Indochina Pioneer: Hanoi, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay
My family went on a week-long tour by Indochina Pioneer earlier this month. It was wonderfully arranged by Mr Duong Dai Lam, who was most considerate and responsive to our suggestions. The thought and care put into our tour package was very impressive. Despite visiting 4 locations in 7 days, we never felt rushed; the sight-seeing was both well-paced and relaxing. We were quite pampered as we were shuttled from place to place in a private van (our family consists of 7 members). During our trip, we were also thoughtfully supplied with our own mobile device and sim card with which to contact our tour guide and operator.
Much of our time was spent in the company of our invaluable tour guide, Mr Nguyen Giao Linh, who was very fluent in English. He was quite invaluable, providing knowledgeable narrative and cheerful help whenever needed. He was also extremely flexible about adjusting the tour schedule to our needs, for which we are truly grateful. Through Mr Linh, we were able to get a street view of Hanoi and a better picture of the quiet beauty in Vietnam.
A brief overview of our tour package: Hanoi, day trip; Mai Chau, village home stay and excellent home-cooked Vietnamese cuisine; Ninh Binh, day trip to historic sites and the beautiful and peaceful Trang An Grottoes; Halong Bay, 3 days 2 nights. Sightseeing Halong Bay simply cannot be rushed! We were very glad that IP had arranged for more time spent cruising this majestic site. The views were truly breathtaking and the staff onboard took every care to ensure each meal a delicious experience.
All in all, the service provided by the team at Indochina Pioneer was excellent. We have been strongly recommending their service to our other family members and friends. When (not if!) we return to Vietnam, we will definitely be calling again on the Indochina Pioneer team for their professional help and expertise.