- This was our 1st time on a tour holiday so we were not sure what to expect, but we loved it. It was packed with busy days but with time for relaxation. The accommodation was excellent.
The itinerary was good, but for me it could have been improved, I didn't enjoy Ho Chi Minh so much and would have preferred more time in Halong Bay on the boat. The drive to Halong Bay was quite long and our time on the boat seemed quite rushed, but this is just my opinion, my husband enjoyed Ho Chi Minh!!
Cambodia was fantastic - 2 very long busy days touring the temples, we added a few more days on the end of our tour to spend sometime around the pool relaxing and we were very glad we did, we also hired a tuk-tuk for the day to explore the less touristy temples which was excellent. I felt this really was a better way to explore the temples you really get the feeling of being there and enjoying the drive and taking in the local life, which is much harder to do on a coach, perhaps Explore should consider half a day on a tuk-tuk.
I have saved the best till last, our guide Theo. He was excellent, he had an extraordinary amount of knowledge which made all the difference when looking around different places. Nothing was too much trouble for him, he even got us all a small refund when one of the evenings arranged wasn't so good. He was very patient with the different needs of the group, arranging group evening meals and extra trips for those who wanted them. His caring attitude was second to none and he is a asset to your company.
For me the highlights were:
Hoi An - it was Tet (new year) when we were there so extremely busy, I would love to go back at a less busy time.
Hue - looking around the Imperial City and the extra trip Theo organised in the afternoon (in the pouring rain!) The evening meal dressed up as King and Queen and concubines, excellent food.
Ha Long Bay - amazing just like the pictures.
Hanoi - mad busy traffic learning to cross the road in a whole different way!!
Cambodia - the Temples!
Top tips - if you don't fancy the itinerary for the day let your guide know and go explore on your own!
Published on: 14 February 2017