Rand MorimotoUnited States
Made a last minute visit to Brunei and wanted to get the most out of the day trip... Found Irene off the Internet and she responded promptly, we booked the tour, she met me at the airport, had an amazing experience getting to know the people, food, and lifestyles of the country! Fun, knowledgeable, and great communciator, thank you!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! I am so pleased that you enjoyed the day :D
Irene and Simon had prepared a perfect day for us in Brunei, everything we had discussed in advance was perfectly illustrated: culture, rainforest, rural+indigenious life and urban splendour of local character. We fully recommend this.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Olaf for taking your time to leave a review. Glad you guys enjoyed the tour ! :)
Lawrence ChachereUnited States
My expectations for this tour were very high, and it managed to exceed the expectations. I seldom use guided tours during travel, but I would highly recommend this for both adults and kids. The lunch was the best meal we had in our 3 week vacation to Southeast Asia (and we had many good meals.) The itinerary was perfect for everybody in our group. The tour is an excellent value.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your review. I’m delighted you and your family had such a good time :)
Irene was outstanding! She organised a fantastic tour for us showing all the highlight of Brunei as well as sharing a lot of knowledge about her country. We enjoyed visiting the water village and having local experiences as well as seeing the key sights such as the palace, mosques etc. She organised a special treat for my birthday which was a lovely touch. We had a fantastic day in Brunei with Irene and we highly recommend her as a tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Debb! thank you ladies for a fun day out and i am glad i made your day special xx
Heather FieldUnited States
Irene is amazing! Loved the whole day she planned for me, especially the visit to a water village home. What a treat! And her tour wasn't just X place, Y building--she knew a ton about Brunei's history, culture and people, making the day so interesting. She answered my endless questions thoughtfully. Plus she knew the best spots for pictures. :) She is super knowledgeable, professional & friendly. It was like having a friend show me around her hometown. I feel so lucky to have found Irene! Thanks!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Heather! I enjoyed the day as much as you did xx
Irene made my Brunei trip. She is very knowledgeable and entertaining. As I was not sure where I should go for a half-day tour, she took me to most of all the must-see places in Brunei. I was so lucky enough to see a big family of monkey in the mangrove thanks to her and the boat driver too. Her trip was not only taking me to the famous sightseeing spots but educate me a lot - economics, government, Muslim culture, people and history of Brunei. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was wonderful to meet you Tomoko and thanks so much for your kind words. Yes indeed, hope to see you again soon : )
I had great fun on this trip also with Irene. I booked a tour with me only as guest and we could thus visit all the places in a relaxed pace. We adjusted the tour more to my interest thus it included the Mud Spa in Sawarak which I really liked. That is such an unusual experience. We also had a very nice lunch with the guys in the eco lodge showcasing traditional food and cooking of the same. Irene is a great guide, very easy going and have great knowledge and attitude. Keep up the good work Irene!
Had great time with Irene on this day trip. She has great knowledge of the history and is very informative and very happy to share the stories of Brunei and the places we visited. With me being alone she took us around in her car which made the transit between the places a breeze. I thoroughly enjoyed the city on water, mangroves, monkeys, home visit, mosques, government architecture as well as the lunch we had. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone going to Brunei. Thanks Irene!
Sylvia FrankUnited States
Irene was very knowledgeable and interesting. We enjoyed the tour immensely and will recommend her and Tours by Locals to friends. We felt we had made a very good friend. She helped us accomplish all we hoped in Brunei and was especially great with photographing highlights!! Lovely guide in every way. One of best tours and tour guides ever!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Awhh ... A wonderful day well spent and so very enjoyable. Thank you,Sylvia &Todd! xx
Our Brunei tour with Irene was excellent! Irene has a wonderful knowledge of Brunei and it's history and brought this to life in our tour. We particularly enjoyed the boat trip through the mangrove forest where we saw the proboscis monkeys and to the water village where we had the opportunity to visit one of the houses. Our visit to Brunei was a highlight of our trip. Thank you Irene.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Corinna, I'm so glad that Brunei was a highlight of your trip. Thank you for spending a wonderful day with me :)
Excellent tour & information provided by our guide (Irene). She has shown us the bests of Brunei during our very short stay. She also managed to get the tantrum out from my daughter during that time. Thank u so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Salamat Kathleen xx
Kang H TanAustralia
A very memorable day on this tour. Highlights were Kampong Air, visiting a typical house on water and river cruise. We saw crocodile taking a water bird and monkeys on this cruise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kang! i hope to see you and Mrs Kang again next trip :)
Gail RaznovUpper Gwynedd, PA, United States
Irene Chow is exceptional. Her knowledge of history, her excellent guide skills, her presentation exceeded expectations. We visited the most interesting of sites in this unique part of the world. She went out of her way to make sure all of us were comfortable. She answered every question we asked and many we didn't ask. Spending the day with her was a delight and an intellectual high. Brunei is a place like none other and Irene did it justice and more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Gail, Thank you so much for a wonderful day .Please send my regards to everyone :) xx
A wonderful day! - more like spending time with a friend than a formal tour, i.e., a perfect way to see Brunei.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carolyn xx
James H.Lakeport, CA., United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for Cake guys ! Xx ☺️☺️
Tim MeyerUnited States
Irene provided a wonderful unique perspective to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. We very much enjoyed the water village, Kampong Ayer and the home visit that was not on the schedule. Seeing the local culture first-hand is one of the reasons we travel.
Nurhani Abdul KaderSingapore
Irene was awesome! She is very knowledgeable and flexible. I had a great time and very wonderful experience there. I was extremely grateful to have her as my guide. Highly recommended! (:
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Hani !
David MasonUnited States
Irene is a superb guide. Informed, pleasant, charming and energetic. Irene was a delightful guide for Brunei. She catered the tour to my particular interests and had the experience and skill to time the tour perfectly -- for example to catch a lovely mosque exactly at sunset for superb photographs. Cannot recommend highly enough. My only regret is that should have booked her for a second day to explore the lovely country in even greater depth.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David ,hope all is well . Thank you so much for choosing me as your Guide . Regards , Irene
Yuki MatsunagaHong Kong
Irene went out of her way to customize the tour and fulfill my wishes even though I only had half a day. I ended up covering everything I wanted plus getting a very local experience like visiting a home in the water village and eating local food! Thank you Irene!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Yuki, Im glad you enjoyed the tour as much as i did. Looking forward to your next visit! Irene xx
I highly highly recommend Irene!! We hired her for 1 full day 8 hrs. Definately worth every penny! This was really a custom tour! We haven't been back to Brunei for 40yrs since we immigrated to Vancouver Canada. It was memorable home coming indeed. I had very specific locations we needed to go and Irene delivered!! Plus more. Thank you Irene and Simon, the driver for giving us the best experience we will cherish forever. If we come back, will use your services again. Evelyn, Mary, and Vivien
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Evelyn , this tour was very special to me. Being able to help trace your parents history was very rewarding .We enjoyed it as much as you do . Thanks again Evelyn , Aunty Mary and Vivien. We hope to see you in the near future x
Tina ArcherUnited Kingdom
Irene was great! She was knowledgeable and helpful, and chauffeured us around everywhere we wanted to go. She was flexible and happy to amend the itinerary in accordance with the weather, so that we could do everything. It was great having a local explain the local culture etc, really helpful, and provided us with fascinating insights. Irene even pointed out the Sultan of Brunei as he drove past in a car - fantastic! Irene was a fun person to be around. I definitely recommend using her expertise.
Paul ClitesHouston, TX, United States
Great guide arranged a completely custom tour at my request. Highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul ! It was a mission almost impossible made possible . ;) we had such a great time guiding you - Irene
Irene is a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. We enjoyed her company during our stay in Brunei. I would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Clifford and Penny . :)
Leigh ThackwraySouth Africa
Irene had the unenviable task of showing us around Brunei during the public holiday of Hari Raya when most sight seeing places were closed. However, Irene made the tour interesting and included a Hari Raya visit to one of the families on a boat house - a unique Bruneian experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leigh x
Jill NesselbeckUnited States
Abraham SteinUnited States
Amanda MackoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Amanda x
Thanks to Irene, we've got a great impression about natural, cultural, architectural and even gastronomic sides of Brunei within very limited time we had in the country. Strongly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrew!
Richard HullUnited States
Irene is great! Definitely the pick for your tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard ! :)
Troy TannerUnited States
Irene was a fantastic guide. She was very personable and knowledgeable, which is a winning combination. I enjoyed the entire day with her, and felt like I learned a lot about life in Brunei and it's history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Troy!
Katie Kinchin-SmithUnited Kingdom
We really enjoyed our tour with Irene, it was great to get such an insight into Brunei from a local and we packed lots into the time! Irene was reallyknowledgable about what we visited. A great way to spend a day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Katie . I had a great time showing you guys around .
Irene was on time, polite and considerate of our needs. She provided great commentary on the local history and issues of the area and provided valuable insight as well. She answered all our questions and kept us entertained throughout the day. The tour might seem expensive but it is well worth the cost.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marilyn . It was great hanging with you ladies x
we had a great and interesting day with Irene in Brunei. highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael and Tanja !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you
Konul AlaryUnited Arab Emirates
This tour I liked very much. Irene was very friendly, informative guide.She explained very good all historical places in Brunei.I was with my 2 years old son and she had all what we needed in her car for kids.Baby seat was very helpful. I highly recommend this guide to everyone who travelling to Brunei.Thanks again Irene.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Konul ! Thank you so much ! X
Irene is one very good guide!!!! After I had booked this with Esjay, she found out she was pregnant and I thought the tour would not happen BUT Esjay found Irene!! Thanks so much for that!! We had an incredible day in Brunei. The lunch she arranged was wonderful. The boat ride was superb. And we saw everything that was originally on the list plus more!!! Can't say thanks enough!!! And if anyone wants a great guide pick Irene!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Cathi! It was great having you guys!
Heidi CanarelliHenderson, NV, United States
After only one day with Irene we came to adore her. She is a darling, personable, intelligent young woman. Her English is excellent and she provided an absolutely outstanding tour with variety and interest. We finished the day feeling like we had a true insight to life in Brunei.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: :) :):) Thank you Heidi and Larry! x
Ingrid CafferyCook Islands
It was an enjoyable tour
Richard MorsonUnited Kingdom
Lovely lady . Great tour . Would highly recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you !
Irene was already waiting for us when we got to the port. She was very friendly, accommodating, attentive to our needs. She showed the best places to see in Brunei. The boat experience was awesome. I'd definitely recommend her and your company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lita , it was nice hanging out with you guys . X
Dorinda MinerUnited States
Irene was wonderful. We couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable or friendlier guide. Everyone loved the tour.And we all liked getting to know Irene!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dorinda ! Thanks for the rating . I miss you guys :))
Monica MedinaUnited States
We arrived by cruise ship in January. Coming from US we were not use to the weather (hot and humid). Irene met us at the gate as we had specified. She is great. Her communication skill was excellent, very humorous, personable, and very knowledgeable. My daughter and niece had said they like her the best out of all the other private guides we had. She had ice cold water for us. Bus the clean and spacious. Definitely would recommend her. She helped us order food at shopping mall.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Monica ! It was great fun with you guys . Hope to see you soon again .
Bessie MascardoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bessie ! Hope you guys had a memorable time here in Brunei !