Please be advised that I do not work for, or am paid by V’EXPLORE Travel. I write this because this is my honest opinion.
Many people have asked me what tour company they should use. There are many companies in Vietnam. So many in fact, it can become a daunting task to find one. In the 19 years I have been traveling to Vietnam, I have used a number of different locally based tour companies. Why Local? Because you can get a much better deal than having your overseas tour company do it. Many overseas companies simply contract your group tour to a company located in Vietnam, and make a commission without doing much of the work or planning. There are many local tour companies that can be found on internet forums. Many of them have a reputation they wish to maintain, and specialize in a region where they will personally guide you. They can be a good choice but do a little research.
Some of them have a lot of cheerleading going on in internet forums when none should exist, others on the forums are agents that contract the work out to individual guides and make their profits from commissions. Again do some research on the tour company. Many of them simply just hire untested guides and leave you in their care without follow up. The best tour companies have very high standards and are meticulous to a customers needs. The old addage is so true..(What you pay is what you get)… especially in Vietnam. Caution is advised for those looking for the cheapest option. It is not fun having your guides take you to endless venues where they get a commissions or kick backs.
Here is where I would like to introduce you to the tour company I personally use for my own family and friends, They have become my very good friends and I stand behind them 100%.
V’EXPLORE TRAVEL CO., LTD
No. 33 street 01, Do Thanh Compound, Ward 4, Dist. 3, HCMC, Vietnam
Tel: +8 48 3 8 329 866 / 3 8 329 868 Fax: +848 3 8 329 867
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the top picture:1st row, Mr. Long next is Mr. Fu (the owner of our land tour in Cambodia) then Mr. Thavin (the owner of our land tour in Laos) then Mr. Tung our operator in Ha Noi.2nd row, from the left hand of Mrs. Linh (Nghia’s wife) is Ms. Trang, next is Thanh then Quyen, Lien , Mrs. Tuyet (Our operator in Hue).
I suggest contacting my good friend Hau, just tell him you found him through me or the RipTide Homestay and he will give you his personal attention
Hau Nguyen (Mr.)
Skype: nguyenthaihau1 email@example.com
Now let me tell you a bit about my friends both personally and professionally. I first was introduced to the owner Nghia and his general manager Hau in the winter of 2008. I had a group of 16 co-workers and friends that thought it a great opportunity to travel to Vietnam with
someone who knew the country. I had the destinations in mind, but did not want to use any of the companies from the past because of poor travel experiences. Two of them were big name companies that I see references to a lot of time in the travel forums. I did some research on the Trip Advisor forums and found an individual that had a positive experience with Vexplore Travel. Through him (now a good friend), I was introduced to V’EXPLORE. I sent a list of destinations, and a schedule that I wanted all of them to fit into. To my surprise, he replied very quickly with the first draught of an itinerary that was very close to what I had in mind. Aha!! I thought. If these people could come in with a decent price, it looked like I found the right company. Trying to organize a country wide trip on my own was exhausting and difficult to do. We went back and forth until the details were
worked out and it was time for a price. To my amazement, they came in not only lower than I had costed on doing it on my own…… but much lower. I had told them the star rating of the hotels I wanted, the places I wanted to go that were different from most tours. They seemed to have built almost the perfect trip. Hau and Nghia met our group at the airport and escorted up to our hotel. We did not see them again until the end of our trip, and we spent an evening of eating, drinking and fun before leaving. There were a few emergencies, and they were able to change on the fly. We even had one of our party pass away in Hanoi, and they came through with flying colors. I have now been on a number of tours with them and am currently planning another adventure for Feb of 2011.
It is now 2015 and I still use Vexplore Travel for all my travel needs. Nothing has changes except their services have expanded and we have become even closer.
Here are a few things that set them above other companies:
Vexplore Travel only use accredited and licensed guides.
All guides are personally interviewed and assessed for English ability.
Only new vehicles in good condition are used.
All trips are custom built for you at the budget level you wish.
They are able to get accommodation and transfer prices lower than you can yourself.
They assure that all of the meals included on your tour are in quality establishments that are safe to eat,
Vexplore Travel are the only company that can use my tour services.
If anything…. And I mean anything happens and you have to make changes to your itinerary, they can handle it. It happened to me.
Nghia and Hau are now very good friends and we spend time together going on adventures whenever we have the time to get together. I have met many of their staff and have been impressed by the honest, good nature, and their hard working spirit.
If you are planning a tour, Email them and have them custom build one to your tastes. I would not recommend them unless I was 100 percent satisfied. I also have a reputation to maintain.
In my next post, I will suggest an itinerary that will take a tourist to fantastic destinations mostly undiscovered by tourists. I might even be convinced to be a guide for such a tour.
V’Explore Travel is both a B2B (Biz to Biz) wholesaler and FIT tour provider (Free Independent Traveler)
Feel free to email me if you need any advice or clarification firstname.lastname@example.org