It was so nice to meet you – thank you for taking the time to go out of your way to do that. It is my first day back at work today arrived late on Sunday and we have no internet coverage at home so this is the first opportunity to respond.
We had a lovely time, there is not a single tour we wish we did not do – they were all excellent.
Particular highlights were the:
The long tail boat ride – where the driver was able to go really fast up the canals and see the people living on the water.
The grand palace and flower market and the special little things our Bangkok guide got us to try and the humour between her and the driver was excellent.
The bridge over the river kwai – in particular showing us movie in the van.
The summer place – wish there was more of the buildings open to go inside, it’s a very quirky place - the grounds were lovely and topiary elephants magnificent.
The White temple “Wat Rong Khun” - there were too many temples at the beginning of the trip so were over temples that we nearly said no to this one but Na-Na said it is must see and she was right. Another great guide.
The elephant riding – we really missed seeing animals (we live on small sheep/cattle farm) so this was great to see their magnificence and enjoyment of the water.
The Kuangsi waterfall – wish we had been able to swim but did not want to pack wet togs in our bags.
Hanoi Tour and the La Siesta Hotel and Spa – Scarlet really looked after us and as I said when we came back from Halong Bay gave a us room to have a quick shower in. The tour guide again for the tour was fantastic he really looked after us and helped us do some currency exchange and took us to a training restaurant for lunch we was great,
Halong Bay – wow again this was just great, very relaxing and there were only 2 other couples so we did really get spoiled by the crew.
Hoian – again a fantastic hotel, loved the swimming pool and grounds. The vespa tour was much fun again the drivers and tour guide were great – gave them an excellent review on trip advisor.
Nhatrang – loved the boat trip there was only 3 other people on this so we were again treated like kings and queens with the crew making it a very special time.
Saigon – we enjoyed seeing the night market being set up – it is crazy – again we were shown a great place to change currency. The Mekong Delta having that boat to ourselves – jumping on and off to see things go cycling. The Cu Chi tunnels and the long boat ride up the river. They even had a breakfast for you on board we had got up early to have breakfast before we left, but I managed to eat again.
Phu Quoc Island - of all places this is the one I would stay at for another week no problem (and maybe Hoian).
All the accommodation was superb loved both the La Siestia, and also the Eastin in Bangkok who went the extra mile giving us a packed breakfast for our early flight.
Especially loved the Phu Quo accommodation Cassia Cottages we had what I think was the best unit in the place and the facilities were suburb. During this trip it was our 32 wedding anniversary and it was great to stay in what I would consider a honeymoon place.
There were only two hotels that I wouldn’t recommend or stay again. I didn’t think either of them deserved the four staff rating:
Novatel Nhatrang Hotel – the room was very smelly of cigarette smoke. the breakfast and service was not of the same standard as the other hotels.
Central Palace Hotel in Ho Chi Minh – the bed was so hard that the floor looked inviting, the breakfast and service was not up to the same standard as the other hotels.
It took close to 1.5 hours to get through the checkin and customs for our flight from Siagon to Phu Quoc Island with the half an hour from the hotel to the airport the earlier pick up was definitely needed – although in the end they only came 10 minutes early so it was a bit rushed.
Are you on trip advisor – I would be more than happy to give your company a glowing recommendation and a five star rating and will certainly be recommending you to any people in NZ who are looking to tour in your direction.
Ian Gerrard & Lesley Gerrard from New Zealand