The guide and driver met us at 8 AM, right on schedule. It was an hour and 1/2 drive into Bangkok, very comfortable car and the driver was careful if fast. The locations were amazing. I loved the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha the best but there was so much color and beauty there, that I didn't know what to take pictures of next. Since it was Dec. 31, it was incredibly crowded but still well worth seeing. The lunch was on a moored boat and was fine, not gourmet but not too hot for my tastes plus there was lots of variety.
However, I will say that while the guide obviously loved his city and knew a lot of ways around the crowds, he didn't give us much information. With that long drive to and from the city, there was time to talk about history, culture, etc and he didn't seem to want to talk all that much. Our questions were answered with very short replies. He did seem surprised at how quickly we ate lunch (we didn't want to miss anything) and although he took us to the tourist shop, we didn't want to buy anything there (too expensive and touristy). I would have preferred going through one of the markets to get a flavor of the street life in Bangkok.
I did fall in love with Bangkok and will come back someday and spend a lot more time here. Oh, and we got back in plenty of time so as not to miss the ship.
All in all, although I would have liked more information, I was glad we went.
I really enjoyed most of it. I thought the tour guide was very good with information and did well in keeping my interest. However, there was a problem once we got off the ferry in the first leg of our trip. The guide for Troy wasn't there to meet us at the ferry port and we looked around for about 15 minutes in the area, thinking that we'd missed him. If I'd been alone, I'd have panicked. In future, detailed instructions will be needed to given to know what to do and where to meet the guide, including a specific spot at the ferry terminal to meet.
London, United Kingdom
Very good value for what we got. However, even though they told us at the *last minute* that it would not include the Thames river cruise, I think there should have been some refund for that. I booked it partially because of the river cruise. Other than that, it was well organized and I really liked our tour guide.
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