My husband and I recently went on an east coast tour starting from NYC on April 2nd. We enjoyed this air cruise quite a lot, and there are some things to be said of this tour by private plane.We had two tour guides Eugene Ener and Lillian Barbela. Eugene truly did a great job! And the second guide, Lillian Barbella, was acceptable but we would like to mention the following remarks and want you to take them into consideration in order to encourage travelers to enjoy this kind of experience.Here is the full review of our east coast travel tour…Punctuality is an important factor when it comes to tour guides. Thankfully, on the first day we didn’t have to wait for Mrs. Barbela at the Hudson Hotel. She was on time! The same happened after the lunch break on April 3rd and on April 4th, we had an extra 35 minutes after the spare time/lunch break at the Hershey factory due to her timeliness. The same day she was again 10 min early after a short stop at the Amish tour. For a guide, this is more than acceptable. One usually has to wait when travelling with a group, but on this east coast tour by private plane, our guide’s punctuality allowed us to partake in new activities with our added spare time like at the CN Tower where a coffee shop was available.We were told that our guides have done this tour several times before, and it showed! She knew the schedules for each day and it seemed that she was very knowledgeable of each destination, which often resulted in in-depth discussions about all facets of each destination as we arrived on our deluxe coach bus. This may be a result of the fact that the tour guides spend a lot of time before the trip studying the history of the region. Because of this, she never missed to give information on landmarks, she saw and recognized each of them (such as the Capitol building in Washington D.C.). There was a lot of information about the schedule and everything else given, same for facts if for example tickets were still needed (for example at the Niagara Falls), which resulted in a lot of answers for the needed information.Fortunately, there are little to no complaints about the topic information. Besides precise information… when to be where, my expectations were met with guides that give information on facts (e.g. about the main achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. or during which time George Washington lived).According to my knowledge our tour guides were not booked on the tour until a couple from Brazil booked the tour and asked for a Spanish/Portuguese tour guide, which is totally fine, because everyone should have the chance to truly enjoy the tour. Luckily, we appreciate that the tour was multi-lingual in Spanish and English. Guided tours (e.g. at the vine tasting and through the Amish country) are rarely interrupted by her to translate, which never upset and confused the stops on the tour.As Mrs. Barbela would always say, when traveling with a group one has to be flexible, but this flexibility is understood if the whole group has to consider the wishes of the guide or a minority.Overall, the tour guides made the experience of flying by private plane to multiple cities in the eastern region a huge success!
The city of Bangkok in the Kingdom of Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Traveling to any exotic destination is exciting and exhilarating, and Bangkok is as exotic as it gets. And when you arrive you will find soon enough that it doesn’t disappoint. So be prepared for the culture shock of a lifetime.In any travel plan, staying in a good hotel for a relaxing night is integral in starting a new day, fresh and recharged to explore with more energy. But staying in a good hotel and saving money is even better. Especially when you can use the money you save on a nice relaxing Thai massage.What most people are concerned about when the words “Budget Hotel” comes to mind is whether or not the rooms are clean. Nothings worst than staying at a hotel where we have to worry about ones’ own health and hygiene. Relax, the budget hotels in Bangkok listed in this article are well known for their cleanliness and very popular in the budget category. They may not have a first class spa, pool and fitness center, but they’re still value packed. All have a free daily breakfast and some even have free Internet Wi-Fi for notebook computer users.What most people are also concerned is the proximity of the hotel to main attractions. Good news is there are lots of great budget hotels in Bangkok close to popular cultural sights and shopping centers in Bangkok.With that said, here are my Five Best Bangkok Budget Hotel picks:
The Bedrooms Boutique Hotel The Oasis Inn Bangkok Varandavin Park Service Apartment Samran Place Hotel Royal Asia Lodge So what’s so great about these budget hotels in Bangkok. First off they are all located in prime location in the center of Bangkok. And all of them are 5 to 10 minutes walk to the nearest BTS Sky Train station. The Sky Train is an elevated train system that runs along the major commercial areas of Bangkok. It’s the best fastest way to get around the commercial areas of Bangkok in no time.And of course the most important factor are the room rates. The budget hotels listed here range between 1300 THB to 1400 THB ($30 USD to $40 USD). Now, there are cheaper budget hotels, but personally I prefer a certain amount of comfort level whenever I travel on a budget.Here’s one final travel tip. If you get a room that you are not satisfied with for whatever reason, you should try and dress as casual as possible before you speak to front desk to request a room change. Wear a button down shirt, pressed pants and casual dress shoes if you have. Thai society is very class based. The better you’re dressed, the better you’re perceived to be in the social order. If you’re dressed like you’re heading into a pool, then your chances of requesting a room change will be a lot tougher.
The Charles Hotel is Cambridge Massachusetts is a very nice hotel. It is also very expensive. We recently stayed at the Charles a few days ago for a business trip. I have to say that I really enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Everyone was friendly and very respectful. This is one of the biggest problems that I have when traveling in today’s world.The minute we arrived someone was at the cab before we could get out of the car to help with the luggage. When we went inside, the service at the front desk was as good as you can get. They treated us with the utmost respect and courtesy. We had a few questions about what to do is Boston and where to eat, they were more than helpful with that information also.The Charles has a gym inside that is its own gym. The guests of the Charles can visit the gym during normal hours and access all it has to offer. This was a big plus for us, since we are big into health and staying fit. The gym had a lap pool that we swam in for almost an hour. Then we sat in a wonderful hot tub to relax after a few minutes. We then decided to go take a look around the gym to see what they had to offer. It is very nicely equipped with weights, machines, and room for different cardio classes.The rooms at the Charles are not very big, but the cleanliness and service makes up for it. The quality of construction of the rooms here are almost immaculate. They did a wonderful job on the hotel. The bed sleeps like a champ as well. I highly recommend staying if you are visiting the area.