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Amanda W

Amanda W

United Kingdom

Jan072012

Tour/Activity

Canoe Cave Explorer Phang Nga Bay Tour from Phuket

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

An amazing day - even better than we expected. Stunning scenery and very friendly and knowledgeable staff, who were really keen to make sure you enjoyed the day. I've watched some of the videos of this and they don't do it justice - you really have to be there to appreciate it in full. Aside from the natural beauty of the places visited, the boat was decent (even had clean toilets, a novelty for this kind of trip), food was really good and a plentiful supply of soft drinks (and even a beer, if you wanted it). There were enough staff too, so you never had to 'wait your turn'. I really can't recommend this enough, thank you to all who made it so good.

Dec272011

Tour/Activity

Halong Bay Overnight Junk Boat Cruise

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Hmmm...so easy for this to be the most amazing trip, yet so royally messed up by the tour company. The actual boat was great, with much nicer cabins than I had expected and especially good food. The staff were helpful, but only when they had to be. And here is the problem. Once they had done their duty (e.g. served dinner), they disappeared into their private quarters. So if you wanted a drink, you had to go and rouse someone and it felt very awkward, particularly if you wanted a hot drink that they then had to make. They also did not conduct any kind of 'tour' - we were told nothing at all about Halong Bay, or the boats etc. When you get to the caves, the guide just gave us the ticket and pointed the way. When we were in there, there were loads of other groups with their guide explaining and pointing out interesting things. It got worse too - they started making repairs to the boat doors whilst we were sat there enjoying the tranquillity (literally, man turned up with a drill and just set to work next to us), and then they tried to charge us for all of the drinks we had had. This included tea and coffee - eventually they relented as I still had our booking form which clearly stated 'free tea and coffee throughout', but even then they tried to argue that this only meant 'free at breakfast'. And drinks were expensive - a good 3 times more than you'd pay on land. Also be warned that this is not 2 days - on the 2nd day, you get served lunch at 10.30am and then you're off before 12. Do this trip - but with a different company.

Jan072010

Tour/Activity

Las Vegas Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Brilliant fun! Be warned that 'take off' is quite far from the Strip, so contact the company beforehand to arrange for hotel pick up & drop off, which is 20 each - cheaper than a cab. The crew were a really decent bunch, genuinely wanted to make sure we had a good time and got what we wanted from the trip. A serene way to take in views of the Strip with the majestic mountains in the background.

Jan062010

Tour/Activity

Zion National Park by Tour Trekker

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We loved this trip, so relaxed and peaceful compared to the hustle & noise of Vegas. We went in January, so saw only a handful of people but had the pleasure of snow on the ground even though it was warm enough to picnic outside. We will return to Zion one day and spend a few days in the lodge, it really is a stunning place and matches the Grand Canyon for natural beauty.

Jan042010

Tour/Activity

Valley of Fire Wedding by Private Limousine

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Even better than we expected! The Valley of Fire is such a beautiful place, very peaceful and romantic. The wedding company are brilliant and went the extra mile - we were unable to get our marriage license on the day, but they sent the limo for us again the following day to take us to the courthouse and then to meet the man who was just the best minister to make it all legal. Highly recommended, and we can't wait to see the photos.

Jan032010

Tour/Activity

Grand Canyon West Rim Air Adventure Day Trip from Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We couldn't fault this. Value for money most definitely, and very helpful & entertaining staff. If you go to the Grand Canyon, you have to do the helicopter drop - it was the highlight of the day. I would sacrifice the Skywalk for this every time. Also, the food provided at lunch was amazing - we expected a sandwich but were presented with the best food in Vegas! Note that you don't have too much time to explore after the heliboat trip, so only have a brief stop at Eagle Point and head out to Guano - breathtaking.

Jan022010

Tour/Activity

Las Vegas Night Strip Helicopter Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
This is worth doing and is very good value for money, but it feels like there is quite a lot of waiting & shuffling around for what is actually a very short ride.

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