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Vietnam Explorer VE

Visiting: Vietnam
Tour Duration 21 Days
Reviews for Vietnam Explorer 4 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.

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5 Michael M, 15/04/15

Please review your overall experience and what your highlights were

Too many highlights to list however Halong Bay and the Mekong must come at the top.

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5 Julia F, 15/04/15

Please review your overall experience and what your highlights were

A great tour. We appreciated the extra nights on Halong Bay and Mekong delta as well as the trip into the central highlands, compared with the 2 week tour.

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5 Anita L, 27/02/15

Please Review Your Overall Experience And What Your Highlights Were

So many highlights; so much packed into the holiday - really, really fab

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5 David W, 27/02/15

Please Review Your Overall Experience And What Your Highlights Were

The cruise around Halong bay was fabulous. The tour was well thought out. The only down was the 7 hour wait at Kuala Lumpur on the return journey. Hoi An was wonderful.


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4 , 15/08/13


Barbara Campbell

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

In such a varied and full-on tour, it is hard to pick out memorable moments. Kayaking in Ha Long Bay was spectacular, the reunification express fun, the war museum disturbing, the food good in local places, but after time to reflect, I find things like trying to cross the road in Hanoi quite memorable! Our guide took us to a Vietnamese wedding which was also a highlight, the guests being so friendly and welcoming.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Our guide Tho was very good. He made sure we saw as much as possible within the time constraints.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Be prepared to feel hot and sticky. Also there are some long days travelling, and as you often stay only one night in places it feels quite rushed. Although there are activities available when possible, like kayaking, riding dug out canoes, cycling etc, generally this is a sight seeing trip.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

"None of us liked Na Trang and would have preferred another night in Hoi An instead. Hoi An was perfect to chill for a few days with enough to do, but relaxing after Hanoi and Hue. We were impressed with the quality of hotels. Although I rated good not excellent this is because I realise I am more suited to a trip with more activity and not so much site seeing. It was all interesting and I'm glad I went, and it was very well organised."

Our Response

"Thank you for your review. It certainly sounds as though you have come home with some great memories.

We were sorry to hear that your group did not enjoy visiting Na Trang. We visit both towns, as we believe Hoi An and Na Trang have a variety of different things to offer. Depending on the type of traveller you are, customers will have different opinions over which town they prefer to visit.

We appreciate your comments about your tour leader Tho, these have been passed onto our Operations Manager."

1 Gerald, 07/01/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Returning home. This was my fourth trip with Explore and the only unsatisfactory one.

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Our Response

It was very disappointing to read about your experience on the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. We have not heard of such issues before, however this is currently being followed up with our Operations Manager 

We were also concerned about your comments relating to the Asian Ruby Hotel. Our ground agent has been made aware of what happened and is following this up directly with the hotel.

As an update to our response above, we would like to clarify that we no longer use the Asian Ruby hotel. We also like to add that in general, we find the overnight trains to be satisfactory, and comments received back this up - and although they are certainly of a basic standard, we think they are a worthwile insight into local life and means of travel.

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