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Mark W

Mark W

Australia

May192010

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Private Hanoi Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
As with all Buffalo bookings the driver was on time and drove us to the airport with little fuss. Professional and courteous. We were picked up at 6.15am and the traffic was starting to get heavy already. The trip from the Hilton in the Hoan Kiem Lake District took 45 minutes so make sure you allow up to an hour in heavier traffic times.

May162010

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
We were picked up on time however, the guide did not know what the itinerary of the tour was and looked to us for guidance. He called the office who advised him of the locations we would be visiting. The Mausoleum is worth seeing and although the queue looks endless, the wait doesn't take long. The Ho Chi Minh complex was interesting but elbow room only. Temple of Literature wasnt that interesting for us.

May142010

Tour/Activity

Halong Bay Overnight Junk Boat Cruise

Hanoi, Vietnam

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

My Review
We've done several Buffalo Tours and this was not one of their best. The driver didnt communicate with us the entire 3 hour trip except to tell us we had 20 minutes at the halfway stop. Upon arrival at Halong we were met by our guide who escorted us onto Buffalo's 'Jewel of The Bay'. We gathered in the dining area to be given our cabin key. We were told to meet back in the dining room for lunch. We advised that we didnt eat seafood but this information hadnt been passed on. We were told the chef would try to cater to us as the food was pre-purchased. After lunch we were taken on a hike to the caves, then went kayaking through a cave which was great. After a swim, we were left alone until dinner. The chef did a great job of trying to cook non-seafood dishes. However, the food was barely restaurant quality. Drinks on board were expensive in comparison to cost of alcohol in Vietnam. Staff record drinks on a chit system, we suggest you keep an eye on this as we discovered additional entries made which we hadnt consumed. The quide didnt speak English well and didn't offer much information regarding Halong Bay. After dinner again we were left alone. No entertainment, music or information was provided. No ambiance. The cabin was uncomfortable. Our aircon needed to be fixed. People in other cabins complained their aircon cut out during the night and they got a shock when they turned on their lights. The 2nd day we had a storm so we couldnt go on a hike or to the beach. Instead of a "wet weather plan" the trip was just cut short and were returned to the dock. For the price of this tour we were very disappointed.

May132010

Tour/Activity

Private Hanoi Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Our flight was delayed an hour and a half into Hanoi. After several re-directions when contacting Buffalo to let them know we managed to find someone who spoke English and noted the delay. Unfortunately the office did not inform the girl waiting at the Airport in Hanoi and she waited the hour and a half for us to turn up. Otherwise no issues. We were extremely grateful after being delayed to have no fuss with the transport to our hotel. The drive from the Airport to Hoan Kiem Lake District in Hanoi took just under an hour in peak hour traffic.

May102010

Tour/Activity

Private Ho Chi Minh City Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Driver was on time. No fuss. Polite. Would recommend airport transfer option. Much easier than finding your own way. Takes about 20 minutes.

May092010

Tour/Activity

Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This tour was one of the highlights of our VietnamCambodia holiday. The Guide was exceptional and had a special rapport with the locals which enhanced our experience. The only downside was that when booking this tour the itinerary described a visit to a floating village which we did not do. We, along with another person on the tour addressed this with the guide and now note the tour itinerary has been changed on the Viator site. In saying this though the tour was memorable and most enjoyable and we would highly recommend it.

May082010

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This tour is great for seeing all the sights of Ho Chi Minh City if you only have a short time frame. The Guide was excellent and very informative. He gave us useful tips for bargaining in the Ben Than Markets. Only downside would be we got to the War Remnants Musueum before the lunch period closing time and only had an hour to go through it which we would have liked a bit longer.

May072010

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Full-Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Although the itinerary states the Cao Dai Temple is the first stop before lunch and then the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Guide showed great foresight and took us to the Cu Chi Tunnels first to beat the crowds and the heat of the day. we practically had the place to ourselves which was great We then went to the Temple and arrived in time to see the prayer ceremony which was a memorable experience. From here we went to lunch. Make sure you bring your appetite as the food just keeps coming and is delicious. We then made the long trip back to HCMC. A great day and would recommend the tour itinerary be done this way.

May062010

Tour/Activity

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Siem Reap Airport

Siem Reap, Cambodia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Having a transfer organised provided peace of mind that our pick up would be available as expected without fuss. We had the same driver for airport arrival, departure and Angkor Wat tour and he and tour guide confirmed our departure flight was on time for us which was great.

May062010

Tour/Activity

Private Ho Chi Minh City Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We were met by a representative from Buffalo at the airport who called driver for pick up. We waited no more than a few minutes for his arrival. Whilst waiting the representative chatted to us and gave us some HCMC tips. Whilst the driver spoke little English the transfer was trouble free and very professional.

May052010

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Angkor Wat and The Royal Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

Siem Reap, Cambodia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
WOW!! This is an absolute MUST SEE. Angkor Wat is incredible. We had an awesome Guide and Driver. The Guide was able to give us an amazing amount of information about the temples and knew all the great spots to stand to get the best shots. The Guide couldn't do enough for us. Take a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water and good shoes. You definitely need the break in the middle of the day from the extreme heat at this time of year.

May042010

Tour/Activity

Private Transfer: Kuala Lumpur Departure Hotel to Airport Transfer

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The driver was on time, professional and courteous. The trip to the LCCT from Concorde Inn takes about 20 minutes.

May042010

Tour/Activity

Private Arrival Transfer: Siem Reap Airport to Hotel

Siem Reap, Cambodia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
If you dont want to be harrassed by local taxi drivers waiting enmass for arrivals then having a private arrival transfer is the way to go. The driver was waiting with a sign with our names and was very professional and friendly.

Jul152009

Tour/Activity

Singapore Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The driver was on time and very courteous and friendly and full of information about Singapore. He was happy to answer any questions. A great end to our holiday.

Jul142009

Tour/Activity

Changi Chapel and Museum Half-Day Tour from Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

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

My Review
The drive past Changi Prison and Military camps was interesting. The Changi chapel and Museum was great however we werent given enough time here to look at everything. The Changi Village was a waste of time. It was a visit to an apartment block with shops. If you have been staying in Singapore you will have seen this on every corner. Would recommend cutting this part out of the tour and having longer at the museum, this would make the tour much better. The final part of the tour was a visit to The Kampong Sultan Mosque which was also interesting and worth a look you don't get to go inside.

Jul132009

Tour/Activity

Sentosa Island Tour with Singapore Cable Car and Optional S.E.A Aquarium

Singapore, Singapore

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

My Review
Could have given this one a miss. Underwater World was good but because we were given such a short amount of time to go through we rushed it. The dolphin show was abit brief. Probably could have done Sentosa Is on our own and probably would be better for children. The cable car ride was nice but apparently it will be shut down for awhile from July 2009.

Jul072009

Tour/Activity

Singapore Shared Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The driver was waiting where we were told he would be. It took us longer to get through customs than usual but the driver waited patiently. He was friendly and courteous.

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