My wife and I just returned from a 3-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia organized by the travel company. We had used a company referred by Zicasso for a trip to Argentina in 2018 and were curious to see if we would be as satisfied after this trip as we had been after that one. Suffice it to say, we were not disappointed! This company did a terrific job in organizing our trip, securing comfortable, welcoming and well-located accommodations, setting us up with incredible guides with terrific local knowledge and very good English (we're from the US), arranging all our in-country flights and planning some extremely engaging and memorable outings and adventures.
While I can't be sure, I think they also dialed up the weather - we only experienced 1 day of light precipitation in 19 days in the country! They ensured we spent time in the North (Hanoi, Ninh Binh and Lan Ha Bay), Central (Hue and Hoi An), and South (Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta) parts of Vietnam and the temples (Siem Reap) in Cambodia. They also arranged an extensive array of food experiences and venues and provided many other memorable personal encounters with locals throughout Vietnam.
Without fail, every day revealed many interesting aspects of the culture and history of Vietnam and Cambodia. Our contact at the company was always responsive to our inquiries and requests - both before we left the US and while we were on our trip - and took time to meet with us personally in Ho Chi Minh City. We were happy to be able to express our appreciation for his efforts in designing such a personalized adventure. HIGHLY recommended.
The time we spent with a number of our guides was truly memorable. Not having to share a guide with other travelers creates a great opportunity to explore and learn, and many of our guides were able to converse fluently in English about a wide range of subjects. We discovered so much about the countries and also got to know a bit about our guides' personal lives.
The 2-night boat excursion on Lan Ha Bay, when we did spend time with fellow travelers and a number of days with the same crew, was delightful.
The rowboat cruise through the bird sanctuary near Ninh Binh, our Vespa scooter food tour at night in Hue, the visit to the organic farm outside Hoi An, our first day's visit to Angkor Wat, the delicious bahn xeo during our night roam through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and the cooking class (and following lunch!) in a Cambodian village are but a few of the extremely enjoyable highlights of our trip.
Only two things come to mind: (i) probably not a great idea to travel by car from Saigon to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta and back for just one night a few days before Tet (too much riding in the back of a car amidst heavy traffic) and (ii) arrange to stay at a different hotel on our return to Hanoi at the end of the trip (although our contact ensured that the experience turned out far better than it could have been). And that's after 19 days -- remarkable!!
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