My name is John Hopkins and I'm Vicky Hopkins. And we have been working with Indochina Pioneer for our trips around Hanoi. We have been in Hanoi for a month. We chose Indochina Pioneer because friends of ours recommended them. They said that Kata the lady that we have worked with did such a wonderful job for them that they highly recommended her.
We have taken trips to Ninh Binh and to Perfumer Pagoda, to Halong Bay and they are working with our plans to travel south to Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An. And I personally enjoy so much about them and find so valuable. Is that they listen to what we want and advise and then adjust whatever they need to do to meet what we would like to do. And that has been a very important thing. Their guides have been very knowledgeable, and very good English. They’re very personable. We have been on several of private tours and it is very nice traveling in a private car with driver and the guide and it’s been very enjoyable. And that has been very important to us and has been delightful on every one of the trips.
For the trip to Halong Bay, though we chose to take a bus with a small group and I would highly recommend that to anyone to. The bus was very confortable but that way we got to visit with those travelers and we met people from all over the world. Everyone was so friendly. We kind of bonded in our little three and a half hour drive to Halong Bay. And then on the boat we personally chose to be on a smaller boat with about 14 other people that neighborhood. Again we got to meet everyone, people from over the world which was very very enjoyable. We didn't have a single grouch that we have to throw overboard. The accommodation on the boat was really really nice, much better than I really expected.
And the food was to die for. It was I expected kind of lower quality because it was the small boat and you’re out on the Bay. No, it was a 4 or 5 stars restaurant quality. How many, how many entrees, no not entrees courses that we have? Seven or eight.
I think that we had seven or eight courses for the two different light meals that we had. I can’t, I can’t talk well enough about the trip to Halong Bay. It was the highlight of the trip so far in the trips that Kata has prepared for us. And if I say no we don’t want do this. Fine, no problems, she offered other suggestions. Ok that sounds good so we really enjoyed them.
That is very important to us because other travel agents say: here’s ours book of tours, pick one and you have no input, you have no ability to make modification or adjust for what you want to do. And that is not in the case Indochina Pioneer and that is what has made them so special.
And also we had to admit that we sometimes are a little difficult to work with. And that we procrastinate on making our final decision. Well maybe here, maybe there, may be this and change your mind. Kata has worked us so graciously and did very kind about putting out with that our sort of thing. So we would highly recommened anyone to work with Indochina Pioneer anytime in the future.
And helps us out in choosing our meal which by the way work excellent.