2 independent reviews for Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam

Reviews for Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam

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review 17 Jul 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing Angkor Wat, one of us ate spiders, frogs and other inspects having my feet cleaned by fishes. Cambodian cooking class

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go for it

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope so

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Would have liked more "on your own time" at Angkor Wat organized breakfast at the temple, on the day we got up at 4:30 to see the sun rise

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your kind comments, so please you enjoyed your tour of Cambodia - thankfully spider/insect eating is not compulsory! Your tour does benefit local people. Our guides usually explain the benefits of our tours to the community and environment. You eat in local restaurants, stay in locally owned hotels, we use local transport owned by our Khmer colleagues and use local guides. We travel in small groups (in your case only the three of you) which enables us to use locally run places, often designed for local people as opposed to specifically for tourists or larger tour groups, and to support smaller community based projects. We also encourage people to purchase local handicrafts at the places we visit. Sorry there wasn't enough time to wander at will - its tricky in a 7 day tour of Cambodia and at Angkor we try and introduce you to a variety of temples from differing periods, at different times of day, architectural styles .... but we can't help but share your wish that there was more time.

review 7 Dec 2009

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Sitting in a restaurant in Hoi An overlooking the river at night; Trying local dishes at each place we visited. (Try the Hue pancakes!) Walking around Hoi An's old quarter. Visiting the My Son ruins early in the morning to get there ahead of the heat and other tourists. (The itinerary showed that visit as an afternoon trip but the guide suggested we go early in the morning which was a great idea and meant we had it almost to ourselves.)

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take the opportunity to try different food - especially in Hue and Hoi An which have some distinctive cuisine. The day tour of Hanoi was very full and I found it a bit tiring. There was a long queue to see Ho Chi Minh in his mausoleum - with hindsight the day would have been less tiring if I had given that a miss.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, by eating at local restaurants and using local drivers and boats.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very enjoyable. Although advertised as a small group tour, I was the only person booked onto it. I was pleased that the tour company went ahead with it rather than cancel. The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to tell me a lot about the places we visited.

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