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Our guide didn't seem very interested. He was not very knowledgable either. He left us at the hot-spring for about an hour. Once we were done with that he asked if we are interested in handicraft? If no, he suggested that we skip that part of the tour!
Didn't get to see much of the National Park at all; hardly a chance to even get out and walk. Not long enough. Only highlight was the private hot spring experience for 40 mins. However, I won't be recommending this tour to anyone.
I was disappointed with this tour. We only had one stop at the Yangminshan National Park and reallly did not get much information or given more of a look at the park. The hot springs we went to were not very inviting and then we spent about 40 minutes at a massive tourist and souvineers market, lots of staff and pricey things for sale. The only good thing about that was they did have some pretty amazing pieces and statues on display.
Our tour guide was very impatient and rude. He actually raised his voice with an elderly man in the tour. After the trip, he detoured and brought us to a shop to buy pineapple cakes. We filled in the order form for 4 boxes of 10 and paid the tour guide as he said he would help us queue up and collect the cakes for us; 20 mins later, he came out of the store room and gave us a bag. I asked him why there were only 2 boxes, and he said that they were boxes of 20. They were sealed, so we didn't open them till we reached our hotel. They were only 10 inside each of them.
I liked the park and the hot spring bath, but the guide/driver didn't give us any information. I could have done the same tour by myself!
The hot-springs tour was fine. Nothing amazing but still nice to see. The hot spring bath was a nice thing to try, but just beware, you have to get naked!
Pickup from hotel was on time. The guide was very informative and had a good sense of humor. The National Park and Hot springs were reasonable. The thing we did not like was too many stops at tourist shops for shopping.
Good and not so good. The guide was also the driver which meant that we didn't get much from him while we were on the road for which I'm thankful, I'd prefer him to concentrate on driving, but it did contrast with other tours where there was a guide and a driver. Also, the weather didn't help but why not have a back-up plan for the case that it's pouring with rain when you get to the National Park The guide/driver just said,"well, we have 30 minutes here to look around" but that's not much use in the pouring rain. At least there was a cafe with reasonable coffee. Also, he didn't seem to have much to say - was he mainly a driver and not a guide. The visit to the hot baths compensated for the rest of the tour - it was worth it just for that and I could still smell the sulphur the next day.
It was nice, but it was too short! We stayed in the national park for maybe 30 minutes, where we were then rushed to the hot spring again, we could only stay 1 hour.
Nothing much to see. Maybe its because its the wrong season. Guide was not informative, he did not bring me up to the top for the view cos he said the weather is no good, can't see anything.
Hot spring is a total nightmare, so old and overcrowded and doesn't look clean.
The tour was good, but the bus was not. It needed a new set of Shocks and tires. We bounced the entire tour. Yesterday's tour was the same. Not sure if we were on a different bus or not. No difference in the ride.
The weather was rainy and blowing cold so we chose not to walk in the park. Also, the hot springs is not very inviting to just get into small pool with a lot of naked men, or women if you are a woman. Personally, did not enjoy this tour.
Tour can't be blamed, but we saw absolutely nothing on Yangmingshan due to heavy fog. Also one thing that the tour is not explicit about is the hot-spring's portion of the trip. You are to bathe separated man and woman absolutely naked. Being a prude American, that's a big deal and I would not have done this tour knowing that fact. I therefore chose to go into a private family room with my husband for bathing except 5 minutes into being in the changing room my husband was attacked by ants! Absolutely gross! Would not recommend the hot springs portion of tour at all!!!!