We are a family of five with children ages 15, 18, & 20, and we recently returned from a 17-day trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. We started planning this trip pre-Covid and were finally able to go this summer! After considerable research on places, travel agencies, etc. I decided to go with Indochina Voyages and am so glad that I did. I worked with Minh Vu to plan the trip and he was excellent. He considered all the information and preferences I requested and produced a trip that was exactly what we were looking for. We had incredible guides and drivers in each location. Always professional, on time, and knowledgeable about the people and locations.
Our first week was in Hanoi, Ninh Binh, and Halong Bay. We loved the northern area of Vietnam, and our guide Snow was exceptional! She had amazing recommendations, information, and took care of even the smallest of details before we thought to ask. A couple highlights from this area were the Hanoi markets, bicycling in the Ninh Binh area, climbing to the top of Dragon Mountain, the lotus flower fields, and of course our cruise in Halong Bay. Minh booked us with Indochina Junk, and we had a private overnight wooden junk boat cruise. It was so much fun, and we highly recommend it!
I also want to thank Minh and Snow for making our daughter’s 18th birthday so special. We arrived in Hanoi on her birthday and Snow greeted us with flowers and a basket of fruit. They also made sure the hotel was aware of her birthday and the hotel, The Oriental Jade Hotel, had a cake, flowers, and drinks prepared. I had not even mentioned it was her birthday, and they noticed from her passport that she was turning eighteen. This extra attention to detail is what made the trip even more memorable.
After Halong we flew to Hue and spent a couple of nights each in Hue and Hoi An. Our guide Steve did a wonderful job introducing us to both cities and was able to help us find exactly what we were looking for at the market. A highlight was the night market and lanterns in Hoi An. We then flew to Siem Reap and spent a few days exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Banteay Srei. Our guide Sarath was a knowledgeable historian and a great photographer as well. We learned a lot and were awed by all the temples. We stayed at Viroth’s Hotel while in Cambodia and loved the amazing service and terrific location. From Cambodia we flew to Ho Chi Minh and spent our last few days there exploring the city and visiting the Cu Chi historical district. Our guide Jayden was very flexible as we made some last-minute changes to the schedule. He had great energy and even took us to a favorite coffee shop which was a highlight.
It was a fantastic trip and we were amazed at how smoothly everything went. Minh kept in touch to make sure we were happy with how things were going along the way, and each guide was good at tailoring the day to our requests. We highly recommend Indochina Voyages!
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