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Just returned from our Thailand trip 9/20 - 9/28 and it was a fantastic tour. We had a great Tour Guide and the sites we visited were very very nice. The food is great and the Thai people are super friendly. Only wish we would have extended to Phuket and Cambodia. Next time. Our group was the best we have had compared to the two other tours we have been on. Great hotels and the buffet breakfast were a feast. Can't wait for our next Friendly Planet Tour.
First and foremost, as a couple that has travelled extensively around the globe, this trip was without question the "best of the best" in all material respects. From the point of arrival, to the point of departure, your "on-the-ground" team did an outstanding job of maintaining the right balance between chaperone and tour guide. From the perspective of an educational experience, this trip completely dispelled our "American" perceptions, presumptions and preconceived notions of the country, the people and the culture. We left Havana with a clear sense of the history, economy, and political environment within "today's Cuba" -- a compliment to our Itinerary so carefully crafted by your team. We also left wanting more, which is always a good feeling. We would gladly return to Cuba (via Friendly Planet) down the road. Our compliments to you and your staff for an exceptional experience!
Dennis J. Pitocco
We just returned from the Best of South Africa tour. It exceeded our expectations on every level. We stayed at wonderful, top-notch hotels and traveled in comfortable air conditioned coaches. The included meals were way above average. We want to especially commend Peter van Kraayenburg, our guide for the first week in the Johannesburg and Kruger area. He was phenomenal! Everyone on the tour pounded him with questions and he answered every one of them with insight and a great sense of humor. This is our second Friendly Planet tour and we are impressed with the value, quality, and thoughtful planning of the itineraries.
Warren Wetzel, Los Gatos, CA
I had a great time. Our tour guide Hassan and driver, Mohammed, were very patient, friendly, and professional. They were flexible, showed us the mosques, how wool is colored, how ceramics are made, the souks, palaces, etc. I have travelled to many countries and the food in Morocco was the best. Accommodations were good and we were busy from morning until late afternoon, touring and seeing the sites. I would definitely recommend the Discover Morocco tour and am considering other tours by the Friendly Planet.
Dr. Kathleen Kalil, Dearborn, MI
Friendly Planet’s staff was pleasant and helpful before we left giving us a feeling of confidence as this was our first time using you. Matt was exceptional in Borneo. He really made us feel important and he went out of his way to make sure we were well cared for. Noi in Bangkok showed consideration and was very helpful in arranging things for us. She was an excellent guide and very thoughtful.
This was the BEST!!! I went on this tour in 2009 and it remains one of the highlights of my travel excursions! Not only is it affordable, but our guide, Walid Ikram was so knowledgeable and approachable. I felt as though I was living in the spirit of Egyptian past! I continue to read anything I can get my hands on and found an article on antiquities that were found in the exact places I had walked in Giza, just inches under the sand! It was the most incredible sensation. I will do this tour again in the near future. It is well worth the time. The experience is unforgettable!
Nikky Chahon, Sacramento, CA
Just returned from Turkey and it was wonderful, I am recommending it to all my friends. Isa, our tour director/guild was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, funny and flexible. This was the third trip we had with Friendly Planet. We greatly enjoyed all the guides, but Isa really excels. He made the trip.
Arlene Coppersmith, Dearborn Heights
Not only is a Friendly Planet tour, fun, well-organized and very fairly priced—you really stick behind your customers. That's pretty rare these days. Thank you.
Angela Whitehill, Island Heights, NJ
Again you have surpassed our expectations with the perfect trip. All of our hotels were top of the line. They alone are worth the price of the trip but you threw in the airfare and two experienced guides to make the perfect vacation. Nok and Mona were really wonderful. They made sure that we were able to learn about the Thai people and culture. I still do not know how you offer such great packages at so low of a price.
Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida
It was a very good trip! I came to see the beauty of the world around me. I love Kuching. Bako was such a gem. I would have loved to have stayed longer. The hotel in Batang Ai was nice. I took the Phuket Island extension and all I can say is wow, wow, wow! I am trying to figure out how I can move and live there. It was more than a perfect way to end a perfect trip. I have recommended your company to friends and family. I will always treasure the memories. Thank you.
Mary Jo Riley
Thank you for all your guys who helped to make our vacation fully perfect. We had a great time throughout the trip. Your tour guides in China were excellent. We're looking forward to using your service again & will pass the word to our friends.
Our congratulations regarding the tour to Kenya we took with Friendly Planet last October. The tour guide was willing to satisfy our desires for pictures and was clever enough to spot the wild animals. We saw wonderful scenery, such as lions eating their prey and many other kinds of wild animals. All that in a quite relaxing atmosphere, vehicles spacious enough for 6, excellent accommodations, fulfilling my high expectations for an African photo safari. Even though I'm 71 and walking with a cane, this tour was very enjoyable for me.
Chantal Bouyssounouse, Novato, CA
Just got back from our trip to Spain. We had an amazing time. This was our second time traveling with Friendly Planet and they never disappoint. I can't wait for my third tour with them next year.
Roy, Los Angeles, CA
Outstanding tour. From beginning to end, everything went according to plan.
Steve Sulligan, Travelers Rest, SC
When we saw the price of this trip I booked it as a joke. My wife and I had never done an organized trip like this. Well, we were blown away by the whole experience. The guide Panu was wonderful and the trip was the best value I have ever had in my many travel experiences. We have two more trips booked with you and are really looking forward to them. Your company is the best kept secret around and we are glad that we tried you.
Brian & Marilyn Goldman, Toronto, Canada
My husband and I just returned from a 9 day tour to Costa Rica. I can't say enough nice things about how the trip was planned, the guides and the wonderful people of Costa Rica. To say we enjoyed those 9 days is an understatement. We will certainly use Friendly Planet for our next vacation.
Sue Woody, New Carlisle, OH
This was the trip of a lifetime and was a phenomenal deal. I will definitely go on another Friendly Planet tour.
Stephanie Palmer, Studio City, CA
The Friendly Planet staff was responsive to questions and concerns. Everything promised occurred as it was promised and there were some nice bonuses added by our local tour guides. We are flat out impressed at the quality of this trip given the very reasonable price. Our guide for Borneo was great. Our guide for Bangkok was thorough and took good care of us. Batang Ai was the real highlight of the whole trip. The hotel and the visit to the Iban longhouse village were great experiences. The hotel in Kuala Lumpur was the top of the trip. Our tour guide was excellent and added an additional half day tour to our itinerary (for a fee) as well as a Malaysian dinner and show (no additional charge).
We really enjoyed the Taste of Thailand/Cambodia tour we just took. The tour guides for both tours were very good, and we would like to once again praise Patty Nantanamanee for her excellent work. Can't say enough about her excellent treatment of her group. The hotels we stayed in were very good. We highly recommend the tour to anyone. They won't regret it.
Fantastic, the hotel, bus, tour guide. Friendly Planet made it simple and everything that they promised we got. We will travel with Friendly Travel again.
Maria Ruano, Miami FL
My uncle and I just returned from the "Incredible Thailand" tour. Let me start by saying this was our second trip with Friendly Planet. We decided it was time to take another trip and didn't even bother with any other sites. We knew Friendly Planet was the way to go. This was the trip of a lifetime!! All of the accommodations were exquisite. The Temples were amazing. It was really interesting to see people trading, eating, and interacting at the Floating Market. The elephant trip through the jungle and orchid farm was breathtaking. I can't possibly begin to express how amazing our tour guide Lek was. It was like meeting a friend you hadn't seen in a while. She spoke proudly of her culture, her country, her people, and her King. Often when on driving portions of the tour, Lek would have our driver pull over so she could jump out and buy some of the local flavors. She also wanted to make sure that we didn't miss a single thing on this trip. When it was time to go our separate ways many of us said a tearful goodbye. So thank you again you made this trip more amazing than I could have ever hoped for.
Jessica Laffie, Pico Rivera CA
I knew nothing about Friendly Planet when I booked the trip other than what I saw on their website. I held my breath and took a chance. The trip was fabulous and far exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide was extraordinary and went to great lengths to surpass any traveler expectations. Room accommodations, travel arrangements and a local Indian guide was superior. Kudos to Friendly Planet.
Deborah Gerson, Baltimore, MD
The tour exceeded my wildest expectations...and I'm a seasoned and frequent traveler. The hotel and cruise staff were very kind and patient, and the cruise personnel unbelievably alert and considerate, anticipating needs before one had ever thought about it. The best time of my life...
Evelyn Ronell, Secaucus, NJ
I have traveled a fair amount, but my Friendly Planet trip to Bhutan was one of my most memorable and enjoyable!
I wanted to let you know that my sister and I really enjoyed our Friendly Planet Taj Mahal Express tour. Our guide, Madan Vishwakarma was excellent...probably the best tour leader I have ever encountered. He tried to accommodate everyone's needs and helped people get to other shopping areas after the daily tour ended. He is proud of his homeland and shows it. Friendly Planet is very lucky to use his services. My sister and I were glad that we purchased the optional tour while in India because Madan showed us places we would not have seen on our own, and he provided lots of information.
I just got back from my safari through Kenya. I cannot tell you what a fantastic time I had. The trip was so inexpensive that I didn't know what to expect. What I got was top shelf. I loved the accommodations and the meals were all excellent. The tour company in Kenya was superb. I truly loved every minute and have nothing negative to say. Well done!
Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT
Awesome! Booking was easy. All our pre-trip questions were answered in a professional and timely manner. The trip far exceeded my expectations. The country was a pleasure to visit, and made even better by our guide's intimate knowledge of the people and culture. I have no idea how you provide this kind of trip for the price as the tours, food, accommodations and guides (including assistants and drivers) were fantastic. Our guide gave us such a wide variety of experiences -- including tourist and non-tourist type excursions. You [Friendly Planet] are doing a great job. Keep it up so that we can continue to see the world on our budget!
My companion and I have never taken a guided tour; we always freelance it. We were amazed at the quality of the tour, food, and hotels. This was one of the best experiences of our travels in the past few years. The guide Zhu was unbelievable. She made the tour interesting, fun and extremely exciting. Your tour offered us a memory we won't soon forget. Thank you for the time of our life.
Larry Copenhagen, Nogales, Arizona
This was our first trip with Friendly Planet, and it was spectacular - wonderful hotel and excellent food! That was only the backdrop for a splendid itinerary, led by an extremely knowledgeable, efficient guide (Isa). Two expert drivers negotiated the brand new bus through the tightest passages with easy assurance. A top flight experience in every way, and an incredible value!
Edward Schoen, Scottsville, KY
Once again Friendly Planet delivered. Best of South Africa was truly a fantastic trip! This was our fourth trip with Friendly Planet and it will not be our last! The guides (especially in Karongwe Game Reserve) and hotels were great. Well done!!
D Pedersen, WA
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