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Jan292014

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Semenggok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Tour from Kuching

Kuching, Sarawak

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

WE SAW NOTHING AND IT DID NOT HELP TO BE TOLD 10 ORANGUTAN HAD APPEARED THE DAY BEFORE. WE WERE NOT EVEN OFFERED THE RETURN TRIP BY THE OPERATOR

Jan272014

Tour/Activity

Bako National Park Full-Day Tour from Kuching

Kuching, Sarawak

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Bako was a wonderful experience altogether not least because of the knowledge, sense of humour and sensitivity to our needs of the guide Sali ( Salahin). Thank you to all concerned for a wonderful day full of wildlife and boats, Including the fight to the death between a tarantula and a bee which Sali had never seen before either . The poor tarantula lost and must have made a large meal.

May222013

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Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Elvio was a superbly knowledgable guide particularly in Uffizi. where his presentation of art history was hugely enlightening

May202013

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was great value for money and provided a superb introduction to Tuscany.Lunch and wine tasting were the icing on the cake. Barbara was helpful and friendly. The only comment was that the distances to be walked particularly to and from the bus drop off points in Siena should have been indicated, rather than just inndicating that the ground was uneven

Apr252012

Tour/Activity

Prague City Sightseeing Tour

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The route was fine, but the guide was very uninspiring and when switching between Greman and English did not always give full information in English.

Nov282010

Tour/Activity

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Excellent entertainment for a day with variety and interest from ancient to modern. Efficiently organised and executed by local provider.

Nov262010

Tour/Activity

Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
Tour of Grand Palace and Wat was excellent and the guide was both knowledgeable about the relevant history and happy to discuss life in modern Thailand, which was a great bonus.The downside of this trip was that the visit to the headline Palace and Wat took less than half of the time of the tour. What was not listed on the Viator itinerary was the visit to a Gem Centre and which we would most certainly have avoided, having on a previous visit been hijacked into a visit to the same centre for the 'hard sell'. What was also extremely frustrating was the length of the drive through Bangkok afternoon traffic first of all to get to the Gem Centre and then back across the city to the hotel in a minibus provided at and by the centre and which waited for a full load before setting of and making numerous drops. We felt that 2.5 hours of our holiday had been hijacked and I would hope that Viator will either have this part of the visit publicized in its web site itinerary to give people the choice of booking it, or have it removed by the local providers. The local providers were in all other aspects highy organized on our several encounters with them.

Nov172010

Tour/Activity

Halong Bay Small Group Adventure Tour including Cruise from Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
Halong is stunning and an absolute must, but, as with HCM Hanoi trip, guide was inexperienced and had little offer in the way of promptness, information or organization. If you choose this trip be aware that only a limited time is spent amongst the pillars of limestone and that the ship idles for a prolonged period on the far side of the pillars waiting to go forward to dock. this is understandable given the amount of traffic, but being summonsed to eat lunch in the 'salon' of the junk during the short period of time amongst the pillars is not the best way to make the most of a limited time available to view the best scenery on offer.

Nov162010

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour

Hanoi, Vietnam

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

My Review
A slight misnomer as only the first part of the tour was related to Ho Chi Minh. Not as informative or interesting as a similar trip in HCM and guide was inexperienced and might still be waiting for us in the hotel reception had we not, after 30 minutes waiting in the reception, tried to locate her.

Nov132010

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
Excellent and varied trip, which provided a great sample of the Mekong and its way of life. A certain degree of agility is needed to get on and off the various types of transport involved and do not expect new or modern boats. Running repairs were required on the engine of our main transportation.Guide very active and familiar with the territory.

Nov112010

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A good introduction to Vietnam and an informative guide. Lunch should be optional.

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