Guests traveling to Ho Chi Minh City who want to stay in one of the best hotels around can stay at the Caravelle Hotel. It offers all the traditional characteristics of Vietnam.
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Saigon - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Chau Doc & Phnom Penh Tour - 20 Sept 2013 – 24 Sept 2013
My daughter and I returned home on November 1 after a very enjoyable visit to Vietnam. The four day private tour that you helped arrange for us at the start of our visit was exceptional. Our tour guide, Vinh was very knowledgeable and provided a great deal of information about the many places we visited across the Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh. His timing, and that of our driver and all the various boat operators who provided our transportation, was precise and dependable. Weather we were switching from car to boat or boat to car, our ride was always waiting for us. The two hotels “Victoria Can Tho & Chau Doc “ you selected was brilliant. I will be pleased to recommend you and your firm to anyone I know who plans to visit Vietnam.
Customer: Wendy & Steve Group
Country: United States
Package: Vietnam Shore Trips
I worked for 18 months researching this 14 day Celebrity cruise to Southeast Asia. Using Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic I finally decided on using Stephen at ( www.VietnamPrivateTours.com ). This was by far the best decision of this trip!!! He advised me to do a private city tour of Hanoi on day one and a 3+ hour cruise of Ha Long Bay the next day. Thang (pronounced tongue), our guide from VNPT was simply sensational! He narrated our 3+ hour trip to Hanoi stopping to allow us to take pictures and telling us about the history, culture and people of Vietnam. He spoke flawless English and even took the time to coordinate our birthdates to the symbols of the Asian calendar telling us about our personalities. Considering the extreme heat and marginal road conditions, we were extremely happy in be in a spacious, 12 passenger air-conditioned van with a professional driver. Once in Hanoi we were taken to the tomb of Ho Chi Minh and Thang wisely suggested we not go inside in order to avoid the long, long lines. Other passengers on the Millennium weren’t given this advice and they regretted the waste of time. We also visited the one pillar pagoda and the beautiful Temple of Literature. Lunch was a 6 course Vietnamese meal that was fabulous and included in the reasonable price of our private tour. We ended our day in Hanoi with a memorable walk through the old quarter where we saw pop-up restaurants, cobblers, key makers and fruit and vegetable sellers all setting up shop on the sidewalk forcing walkers to take to the street. Hanoi is noisy, crowded and wonderful. We loved it!
Thang, our guide from VNPT picked us up , the next morning, at the dock and drove us by air-conditioned van to the boat dock for Halong Bay! What an experience! Amid dozens of boats, VNPT had arranged for the four of us to board a 40 passenger tour junk all to ourselves. We were treated to hot tea while we cruised out among the thousands of karsks (small islands). Arriving at the Halong caves, Thang escorted us up the lengthy staircase to see some pretty awesome caves resplendent with stalagmites and stalactites. He pointed out the various rock formations and was an excellent geologic guide. Re-boarding our boat, we cruised past a floating fishing village, saw numerous fish farms and both large and small karsks. All-in-all it was a fabulous morning of cruising amazing Halong Bay.
Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon
Again, I relied on Stephen at VNPT to suggest that we not waste time going back and forth to our cruise ship, but instead spend the night in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City). Kevin our guide was fabulous! Our first day we spent cruising the Mekong Delta in our own private boat. We stopped for an 8 course Vietnamese lunch on a veranda overlooking the Delta at what must have been a 5 star resort! Glove handed waiters made fresh spring rolls tableside from fried elephant ear fish, there was an 8” hallow globe of fried rice plus too many other fabulous dishes to mention! After lunch we re-boarded our boat and went to a fruit plantation where we saw sour sop, apple, jackfruit and pomello trees. We toured an outdoor coconut candy factory manufacturing what had to be the most addictive candy ever. We were offered snake wine which we declined, but we did take a horse drawn carriage and a private canoe ride down the Mekong River which we loved (all included in our tour).
Returning to Saigon we checked into our hotel (included in tour price) and checked out the nightlife of the city which is plentiful. The next morning (breakfast buffet included) we toured Notre Dame Cathedral, the colonial post office designed by Gustav Eiffel (great buys on souvenirs inside) and the Reunification palace. We visited the Jade Emperor temple, a lacquer ware factory and treated ourselves to a massive 2+ hour session of shopping at the Ben Thanh Market Place before returning to our cruise ship.
Our private tours in Vietnam were all much less expensive than other passengers on our cruise ship and included meals, guides, drivers, air conditioned vans and hotels. I was really happy I had booked VNPT. I can’t recommend them highly enough!
A Wonderful Cruise Mekong on Jahan!
We recently undertook a 7 day cruise on the Mekong from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap on board the Ms Jahan booked via Vietnam Private Tours. From start to finish it was a first class experience; an intimate boat with just 26 comfortable cabins and excellent on board facilities, friendly and attentive staff, a wide range of international and local (i.e Vietnamese and Cambodian) cuisine, and meticulously planned, organised and well-led excursions, which gave us a genuine, if all too brief, insight into life along the river. But there was one other aspect which particularly stood out for us. My wife has a mobility problem, which means that she can only walk very short distances. We informed VNPT of her difficulties before we booked and were quite prepared to accept the fact that, although moving around the boat would not present much difficulty, we might not be able to take part in all the excursions, some of which included visiting small rural communities with poor infrastructure. Not a problem. Having arrived on the boat its manager assigned us a crew member, Phong, a tall, kind, patient and friendly young Vietnamese man, who oversaw getting on and off the boat for all the excursions, manoeuvred our wheelchair around villages, temples and other sites, and helped my wife on and off cyclos, trishaws, tuk-tuks, even a motorbike! By the end of the trip he instinctively knew when to stop for my wife to take yet another photograph. His assistance was invaluable and we did not miss out on one excursion. So, thanks to Phong and the Jahan management for making our experience so exhilarating and so memorable.
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