Tung a guide in VietNam...
Journeywoman pal and I (we're 71 and 68 years old) are seasoned
travellers who visited Vietnam and Laos but knew we needed
a guide so we could see as much as possible in the time we
had there. We were sure we struck gold when we found Yellow
Field Tours Company, a travel agency of integrity and honesty
in DaNang, Vietnam. Mr. Tung, the Marketing Manager saw that
we got exactly what we wanted (flight tickets, guides, hotels)
and made sure we had a true VietNam experience. Thanks to
him we had a fantastic and safe trip and we wanted to share
this with other JourneyWomen. P.S.
If you contact Mr. Tung tell him the Queens from Canada says
'Hi'. Website: www.yellowfieldtours.com
Bodil, Vancouver Island, Canada
a guide in Kyoto, Japan...
fall trip in 2003 introduced us to the delightful Mr. Johnnie
Hillwalker (aka Hajime Hirooka), a great guide in Kyoto. If
you go to the train station�s Sunken Garden (near the bus
stop) at 10 am on a Monday, Wednesday, or a Friday, you can
take a splendid informative walking tour of this interesting
town with Johnnie until 3 pm. His English is very clear. The
cost is only $20 which includes a sushi/tea/and sweet refreshment,
a hand-drawn map, and even a chance to be dressed as a Shogun
in a Shinto schrine.
Van Nuys, USA
student guide in Nara, Japan...
our day in the ancient town of Nara, 45 minutes by fast (Shinkansen-Bullet
train) from Kyoto, we made arrangments at the Kyoto Tourist
Office (in the train station near the escalator) to meet a
student guide. Yoshiko Okada was waiting for us at the Nara
Toruist Office. As a serious student of English, she enjoyed
practicing; the highlight was the Todai-ji, the Hall of the
Great Buddha reputed to be the largest wooden building in
the world! The huge Buddha statue, initially cast in 746,
and recast later includes 437 tons of bronze and lots of gold.
Marvelous! One's mouth just drops open at the sight. For the
pleasure of her company all we had to do was treat Yoshiko,
our guide to lunch. This is a rare occurance in very expensive
Japan. I sent her a book from Tokyo.
Van Nuys, USA
a great guide in Istanbul, Turkey...
guide I used in Istanbul was wonderful. Her English is great,
she is smart and knowledgeable and was very creative and responsive
to my interests. I highly recommend her. We did a lot of walking
and took public transportation which I loved. Her full name
is Sermin Utku-Bilgen. Her email address is email@example.com.
I also want
to recommend our guide Sermin. I found her address on this
page and by email she assisted me in organizing the program
of my visit. We spent one day together on the Bosphorus and
it was great but the tour of Chora with the detailed explanation
given by Sermin was really astonishing. She is a very cultured
person, kind and sensitive. My daughter and I spent a wonderful
day with her. Thank you, Journeywoman.
Sandra, Rome, Italy
a guide in Istanbul, Turkey...
took an Insight Tour 'Treasures of Turkey' which was excellent.
The Tour Director was outstanding. His name is Yucel Atik
This man is a walking encyclopedia on every topic you care
to discuss, and he also leads private tours. From my point
of view Turkey is truly worth a visit and both these guides
will do a very good job of showing you around.
Merrilee, Courtenay, Canada
a guide in St. Petersburg, Russia...
recently visited St. Petersburg, Russia. Not knowing
the language and wanting to make the most of my time while
there, I went internet searching for an English speaking guide.
This is how I met Julia. She was most responsive to all my
inquiries and her rates were half of the other tour operators.
She was knowledgeable and very well trained. Julia can be
contacted at: http://stpetersburg-guide.com/.
Please mention my referral if you contact her. This is another
way to let her know how much her service was appreciated.
Westlake Village, California, USA
a tour guide in St. Petersburg, Russia...
a recent visit to St. Petersburg we had a superb guide that
I'd love to recommend to other JourneyWomen. She works with
a tour agency who helps out the Americans here in Moscow,
but we also took her card so we can have her do extra tours
for us when we and more family return for a visit. Her name
is Alya Ignatyeva, her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
and she has been a tour guide for over 30 years. Her knowledge
is superb (she showed us all the highlights of the Hermitage)
and her English is flawless. Alya was very flexible and easy
to work with. She provided us with exactly the tour we wanted.
I think other JourneyWomen would be happy with her, too.
Jennifer, Moscow, Russia
Eugenia, a guide in Saint Petersburg, Russia ...
I've just returned from Russia and had the great pleasure of meeting Eugenia Snopkovskaya, a guide that made Saint Petersburg and its complicated history truly come alive for me. Eugenia speaks English perfectly, she is conscientious, she sprinkles her history with anecdotes and makes learning a pleasure. I give her a huge Journeywoman Gold Star. Email: email@example.com
Evelyn Hannon, Editor, Journeywoman.com
a guide in Kalaa M'Goun, Morocco...
found my first guide, Aziz, in the Office of Mountain
Guides, in Kalaa M'Goun, mentioned in the Cadogan guidebook,
Morocco. His e-mail address is: boullouz4X4@hotmail.com.
It's important that you write in simple English that he will
be able to understand.
a guide in Fez, Morocco...
found a great guide in Morocco! I just returned from travelling
through Morocco with two friends of mine. We had a wonderful
time and I would highly recommend it to any and all. Specifically,
I wanted to recommend a guide who's name is Ali Mouni. Ali
is a wonderful guide who speaks several languages
fluently. Unlike another guide we used in Fez, Ali never
pressured us to buy anything, nor did we ever feel like
he took advantage of us. Instead, Ali offered us a rare
insight into the way of life of Berbers in Morocco, particularly
nomadic Berbers who live in the mountains, either in tents
or in caves. Through Ali, we were able to meet some of these
fascinating people and get a glimpse of what their incredibly
hard lives are like. We would never have had this special
opportunity without him. I highly recommend his services
to other women. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or you can read more about him on his website:
note: For another important opinion
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a guide for hiking in Morocco...
another guide to add to this Journeywoman collection. If
you would like to do some hiking/trekking in the Atlas Mountains,
I would recommend a young guide by the name of Omar. He
is a government certified guide and speaks very good English.
He can also make other arrangements such as hotel and transport.
His e-mail address is email@example.com.
Olga, Torontp, Canada
& Romy, great guides in Tunisia...
wanted to travel solo; through the internet I researched
companies that could help with travel plans at my destination.
I contacted several for details and pricing. One day the
phone rang and it was Kersten (she's German) calling me
from Tunis. She and her partner, Romy (he's Tunisian) are
the owners of small family touring company in Tunisia. The
interesting thing is they live half the year in Philadelphia
(USA) and half in Sousse, Tunisia (Romy has American citizenship).
I was so impressed with Kirsten I asked for her quote on
my itinerary. She came in $1500 less than the other companies
and her itinerary included the five star Soffit Hotel in
Tozier. She covered everything I wanted to see, meals, entrance
fees, a guide and driver. This lovely couple met me in Tunis
and practically hand-held me throughout my trip. Thanks
to them I had two perfect weeks in Tunisia. Kerstin and
Romy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have made friends with them and expect to see them when
they return to the States.
Carol June, Freeport, New
a great guide in Thailand...
a journeywoman needs a guide to Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand,
she can call upon Tui (full name Kanlaya Muangmoon). Tui
recently showed me her city, with its Buddhist temples,
including the famous mountain top temple, Wat Doi Suthep.
We visited markets, handicraft villages and spent the day
in the jungle at an elephant camp where we watched the mahouts
bathe the animals in the river. Tui seemed more like a good
friend and I learned more than history: I learned a bit
about what life is like for a professional woman in Thailand.
Intelligent, well spoken and pleasant to be with, Tui will
help you to make the most of your holiday in Chiang Mai.
You can email Tui at email@example.com.
I hope you have as much fun with her as I had.
Sheila, Camarillo, California,
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