We did a 9 days tour organized through Ruby Le. I advised him what places we wanted to see & he organised it. On arrival we were greeted at airport then taken straight to our hotel in Hanoi with useful information for first visit. Next morning we were collected by our guide and driver for Hanoi sightseeing. We loved the fact that it was just us & didn’t have to wait around at places with a bigger group. We saw and did the things that were of interest to us.
The most of our favourite places were, Halong Bay, Sapa and Ninh Binh. All our guides were very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.
Sapa: For overnight train to Sapa was a new and real experience which we enjoyed. But highly recommend paying the extra for a private cabin if just 2 people. It is rather small & would feel awkward with strangers in such a confined space. Our guide picked us up from the train station & took us to breakfast & we also got a chance to freshen up before the drive to Sapa.
The scenery on the way from train station to Sapa also around Sapa area is truly spectacular with rice paddies carved into mountains. The town is extremely busy. We walked 5 hours down a mountain into the village where we had a rather remote homestay. It was intimidating at first because conditions a lot different to what we are used to. But the local host family we stays with were so warm welcome. It certainly makes you feel grateful but I am so glad we did it because gave you an authentic experience.
In Hanoi we stayed at Essence Palace Hotel which is in the old quarter. It’s close to everything in the Old quarter. Can’t recommend this hotel enough. Because the customer service is the best I’ve ever seen.
Halong Bay: We stayed on a L’Amour Junk for 3 days and 2 nights as part of our honeymoon trip throughout Vietnam. The L’Amour 2 team were fantastic. My husband loves to take photos for a hobby and they were very accommodating to help him get some photos he wanted. The food was amazing beside food decoration. It’s made our honeymoon trip wonderful ever.
So if you’re looking for a great tour tailored to your needs. I highly recommend booking through Origin Vietnam.