of the balloon, not the sun which is only rising at that time. It was a very early pick up in May - 4am due to the early sunrise at that time of year - but we were back at the hotel for a 9am breakfast having had a great experience. Pilots and all the assisting ground crew etc were great. If you haven't ballooned before, don't miss this excellent opportunity for a very memorable morning! Quick word of warning - there are no toilets at any point on this 5 hour trip - I used a "behind the jeep" one but that might be less easy for the ladies so make sure to go before your pickup.

My Photos

  • A Farm Seen from Our Balloon
  • A View from the Balloon
  • Inside Our Balloon

May152009

Tour/Activity

Dubai Private Arrival Airport Transfer

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Excellent service, with the staff somehow meet us as soon as we stepped off the plane not sure how he managed to get to that side of passport control etc! Although as we flew business and were among the first off the plane, I'm not sure would we have found the guide if we hadn't stopped at the toilet as he was walking past the toilet with our names on a sign as we came out! He helped us with our luggage to a very comfortable people carrier air conditioned, obviously! which was awaiting us close to the door of the terminal with a separate driver. Only thing I didn't like was they'd set up a "welcome meeting" with us a couple of days after our arrival which was basically an opportunity for them to try to sell us more tours - we didn't attend this but confirmed that was what it was with the guide and when we didn't attend we got a "you missed your meeting" letter left in our hotel room! Transfer itself was excellent, efficient and comfortable and I'd recommend it.

May122009

Tour/Activity

Batu Caves and Temple Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was a good value afternoon out and well worth doing. There were only 6 of us on the tour, and it was nice to have a smaller group. The pewter factory was interesting to see how they still do everything by hand and to see the F1 trophies they've made. We decided along with the other people in the group we weren't that interested in the Batik stop so we gave that a miss. The caves themselves are an interesting visit and the monkeys don't bother you unless you've food or drink on display, so keep those out of sight if you want to avoid monkeys harassing you! The local company was providing the tour for people who'd booked through someone other than Viator which had an additional stop in their itinerary, meaning we'd the added bonus of a visit to a Chinese Temple at the end of the afternoon also, which was worth the visit too. Guide was good providing a huge amount of info throughout the afternoon, but he shouted everything! i definitely recommended this if you have a spare afternoon in Kuala Lumpur.

May082009

Tour/Activity

Singapore's Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
We had an enjoyable evening. The Chinatown museum was interesting, and the dinner was nice -- and I say that as a fussy eater who was still able to eat most of what was set in front of me!. There was a bit of standing around waiting for the Trishaws to pick us up, but they showed up eventually. Note that, unlike the picture advertising the tour, it's a one person to one trishaw, so if you're with your partner, you'll not be in the same trishaw as them, but all the trishaws travel together. We did a couple of laps of the market and then off on the main road, drawing plenty of attention on our way to the boat dock. The boat ride was good, although again there was a bit of sitting around at the Merlion. We stopped there for at least 10 minutes, which was far longer than was needed for everyone to get their photos. It is well worth doing this if you have an evening to spare in Singapore.

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