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Gary

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Aug112013

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Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The stroll through the market, the ox-cart ride at the farmhouse, and cooking our own lunch from ingredients our guide bought at the outdoor market were the highlight for me. My daughter loved the elephant ride and feeding bananas to our elephant at the end. Our mahout was fantastic - very nice. The ride was long, though, and the waterfall, while interesting, was a bit disappointing.

Aug072013

Tour/Activity

3-Day Siem Reap Tour: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon and Tonle Sap

Siem Reap, Cambodia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My wife, daughter, and I arrived in Siem Reap a day early, so we got to see the town a bit before the tour. For the tour, we had a truly wonderful guide, Chanmol. He was prompt each morning, courteous, and respectful, both to us and others. He knew the history of the region, having grown up in a village outside Siem Reap, and he understood the culture of the city, the surrounding villages, and the lake. He had a good command of English, all the more remarkable because he largely taught himself. And importantly, he was respectful of all the different religions represented by the images in the various temples. Truly a wonderful individual.

As for the sights, they are hard to describe in words. The architecture of the temples is documented in so many pictures, but what really stood out to me were the detailed carvings covering nearly every floor, wall, and ceiling. Some of these told stories, others were merely patterns with embedded images of Buddha or other deities, kings, or animals. Just remarkable in the complexity and detail. My favorite temple was Prasat Banteay Srei north of the city. This temple is smaller than the others, but exceptionally well preserved. We were there near sunset when the light was perfect...just beautiful. The hike in the mountains to see the wall carvings was good, but I might have skipped the nature conservatory...a bit long and hot.

Overall I give this tour 5 stars, but I might have given it only 4 without Chanmol as a guide. He really made the three days a special memory for all of us.

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  • City River Hotel Lobby
  • Prasat Banteay Srei

Jun092009

Tour/Activity

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Small Group Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
One of the highlights of our trip to Italy, although I could have spent less time at Pompeii and more time at the Amalfi coast, spectacular!

Jun012009

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
The Vatican is a must see in Rome. The guide was very good. The Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica were very, very, crowded.

May312009

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Great guide. He worked around the commotion from the Giro d'Italia bike race and was very informative.

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