Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Siquijor-and-Dumaguete-Philippines by Tour Guide David M. (Guide #6239)


Steven Dietz

United States
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Nov 2/18

What a pleasure yesterday was. Very knowledgeable guide who understood the things we were interested in and was flexible in scheduling. We all had a great time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure too! Very nice family..... David

John Deese

United States
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour by Express-Train & Walking, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 29/18

David is an excellent tour guide and probably one of the most knowledgeable people on the history and culture of Korea. It was an enlightening day that was enjoyed by all 8 in our group. David is very engaging and personable with lots of personal stories which makes the tour even more interesting. We have done lots of tours and can honestly say this is probably the best one because of his expertise on Korea. Thanks David for a GREAT day and wonderful insight into Korea.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great, glad that you enjoyed, and t was my pleasure too! Yes, I will be more cautious about contemporary politics, it is so volatile.... :-) David

Susan Guest

United Kingdom
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 25/18

Wow! This was a brilliant tour. David is a fascinating man and a brilliant speaker. We learned so much about South Korea and that was just on the train from the Port to Seoul! He combined the modern with the historic which gave the tour an extra dimension. I cannot believe that anyone could know more about South Korea or impart it so well. We often found strangers lurking beside us to listen to him. Since returning I have had mails from people saying it was their best tour of the entire trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind comments, Susan and the others!! I also enjoyed showing you around for the day, and am so glad that you got good education & entertainment from it.... :-) David

John Toby

United Kingdom
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 21/18

This was my second day of two. Both days were planned to include my interests and were at the right pace for me. He had also been helpful with suggestions for planning my trip. David was very knowledgeable on a wide range of topics and communicated very clearly with a good sense of humour. I would strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a guide with an unusual depth of knowledge of the history and religions of Korea as well as contemporary life. A thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding two days.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John; it was my pleasure to show you around for those two days.... David

John Toby

United Kingdom
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 19/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John; it was my pleasure to show you around for those two days.... Glad that you also enjoyed it, and that you got a lot out of it! David

John Haughn

United States
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour by train, taxis & walking, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 16/18

David is extremely knowledgeable about Seoul, its history religions etc. Learned more in one day than attending a semester at college He handled our group of 10 extremely well. Thanks again, Jack and Donna

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks much, John and all -- I really enjoyed showing you around! Great group, great day in a great city.... David

Jeanne Goulet

United States
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Tour: #67915, Gyeongju, Korea's Ancient Capital, Gyeongju, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 8/18

David is very knowledgeable and gives very interesting tours. He is very accommodating. I would highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jeanne, it was very nice to meet and guide you! D

Tamara Tormen

Switzerland
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Aug 31/18

Great guide. Knows a lot and has a professional way to explain Korean history and culture. I can only recommend David for your tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, it was a great time guiding you both! :-)

Florence H.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: May 6/18

David was truly excellent! Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Korea. We had a great day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words. It was my pleasure! You are a great person to know... Stay in-touch! :-)

Elias Mizrachi

Panama
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 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.

Geoff Lee

United States
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Tour: Seoul Private half day Walking Tour (4 hours), Seoul, South Korea
Date: Feb 15/18

David was very engaging, knowledgeable, and this was the most attentive I have ever been on a tour! Thanks again, Geoff

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was also a pleasure for me! I love the curious & attentive.... David

Marc van der Schee

Netherlands
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 23/17

Extremely knowledgeable and professional guide. Gave us a real insight into the Korean psyche and the way how past traditions and historic events interact with modern day Korean society. Highly recommended!

Teresa Hanson

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Jul 27/17

David was a fabulous guide. We had a 12 hour layover in Seoul and wanted to make the most of our brief time in Korea. David accommodated our early arrival (6:30 AM) and limited time in Seoul by rearranging his class lecture at the local university. David's knowledge of Korean history, architecture, folklore and religion even had the locals listening in on our talks. There wasn't a moment in our 4.5 hour tour that we weren't seeing or learning something fascinating. I would highly recommend David.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much, Teresa Hanson! It was a pleasure to show your family around; I was so glad that we made all the tight logistics work-out properly! DM

Sabrina Martinez

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Jun 6/17

David was an awesome tour guide. He is extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of Korea. We look forward to booking with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to serve you today! Such a nice young couple... and you a fellow rooster!! :-)

Kelly Hardin

United States
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: May 1/17

We can't thank David enough for such an enjoyable day. His insight into the country he loves gave us such a different perspective during our time in Seoul. Over 600 years of history is hard to fit into one day, but David was able to do it in a fun and timely manner. The lunch he shared with us was one of our favorite in Korea. I highly recommend spending time with David while in Seoul.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was really nice to meet you two and share that day seeing Seoul, Kelly! I hope that you will be able to visit Korea again someday... David M

Donald Kirkwood

Canada
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 11/17

David is incredibly knowledgeable on Korea and its relationships past and present to China and Japan. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure, Don -- great to meet such nice and interested people! David

Kelly G.

United States
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 1/17

We cannot recommend David enough. He's lived in South Korea for 30+ years. Out of passion and for his profession as a university professor, he knows an incredible amount about the history of Korea, as well as neighboring countries. He's also keenly observed the culture and shares the most interesting insights about the country, its people, and context of current events. We loved learning so much about this wonderful country. To have David as tour guide is to have a truly intellectual and fun experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Kelly! I really enjoyed guiding you around the best sites of Seoul, and it was a pleasure meeting you and your parents! Your keen interest in understanding about orea made it a pleasure for me... David

Jack Clark

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Mar 29/17

We had a four hour window to tour the city during a layover. David tailored his presentation to fit our schedule, including coordinating our return to ICN by the AREX express train. As a 30 year Korean resident, author of a number of books on Korean history and religion, college professor, and advisor to the South Korean government, David delivered a university semester's worth of knowledge and insight into the city and country's history, culture, and current political situation. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great to serve your sightseeing is Seoul, Jack -- albeit all-too-briefly! :-) David

Jackie G.

United States
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Mar 18/17

David is such a knowledgeable man! He brought Seoul and their ancestors alive. If you are a history buff he's your guy! We really enjoyed our day with him! His antidotes and stories were wonderful. There wasn't a question he couldn't answer. Delightful man and tour. He deserves his 5 stars!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jackie -- it was a great pleasure to serve your group as guide in Seoul, albeit too briefly..!!

William (Bill) Feinstein

United States
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 7/16

David is an awesome tour guide. He is very knowledgeable about Seoul and has the ability to walk, show you things and answer questions all at the same time. He walked us through beautiful areas both old and new, explained the history and pointed out "off the beaten path" areas that only someone that's lived there a long time would know. He was right on time and finished the tour when expected. We had a great time. I highly recommend David's tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bill, I'm very glad that you so enjoyed our tour. It was a pleasure for me to guide you. From what you wrote, however, I am surprised that the given rating is four stars... my tours rarely garner only four. Was there some lack or fault? Or was the 4-star rating unintentional...?

Robin Sitver

Short Hills, 07078, United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 15/16

Incredibly knowledgable guide. He wrote some of the tour books!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great to show you around, Robin! Very pleasant and curious guests... :-)

Cristina Gonzalez

Mexico
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Tour: #99497, Seoul (Incheon port) Shore Excursion Tour, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Jun 22/16

Very detailed tour. Highly recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a good day despite the sudden rain! I was glad to serve your group of seven very nice people, glad that you were interested in Korea.... :-) David

Jim Young

Issaquah, WASHINGTON, United States
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: May 29/16

Seeing the mountain temple and walking around the grounds and hearing all the history was a very rewarding experience. David is extremely knowledgeable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jim! It was my pleasure, as you were so interested to see and learn about everything... and to eat that BBQ duck! :-)

Jim Young

Issaquah, WASHINGTON, United States
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Tour: #222803, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- 3/4 of a Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: May 28/16

A great walking tour in Seoul of the palace and surrounding grounds and having David explaining the history and invasions was great. We then toured the nearby historical areas and temples. I can't believe that there is anyone more able to present the history of Korea and the Buddhist religion than David.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jim! It was a pleasure to show you around, with friendly conversation...

Jerome Falk

United States
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Tour: #149639, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- Full Day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Dec 6/15

David is a lot of fun to be with. He has been in Korea for more than 30 years and has a knowledge sponge, so his tour is very informative and interesting. He has many interesting and candid observations about the country. We had a delightful day and hope to return and tour with him in the future.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jerome! I really enjoyed spending that time with you, too.

Colleen Waterston

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits -- half-day, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Mar 18/15

Highly recommend!! David has endless knowledge on all things Korea! While I'm certain he could do fantastically organized tours, he was very receptive to being flexible with my short time and special requests. I interview locals wherever I go and to maximize time, he suggested I come to a college class he teaches to talk to students. Great idea!! He suggested plans for my non-tour time to see more of the city and then was an excellent guide during our hours together - and he's extremely kind and fun!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Colleen -- it was great to spend some time with you; albeit too short! David

Marina Engel

New York, NEW YORK, United States
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Tour: #99497, Incheon Port -Seoul Shore Tour with Van, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Mar 7/15

David was wonderful in his taking us on our one day tour. He was extremely knowledgeable in the history of Seoul and was someone who catered to our needs. I highly recommend David for anyone visiting Seoul. Of course the fact that he is an American helped when it comes to languages.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Marina! It was a true pleasure to guide your group, and I'm glad that it went so flawlessly and everyone had a great time..... David

Olivia Thompson

United States
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Tour: #67915, Gyeongju, Korea's Ancient Capital, Gyeongju, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 24/14

A storm cancelled the tour to Gyeongju. David rearranged our schedule to spend the day in Seoul. We had an excellent day touring temples, palaces and shaman sites as well as a lunch featuring temple food. He is impressive in his knowledge on the above subjects and Korean culture in general. He is an eager and enthusiastic teacher/guide on all things Korean. He speaks in a strong and clearly understood voice. We very much enjoyed our time with him. First rate.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank-you Olivia -- it was a pleasure to guide you around Seoul, a real nice time despite the weather -- I'm glad you got to see some exotic places....

Michael Tobey

United States
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Tour: #54269, Tao Abundance Monastery at Triple-Horns Mountain, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 3/14

Thanks to David for an informative tour of the Tao Monastery. The rainy day did not take away from the great lessons we learned during David's descriptions of what we were seeing and how it impacted religion over the years. David loves what he does and it shows.

Sun Kim

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Jul 12/14

David knew the historical, social, political and current conditions surrounding so much of the sights. David knew more than most of the locals here. Navigating the city with ease, he tailored the tour to our interests. A very satisfying tour. Really great if you want to get deeper into the traditional culture. He won't just show you the sanitized PR versions of life here, as many Tourist Industry trained guides will. He'll be honest, knowledgeable and pretty indomitable about getting what you want.

Sun Kim

United States
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Tour: #54151, Shrines of Benevolent King Mountain, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Jul 12/14

Great tour! Got to see a shamanic village and was lucky enough to find an actual ceremony happening on the mountain. Copious information, and David was very flexible and accommodating to our wishes. It was very cool to have a guide that could take us to these little known nooks, very off the beaten path. Some of the locals knew him too. Very highly recommended for those who are interested in the shamanic and folk rituals of Korea. Couldn't get a better guide for this tour!

Jackson Smith

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits, Custom for Smith, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 26/14

Our tour of Seoul with David M. was smooth and enjoyable. David was very knowledgeable of Korean history and gave us a good overview with the limited amount of time we had in the city.- Jackson S. (age 15) There is a difference between facts and the history of a people arisen from the ashes. David's love of Korea is obvious and translates easily in the picture he so lovingly subtitles. I loved the glimpse of Seoul that David helped me capture. Marlene M.

John Seelinger

United States
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Tour: #67276, John Seelinger Custom Photo Tour, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Apr 6/14

David's enthusiasm for Korean history and culture was very embracing and I learned a lot from him; the trick, of course, is to see how much I retain over time! Additionally as an aside, he was very helpful to me navigating my way around Seoul when on my own.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad that you had a great time here, John!

Bayan Kihm

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Oct 21/13

David met us at our hotel on time and showed us around Myeongdong and Gyeongbok-gung palace. We visited multiple historical sights where David told fascinating stories about their significance giving us a better understanding of korean culture's past and present. I highly recommend this tour if you are interested in the history of korean culture.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank-you Mr Kihm; it was a pleasure to guide your group! David M

Todd Alexander

United States
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Tour: #54269, Tao Abundance Monastery at Triple-Horns Mountain, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 11/13

David is an excellent guide. He speaks perfect English and his knowledge of Korean culture is astounding. I learned a great deal from him and would highly recommend him as a guide if you are interested in an in-depth, intellectual approach.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Todd; I'm glad that you enjoyed our times together so much! So did I...

Todd Alexander

United States
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Tour: #67276, Seoul's Greatest Hits, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Sep 9/13

David is an excellent guide. He speaks perfect English and has extensive knowledge of Korean culture and history particularly in regards to religion. I learned a great deal from him. I would recommend him as a guide if you are interested in an in-depth, intellectual approach.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Todd; I'm glad that you enjoyed our times together so much! So did I...

Deborah Berlach

Canada
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Tour: #54269, Tao Abundance Monastery at Triple-Horns Mountain, Seoul, South Korea    view tour
Date: Dec 31/12

Our tour by David M. of the Tao Abundance Monastery in Seoul on Dec. 31 was excellent. Dave is extremely knowledgeable and personable. Thanks -Ron Csillag