Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Hualien-Taiwan by Tour Guide Tom L. (Guide #20249)


Fred Wolbers

Australia
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Apr 12/19

This was a great tour I rated it a 5 star event Tom was waiting for us on the dock. He keep us a head of cruise ship tours so we saw the main attractions with minimum growds. The highlight of the tour was going to his town and having lunch at a local restaurant followed by a drive round the town and a visit to the Taoist Temple where we burnt money to ask favors from the Gods. Tom then bought for all of us the local delicacy a Red bean cake. Tom was very knowledgeable about Taiwan. Thanks Tom.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your rating.

Nancy Kong-Larsen

United States
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Tour: #292348, Private Tour, 2 days, Taipei-Taroko Gorge-Taipei round trip, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Apr 10/19

Tom was outstanding! Very accomodating with my 2 young children and how chaotic life is with them traveling. He was patient and flexible. Curated sights that best represented his homeland and suits our needs. Highly recommend Tom as a guide. Also, it must be mentioned, his driving skills are out of this world. Manuvering tight one way alley ways with ease. He rich life experience made him so knowledgable and fascinating to talk to. His fluent English, Mandrain and Taiwanese were a def advantage.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nancy, be Taiwanese! be part of our family! You know what I am talking about :-) Tom

Andrey Bebchuk

Russia
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Tour: #337246, Tree planting and Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Apr 9/19

Competent and responsible guide. Nice person. Ultimately recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrey, I enjoyed accompanying you very much, as my first Russian guest, I also learned a lot from you. Hope we can see each other in the future. Tom

Vickie Bath

United States
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Tour: #292348, Gorgeous Taroko Gorge Private Tour, Hualien, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Apr 7/19

Tom was great. He customized our tour for the time we had in port, and did a wonderful job or organizing it 'on the fly' to avoid the crowds and maximize our enjoyment of the Park. He spoke fluent English and knew the Park, its trails and flora well. He was also an excellent driver. which is truly appreciated in the Park and on the Coastal Road. We recommend Tom without reservation and would use him again if we ever return to Taiwan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vickie, it was my pleasure to spend the happy time with you in Taroko Gorge, hope I have the chance to serve you again in Taiwan. Tom

Richard Matties

United States
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Mar 27/19

Wonderful personality. Excellent English. Very willing to adjust the tour as we requested. His itinerary was excellent. Perfect amount of information provided. Had a great time with Tom.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Richard, I loved being with you and it was my pleasure to introduce my hometown to you all~ hope I can serve you again in the future. Tom

Stan Van Vijfeijken

Netherlands
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Mar 13/19

Kaohsiung is not a thrilling city. Not much to see there. The only nice place is the harbour-area where old building have new stores in it.

James Richardson

United States
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Mar 13/19

Tom is a polite tour guide but you have to keep questioning him about Kaohsiung to get info out of him. Most of the time he's driving us to a new location and turn us loose for an hour or two on our own. Generally the tour was good but it could have been better.

James L.

United States
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Tour: #292348, Gorgeous Taroko Gorge Private Tour, Hualien, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Mar 11/19

Tom was outstanding. He got us there before the crowds and showed us places that are not accessible to large groups. His knowledge of history and culture are impressive. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks James, I had a wonderful time with you, too! Tom L.

Jonathan Bell

United States
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Tour: #474476, Sun Moon Lake, Taichung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Mar 5/19

Tom did a very nice job. He was flexible and communicative in setting up the half day tour and was responsive to our requests during the tour to do more or less.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jonathan, I did learn a lot from you guys, I know you know what I mean, hahaha~ I do cherish the time being with you! Tom

Hsien Chang Yip

Malaysia
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Tour: #474476, Sun Moon Lake, Taichung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Dec 21/18

Trying hard to make amends to look for alternative site for visit when timing and traffic conditions do not allow visit to original venue.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hsien, This tour was a Taipei - Sun Moon Lake - Taipei round trip, the itinerary was inherently limited by HSR timetable. If you had one night staying over in Sun Moon Lake arranged beforehand, we should have had more time enjoying the beauties around the lake. Tom

Carissa Buenvenida

France
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Tour: #292348, Taipei city/outskirts Yangmingshan and Taroko tour, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Nov 30/18

Great tour guide! Fun sense of humor! We enjoyed several days touring with him and felt safe and well cared for. If you want to see and experience, the outskirts- national parks, he is the guide to pick. Walked the trails with us and introduced us to local cuisines.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carissa for your kind comment and rating! I cherish the good time being with you two :) Hope we can have another chance to see each other again ~~ Tom

Lynn Kauffman

Canada
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Tour: #337246, Taipei Excursion, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Nov 20/18

Tom was fabulous in every way . He was knowledgeable, accommodating, punctual , flexible , intelligent and a pleasure to be with , We would highly recommend him and give him 10 stars ( out of 5) !! Thank you , Tom for making our 2 days in Taipei thoroughly enjoyable and truly memorable!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lynn, I LOVE YOU~~

Robert G.

United States
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Nov 8/18

We have used "ToursByLocals" in at least 20 countries, and Tom was the same high quality guide we expected. He was knowledgeable, sensitive to our needs, and did his very best to make sure we had a good tour. I would highly recommend his services. It was a great day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert for your kind rating and I cherish the time being with you :-)

Judith Pfaffenberger

United States
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Tour: #292348, Gorgeous Taroko Gorge Private Tour, Hualien, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Oct 9/18

We were very pleased with the tour provided for us by Tom. He was very thorough and easy to work with. He was very attentive to us and helpful to me with my problems walking and climbing. All our questions were answered and we enjoyed his company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Judith, hope we have another chance to see each other in the future.

Paul La Mott

United States
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Tour: #337246, Taipei Excursion, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Sep 23/18

Tom was AWESOME!!! We wanted a more laid back agenda that could accommodate flexibility so we gave him certain things we had found that we thought might be interesting. Ultimately, we incorporated some of those events, added some others and decided against a few. Overall, the day was just great. Worth every dollar!! If you get the chance to book Tom- DO IT! Tom also does a wonderful job of explaining the history of his country and is constantly pointing out and describing cool things.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul and your nice family for giving me the good rating, it was my pleasure to accompany you spending the lovely, Mid-Autumn Festival, I miss you all~

Richard Sirois

Montreal, QUEBEC, Canada
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Tour: #337246, Taipei Excursion, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Jul 24/18

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Humphrey Chow

United States
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Tour: #474476, Sun Moon Lake, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Jun 25/18

Our family of 5 toured with Tom to Sun Moon Lake and surrounding areas. The experience was simply amazing and I highly recommend Tom as your guide. He is very knowledgeable of Taiwan in general with plenty of interesting facts to share at every location, a very safe driver, and is sensitive to the needs of his guests -an all-around perfect Taiwan tour guide! Plus, he is fluent in English and the local languages which I believe made a difference in access and freedom in movement.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Humphrey, yes I will cherish the time being with you :-) Say hi to your wife & kinds for me. I am sure we will see each other again! All bests, Tom

Paul S.

United States
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Tour: Easy Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: Jun 24/18

Tom was enthusiastic and accommodating to all of our requests. The day was built around our specific requirements and included several spontaneous local experiences that our family will not forget. We highly recommend Tom to others traveling to Taiwan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul, it was my pleasure to have served you for your tour in Taiwan, and yes, you and your family were also great companions, same here I'm looking forward to seeing you in the future.

Roz Brilliant

United States
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Tour: #342371, Keelung/Taipei Excursion, Keelung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Jun 12/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roz, thank you for your generous rating.

Joumana Yafi

Lebanon
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Tour: #337246, Taipei Excursion, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: May 18/18

Tom is punctual, friendly, knowledgeable, patient, caring and flexible. He organized for us a 4 full days tour from 18 - 21 May 2018 in a way to see the most of Taipei . The depth of knowledge, professionalism and attention to details was beyond excellent. Tom provided great commentary on the places we visited as well as thoughtful insight into the history of Taiwan and the people living there. We learned so much from him and had a truly enjoyable days during our first visit to Taipei .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating and review, you guys were also very good companions, I enjoyed the moment being with you! Miss you a lot~

Marjorie Roberts

United States
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Tour: #292348, Gorgeous Taroko Gorge Private Tour, Hualien, Taiwan    view tour
Date: May 6/18

This was an incredible day tour from near the international airport to the magnificent Taroko Gorge. Tom was an extraordinary guide and I will definitely use him when I return to Taiwan - and based in large part on his great tour - and his enthusiasm for other places on his home island that he described but that I did not have time to see - I'll be back.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marjorie, I will always be here waiting for you!!

Sandra Rogen

Canada
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Mar 13/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sandra, for your rating! :)

Ilaria Brivio

Italy
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Tour: #285359, Localized tour, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Jan 7/18

Tom has been great: careful, patient, flexible. We were traveling with 2 kids (3 yrs / 4 mths), he adjusted the tour to their needs, and was always happy to help. As soon as he understood our interests he modified the tour adding special places such as Moon World and the "Bomb" temple close to Kaohsiung. He cared that we experienced local specialities like sugar apple and betel nuts (...ok, the lastone we didn't dare!). He helped us trying to sort things out with Air China, hotels and train tickets.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ilaria, thank you so much for your rating, reviewing of the tour and precious suggestions. I love the time being with you and I wish you all the best. Tom L.

Amelia Tan

United States
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Tour: West Taiwan Tour, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: Dec 8/17

Tom was a very thoughtful and attentive guide. My mom who is in her sixties has trouble walking and he made sure that she would need to walk as little as possible. He was always patient and ensured that my parents needs were met. Tom is also very knowledgeable of the history and politics in Taiwan. I learnt a lot from him. His driving is also superb. I would recommend Tom anytime especially for first-time travelers to Taiwan coming from Europe or the US. His English is perfect.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Amelia and I loved being with you family~

Emilie Bjärlestam

Sweden
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Tour: #292348, Gorgeous Taroko Gorge Private Tour, Hualien, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Nov 23/17

We had a private tour, 5 hours, in Taroko with Tom. He was a perfect guide in the gorgeous nature, we also learned a lot of Taiwan's history and soul. Beutiful nature, high mountains and interesting facts about the area and people living there. Perfect for us!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Emilie, I had a good time with you, too. Hope we may see each other again in the future.

Joelle Birge

United States
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Tour: #337246, Taipei Excursion, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Nov 21/17

Tom was very helpful in showing us Taipei in a limited amount of time. Although other guides told me that I didn't have enough time for a tour with my short layover, Tom was able to put together an itinerary that allowed me to see a good number of major sites in only a few hours. Thanks Tom!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hope we have other chances to see each other in the future.

Joanne A.

United States
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Nov 5/17

Tom l was an excellent guide. Provided s lot of history and background info on places we visited. Good driver. Pleased with itinerary. Will recommend him to others. Fantastic day in Kaohsiung!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joanne, I am still at the pier observing your ship leaving, miss you~~

Alexander R.

United States
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Tour: Taipei city Tour_20170922, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: Oct 20/17

He was nice and knowledgeable and personable. I had particularly interesting discussions about the political issues involving Taiwan and China about the state of Taiwan as a country or part of China, and the history of Taiwan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Alex, thank you for giving me many interesting thoughts while I was showing you my mother land. Your ideas were (and still are) inspiring to me. Hope I can have another chance in the near future to show you "real" Taiwan that emphasizes our own identity.

Marie Marchand

Hong Kong
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Tour: #337246, Taipei Excursion, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Oct 4/17

Both my friend and I loved Tom! He was punctual, friendly, knowledgeable, caring and flexible. We had organised the tour somewhat but what we lived about Tom was that after he got to know us more, he made sure to find places that we would love. As we are both into nature and photography, he took time to Take us to different places than where all the tourists were. His knowledge of Taiwan and the world was extensive and he was interesting to talk to. We will recommend Tom to our friends for sure!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Marie and Lisa! I will cherish the time being with forever. Hope we see each other in the near future.

Paul Clites

Houston, TX, United States
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kinmen and Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Jul 26/17

Excellent guide. Since I wanted a tour of Kinmen, which is outside his usual area, he put special effort into researching and preparing (including going there a day in advance to dry run the tour). Then the tour in Kaohsiung was OK, but serious rain impacted ability to have a special tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to guide your tour in Kinmen, and yes the rain in Kaohsiung spoiled something, hope I can somewhat make up for you in the future.

John Tong

United States
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Tour: #337246, Yilan County, Jiufen, Jiaoshi, Shifen, and Pingxi, Taipei, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Jun 18/17

My family and I had a great experience in Taiwan with Tom L. Tom provided excellent customer service and was very cooperative / flexible and accommodating to our family, which included teenage children and a 78 yr old senior. He went out of his way to show us the highlights of northern Taiwan, especially the Hualien / Taroko Gorge area, which had roads damaged from recent storms. Thank you, Tom, for a great tour of Taiwan!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John, I miss you guys a lot, hope I can see you in the near future :-)

Lincoln Boehm

United States
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Tour: #292348, Gorgeous Taroko Gorge Private Tour, Hualien, Taiwan    view tour
Date: May 7/17

Tom knocked himself out for the 5 of us. Fascinating day with an interesting guide who has immense knowledge about Taiwan after 400 years of family history here. His English is excellent, his driving as well. We did much of Taroko Gorge and also much of the coast drive south of Hualien. He even offered to take us to the Night Market in town but by then we were overwhelmed by all the wonderful sites and scenery we had seen. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Lincoln, it was my pleasure to have carried out your tour. Thank you for your full stars rating and kind recommendation. Thank you.

Paul Austin

United States
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Tour: Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Date: Mar 26/17

We toured with Tom's two sons, Michael and Kevin. We had a wonderful day looking at kaohshing through the eyes of two young men. One a college graduate and serving his country for 4 years as a Marine and the other a student and musician. We had a walking tour and got a real feel for the people. Nancy and I would recommend these two young men highly. Oh yes their English is perfect.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so happy that my boys didn't disappoint you. They keep talking about you and Nancy, hahaha, I think they make you their new role models.

Douglas Smith

United States
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Mar 26/17

Kaohsiung is a large city. Tom did a good job getting us to all the major sights and even some out of the way attractions. He gave us our money's worth.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy to have had the chance to guide you around Kaohsiung and I’ll never forget the silly joke I made about tigers and the lawyer on our way to “Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum”. I learned the lessen :)

Douglas Smith

United States
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Tour: #292348, Gorgeous Taroko, Hualien, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Mar 25/17

Tom was a conscientious and willing guide. The tour to Toroko Gorge was excellent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to have accompanied you on the tour in Toroko Gorge.

Abraham Stein

United States
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Tour: #285359, One day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan    view tour
Date: Mar 3/17

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.