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We were very happy with all of our tours, accommodations, guides and drivers

Hello Vy,
Sorry it has taken us a while to get this email to you.
Anyway, please rest assured that we have been singing your praises to all our friends because your arrangements for us never missed a beat and worked beautifully.
After arriving at our first hotel and meeting our first guide and driver, we never had any concerns whatsoever that anything could go amiss. You had our full trust.
As from our completed evaluations you can see we were very happy with all of our tours, accommodations, guides and drivers.

Hoi An was a peaceful stay after busy HCMC and we loved the quiet canal walking and cycling & Old Town areas. The Lantern Making was a nice surprise and we enjoyed the cooking lesson. And we did enjoy our boat visit to Cham Island, a bit of snorkelling, and lunch on the beach.
We thought that your arranging for us to have the compartment to ourselves on the train trip to Sa Pa was very thoughtful. It would have been very cramped if we'd had to share the space with two other travellers.
We had expected Sa Pa to be a smaller town, and were surprised at how busy the it was - on a weekend there were very large groups of tourists. It was good to experience walking the narrow lanes and fields past farms and workers into the smaller villages, and the scenery was gorgeous.
We tried many different snacks on our drive from Ha Noi to Ninh Binh and on to HaLong Bay which our guide shared with us. Our 2 nights cruise on Dragon Legend was wonderful - the food superb, the crew very welcoming and the towering rock/islands amazing.
After a very busy Ha Noi, we found Luang Prabang to be a wonderfully peaceful area where the pace of life slowed down for us. Despite being active each day, our time there felt restful, cruising along the delta, visiting elephants and visiting many Buddhist temples.
In Siem Reap we were busy visiting Wats/Temples but we were shown the differences which made them more individual. We enjoyed a quick swim in the pool at the end of each day, before strolling out to find another tempting supper to enjoy, and market areas to browse.
As you mentioned, the drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne is at least four and a half hours and the traffic and road conditions make it less than relaxing. We guess there is no alternative other than to take a flight to some other beach area. The Cliff Resort in Mui Ne was very busy on the Saturday that we arrived and we found the restaurant with all the people that night to be quite noisy.
Having obtained our Viet Nam evisas in advance, this made things easier when going through the airport immigration. In fact, when we departed Siem Reap for Ho Chi Minh the first thing the airline rep there asked for was our Viet Nam visas. We wondered whether we would have been allowed on that flight without them?
We would have absolutely no hesitation in asking you to arrange any of our travel in SE Asia when we next visit.
With our sincere thanks,
John and Stella

JOHN group x2
Indochina Odyssey 29 Days from 12 Nov until 12 Dec 2018

Your organisation of the trip was wonderful

Hi Thao,
We arrived home safely and had a great time in Indochina. Your organisation of the trip was wonderful and we enjoyed the whole experience. We have already recommended your company to our friends.
My comments about our experience:
The hotels were all good. We particularly enjoyed the boutique hotels. Our favourite was the Silverland Yen Hotel in Saigon closely followed by the Nam Bo Boutique hotel in Can Tho. The least favourite was the Okay Boutique hotel in Phnom Penh, it was away from the centre of the city. Our room in the Hanoi Allure hotel in Hanoi was noisy as it fronted on to the street. Most of the hotels were well located making exploring the areas easy.
The guides were all good and knowledgeable and most spoke English quite well. Terry who guided us in Hanoi was hardest to understand as he spoke quickly. He also walked fast which rushed us a bit.
We enjoyed our time in Laos. The 9 kilometre walk through the jungle to the waterfall was enjoyed by me, but Pene found it too long and if we had realised it was 9 kilometres she would not have done it. We did not realise it at the time but we missed out on visiting the cave and the Khmu village of Ban Thapene.
The 7.30 am start in Phnom Pehn  was too early as the hotel breakfast did not start until 6.45 and then we had to wait for the palace to open as it was only a few minutes away and did not open until 8 am.
We found the pace of the tour good (being a private tour we were not held up by the slowest person on the bus) as it gave us time to ourselves to relax etc after each days experiences.
Our favourite parts of the tour were:
- The visit to the La Chu village,
- The time in the Mekong delta,
- The Vespa scooter evening in Hanoi,
- The elephant ride in Laos.
Because it took us over 2 hours to obtain our visa on arrival in Vietnam, I would recommend that visas be obtained before entering the country. Visa’s on arrival were no problem in Laos and Cambodia.
Thank you for all your help, the trip exceeded our expectations.
All the best,
Norm Day

Norman group x2
Inside Indochina 18 days from 22 Feb 2019 to 11 Mar 2019

So all in all a wonderful, wonderful trip

Hello Vy

Many thanks for your letter received just now. I was meaning to write to you this week!!  We travelled on to Singapore from Siem Reap and returned home last Weds. The overnight flight from Singapore was 13 Hours and I must admit we were very tired for the next few days. We feel better this week and have more energy to get on with our lives back here.

Vy, we do thank you and Tonkin Voyage Travel for the all the work you did to make our trip so enjoyable and so well organised. All the hotels were of a very good standard but I would particularly single out The Dragon Boat cabin, the Hotel Romance at Hue for amazing spacious suite and bathroom, Cozy Villas where the staff were so lovely and caring and always smiling and the Niche d'Ankor in Siem Reap where we had a lovely poolside room. We always looked forward to coming back after our temple explorations and our guide Bok was very flexible so that we started early at 7:30 or 8am to avoid crowds and intense heat.  In fact the whole trip was a delight - we enjoyed the overnight trains to and from Sapa enormously. Vietnam Airlines was wonderfully organised  and comfortable.

We have your lovely gift of red laquered plates put to good use in our house and they remind us already of our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia!!  We achieved and learned so much about Vietnam and were amazed at how well the country is developing.

All the guides were very courteous, professional and hard working and we particularly enjoyed our time with Chien in Hanoi, Van and Linh were very knowledgeable in Hue and Hoi An which are both beautiful cities. Bella was very caring in Saigon and even got some medicine for Nigel who suffered with a cough and a cold at the time. Bok in Siem Reap was very knowledgable on all the temples He took us on a bike ride one afternoon, where we ended up chatting to locals and tasting palm oil wine off the beaten track, in the shade of some trees....

The drivers were wonderful. Always had a good clean comfortable car with stocks of cold water and cold wipes for us.

So all in all a wonderful, wonderful trip. 

We will pass on our recommendations to our friends if they are thinking about a trip to your area and you never know, we might come back too!!

Thank you again

Best wishes Mary and Nigel XX

MARY group x2 
Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia 20 Days from 24 Feb until 15 Mar 2019

We had a very enjoyable trip in Vietnam and Cambodia

Dear Jennifer,
Firstly let me thank you for the excellent support provided by yourself all through the trip both in Vietnam and Cambodia.
We had a very enjoyable trip, where our time  was very well organized so that we had could do the most in the limited time we had.
The hotels were very good with good services .
The restaurants organized by you were good and we enjoyed all the local cuisine very much.
The guides who  were assigned to us were very knowledgeable and they took every effort to give all the historical perspectives and give us all help and guidance during the trip.
Overall, all the sites , cruises,  travels organized were excellent and thank you once again for excellent Service given..
Thanking You,
Kind regards

V P Manohar
Nalini Manohar

MANOHAR group x2
Essence Of Vietnam & Cambodia 15 Days from 1 Mar until 15 Mar 2019

Overall, it was great

Jennifer,

Overall, it was great. Everything went very smoothly.  Below are some specific comments.
Hanoi. The hotel in Hanoi was terrific. It was our favorite hotel of the trip. We liked our guide, who was a very nice person although he could’ve provided more information about the country and the sites we were visiting.
Halong (spelling?) harbor. This was another highlight of the trip. The ship was superb. The staff was great, the room was excellent and the food was very good. Needless to say the scenery was spectacular.

Hue/Hoi An.   The guide we had here was fine, but not as good as the other two guides we had. The hotels were fine, although we were somewhat disappointed in our room in Hoi An, which was far from the beach and the pool.

One of the highlights of this part of the trip was the basket boats. Our guide on the boat was terrific — charming and a lot of fun. I’d recommend you use him as much as possible.
Ho Chi Minh City.  Our guide in the city was terrific. We were with her for two days, and enjoyed every minute of it. She was clearly the best of the three guides we had and we strongly recommend you use her whenever possible.

As for the sites, we very much enjoyed the Mekong Delta. Our hotel was very nice, and well located, though we would have preferred a room that looked out onto the street.
As I said, overall the trip was great. All of our drivers were very good, and you were very responsive throughout the trip. (Among other things, we appreciated the gifts and the cake.) We would definitely recommend Tonkin Travel to others.

Best,
Jay

JAY group x2
Spirit Of Vietnam South Bound 13 Days from 2 Mar until 14 Mar 2019

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