Steven ConlinUnited Kingdom
My parents had a fantastic time on the trip. Benny was amazingly helpful and we all highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Steve for the kind comment, kindly send my best regard to your parents and enjoy your Bali trip Benny J
Fred Van GuldenUnited States
Benny took us to the the mosque and cathedral and all must see places in Jakarta. The Batavia café was a great experience. Order the rijsttafel!!! We also asked Benny where we could do some shopping and he took us there without any problem. We enjoyed his presence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you so much Fred for the kind comment on our tour, I hope you had a good time for the whole of Indonesian trip, stay in touch Best regards Benny J
Gijs Van der LooNetherlands
We believe Benny is the safest driver in Jakarta. He guided us very safely through Jakartas hectic traffic while giving us cultural and historical background information about the city, country and the sites we have seen and visited. All that in spotless English. Absolutely recommended, we have enjoyed it a lot!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gijs, Thanks you for your generous comments, I also had a good time during the tour, and surely you will also a good time in Yogya and Bali Yours sincerely Benny J
Benny was amazing! We had such a good day. We required less walking as we had some elderly with us. Benny adapted our tour to suit extremely well. When we wanted to stop he did. We all enjoyed how knowledgeable he was and all the info he imparted. He took us to a place where we had a very enjoyable lunch! Thank you Benny for such a good day! I would use Benny again if we are in Jakarta!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Shirley for the generous comment, I had a good with you and the family. They will surely have a wonderful time in Palembang. Stay in touch, let me know if you are in Jakarta so we can have friendly meeting Yours sincerely Benny J
Jill BauerFernandina Beach, FL, United States
Benny did an amazing job creating a custom four-day itinerary. We were able to see the city as well as the countryside. Of course, traveling in Indonesia takes a long time due to traffic congestion, but Benny was a delightful conversationalist. His English is quite good and he has a broad background in politics, history and culture. We had been to Indonesia once before, but now feel as if we have a much more in depth understanding of the country. Benny gave us a list of places to visit on our own too
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jill and David, Thanks you for your generous comment and great patients as sometime we were trapped in the horrified traffic, I also enjoy the tour and learn many things, stay in touch, and to see you again perhaps for cooking tour or just a friend visit Yours sincerely Benny J
Thank you Benny for an enjoyable day and interesting tour of Jakarta for our group visiting from cruiseship. We especially enjoyed the stop at the Obama school to see the children.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carol for having me as your guide and giving me a good comment Benny J
Benny is an exceptionally good guide. He was on time, knowledgeable and fun. He brought us to the best places and cleverly customized the tour to our requirements. He is totally fluent in English, having worked at the American Embassy for many years. We have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone and feel ourselves lucky to have found him. We are already looking forward to our next trip to Jakarta and will certainly ask him to show us more. He took us to 2 outstanding restaurants.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Jonathan for your kind commend and rating, looking forward to see you again in Jakarta and Bali, send my best regards to ibu Murni Yours sincerely Benny J
Charles TillotsonUnited States
Benny did a great job as tour guide, giving us a comprehensive tour with commentary of Jakarta. Because of crush of traffic we opted to do drive-bys of the museums and Grand Mosque. He found a money-changer for us. We lunched at Batavia Cafe, a must-stop with great food and drinks in the old town. The seaport was interesting, seeing all the old wooden boats. All in all, a great overview of a vibrant city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Charles for the kind comment, I also enjoyed very much the tour with you Yours sincerely Benny J
Martin WrightUnited Kingdom
Benny did an amazing job navigating the Jakarta traffic so that we could see many of the sights. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Martin for very kind comment, hope to see you and friends again
Nicole PiehlUnited States
This was an excellent must do tour!! Benny was outstanding!! He is very knowledgeable, warm and friendly. He's also laid back and flexible so you can go at your own speed and see what interests you. This was a priceless experience - thank you!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you so much for your generous comment. I also enjoyed very much with the tour and hope for a lovely trip to Ambon, Bali and Komodo island Yours sincerely Benny J
Nate BennettUnited States
Benny was a wonderful guide. Due to my circumstances, we had to do some workarounds and he was great at making it all work. The fishing village and old pier are wonderful sites - I got some great pictures and some wonderful history about the Dutch and French in Jakarta over the years. Thanks, Benny!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Sir for your very kind comment, hope for your successful event on this Saturday and a wonderful fly home on this Sunday. Thanks again Benny J
Benny was very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The tour itself was great and I was able to learn a lot about the historical, political and cultural aspects of Jakarta. Benny was also very flexible with the itinerary, catering to my interests and limited time available. As a solo female traveler, I felt very safe having Benny as a guide. I would definitely recommend Benny to anyone thinking of hiring a local guide in Jakarta! Thanks so much Benny!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Maggie for your very kind comment, I also enjoyed the tour and learned a lot from you, stay in touch, stay in touch
Jannes G.South Africa
Benny is highly recommended to show you around Jakarta. He was very responsive in showing me exactly the things and areas I had expressed an interest in. He did a very comprehensive tour considering the limited time I had in Jakarta. He has a wealth of knowledge regarding the history of the area and is very interesting to talk to regarding current affairs. Thank you, Benny.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you very much for very kind comment, glad you enjoy the tour, enjoy your training do not forget visit the mearby Holland Barkery
Lesley HolzerUnited States
Benny is an intellect with great insights into the Indonesian culture, politics and its diverse indigenous people. He doesn't impose his view on you but approaches the experience as an opportunity to educate, learn and exchange ideas. We loved the visit to Barack Obamas primary school, the mosque, Fatahillah Square and our interaction with high school kids wanting to practice English. Benny loves to laugh as do we so this was the perfect tour for us. Thank you for an excellent experience, the Holzer's.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for having me as your tour guide, I really also enjoyed the tour with the lovely couple, hope to meet you and Steve again in the future, have a wonderful time in Limbo and Bsli, thanks again
Excellent city tour totally adapted to our needs and mobility issues. Benny speaks a correct english and explains perfectly every detail of the city and also the country. He's a family man with a high cultural level. The car was perfect for 4 people plus himself as a driver. We strongly recomend this local guide. Thaks for all Benny!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Javier for the kind comment, I am so glad to know you and your family can enjoy the tour today even today is so hot in Jakarta. I hope you enjoy the rest of trip in Yogya and Bali, thanks again
I have just spent most of today with a friend I had never met before. The pace was perfect, the guide knowledgable and well educated, and the itinerary flexible. Being a Sunday worked out favourably, as the car free day meant the city centre converted into markets. Tasting new foods, and strolling past cats and reptiles out for show -off time was a joy. And that was just the start! Thanks Benny and ToursbyLocals. Kathy Webb Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kathy for your kind comment, I hoped you enjoy the training class too. Thanks again Benny J
Fiona ChambersUnited States
We spent a very enjoyable day with Benny who was very cheerful, knowledgeable, and accommodating.He arrived at 8am at our airport hotel and drove us around Jakarta stopping for photos at iconic spots. We only had one day in Jakarta and we felt that we saw and learned a lot, not just about the city but also about the government and the way of life. Fortunately it was Sunday and also Ramadan so the traffic was light. We stopped in the main square for a delicious lunch with live music. Perfect day out.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks you for having me as your guide and write a kind comment, have an enjoyable holuday and wonderful flight trip :)
Reginald ThomasUnited States
Dana BowdenUnited States
Benny was a great guide! He was a wonderful addition to my project while in Jakarta, and, he went way beyond what was asked of him. He knows his facts and is a fantastic people person. Highly recommended :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dana Bowden for the kind comment and having me as your guide, happy to be able to help you in the special art project, hope to see you again in the future Best regards, Benny J
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Fabius for your kind rating
Garry B.United States
I recently had a tour by Benny in Jakarta Indonesia. He was amazing. Great English, great insight on the country including its economics and its politics. Please tell him he got great reviews from myself and Dr. Young.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Garry for your kind comments, I also enjoyed very much the tour, kind send my best regard to Dr. Young
William F.United Kingdom
We found Benny to be a charming and informative guide. He went out of his way to be helpful and has excellent language skills as well as a lively interest in many subjects. Thank you Benny.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sit for your kind comment, I also really enjoy the tour Benny J
Doug MaderUnited States
Benny did a fantastic job. He was very flexible and went out of his way to provide us a memorable visit to Jakarta.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Doug for your kind comment, I glad you like the Jakarta tour as I also enjoyed to do the tour with you. I hope you enjoy your trip in Bali and Komodo island, stay in touch & take care
Peter SalamonUnited States
A very interesting guide. Very knowledgeable. Lots of interesting information. Very personable. On time. A very good day
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Peter, thanks for your kind comment
Bibi DhansaySouth Africa
Benny was very friendly. We enjoyed the tour.
Charming, informative, efficient and prompt. Enjoyed our conversations about Indonesian history and culture and appreciated his tips on navigating Jakarta, even beyond the scope of the tour. His command of English is excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Frank for your kind comment, enjoy your trip in Central Java, Bali and Lombok Thanks Benny J.
Mark OsbornUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mark, looking forward for another aircraft photography tour
S H TanSingapore
Benny is a knowledgeable guide and the trip has been very enjoyable and fruitful. It was a wonderful experience getting to see the lesser known sights of Jakarta. Thanks, Benny!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mr. Tan, I also really enjoyed the tour, stay in touch
Jack McElroyUnited States
Benny was very accommodating and made sure we saw all the highlights of Jakarta.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you for your generous and kind comments
Louis ThompsonUnited States
This was my first trip to Jakarta, and given how massive the city is, I thought I would get only a very superficial feel for the city. Benny proved me wrong. He is an incredibly smart and cosmopolitan guide who had the ability to explain the cultural and historical aspects of Indonesia in a comprehensive fashion. He was prompt, engaging, and a real pleasure to be with for 8 hours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Louis, Thanks you very much for your kind respond, I also had a good time having the tour with you, let me know if you will visit Jakarta again
Ana ChangUnited States
Benny was a wonderful tour guide - so friendly and flexible and went out of his way to show me what I was asking to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ana for your kind & generous comment, I also had an enjoyable tour with you
Gary MendesUnited States
A great tour. Benny customized our tour to our tastes and requests.
Eric MorganNew Zealand
Benny provided a good tour of very interesting visit to fishing and traditional ports which were a stunning contrast to the city area.Weather turned bad so we had a very good lunch of Indonesian style foods.His informative narrative of Indonesia and its heritage was most enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Eric for your kind note, hope to meet you again in New Zealand or other places. Thanks again, Benny Justice
Chyntia SulistiowatiUnited Arab Emirates
Benny arrived half an hour before the tour started,took us to the places agreed upon and did not charge extra when we finished an hour later than anticipated. We had high expectation after reading his cv and online comments but we were disappointed that he did not tell us much about anything, we were left to read explanations in museum on our own. We felt we did not get any service of a tour guide, only transport. I am sorry to say that we had wasted our time, opportunity and money.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, I was fasting as it was the month of Ramadan so I may look a little bit tired, but I am always fasting during this time and no complaints so far. I am using the first class mini bus to assure the quality of service. I also moving to sit in the middle so everybody could hear my explanation. It was not easy to keep seven people in one group when we are in national museum since everyone has their own interest. I will surely review my works especially in handling larger groups in the museum. BennyJ
Mark LaidlawUnited Kingdom
I only had one full day in Jakarta and wanted to see as much as possible which would have been hard by myself due to the size of the city so this tour was perfect. I really enjoyed seeing the sites, particularly the National Monument and the Mosque. Benny is very friendly and really informative. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Jakarta.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mark for your kind comment, although the bad traffic have shortened our tour in the evening
Willard StridUnited States
our day with Benny was excellent. when booking the tour i provided input for some changes to his standard tour, all of which he incorporated. due to severe weather conditions in Hong Kong our arrival flight was delayed by 7 hours which required us to change our start time. again Benny adjusted our tour to start and end later in the day. his personality and knowledge of Jakarta made for a most pleasant day. highly recommend him to show you around.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the wonderful comment and having me me as your tour guide, I was also enjoy very much the tour, thanks again
Benny went the extra kilometer to show us his city in the aspects we were interested in--culture, spirituality, art, and street life. Important tip: plan a sunday tour. traffic is much lighter, all the museums are open, and the downtown area is car-free until 11 AM so you can join with thousands of locals who walk, jog, skateboard and socialize along the route.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dennis, I also had a great time with you and the monk, stay in touch and take care
Walter OshiroUnited States
I took two tours with Benny and enjoyed both of them thoroughly. Benny is well-grounded, friendly, and has a good sense of humor. His tour commentary was informative and his responses to my inquiries about Indonesian culture and life were in-depth and insightful. Benny worked out the tour itineraries in advance, revising them to meet my needs, and kept a flexible schedule on tour day. The driver he arranged for the two days was very reliable and the car was comfortable. I highly recommend Benny,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Walters, I also had a great time to do the tour with you
Walter OshiroUnited States
I highly recommend Benny as a tour guide - see my review for my Bandung tour with Benny. For this photography tour, Benny let me set the pace - lingering at some sites and moving along at other sites. He had previous dealings with many individuals at the tour sites and this helped make the visit go smoothly. Even though I was the only foreigner at many of the sites, I felt comfortable with Benny at my side. I had a lot of great photo ops and a better appreciation of daily life in Jakarta.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Walters for a kind respond, I saw your pictures in FB, they are really good
A great 3-day! Drive from Jakarta to Bandung was amazing and so was the tour to the country side and Bandung's City Tour. Benny is an expert!
Yet another great day with Benny on this wonderful tour! We saw so much of the 'behind the scenes' of Jakarta. So many great pictures! The fishing village where locals dry their fish was very special and so was the port. Thank you Benny!
Benny was a superb guide; very knowledgeable and professional. The agenda for this tour was perfect. We loved it!
Michael Beumer-BrownerUnited States
Benny conducted a vey professional and pleasant tour. He shows enthusiasm for his city and really shows it as a vibrant and interesting place. He is knowledgeable, has a good sense of humor and adjusts exactly to what you want to do. Very good tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for having me in the tour, I also enjoyed the tour with you, have a wondreful fly to Califaornia
Kerrie HolleyUnited States
Exceptional tour of Jakarta by a seasoned and exceptional tour guide. Benny's prior work for the US embassy showed in his solid, exceptional professionalism. I had as much or little input to the tour as I wanted so it was tailored. In 8 hours we saw most things: the National Monument, walked through the fishing community and the domestic sea port, visited a few markets, mosque, museums and President Obama's elementary school.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kerrie, I also really enjoy the tour with you, wish you all the best
Constance GirodaySurrey, BC, Canada
Benny is extremely intelligent, very gentle and kind. He is very patient and goes with the flow. I felt very safe and well taken care of by both Benny and our driver. Benny went out of his way to accommodate my requests. He was very punctual each day. I would recommend Benny as a Jakarta specialist. Thank you for making Jakarta and the outer side trips so great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Constance, very kindd of you recommending me as Jakarta specialist I also enjoyed to do the tour with. I unfortunately have a sad news that the 300 years old Chinese temple that we visited was burned down last week I hope iy will be built again immediately
Mario ArenaUnited States
Benny was a delight. He was very informative and gave us lot's of commentary as we toured. I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mario, I alos enjoyed very much the tour with your family, please send my best regards to your parents and brother. Benny J
It has been an Amazing tour with Benny. Benny was enthusiatic and flexible. He has such a rich knowledge of Indonesia and Jakarta.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Chau Nguyen, send my best regards to your lovely parents, all the best for your work in London. Btw I found your dad's hat in the vehicle. I keep the hat Benny J
Craig IsraelsenUnited States
Benny was a wonderful guide around Jakarta. Helped us see lots of places in a relatively short time. Thank you Benny! Craig and Tammy Israelsen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Craig & Tammy for the wonderful comment, I also had a good time having the tour with both of you Regards, Benny J
Maria Mercedes Cedenio GodinoPhilippines
Benny's Heritage Tour was a great way to spend the day in Jakarta on a short trip. The driver and car he arranged was very comfortable and convenient. He was very pleasant to tour with and never overbearing. Very flexible with the schedule and itinerary. My mother thoroughly enjoyed herself.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dea Mdeleine, thanks you for emailing a very kind message. I also enjoyed the very much with your mom, she is a very wonderful person. Kindly sen my best regard to her Benny J
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sir, thanks very much for having as your tour guide, I hope you and family had a wonderful time in Jakarta Benny J
JoAnn GageUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joan, have a wonderful trip to US, hope to see you again Benny J
Amy B.United States
Jakarta is a traffic nightmare, but thanks to our wonderful guide, Phil Choo and the driver, we had a nice visit to the city. Phil is a very personable and knowledgable. We enjoyed hearing about his past work experience and his informed perspective on Indonesia's past and present political situation. We allowed Phil to plan the day's activities and we would highly recommend his services. We would seek him out again if ever in the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Amy, I had also a good time in the tour and share good stories, thanks again, Benny
Jane KingUnited Kingdom
Bennie a was brilliant guide, so knowledgeable and willing to fit the day around what I wanted to say and do, including the Zoo. I wholeheartedly recommend him and the Tours by Locals concept
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jane for the wonderful comment, very kind of you, I also enjoyed the tour with you
Benny provided a great service, getting us into Monas and showing us alternative sites given our plane delay and the early closing times of museums. The tour allowed us to see highlights of Jakarta by day and night which we would not have seen without Benny's initiative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Pauline, realy enjoyed to do the tour with you
The best aspect of being with Benny on the tour was that unlike a number of tour guides he didn't provide a dry lecture or monologue on the sights. Generally we had a very laid black and pleasant conversation with him that covered various topics not limited to the tour. The hours passed too quickly actually.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Grant, Thanks very kind of you giving a wonderful comment. I had also a wonderful time with you, thanks again
I had a great time with Benny in Jakarta. He was knowledgeable, funny and his commentary on each part of the tour was very informative. He made sure I was able to learn as much as possible about the city during my short stay, and he went out of his way to show me all the interesting sites.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David, I also had a good time touring with you. I hope you also had a good time in Yogyakarta and Surabaya
A wonderful day. Benny was a fantastic guide; informative, friendly and knowledgable. We would highly, highly recommend him. It was a once in a lifetime day for us - Benny went out of his way to know our interests in Jakarta and we saw places we did not even hope to see. We feel we have a much deeper understanding and appreciation of Jakarta and Indonesia, and a new friend. Thank you for everything
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Megan, very kind of you, I also enjoyed very much having a tour with you, and your son speaks fluent Indonesian
I personalised the tour I wanted by stating the type of things I wanted to see, and Benny delivered. The tour and timing was outstanding. I can highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ian, very kind of you, I also enjoyed a photography tour with you
Filip 'S JegersBelgium
I have a high interest in history & culture and Benny is able to provide a very detailed overview and can answer all the questions you may have. The Istiqlal mosque is a must see, simply because of the cheer size, the Mona monument & it's museum gives you history of the country. The National museum is an amazing collection of artifacts collected by the Dutch and Batavia has a great colonial athmosphere. Benny is inspiring, talkative, funny & great to hang with. We enjoyed coffee & street food !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Filip for having me as your tour guide, I also enjoy very much the tour. Enjoy your stay in Jakarta and stay in touch. Benny J
Allison WinerUnited States
Benny is prompt, informative, and very professional. His local knowledge and experience enhanced the tour and made for a very interesting day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you Allison, this meant a lot to me, very nice of you, I also had a good time and enjoy the tour. Enjoy your Borneo, Flores, Komodo and Bali tour
The tour was exactly what we had wanted. Not too rushed but still covered plenty of territory. Benny was an excellent guide and provided a lot of interesting background information.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Gary for sending this lovely message to, it's very kind of you. I also enjoyed the tour, and both of you were great couple Thanks again Benny J.
Nathanael RingerUnited States
Benny was great. His english was excellent and he was very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed the tour and we got to see a lot! Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Nathanel Ringer, very kind of you, send my best regards to your friend and hope he enjoys playing the'Semar'pupeet with shadow. Thanks again