- This was my first organised trip, having travelled independently in the past. The tour was well organised; the tour leader, Doan, did an excellent job to ensure that everyone in the group was looked after, his level of attention over complex management arrangements were very impressive, he was very knowledgeable and gave us a good introduction into the the history and current geopolitical position of Vietnam. Doan was also funny which contributed to the group gelling well together.
The trip encompassed both rural and urban life scenery from north to south.
The mopeds riding everywhere with no rules, carrying anything and everything are a fascinating sight.
I was glad the trip did not include an overnight stay on the boat in Halong Bay as it was always cloudy and it would not have been possible to enjoy the sunrise. Unfortunatelly the harbour has been spoilt by a gigantic amusement park.
I loved the trip to the village in Hue and the homestay in the Mekong Delta, I would have liked to spend an extra night here and also visit the water market. The lanterns in Hoi An make the town look magical.
Bartering for gifts was fun, people are generally quite friendly. I loved the visit to the school in the Mekong Delta, children seemed very happy.
The standard of the hotels varied but overall were comfortable.
Overall an excellent trip that exceeded my expectations, in part attributable to the great management skills of the tour leader.
Published on: 11 April 2017