Fantastic Private Tour of Vietnam
What a fantastic holiday we have just had. Lam from Indochina Pioneer organised a private tour for the four of us, I would definitely recommend a private tour over a large group tour. It is just like having a local friend show you around each area. We were able to experience things that would not have been possible in a larger group – like the food tours which were fantastic, visiting small local shops to taste the delicious food and other activities like the basket boats and Sampan rides – just not possible in a large group.
We did a 15 day Best of Vietnam tour of Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon. The tour had a good level of content and many meals included. We have come home with some great memories and photos.
Hanoi with its busy traffic was a great introduction to the tour. We enjoyed walking through the minority villages in Sapa and the Huong Hai Sealife Cruise on Halong Bay was excellent. The boat, like the hotels we stayed in were all high quality. The hotels were also located well so that we could easily get around in our spare time. Hoi An is a great spot to visit and we enjoyed the village and also the other activities like the basket boat rides, another great food tour and a visit to My Son Holy Land. In Saigon we enjoyed our trip to the Mekong Delta where we we embarked on a scenic boat trip on the Ben Tre River, a Sampan and Motor Cart ride, and a delicious lunch. We also found the Cu Chi Tunnels interesting
The guides were great and spoke English well. Tuan, Sissy, Bao and Larry- thanks for showing us around. We enjoyed your jokes Bao! The drivers were also good and thanks to the driver in Hue/Hoi An who was always ready with a bottle of icy cold water after we had been out and about.
I found Indochina Pioneer Tours on tripadvisor and was impressed by their high ratings and reviews. We were not disappointed and are very happy that we chose this tour over the larger group tour we had been looking at.