We did a 17 day tour organized through Billy Tran. I advised him what places we wanted to see & he organised it. We covered Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos. On arrival we were greeted at airport & taken straight to our hotel. Next morning we were collected by our guide for sightseeing. We were provided with a mobile phone should anything arise but we didn’t need it as we were met in every destination.
We loved the fact that it was just us & didn’t have to wait around at places with a bigger group. We saw the things that were of interest to us.
Laos is just a stunning country & wish we had more time to explore. I will definately be going back. Kuang Si waterfall is so beautiful. I loved the town & how quiet it was and the scenery is spectacular. We stayed in a beautiful hotel Villa Maly which I can highly recommend.
Catching the overnight train to Sapa was a new experience which we enjoyed. Highly recommend paying the extra for a private cabin if just 2 people. It is rather small & would feel awkward with strangers in such a confined space. Our guide picked us up from the train station & took us to breakfast & we also got a chance to freshen up before the drive to Sapa. The scenery is truly spectacular with rice paddies carved into mountains. The town is quirky & extremely busy. A lot of construction happening which is a shame. We walked 5 hours down a mountain into the village where we had a rather remote home stay. It was intimidating at first because conditions a lot different to what we are used to but the family we stays with were so welcoming & the kids were fun to play with. It certainly makes you feel grateful but I am so glad we did it because gave you an authentic experience.
In Hanoi we stayed at La Selva which is in the old quarter & close to everything. Can’t recommend this hotel enough because the customer service is the best I’ve ever seen.
So if you’re looking for a great tour tailored to your needs I highly recommend booking through Great Vietnam Tours. I’m a travel agent & will definately be recommending to my clients who want something they can’t find on an organized tour because I know how reliable they are.