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First trip to Indochina

This was our 1 st trip to Indochina and we were looking forward to it.
Lam helped us to plan our trip. He did a good job overall but being myself in the tourist bussness I think it is important that I be honest with him.
Our 1 st stop was Hanoi , our guide Nam was OK ,his english was not great and he spend a lot of time on his phone, but he was friendly and very respectfull.
on the next stop in Holong Bay Lam chose Aclass cruise ,the guide Tom was really nice and help us thru a very difficult situation,.,
On our trip to Hue and Hoi An our guide Mr Bang was very knowledgeable and spoke good english, the driver was good also.
The best guide we had was in HO Chi Ming city, Tiger spoke great english and was eager to show us and tell us everything about his city. He was very passionate about everything.
In SIem Reap we had a good guide as well and a great english speaking driver from T.J Go car rental.
So 3 out of 4 is pretty good.
As far as the hotels were concerned they were good , but the one in Siem Reap was too far from the city but good.
We wanted to visit PhnomPenh but according to Lam it was not worth it, we did it anyway on our own and it was really worth iand we should insist on saying that one should make it a point to visit it (Lam we found a great hotel FIT: OK boutique hotel)
.Had a little argument with Lam as we had too many days without activities planned but I guess we should have told him that we were the type of couple that wants to do a lot during our vacations I had also mentionned that I did not like to be taken to places that tried to sell you something but that never fails the guides do end up taking us to places like that.
All the cars and the drivers were very good and we felt very safe.
Overall our trip was well planned , there were few places that we could have visited if we had been told before , but it was too late we heard about it from people on different tours. We were willing to extend our stay as we actually did on our own.
Another thing we would have liked a few more lunches incorporated in our tours as like when we were taken straight from the airport to Cu Chi tunnels and there were no place to have lunch…..
We were promised a phone with data in each city but our guides did not know anything about it.
Overall it was a great 1 st trip and we liked the Vietnamese people and the Cambogian people.
Both the countries are beautifful and we hope that they will keep their originality as we saw a lot of construction going on with way too mordern buildings.
Thank Lam and all your guides for enjoying our trip and feeling that we must visit again in the near future.
PS: it was way too hot , better to visit in cooler months
N and H