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Debbie A

Malaysia

Aug102013

Tour/Activity

Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Baby Panda Holding

Chengdu, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We loved seeing the Pandas in their nature environment, which mean at times you could not see them as the enclosure was so big, but that it a positive.
Be warned the Baby Panda "holding" was not holding it was sit next too, which may not seem like much difference. Be prepared you need to have cameras at the ready and ensure that whoever is taking the photos know to take as many as possible as you will only be sitting with the panda for maybe 2 minutes if you are lucky. Don't get me wrong I understand why but be prepared you do not want to miss the photo.
We were lucky that is was a cooler day so the Pandas were out when we got there, but as soon as it get hot they will retreat into the cool tiled house.
We did lots of walking around the centre which we loved but you may have to pay more if you are not up for the walk.
Our guide was very informative and told as a lot about the Pandas and what they mean to the Chinese.

My Photos

  • Keeping cool
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Aug092013

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Day Trip to the Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

Chengdu, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Be prepared for big crowds of people, the Grand Buddha is very popular. There is more then just the Grand Buddha to see, so ensure that if you want to walk down a path and see where is goes you tell the guide as there are some spots in the scenic area that people do not go to.
We skipped the very long wait in line to walk down the stairs to the foot of the Buddha and opted to take the boat instead which was extra but well worth it.

My Photos

  • Dongpo Tower
  • Grand Buddha

Dec222012

Tour/Activity

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

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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

My Review

We were told that this tour helps the people of the Mekong with employments/income, yet when we were at the usually location for a tourist to spend money we were not given any time to look around.
Highlight - taxi bike ride through the back roads and lunch
Lowlight - warm coconut on the way back.

My Photos

  • Gentle ride along the Mekong
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Dec172012

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

For my first visit to Saigon on my owe this was a great way for me to get my bearings and get to know the city.
Highlight - finding the local restaurant for lunch, which I went back to.
Lowlight - you could do most of these attractions by yourself just as well.

Nov172012

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

If you have limited time but want to get the River Kawi Bridge and Death Railway this is a good way.
We never felt like we were short on time, our guide Yai would always give us a brief outline and then let us go. The JEATH Museum could be skipped as it is very run down and needs work badly.

My Photos

  • River Kwai Bridge

Sep172012

Tour/Activity

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Shanghai, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Given that I can only say Hello and Thank You in Chinese this tour was a life saver. I would never have gotten to these areas and seen what I did purely as you need to be able to read the signs and communicate with the locals if you get lost.
The tour in Suzhou in both gardens was very quick, unfortunately due to the pace I did not listen to the guide explaining the history as I was busy trying to get some photos….I am a photo nut. However I am very glad I have seen them.
The only thing I would change would be the length of time we spent at the Silk Factory, personally for me the time allowed to shop was too long but I am sure there are others that thought it was too short.
I would have loved to have spent more time at Zhouzhuang, especially as the sun was starting the sun and the light was almost perfect.
I was taking this tour on my own so it was very good for me I had a fabulous time.

My Photos

  • Double Bridge
  • Zhouzhuang
  • Administrators Garden
  • Lion Garden

Jul072012

Tour/Activity

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

If I could change anything on this tour I would have increased the time spent at Wat Maha That, 45 mintues is no way near long enough. I could have passed on the other to spots we visited and stayed here. Put the Summer palace was very interesting to see. May have been good from them to tell you before getting there that coverage of shoudler and knees is required and that ladies would need a skirt to enter some bulidings.

My Photos

  • Wat Maha That
  • Summer Palace

Jul062012

Tour/Activity

Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I did this tour on my owe as my husband was working and I have a great time. The people on the your were freindly and the guides were great even giving us a on listed stop on the tour as per our request. The market was excellent and a great way to get right into the real Thailand. Don't think about it just do it.

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