Our tour to Tu Long Bay organised by Ethnic Travel was a great experience! If you travel with children (we travelled with our four kids in the age between 2 and 5) ask for Thuong as a guide: She is great with kids and she made their stay wonderful as well!
Furthermore is Thuong very pleasant company and speaks English very well. We very much recommend her to anybody who is considering to travel to Bai Tu Long Bay.
The driver (and we don't even know is name)! He was excellent and that was a great relief to us (travelling with our kids), because the traffic isn't very easy in Viet Nam (understatement) and sometimes truly dangerous. He always anticipated very well to possible dangerous situations and therefore we never got in trouble!
Bai Tu Long is absolutely wonderful and unspoilt by tourism (in three days time we saw only two other boats!).The boat we travelled was comfortable. The food was abundant and excellent prepared. Most important: Bai Tu Long is of unmatched beauty, the views and sceneray are stunning and the surroundings are of unmatched beauty. So Khanh and Vy thank you very much for organising this wonderful tour: we would recommend it to everybody.
Audrey and Elmar
August 18th 2009
Our travels with Ethnic Travel and with Long were wonderful! The places we visited with Long were our favorite part of the entire 2 weeks we spent in Vietnam. :) Ethnic Travel is remarkably well run- all of our visits went so smoothly! Long was an excellent guide - perfect English and great knowledge about Vietnam's history, culture, geography, food, nature. Joe and I could ask him ANYTHING and he always knew the answer. Long and Ethnic Travel really helped us to appreciate Vietnam in a way we never would've been able to if we had traveled on our own or with a large, touristy travel company. We will recommend Ethnic Travel to anyone we know who plans a trip to Vietnam!
Our favorite parts of the trip were Mai Chau and the home stay in the wood house on stilts with no electricity. Hiking in the rice fields there was beautiful and the family we stayed with hosted a really fun and delicious dinner. We also really liked our little cooking class in Tam Coc - the spring rolls we made with Long were the best we had in the 2 weeks we were there!
I also wanted to mention how wonderful our driver was. I think his name was Hue? He was young and he was an excellent driver and always in a good mood. We really enjoyed his company and thought that he and Long were a great team.
One thing that we really appreciated was having western style toilets in most places. It's certainly not essential and we are comfortable without toilets but it was a nice treat to find a western toilet in most places we stayed.
We really don't have any recommendations because we thought the trip was perfect! Thank you so much for your assistance in setting it up for us and please let us know if we can pass you any additional information!
Hope and Joe