Tour was planned according to our preferences and specifications. Margareth was very helpful and accommodating—even personally making sure that my 10 year old son was entertained and occupied enough during the whole trip. She was also very careful in terms of planning the activities making sure to balance the "roughness" of the activities with scenic and informational needs.
Barbara EisenbergUnited States
Margareth was waiting for us with a big smile at the early appointed hour and showered us with a wealth of knowledge about Manila, its history, and current state. The traffic here is horrible but our driver was excellent and Margareth helped pass the time with so much information. We visited all the major sights without being rushed. She was a delight to spend the day with. 6 out of 5 stars!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! it’s overwhelming! It is indeed an excellent tour with you!
Nigel TwoheyCayman Islands
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you also for sharing the day with me. till next time.
Kathleen MoonUnited States
Margareth was a friendly and helpful guide but we were pleased that she also was very knowledgeable about anything we want to know about Manila and the Philippines. Our group of 6 agreed we would highly recommend her as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thabk you very much! You are all’ wonderful people to be with. It is my pleasure to be your tour guide! More power and more cruise to the group!
James StevensUnited States
Mary is an excellent guide. Well organized and very knowledgeable. She is also pleasant company which makes for an enjoyable day. I would definitely use her again and highly recommend her.
Noreen M.United States
We had a wonderful full day with Mary. She is charming, speaks fluent English and knows her way around Manilla.
Paul AshurstUnited Kingdom
We had a really great tour with Margareth. She's an extremely experienced tour guide with a huge amount of knowledge about her city. We were taken to all of the main sights plus a lunch stop at Jollibee which I'd specially requested. The pick up and drop off at the port was seamless and her English is excellent. I would highly recommend using her.
Nona FeuerUnited States
Margareth was an excellent tour guide for Old Manilla. She taught us so much about the history that we did not know. We had a great time and I would highly recommend her!
Mary is an extremely knowledgeable and friendly guide - just what we were what hoping for. Very flexible to fit in with our timings. I admit I knew very little (well nothing) about the history of the Manila and the Philippine islands but after a day with Mary, I feel I could write a book. She is very informative and obviously loves her country and it's history. Thank you Mary - I know we will return and hope to discover more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you also Ma'am Christine. Regards to Sir Goeff. Good luck on your trips. I am so excited to see you again.
Peter DixonNew Zealand
Very good day. The guide was well informed and welcoming. I chose to walk rather than take a pony, which was a good idea. Less than an hour walk and not too hard. We had a nice lunch and got to learn a. It a lot about Philipino food. The traffic back into Manila meant quite a long journey but the bamboo organ was interesting and I enjoyed seeing the Jeepney works, although you just look around by yourself. Altogether a decent day trip out of Manila and some great scenery.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Doc Peter. It's a pleasure to be of guide you.
Connie CampbellUnited States
we had a great tour with Mary and she showed us both specific things we wanted to see and also other great places.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ms Campbell. I am glad to know you enjoyed the tour.
Susan ZellerbachUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour with Mary Margareth! She was very enjoyable and tried very hard to show us everything possible in our time in Manilla! I would highly recommend her.
Jill LevertonNapa, CA, United States
Margareth was absolutely superb. Thank you!
Mary did an excellent job showing us around Manila. She was very knowledgeable and flexible, she really undertook our wishes.
Tam LeUnited States
Mary Margareth Ng is a good tour guide, I will certainly use him again.
David TysonBolton, LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom
Ann HowellUnited States
We loved our Sagada tour with Margareth--the beauty of the countryside with the terraced rice fields and being able to see these up close as well as at a distance and also the hanging coffins. We loved the drive to Banaue seeing vegetable terraces along the way. We're glad Margareth has tried out the foods at various eating establishments and knew the best place to take us. We particularly liked the Yogurt House in Sagada. We especially enjoyed getting to know Margaret at the friendship level.
Ann HowellUnited States
Margareth gave a great tour of the Old Manilla including a lunch there and went the extra mile to make sure we got the full tour including the Chinese Cemetery. We particulary enjoyed the Ayala Museum--all the floors from the Gold of the Ancestors to famous artists and diaramas of the history of the Philippines.
Kim Hong YeohMalaysia
Our guide, Mary was good and knowledgeable. We enjoyed her narration of the history of Philippines. She communicated well with us and she guided us around the few places that we wanted to go. The itinerary for the five days was good ,without much waste of time. We are indeed happy to have engaged her as our tour guide and we really enjoyed the trip.
David ComptonUnited States
Valen JonesUnited States
Very nice tour. Margareth was very accommdating. Even though my flight was almost 2 hours late she graciously took care of me. Thank You
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your welcome Sir Valen. It's my pleasure to be of service. Thank you for choosing tours by localsand me as your guide. More power.
Richard VincentUnited States
Margareth was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and willing to work with us to modify our tour plans. She even catered to my desires to do tours off the beaten path. Can't say enough on how pleased we were. I traveled with my adult-aged daughter and Margareth went overboard attending to her needs which sometimes were different than mine. We would definitely use her again next time we are in Manila or surrounding area.
Richard VincentUnited States
Margareth was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and willing to work with us to modify our tour plans. Margarath even catered to my desires to do tours off the beaten path. We even booked her a second time. Can't say enough on how pleased we were. I traveled with my adult-aged daughter and Margareth went overboard attending to her needs which sometimes were different than mine. We would definitely use her again next time we are in Manila or surrounding area.
Zenas A.United Kingdom
Heidi CanarelliHenderson, NV, United States
Margareth was charming and her English was excellent. She provided us with an intelligent and insiteful view of her city. The driver she uses is also excellent. Traffic in Manila is horrible and he was great at getting us around the worst of it. I would highly recommend this guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for Heidi. I would surely love to give my services again to you and your family.
Tom MileyUnited Kingdom
We did this tour of Manila yesterday with guide Mary Margareth. We just wanted to let you know what an excellent tour it was with Margareth and her driver. She made the both interesting and enjoyable and once again confirmed that using Tours by Locals is the best way to enjoy visits to other countries.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I enjoyed guiding wonderful people like your group. Thank you for considering me and TBL.
Irene MilinUnited States
Carlo was great Had perfect English and showed us the best of Manilla. Husband has gluten free issues and he found us a great restaurant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I am glad to hear that everything goes well with Carlo.
Benjamin InterianoUnited States
Excellent tour. Mary Margareh our guide was superb. She went the extra mile to make the tour super good. Thank you. We will your company present for the future. Our campanions also very pleased.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Benjamin and Rita! You are all wonderful people, I am pleasured to give services to all of you.
Michael RamosUnited States
Mary Margareth (Mhatz) provided my brother and me with a five-day visit of the Island of Luzon. Prior to the tour, Mhatz fully communicated with me regarding the itinerary, and she fulfilled all of my requests. Upon our landing at Manila Airport, she punctually met and provided us with an interesting and activity-filled tour. We saw the very best of Vigan City, Laogog, Baguio, Sagrada, and Banaue Terraces. I would highly recommend her!
George OverendUnited States
We were very pleased with Margareth. She is an excellent guide and we recommend her without hesitation.
We had a fantastic tour of the rice terraces. Despite the cold wet weather we were well looked after and the tour was very informative. When parts of the tour were unavailable due to circumstances out of the guides control we were given very viable alternative elements to the tour, which added something unexpected and special to the tour that we weren't expecting. I would highly recommend this tour and guide, both were fantastic
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Hannah and also to Mom, Dad and Karweng. You have a great family and could easily understand cicumstances.One of the coolest clients i've ever dealt with. Thanks and God bless. Margareth
JR was personal, very knowledgable and fun. This was a 'made to order' tour, with some very unusual requests. Throughout our time with JR he was informative and was very accommodating. ll of us on the tour recommend him highly. Thanks JR. John, Elaine, Jaime and Stacey
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Stacey... you have an unusual tour and I also love to show you the other side of Manila and thank you guys for appreciating it.- JR
Catherine StoltzUnited States
Mary was a wonderful tour guide. Kept us well informed with all the facts and history of the area. She was easy to understand as her English is excellent. She met our ship propmtly and the day was wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cathy is such a strong person and very loving. I know it is Hal's dream to cruise Asia and besides his condition you manages to make your tour memorable... I salute you Cathy and thank you for I also learned a lot from you.
Cindy RauschenbergerUnited States
My family has traveled previously with tour guides in Europe and Asia prior to our experience in the Philippines with tours by locals guides, Margareth and Joseph. We found this tour to be the most authentic and non-commercial experience we have had to date. Margareth is very organized and knowledgeable providing fun and active options while at the same time inserting Philippine culture and foods into the tour. We highly recommend others to visit this country with these tours by locals guides. Cindy R
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! We always want to make sure that we are always being able to provide the highest quality of tour assistance especially with customers like you. You helped us made the tour more fun and easier to overcome. Less hassle and you guys are really easy to deal with. We really appreciate you having the chance to see our culture and enjoyed every moment of it. More power and God bless.
Cindy KracenUnited States
Margareth gave us a wonderful tour that was very enjoyable, informative and fun. She paid close attention to detail and was very knowledgeable and familiar with the sites. Our tour ran smoothly and we were well taken care of. I asked her to add a few places to one of her set tours and she did this very well. Our tour lasted five days and each was filled with just what we wanted to do. My husband and I are happy we found Margareth and Tours by Locals, we had a great tour and also made new friends!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Cindy and Scott. I would definitely miss both of you. You also helped us made our tour smooth and worthwhile. Your positive demeanor gave us inspiration in doing the tour so well. Thanks and God bless.
Overall we had 1st class experience with Mary. She's accommodating & treated us to experience local delicacies i.e balut, fried 1-day old chick, halo-halo & rice cake. Room for improvements on: 1) The van shld hv headrest as we spend most of our time in the vehicle. 2) Spelunking @ Sumaguing Cave-Need to hv safety gears i.e. Helmet & Life Jacket. My friend slipped & fell into a deep water hole. Luckily guide was fast to rescue her. 3) Accommodation-Provide name & type of place we will be staying.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tracy. I had great time and also learned a lot from you. I will take note of everything for improvement. They don't provide helmet and life jacket, but because of what happened to Zila I decided to invest on life jacket for my guest. Your positive views helped a lot in our tour. Thank you very much. Till next time.
Maria Teresa DavenportUnited States
Mhatz and her team were fantastic. The ride was as comfortable as it could have been (driving around winding mountains) and we felt very safe and incredibly well taken care of the entire time. We learned a lot from the tour and enjoyed hanging out with Mhatz, Eds, and Marlon. Highly recommended!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Terrie. You and John are very appreciative and has confidence to try everything I offer. You are wonderful and lovely couple.
Barry SaywitzUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks
Hedy KirshUnited States
Our tour was led by Grace, sister to Mhatz. Grace was very nice but not able to respond to many of our inquiries about the country and its people. Grace told us that she normally leads tours for young students. Her pleasant demeanor was a positive but her lack of information did not provide us the experience we had anticipated.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Due to unforeseen circumstances and with Hedy's consent, this tour was to be delivered by Mary's sister. We spoke to Grace about Hedy's comments and she feels that the only she couldn't do was translate the Spanish words in Rizal Park into English. At the urging of Mary, we've offered Hedy a partial credit for the tour.
Sillas Oliva FilhoSingapore
Although we could not go to Mt Pinatubo, for safety reasons, the guide managed another trip that showed me the history of Philippines. I am very satisfied. The service and attention was very good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The weather is so bad that we weren't able to trek Mt.Pinatubo. But, thanks to Sillas for being so understanding about the situation and we managed to visit Laguna and Cavite (two of the most historical provinces in the Philippines).
Michael FioritoUnited States
Mhatz is one of the best people I have ever met in a business transaction. She is courteous, respectful, humble, informative, non-judgmental, fluent in English and provided me with a broad and detailed overview of my environment which, as a first time visitor to Manila, not only made my visit safe but enjoyable as well. I have been bragging to all my friends in Hawaii and the mainland about her. She is the best. I recommend a salary raise and/or promotion. Not kidding...you asked for feedback.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for a wonderful comment. I also enjoyed being with you Michael, your a good man, honest and respectful. Good luck Michael and God bless you always.