Hi Ruby, thank you for your email. We are all well and have returned to our routines of work, school and weekend family time. We had such a wonderful time in Vietnam and felt well looked after. Nyah an Ethan have been sharing their experiences and stories of their travels with their class mates. I have completed a photo album or our adventures to remind us of our holiday. We have already shared this with friends and family and highly recommend Indochina pioneer.
On reflection of our holiday it has been very difficult to find a favourite place or experience as there have been so many. The Mekong Delta was a great tour and had lots of interesting activities for us all. Ethan really loved the motorbike ride, and Nyah loved the Coconut Candy making. Our guides Tu and Kim were fantastic and attentive to the children’s needs also. Hoi An was certainly a highlight and a great mix of activities for the whole family. We all particularly like the cooking and farming class with Thran. He was a wonderful host and I would highly recommend this experience for family’s. Our accommodation and location here was also fantastic with friendly service and beautiful hotel grounds.
Some unexpected delights were the Vinh Moc Tunnels and the Thein Duong Caves/Phong Nha Caves. The caves were amazing and we are so thankful for your suggestion to visit here. The non-touristy hill tribe hike in Sapa was also a wonderful addition and such a contrast to the city culture.
I think I mentioned when we met in Hanoi, that Nha Trang was out least favourite place. While the snorkelling was nice, it is hard to beat what we have to offer in Australia. Rhett and I also felt that Nha Trang was a much more tourist based location than most other places we visited and seemed more marketed to the European market. The beaches here were great but we found the Sun Spar resort at Dong Hoi was a nice place to rest and relax for the family with a great beach and pool area.
Thank you for finding the time to visit with us in Hanoi and please send our regards to Quin. We are so grateful for you attention to our holiday design and wish you and your family well.
Katherine, Rhett, Nyah and Ethan