Most Inspirational Moment
See all types of monkeys and animals in the wild/boat trips
Thoughts on Group Leader
Group leaders both were excellent and went out of their way to help and support and organised everything even when not part of inclusive package - both brilliant.
Advice for Potential Travellers
Don't expect nice hot showers anywhere until KL
No real need for separate guide in KL on food tour and especially not two of them, the girl did nothing really.
You arrive at Tea place after long drive, you then drive 45 min to national park, for 30 min walk around garden and then 30 min walk in jungle. Drive back another 45 min.
Next day do tea tasting, factory tour and then drive to KL, on the way you pass the park - this is silly. Do the tea tasting and factory tour when arrive at Long House, then on way to KL do park. Saves 1.5 hrs in transport on previous day.
We had big bus for part, then small busses for rest. For long runs e.g. from Tea house other group had a big bus, suggest use big busses far more comfortable and keeps group together when 15 small buses not that comfortable.
Frangipani hotel is nice but tired, you suggest it as an alternative and thus imply recommendation of it. I would be careful of that as whilst it was okay fans in restaurant did not work, no net out for safe swimming area, tiles missing in swimming pool, fountain not working in pool etc just felt tired/tatty.
In Malaysia Jeremy even on non inclusive nights organised things - GREAT, worked really well but noticed we all had a beer, he had a juice when offered he had a beer. Implies to me they are not given an allowance to have a beer with us, sorry give them a kitty to spend on drink so they can enjoy a drink with the rest of us. At 2.5k x 15 there is enough margin there to give him £100 for drinks with us.
Maybe i did not read carefully enough, but certainly I did not realise the number and thus added total cost of optional extras. I think a good summary per day could be produced of optional extras and their cost so that if you do everything, and most people did then you can see what the total extra amount of money is you will need.
I missed the advice if it was there to bring binos, really feel to get the best out of this trip you need binos if you are interested in wildlife.