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February 18, 2017

Asia Tour MICE and Leisure Co, Bangkok…fixer – par excellence

The popularity of escorted tours is on the rise.

Asia Tour MICE and Leisure Co, led by Panyawat Peter Tongprasert (CEO – Chief Entertainment Officer) has proven itself to my evident satisfaction. Its portfolio is wide-ranging: from Fototastic Challenges and party vehicles to team building activities and golf tournaments and police escort services. They customize sophisticated itineraries which cater for every type of traveler. With excellent planning, good contacts on the ground and close attention to detail, they set extremely high standards of customer service and his staff have consistently delivered.

If you are looking to book anywhere in Thailand – either a detailed itinerary or a fairly straightforward trip – you won’t do better than to get quotes from Peter and Asia Tour MICE. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 23, 2016

Jag Tech Auto Service, Johor Bahru…No glitz and glamour. Just reliable, reasonable price and good service

Filed under: Auto, car, Malaysia, Transport — Tags: , , , — PEr @ 9:31 pm

There is not a single car service that will be perfect 100% of the time. However there are some that are more reliable than others, won’t charge you an arm and a leg and won’t make unnecessary recommendations.

No glitz and glamour with Jag Tech Auto Service. Just reliable, reasonable price and good service. They’d changed my engine mounting and stabilizer links and were timely, upfront about the costs and oh so courteous.

They are definitely my go to in the future. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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July 23, 2016

Eurostar, Paris-London…quickly and hassle-free. There’s no better way to make the trip.

Four words: fast, easy, comfortable and convenient.The whole journey was smooth and seamless and that includes clearing immigration and customs and checking in process!

The train itself is clean, orderly and comfortable – each seat is equipped with a charger socket and a tray table.

For those who haven’t made the trip, an obvious question is why you’d want to take Eurostar when you can fly between London and Paris in about an hour and a quarter. The journey took over two and a half hours but it seemed to fly in – you take the train without stopping from Gare Du Nord directly to St Pancras, right in the city centre, which is a helluva station. You will be impressed by its size, quality, shops, and feel. Wait..and I can arrive 30 minutes before and make it on board? Say what!?

I’m struggling to find a fault in the Eurostar. I so wish the upcoming high speed rail between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is like this  because taking the Eurostar from Paris to London was such a great experience. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 15, 2015

Capital Segway City Tour, Washington DC…best way to see any big city

Segway tours are the best way to see any big city. It’s a wonderful feeling – zipping around in the crisp air and the front row seat to the city with tour guides and you don’t have to deal with parking, buses or throngs of tourists. Plus it’s fun!!

The tour stops at all of the highlights you will want to see. As far as the Capitol & the White House. Be advised that you don’t get to go in anything on this tour only learn about the area and see everything from the exterior. There is one stop on the tour where we were able to get off the Segway – at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial.

Having been on many Segway tours, I can knowledgeably say that the difference between one Segway tour to another is the quality of the tour guide. A funny, witty, informative and animated one who gives fun facts along the way would make the tour worth every cent you’ve paid. Our guide was not the best, but he was not the worst either.

Do it! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 20, 2013

Kamalan Bus, Taipei…an inexpensive, clean, safe, fast and stress free way to get from Yilan to Taipei

First time riding the Kamalan was all in all a smooth, easy trip, no complaints.

We arrived at the pickup location a little early and asked if we could change our tickets for an earlier departure. They obliged. No hassles.

They were punctual to show up for boarding. Proximity to other transportation connections is a given. Kamalan Bus has incredibly convenient stops at both tech and taipei bus stations. They even showed security features shown on the in-bus TV.

The only downside is the many tunnels we have to go through in the journey is an annoying disruption to my reading. As the lights are not switched on in the bus, I had to stop reading everything we enter a tunnel. A little trivia…the longest tunnel which we had to go through- 13 km long – the Hsueh Shan Tunnel, took 16 years to build.

Seriously people, use this from now on! Trip was inexpensive, clean, safe, fast, stress free and the seats or surprisingly comfy! What’s better than this? This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 15, 2012

AOT Limousine, Bangkok…depends if comfort, cost or speed is more important for you

Along the back wall at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok are various booths for AOT Limousines where you can pre-purchase your limousine transfer, whilst waiting for your luggage to arrive. Tell them your destination hotel and select a car (from 8 vehicle types) from the photograph. Depending upon your budget. 1100-1400 Baht will get you to most hotels in Bangkok in a well maintained and clean vehicle

From my experiences, the prices are always arbitrary. Once I was quoted a price for a Camry and then the price was reduced twice. But only after paying, I was told that the reduced price was for a smaller vehicle, which is not readily available and that I would have to wait for 30 minutes. To upgrade to a Camry which was on hand, I had to top up and pay supplement charges.

If there were better alternatives, I wouldn’t use AOT Limousine services. But the option is a taxi and the  problem with the taxis is that I always seem to score the stinky ones that are about to fall to bits. The AOT limos uses clean cars with English speaking drivers. But do remember to confirm if the toll payments are inclusive of the fee.

But now that the Bangkok Airport Rail Link has started operations, who knows? Comfort, cost or speed? This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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