Michele O'BeirneNew Zealand
Great tour by Esjay. Really well organised day and we all enjoyed it. Thank you.
Mike PierceUnited States
Excellent time led by a knowledgeable young lady that answered every question with ease. Thanks to her knowledge we were able to see the sights when the tour buses where not there. We were invited into the home of residents of Kampong Ayer (Water Village). We saw Proboscis Monkeys in their natural state while the big tours only saw pictures. Strongly recommend tours with Esjay.
Esjay was a fantastic guide. With a 10 hour stop over in Brunei, Esjay's tour was the perfect way to spend the time. The tour was varied and insightful; from seeing the beauty of the Jame' Asr Mosque (as it was Friday we couldn't go inside) to the outside of the luxurious buildings of the Sultan and his family, to the fascinating Royal Regalia Museum, to relaxing by the pool at the Empire Hotel and Country Club. My mum and I cannot recommend Esjay's tour enough. She is a wonderful guide! Thanks Esjay!
very enjoyable and knowledgable tour thanks to Esjay. she was very interesting and took us to all the sights outlined in the city tour and made it back to our cruise ship on time particularly enjoyed the 5* Empire hotel and water house visit and mangrove boat tour to see probiscuis monkeys. the extra lunch was in a lovely restaurant serving hot pot food which you virtually cooked yourself. first time trying and loved it. many thanx Esjay for a great tour at very reasonable cost for our group of 13
Dmitry KuzuraUnited States
Really appreciated my guide's flexibility to accommodate my schedule. All my questions were asked. I saw honest willingness to proudly show me the real country and the way people really live everyday. On top of that my guide recommend a place to stay and that advice was really helpful! Thank you, Esjay!
Lakota QuanahUnited States
Eileen C.United States
We really enjoyed our day in Brunei. Esjay was great. We especially enjoyed our visit to a home in a water village and our mangrove cruise. We even spotted a few monkeys. Esjay was very knowledgeable and we learned alot about Brunei and its culture.
Debra ColemanUnited States
We were met at the cruise terminal. Great guide! It was nice to be able to talk to a local and learn about living in Brunei Our family saw the city sights and we had time to tour around the area. Highly recommended.
Gwendolyn WongMandaluyong, METRO MANILA, Philippines
Esjay communicates clearly and efficiently. She is a very organized, caring, thoughtful and pleasant throughout the day. She met us on time and showed us Bandar, educated us about Brunei, and made us feel really welcome. It was a very enriching day touring with Esjay. ( note we were 14 people ages 13 to 80, of 4 different nationalities, Esjay made it work for us all)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gwen Is my pleasure to be part of your holiday. And thank you for organisinorganising the tour!
Romana Donabel BarengQuezon City, METRO MANILA, Philippines
Both Esjay and Zool are accomodating, nice and informative. We will definitely check toursbylocals again on our next out of the country. - dona
Esjay and the whole tour were wonderful. She was very informative and spoke English perfectly. For us this was very important. They were on time and got us back to the ship on time and were able to show us everything we asked for on the tour. We would definitely use tours by locals and especially Esjay again.
Anthony (Tony) DuffinAustralia
We had a wonderful day with Esjay. She was a joy to be with and gave us so much information about her country and herself. Loved every minute of the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anthony and Denise for the lovely day !!
I organised a private tour for 10 with Esjay, she was very professional from beginning to the end, she was not available that day and she assigned "Livingson" as our tour guide. This Brunei tour was excellent, met our expectations and more. The guide and the driver was great pick up was on time Esjay greet us at the port as we arrived with Diamond Princess. Livingson delivered everything as Esjay described in the itinerary. I highly recommended this tour to anyone visiting Brunei. Many thanks! HG. Canada
Esjay was excellent, tailoring an itinerary to suit our short time in Brunei. Airport pick-up and a tour of the city attractions with Esjay providing information and knowledge. We were shown Mosques, Palace, Royal Regalia Museum. We visited the water village and had afternoon tea with the locals - wonderful! Next day we went to the Empire Hotel for cake and coffee, then drove around Jerudong Park. Esjay then took us to the airport drop off. Terrific experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Heather for your 5 Stars rating. I hope you had a great Birthday in Kuching and safe trip home:)
Joan YuHong Kong
Would like to thank Esjay for a wonderful, informative and interesting tour. We found Esjay to be a lovely and gracious lady and would recommend her services to everyone. Helen & Paul Robinson
The tour was exactly what we asked for. The tour guide was very informative and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and cannot recommend the services highly enough. Thank you for an excellent service.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Katrina for your rating :)
The tour was excellent. The guide sent Livingson was outstanding and did everything possible to make our tour enjoyable in fact went out of his way when there were problems to accommodate us. Was on time, spoke excellent english, knew his tour and provided plenty of information and answered all questions. The driver was also excellent and cooperative with regards my father. Would recommend to tour and guide to anyone going to Brunei.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour with Livingson. In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
This was a wonderful tour, we throughly enjoyed it Esjay was great Thank you
The tour guide was very informative and accommodating. He assisted us in riding the water taxi, crossing the street, taking pictures and given us advice on where to eat and shop.
Great communication with Esjay from Day 1 of planning our tour up to the time we actually took the trip. Although Esjay wasn't able to be our tour guide, she was able to find a capable replacement, Lim, who was more than willing to accommodate our requests and answer our queries about Brunei. Great job to both Esjay and Lim. Glad that I found this website. More power to all!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Lim is a colleague of Esjay. He substituted for her on the day with the agreement of the traveller.
We would like to thank Esjay for a great last day of our holiday. She was fantastic. Very informative answered all our questions, and gave us a great understanding of what it is like to live in Brunei. Would highly recommended to all travelling in Brunei.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Anthony, Thanks for your 5 stars feedback. hope u and family had a great day in Brunei and at the Gym too!
Our family had a full day tour with Esjay and couldn't have been more pleased with her service. we were able to do all the sites we wanted to see and was able to adapt to our needs throughout the day. Her bubbling personality and knowledge made it a joy to spend the day with her. I would have no problems in fecommending her to anyone looking for a personalised and professional tour by a local who knows her country and city inside and out. Thank Again Esjay for a wondeful experience! Yusuf--Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the flattering feedback. I had a great day with you and family too :)
Esjay is a very good and very professional tour guide. She showed me so many great places in Bandar. She is certainly very knowledgeable about Brunei. Esjay has a bubbly personality and very easy to relate to her. She certainly understands what the travelers want when they visit a new places. I highly recommend Esjay to everyone who would like to visit Brunei, specially a female traveler. We had a great time and certainly looking forward to see her again in another visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you very much Hani for your feedback. We all had great day on that day. ;) let me know when u r coming back here!
Wendy MortonToowoomba, QLD, Australia
Esjay is a perfect ambassador for Brunei! As a female traveling alone, I was much more at ease knowing I had a female tour guide. I got to see many great sights and having my own tours we could tweak the itinerary to my liking. Esjay's English is excellent. I had no problems conversing with her and it felt like I had known her for a long time as she was very relatable and personable. I would have no problems recommending her, I even did so when meeting another Australian during my tour! Thanks Esjay.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Wendy! I am flattered by your feedback. I enjoyed your company on that lovely saturday and shopping with you was great! Keep in touch :)
Karl Henrik LaursenDenmark
We enjoyed the tour with Esjay, who took us to all the most interesting places in Bandar Seri Begawan during the day, ending the tour by a river cruise to see the Probosis monkeys. She is very knowledgeable about the situation of the country, facts of the population, the many historic buildings, the city and country's development, incl. the history of the sultan and his family. We can only give her the best recommendations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Karl, I wish you a save journey back to your love country Denmark. Will always remember your family, especially your adorable and keen to learn children. :)
Better late than never! Esjay was a most competent and informative guide with excellent English who made our day in Brunei memorable.
Jennifer Octavia SoesantoIndonesia
Esjay is a lovely person, she cares on the people on the group. Experience does not lie, you can tell that she has experience as a tour guide. She knows what to eat, where to go, when to do what. All in all we are very pleased with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jennifer, really appreciate your feedback :) I had a great day with your mum and her friends!
George PysorUnited States
We had a fantastic tour. Hal is an excellent communicator who speaks perfect English. His knowledge of Brunei's history and culture is first class. We would highly recommend Hal. We are looking forward to using Hal as our guide on our next trip to Brunei.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Hal is Esjay's colleague - the substitution was agreed to in advance.