Fantastic trip to Vietnam! We are savvy enough to know that it saves time, stress and money to have organised pick-ups and tours and the trip ran like clockwork. We were treated like royalty throughout. Our lovely guides and drivers were never late or got things even slightly wrong. The staff in our base hotel, the wonderful La Siesta Trendy in Hanoi knew our itinerary and kept us updated, always with the warmest of smiles. They allowed us the use of a hotel room on a flying visit to have a shower before our overnight train, upgraded us TWICE as a lovely surprise and were quite wonderful for such a young staff. We maybe did just a bit much on our tour but have made so many memories this time. We will certainly be booking with Travel Local again. Thank you to Dzung, Vinh, Chu at Sapa, Loan at Hoi Ann and the other fab gentleman guide there and also to our skilled drivers. Also to the staff in all our hotels and on the Athena Cruise who are going through a worrying time right now. You were all a delight.
Everything was first class. We felt we could play around with the itinerary at the planning stage without annoying Dzung who was accommodating and had good ideas. We felt safe in her hands, she responded quickly before and during the tour and helped us with a very helpful late check-out etc.
Just to remove the poor dining experience on the market day really. We weren’t particularly keen on the Pistachio Hotel either, finding it a bit gloomy and breakfast wasn’t great. Maybe it was the weather and the ‘virus’ which dampened our spirits a little to be fair.
All skillful drivers, good time-keepers and lovely people. We felt safe throughout.
Most definitely go. We travel loads and this has topped the lot. The combination of city, mountains and beach was unforgettable. So many memories made! The warmth of these beautiful people will stay with you forever!
Martin Vespa Tour Hanoi. Jan, overnight train to Lau Cai.