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Dat Nguyen

I was born in Hai Phong city, which is a big port city with wonderful Lan Ha Bay. Later I moved to Hanoi to study and started my career in the travel industry. As a person with a great passion for travel, I have spent 4 years experiencing famous landmarks as a tour guide in my beautiful country, from mountains to coastal areas. Furthermore, I used any chance to travel and explore other Indochina countries, especially Laos, which I find a magic place. Since then, I have understood what tourists want and need when they are travelling. Therefore, I pursue myself in a new role – travel consultant with the desire to help customers have great experiences on their trip to my wonderful country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialise in arranging trips in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. I know these countries like the back of my hand. Still, my strength is in cultural and outdoor activities: museums, temples, markets, villages, mountains, and waterfalls - I am always ready to consult you about the best places to visit in the county. Another my specialisation is food, you can always ask me about the best places or singing experience and creating an amazing culinary tours for you. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was inspired to work in the travel industry during one of the first trips I made. We took an organised tour and the travel guide was cheerful and told exciting stories about the places we visited. At that time I thought what a happy life they live, every day they can see such beautiful places, meet interesting people and make them happy. And I remembered this experience when I chose my profession and worked as a travel guide for 4 years. Later I tried myself in travel consultancy, which I enjoy a lot! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I have had many wonderful trips around South East Asia, but the most memorable experience was very close to my hometown. It is Halong Bay, I was so amazed by the thousands of limestone karsts of various shapes right in the middle of the sea, I couldn't believe that nature could create it, and I was so happy that my country could be so spectacular. It looked like a beautiful work of art!
It was one of my first travel experiences, I was a teenage boy at that time. I and my family explored the bay on a cruise, and the guide there introduced us a lot about the history and the culture of the Red River Delta region, and even me being a local didn't know many of these facts. It was the first time I got inspired by travel and being a guide. And as I see it now, this trip has really changed my life, I worked as a guide and was introdicing this amazing place to my travellers. And now as a travel consultant, I would definitely put Halong Bay on the bucket list for those who are visiting Vietnam. "

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Recent trip reviews for Dat

memorable vacations with Realistic Asia team KIMKIM
Vietnam | Apr 7 - Apr 20, 2024

GILBO
GILBO B.
France | Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024
Dear DAT
We wish you a fast recovery;
Note that we keep a great memory, much appreciated from all:
the program, the guides, the drivers, the choice of excursions, the activities, the hotels and restaurants were perfect.
Thanks again
Gilbo, Rolana, Jimmy, Carol, André & Paula
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Dear DAT
We wish you a fast recovery;
Note that we keep a great memory, much appreciated from all:
the program, the guides, the drivers, the choice of excursions, the activities, the hotels and restaurants were perfect.

Thanks again
Gilbo, Rolana, Jimmy, Carol, André & Paula

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel des Arts Saigon - MGallery Collection
Ho Chi Minh City
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Anantara Hoi An Resort
Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Hanoi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
bathroom need to be refreshed, bathtub tight and difficult to access
Avana Retreat

magical, amazing resort, amazing staff,

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Stellar of the Seas
quảng ninh

fantastic organisation, staff, food, security & clean

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Dinner at Anan Saigon (Michelin Star Restaurant)
Dinner at Anan Saigon (Michelin Star Restaurant)
Ho Chi Minh City
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Vespa Insider Tour - Half Day
Vespa Insider Tour - Half Day
Ho Chi Minh City
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sunset Dinner On Saigon Princess Cruise
Sunset Dinner On Saigon Princess Cruise
Ho Chi Minh City
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cu Chi Tunnels tour by luxury speedboat
Cu Chi Tunnels tour by luxury speedboat
Ho Chi Minh City
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Apr 24, 2024
Dear Gilbo, Rolana, Jimmy, Carol, André & Paula, Thank you so much for your kind words and well wishes! On behalf of our Realistic Asia team Ha, we're happy to hear you had a wonderful experience on your trip and that everything from the program to the accommodations exceeded your expectations. We strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests, and your feedback lets us know we're on the right track. Soon, if you need our assistance for any trip to Southeast Asia especially a... Read more

Dear Gilbo, Rolana, Jimmy, Carol, André & Paula,

Thank you so much for your kind words and well wishes! On behalf of our Realistic Asia team Ha, we're happy to hear you had a wonderful experience on your trip and that everything from the program to the accommodations exceeded your expectations.

We strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests, and your feedback lets us know we're on the right track.

Soon, if you need our assistance for any trip to Southeast Asia especially a return trip to our beautiful Vietnam, we are always here to create a more memorable experience for you.

Thanks again and best wishes,
Dat & Ha

Amazing Vietnam
Vietnam | Mar 30 - Apr 13, 2024

Claire
Claire W.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Apr 14, 2024
What a trip! From the very beginning Dat took into account all our requests for our trip with our 2 daughters. Communication was excellent throughout, quick responses to any questions, itinerary was updated and all information needed was clear and easy to follow. Ha took over from Dat when we arrived in Vietnam, she met us with a welcoming smile and was amazing with any questions I had, checked in with us frequently and was really helpful. The whole trip was absolutely fantastic, all ran... Read more

What a trip! From the very beginning Dat took into account all our requests for our trip with our 2 daughters. Communication was excellent throughout, quick responses to any questions, itinerary was updated and all information needed was clear and easy to follow. Ha took over from Dat when we arrived in Vietnam, she met us with a welcoming smile and was amazing with any questions I had, checked in with us frequently and was really helpful. The whole trip was absolutely fantastic, all ran so smoothly with pick ups, tours and accommodation, which made it so relaxed and enjoyable. Would highly recommend KimKim to anyone looking to travel. Brilliant experience!

Hotel Reviews
Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa
Hanoi

Hotel is really central in Hanoi and so easy to find. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Breakfast was varied. Unfortunately for us the spa was closed and they were renovating the hotel when we were there, so lots of noise from that, but we were out most of the time so didn’t really bother us, but would have been helpful to have been pre-warned - their website didn’t even note anything about the renovations. I would still recommend as I think once complete is still a great hotel in the city centre.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Located right near the lake, and close to the night market too.
Staff
Super friendly staff that were really helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Queen Ann Hotel Saigon

This hotel was in a good location close to the food night market. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. We were on the 11th floor and with only one lift was a bit painful. The breakfast was ok, very busy in the mornings with everyone being there at the same time due to tour pick ups which sometimes could be hard to get a table. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Pandora Boutique Cruise

Great boat that is comfortable, clean, good food and friendly staff.

Authenticity & Character
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Showers needed a bit of an upgrade.
Hoi An Riverside Villas & Apartments

Loved this place. Just outside the main centre of Hoi An, lovely rooms with balcony overlooking the pool. Spacious and comfortable. Breakfast was good and varied. Nice pool that was kept clean throughout the day. Staff were lovely and friendly. Bikes were available to use, but we just caught a taxi to the centre. We were there only one day but would recommend this place to stay.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Thanh Kieu Beach resort
Kien Gianh

A little gem of relaxation! Had four nights here in the family bungalow. Lovely, spacious, comfortable which a view of the beach. Good quiet location right on the sandy beach. Staff were helpful and friendly. Beach restaurant food was varied and tasty. Only negative is in the evening, beach restaurant area was super quiet, no music (even just low level chilled music) and bar closes at 9pm, which was a shame as in such a lovely location and just felt it lacked a little atmosphere.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Was on a really lovely part of a long beach, palm trees, plenty of beds to use and a massage area too!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay (La Pandora)
Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay (La Pandora)
Vietnam

Very beautiful area to visit. The boat trip was superb, enjoyed the kayaking and swimming was good fun too. Karaoke was hilarious in the evening!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ho Chi Minh city tour - Cu Chi tunnels  - Joint in tour
Ho Chi Minh city tour - Cu Chi tunnels - Joint in tour
Ho Chi Minh City

This was a really good day, very informative, interesting and interactive. Highly recommend to give an insight to Vietnam’s history.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Ninh Binh Day Trip ( Hoa Lu - Trang An) - Join In Tour
Ninh Binh Day Trip ( Hoa Lu - Trang An) - Join In Tour
Vietnam

Loved this trip, such a beautiful area to visit and see.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Mekong Delta Group Tour (My Tho) - Joint in tour
Mekong Delta Group Tour (My Tho) - Joint in tour
Ho Chi Minh City

Fantastic day out, seeing how coconut candy is made, lovely boat trip through the Mekong and a short fun bike ride. Even got to try Snake wine…

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dark and Bright Cave - Ha Long Bay (La Pandora)
Dark and Bright Cave - Ha Long Bay (La Pandora)
Vietnam

After getting up very early to no sunrise, we found this a little disappointing compared to the caves we saw in the Ninh Binh province.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Apr 15, 2024

Dear Claire,

I hope you had settled home safe and sound! Thanks so much for the fantastic review!

I really appreciate you mentioning how smoothly everything went with your daughters - that's always a great feeling to hear.

Thanks again for choosing KimKim! We're so glad you had a brilliant experience - we'd love to welcome you back again someday.

Thank you and love from Realistic Asia,
Dat & Ha

Our guides were wonderful. Charming, informat...
Vietnam | Mar 23 - Mar 30, 2024

rachel
rachel B.
France | Reviewed on Mar 31, 2024
Our guides were wonderful. Charming, informative and flexible. The whole team created an unforgettable experience. Read more

Our guides were wonderful. Charming, informative and flexible. The whole team created an unforgettable experience.

Hotel Review
Halong Capella Cruise
Halong

Everything about this cruise was perfect. We could have stayed forever! The activities were fun and interesting, the size of bost justvright, not too crowded. The food was excellent. The staff friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Stunning scenery
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Apr 03, 2024

Dear Rachel,
Hello again from Vietnam. Thank you so much for your kind words about our guides! We take great pride in our team's expertise and passion, and we're thrilled they helped create such a memorable experience for you. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us!
We'd love to welcome you back again someday!

Thank you again and wish you all the best!
Dat & Ha

Awesome trip to Vietnam thanks to KimKim.com
Vietnam | Mar 16 - Mar 24, 2024

Kalmanje
Kalmanje K.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

Our trip to Vietnam was well planned and executed by Dat and his team mates. The guides in Hanoi, Sapa, and HMC (Saigon) were excellent and highly knowledgeable. The team made us feel at ease throughout. They were punctual and filled our days with sightseeing at a relaxed pace when needed and hectic when required. We couldn't have done this on our own and having English speaking local guides along with all local travel arrangements that were carefully designed to accommodate our wish list made it easy on us. Highly recommend KimKim for anyone planning a trip to Vietnam.

Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Mar 29, 2024
Dear Kalmanje, Thank you so much for this fantastic review. It truly means a lot to both myself and the entire team to hear that your trip to Vietnam was so well-planned and enjoyable.
We're thrilled that the guides in Hanoi, Sapa, and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) exceeded your expectations with their knowledge and expertise. We appreciate your kind words about the pacing of the itinerary. Our goal is to make every traveler feel comfortable and at ease, so we're glad we achieved that for...
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Dear Kalmanje,

Thank you so much for this fantastic review. It truly means a lot to both myself and the entire team to hear that your trip to Vietnam was so well-planned and enjoyable.
We're thrilled that the guides in Hanoi, Sapa, and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) exceeded your expectations with their knowledge and expertise. We appreciate your kind words about the pacing of the itinerary. Our goal is to make every traveler feel comfortable and at ease, so we're glad we achieved that for you.
Thank you again for recommending KimKim to others. We would be honored to assist you in planning your next adventure in Southeast Asia!

Warmest regards,
Dat

Magnificent Tour to Northern Vietnam
Vietnam | Feb 28 - Mar 9, 2024

Tamara
Tamara A.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Mar 16, 2024
Our tour started with a evening walking food tour with Ms. Hang. We had many delicious dishes and visited a local market. After leaving Hanoi we visited beautiful Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long. The Indochina Junk ship was really fun to stay on and had really comfortable rooms.
We were picked up after the boat trip by our guide Toun and driver Chien. We spent the next 6 days with them exploring Ninh Binh and Mai Chau. We did biking , trekking and visited Unesco world heritage sites. Tuon...
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Our tour started with a evening walking food tour with Ms. Hang. We had many delicious dishes and visited a local market. After leaving Hanoi we visited beautiful Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long. The Indochina Junk ship was really fun to stay on and had really comfortable rooms.
We were picked up after the boat trip by our guide Toun and driver Chien. We spent the next 6 days with them exploring Ninh Binh and Mai Chau. We did biking , trekking and visited Unesco world heritage sites. Tuon was very knowledgeable about the areas and new the best places to eat and see.
We were really impressed with the customer service, the transfers were always on time and Dat was always available to answer any questions we had while on the trip.
I recommend using KimKim for planning trips, especially to areas that are more remote.

Hotel Reviews
Mai Chau Ecolodge

This lodge was comfortable with all rooms having views of the rice paddies. The food was just alright and the pool area/bar is not that comfortable to relax at after a day of activities. I think I would consider looking into a homestay for this area. The staff at the lodge were incredible helpful and kind. The bikes could use an upgrade, many of the bikes were slightly to small.

Authenticity & Character
Each bungalow had a nice deck for sitting on , the chairs were somewhat uncomfortable.
Location
You border the main trail systems where you can ride or walk to enjoy the valley.
Staff
Very kind and helpful staff.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The property is nice but feels a little old. For those with any issues with walking it may be difficult to move around the property.
Prince Junk (from Indochina Junk)

The boat was fun, and the cabins were comfortable. The outside space is also great, but unfortunately the weather was not nice during our trip.

Authenticity & Character
It is a very authentic boat, one of their newer ones.
Location
It is a boat that cruises thru the bay.
Staff
Super helpful and kind.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The cabins were all spotless
Tam Coc Garden Resort
Ninh Binh

We did not stay here we stayed and Ninh Village resort which was incredible.

L’ Heritage
Hanoi

Nice hotel in the Old Quarter

Authenticity & Character
Classic hotel well maintained
Location
Good location for the Old Quarter, we later stayed near the Lake and found that location better.
Staff
Staff was attentive and kind
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Hanoi Evening Walking Street Food Tour
Hanoi Evening Walking Street Food Tour
Hanoi

We sampled many delicious and diverse foods. The problem with a food tour in Vietnam is that the portions of the dishes are large, so you get full quickly.

Quality of Experience
Food
The food was all great, when we did the evening food tour most stalls in the markets were closed.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We had a great guide who was very knowledgeable about the foods and their history.
Transport
We walked, which I always enjoy
Mai Chau - Xa Linh Village trekking
Mai Chau - Xa Linh Village trekking
Mai Chau

Unfortunately the air quality was poor and obscured all the views while trekking. It was fun going thru the village.

 Mai Chau - Pu Luong - Trekking to Kho Muong  and Uoi Villages
Mai Chau - Pu Luong - Trekking to Kho Muong and Uoi Villages
Vietnam

Pu Luong was a beautiful area. The villages were really interesting to walk thru, as where the water wheels and the terraced rice fields. Really beautiful.

Quality of Experience
Really beautiful area.
Food
Our guide always took us to good local spots
Guides, Drivers and Staff
They were excellent
Transport
Comfortable
Boat Trip Exploring The Natural Beauty of Trang An & Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Boat Trip Exploring The Natural Beauty of Trang An & Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Vietnam

Very beautiful boat ride thru a world heritage site. It is a popular trip so best to go in the morning.

Quality of Experience
Very pleasant in a boat with a village women doing the rowing. They are really skilled.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cycling in Mai Chau
Cycling in Mai Chau
Mai Chau

We really love to cycle and these paths were very cool. Very scenic.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Boat trip to Thien Ha Cave & Thung Nham Bird Garden (Ninh Binh)
Boat trip to Thien Ha Cave & Thung Nham Bird Garden (Ninh Binh)
Ninh Binh

We ended up splitting this activity due to weather. We did the cave as part of a cycling portion. It was really great not as touristy as the other caves. We visited the Thun Nham Bird Garden, and it is a very busy place. I would recommend skipping this experience.

Quality of Experience
It is a really busy area
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long - Thien Canh Son Cave  (Indochina Junk)
Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long - Thien Canh Son Cave (Indochina Junk)
Ha Long Bay

Great trip, just wish we would have had good weather. Still beautiful but couldn't enjoy all the activities.

Quality of Experience
Great company, great activities
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Loved the boat!
Cycling And Farming In Tho Ha Village And Boating To The Galaxy Groto
Cycling And Farming In Tho Ha Village And Boating To The Galaxy Groto
Vietnam

This was a fun day. Enjoyed the cycling thru the villages, very scenic. The farming activities were fun, I was a bit skeptical, but it is worth doing. Galaxy Groto was very cool, much better than the bird park.

Quality of Experience
Fun to get in the rice fields with some locals. It is hard work planting rice and hard work walking in the mud. Even caught some fish.
Food
A cooking class is part of the experience, it was alright.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Mai Chau Cycling and Hiking Day
Mai Chau Cycling and Hiking Day
Vietnam

Loved the cycling in this area. Hiking is mostly in the jungle so not a lot of views. Most enjoyable day.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cap La - Vung Dang - Cong Dam (Indochina Junk)
Cap La - Vung Dang - Cong Dam (Indochina Junk)
Vietnam

We did not do this part of the trip due to weather

Vung Vieng Fishing Village - Halong Harbor (Indochina Junk)
Vung Vieng Fishing Village - Halong Harbor (Indochina Junk)
Ha Long Bay

Loved the boating experience. The fishing village was interesting.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Mar 20, 2024
Dear Tamara, I am on cloud nine when reading your 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour, starting with the delightful evening food tour with Ms. Hang in Hanoi. Exploring the beauty of Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long aboard the Indochina Junk ship sounds like a memorable experience. We're glad to hear that you found the accommodations comfortable and enjoyable. It is also fantastic to know that you had a fantastic time exploring Ninh Binh and Mai Chau with Toun and... Read more

Dear Tamara,

I am on cloud nine when reading your 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour, starting with the delightful evening food tour with Ms. Hang in Hanoi.

Exploring the beauty of Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long aboard the Indochina Junk ship sounds like a memorable experience. We're glad to hear that you found the accommodations comfortable and enjoyable.

It is also fantastic to know that you had a fantastic time exploring Ninh Binh and Mai Chau with Toun and Chien. We're delighted to hear about your memorable experiences and delicious culinary discoveries.

We appreciate your kind words about our responsiveness throughout your trip.

Thank you for recommending KimKim for trip planning, especially for remote areas. We're honored to have been a part of your journey, and we look forward to helping you plan more adventures in the future!

Warm regards,
Dat Nguyen

First time using a platform like this, or a t...
Vietnam | Feb 21 - Mar 1, 2024

Christopher
Christopher B.
Italy | Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024
First time using a platform like this, or a travel agent of any kind, and it worked out well. Dat was a very responsive travel planner who provided us with lots of ideas and options for tours, day trips, activities, hotels, everything. Overall everything went incredibly smoothly and was a lot of fun! The airport transfers, random pickups and drives were all very timely and comfortable. We focused on food and did a lot of related activities, the standout being Chef Ai's cooking class in her... Read more

First time using a platform like this, or a travel agent of any kind, and it worked out well. Dat was a very responsive travel planner who provided us with lots of ideas and options for tours, day trips, activities, hotels, everything. Overall everything went incredibly smoothly and was a lot of fun! The airport transfers, random pickups and drives were all very timely and comfortable. We focused on food and did a lot of related activities, the standout being Chef Ai's cooking class in her home kitchen in Hanoi, which started with a morning market walk and included plenty of cooking and eating but also really good discussion about Vietnamese food, culture, history, and the future! We also had city-specific guides with us for multiple days and I have to give kudos to Cuong (our honest and incredibly informative guide in Hanoi and Ninh Binh), Trinh (our foodie guide in Hue) and Nam (our comical and friendly guide in Saigon). They were full of information and insight, spoke English very well, provided us with great recommendations for things to do when we had free time, and were just pleasant people to spend time and chat with.

If I have anything critical to say it's that we spent too much time in Hoi An (4 days) and not enough in Hue (1 full day), but that's personal preference. Overall we hit many of the main sights and cities of Vietnam and for our first visit to the country it was a great introduction and overview. I want to return to spend more time in the mountains and do some trekking.

Overall highly recommended!

Activity Reviews
Hanoi Evening Walking Street Food Tour
Hanoi Evening Walking Street Food Tour
Hanoi

Our guide Cuong walked us around the old quarter for various dishes, snacks, and drinks. It was pleasant, well-paced, and delicious!

Quality of Experience
Food
The banh cuon and beef pho were standout but it was all good!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Home Cooking Class with Chef Ai & Local Market Experience
Private Home Cooking Class with Chef Ai & Local Market Experience
Hanoi

One of our best experiences in Vietnam! Chef Ai and her niece were engaging, pleasant, and skillful. From the market walk to food prep to sharing a meal together, it was a really special and comfortable experience in Chef Ai's home.

Quality of Experience
Food
The flambeed shrimp and pomelo salad was excellent, the fried fish was perfect, and the fish sauce pyramid was educational in the best way!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Real Taste of Hue food
Real Taste of Hue food
Hue

Trinh guided us around her hometown of Hue for an amazing night of food. She's a foodie herself so it was fun to chat, ask all sorts of questions about how central Vietnamese food differs from the rest of the country, and to learn about the history of the area at the same time.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Trinh was a truly amazing guide, in all aspects, but particularly for this food tour.
Transport
The cyclo drivers were professional and pleasant.
Hoi An Local Market, Basket Boat, Fishing & Cooking Experience - Joint in tour
Hoi An Local Market, Basket Boat, Fishing & Cooking Experience - Joint in tour
Hoi An

This tour is interesting but felt a bit rushed and ultimately very touristy. The cooking experience was actually really well-done and interactive, but the rest of it was not our cup of tea in that it was very touristy. Chef Hai, our guide for the day works hard and was at his best in the kitchen, he made the experience better in every way.

Quality of Experience
Food
Cooking experience and Chef Hai were the highlight of this actvity/tour.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Chef Hai is working hard and made the cooking experience a lot of fun!
Transport
Hoi An Sightseeing and Food Tour
Hoi An Sightseeing and Food Tour
Hoi An

Hoi An is a cute town and seeing it in the morning was a very different (and pleasant) experience compared to the chaos of the evening. Our guide however seemed mostly disinterested and didn't volunteer much info, preferring to walk hastily from place to place and look at his phone while we were eating.

Quality of Experience
Food
The food, as always, was good, particularly the cau lo and banh mi.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide James seemed disinterested an distracted.
Transport
Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Mar 20, 2024
Dear Christopher, Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that your first trip with a travel planner and platform like ours went smoothly. I am so happy to know that plenty of options I suggested worked well for you and that you enjoyed the tours, activities, and accommodations. Chef Ai's cooking class sounds like a highlight, and we're glad you appreciated the cultural insights. Your praise for Cuong, Trinh, and Nam is appreciated, and we'll be sure... Read more

Dear Christopher,

Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that your first trip with a travel planner and platform like ours went smoothly.

I am so happy to know that plenty of options I suggested worked well for you and that you enjoyed the tours, activities, and accommodations. Chef Ai's cooking class sounds like a highlight, and we're glad you appreciated the cultural insights.

Your praise for Cuong, Trinh, and Nam is appreciated, and we'll be sure to pass it on to them. We understand your feedback about the time spent in certain locations and will consider it for future itineraries.

We're glad your first visit to Vietnam was memorable, and we look forward to helping you explore more in the future.

Best regards,
Dat Nguyen

Guides
Vietnam | Jan 19 - Jan 30, 2024

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Aanand P.
Rock Hill, SC | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2024
our guides in Saigon and siem Reep were better than the ones in Hanoi and Hoiann. We had trouble understanding the first 2 guides, their English could be better. Jade was a little low energy, lacked dynamism and did not have much commentary for us. Read more

our guides in Saigon and siem Reep were better than the ones in Hanoi and Hoiann.

We had trouble understanding the first 2 guides, their English could be better. Jade was a little low energy, lacked dynamism and did not have much commentary for us.

Hotel Review
Angkor Miracle

The Angkor Miracle hotel was below our expectations for a five-star hotel. The rooms felt dated and lacked the luxury feel we were expecting. Despite the staff's efforts to make up for these issues, we would not recommend this hotel for future travelers.

Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
 Hoa Lo Prison - Huu Tiep Lake - Vietnam Military History Museum - Ho Chi Minh Complex (S)
Hoa Lo Prison - Huu Tiep Lake - Vietnam Military History Museum - Ho Chi Minh Complex (S)
Hanoi

These activities were quite well organized and enjoyable. However, there was a bit of a language barrier as our guides had a strong accent which made it difficult to understand them. This made it challenging to fully engage and enjoy the activities.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Siem Reap – Angkor Wat morning visit  (S)
Siem Reap – Angkor Wat morning visit (S)
Siem Reap

While the Angkor Wat morning visit was visually stunning, the day felt long and hectic. We felt that our guides could have offered more flexibility in the schedule to accommodate our needs and preferences.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave
Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave
Vietnam
Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Feb 17, 2024

Hi Aanand,

Thank you so much for your detailed feedback! On behalf of my team, I am so sorry that the guides we have arranged for your trip did not meet your requirement in some destinations. Our team will carefully look at everything again and we promise to improve our service in the future so we can prepare to welcome you in the future when you decided to travel to Southeast Asia again.

Wish you all the best,
Đạt
Realistic Asia

6 days Central Vietnam: Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang
Vietnam | Jan 24 - Jan 29, 2024

Kenneth
Kenneth D.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024
6 days: Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang
Both hotels (Pilgrimage Village in Hue & Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An ) were great
Local guide (Mr Thuong) & drivers were
Good itinerary & mix of activities. Agenda provided flexibility to explore (Hoi An) on our own
Website is very good for daily activity summary
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6 days: Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang
Both hotels (Pilgrimage Village in Hue & Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An ) were great
Local guide (Mr Thuong) & drivers were
Good itinerary & mix of activities. Agenda provided flexibility to explore (Hoi An) on our own
Website is very good for daily activity summary

Hotel Review
Palm Garden Resort Hoi An

Great location, nice beach & pool

Authenticity & Character
Location
Beach area
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Jan 31, 2024

Hi Kenneth,

Thank you so much for your kind reviews! Me and our team are so glad to hear that you have enjoyed your trip to Center Vietnam with us and hope to see you in the future when you decided to visit Vietnam again or any Southease Asia countries 😊

Wish you all the best,
Dat
Realistic Asia

North Vietnam
Vietnam | Dec 28 - Jan 1, 2024

Aoife
Aoife H.
Germany | Reviewed on Jan 27, 2024
Nice stay in Vietnam! We packed our days as much as possible with Hanoi, Ha Long Bay cruise and Nihn Bin. The highlights was the street food tour in Hanoi, the scenery and boat trips in Ha Long Bay and the picturesque views of Nihn Bin! Read more

Nice stay in Vietnam! We packed our days as much as possible with Hanoi, Ha Long Bay cruise and Nihn Bin. The highlights was the street food tour in Hanoi, the scenery and boat trips in Ha Long Bay and the picturesque views of Nihn Bin!

Hotel Review
Tam Coc Ricefield Resort
Ninh Binh

Very nice hotel and rooms, friendly family staff, very good food! The place is a bit out of town but we enjoyed this aspect of the hotel, we felt nicely immerse in nature.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Hanoi Street food walking tour (Join tour)
Hanoi Street food walking tour (Join tour)
Hanoi

We had 5 savoury dish and 2 desserts - everything was tasty! Our favority was the dry pho and the coconut ice cream with fresh fruits.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Feb 03, 2024

Dear Aoife,

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad to hear that you have enjoyed your trip to Northern Vietnam with us. Once again, thank you so much for trusting us on your trip and we hope to welcome you again to Vietnam or any other Southeast Asia countries in the future <3

Wish you all the best,
Dat
Realistic Asia

Recommended 100%
Vietnam | Sep 23 - Oct 14, 2023

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Felipe C.
the Netherlands | Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024
From the very beginning, Dat was very helpful, knowledgeable and quick to respond. We made a few interactions to make sure that we were planning the trip that we dreamed of, total of three weeks. Changing the hotels, changing the days of the activity, planning the airport pick-up, planning basically everything for us. He accommodated all our needs and requests.
During the trip everything happened according to the expectations. Every activity was as expected and sharp on time.
We had a small...
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From the very beginning, Dat was very helpful, knowledgeable and quick to respond. We made a few interactions to make sure that we were planning the trip that we dreamed of, total of three weeks. Changing the hotels, changing the days of the activity, planning the airport pick-up, planning basically everything for us. He accommodated all our needs and requests.
During the trip everything happened according to the expectations. Every activity was as expected and sharp on time.
We had a small hiccup and Dat quickly addressed the situation so we could enjoy our time.
Overall, the whole experience was very good, we liked the platform, we liked Dat.

Hotel Reviews
La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa
Quảng Nam

The laundry needs improvement. But other then that five stars.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Pandora Cruises
Hai Phong

It was ok. The ship needs a little bit of maintenance. The food was ok, nothing special.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Laluna Hoi An Riverside Hotel & Spa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hôtel des Arts Saigon - MGallery Collection
Ho Chi Minh City
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pistachio Hotel Sapa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
 Hoa Lo Prison - Huu Tiep Lake - Vietnam Military History Museum - Ho Chi Minh Complex (S)
Hoa Lo Prison - Huu Tiep Lake - Vietnam Military History Museum - Ho Chi Minh Complex (S)
Hanoi
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hanoi Evening Walking Street Food Tour
Hanoi Evening Walking Street Food Tour
Hanoi
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hoa Lu And Tam Coc Exploration
Hoa Lu And Tam Coc Exploration
Vietnam
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Trekking To The Ethnic Villages - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van
Trekking To The Ethnic Villages - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van
Sapa
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Visit Black Hmong Villages of Sa Xeng & Sau Chua
Visit Black Hmong Villages of Sa Xeng & Sau Chua
Sapa
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay (La Pandora)
Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay (La Pandora)
Vietnam
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Lan Ha Bay – Viet Hai Village – Van Boi Beach (La Pandora)
Lan Ha Bay – Viet Hai Village – Van Boi Beach (La Pandora)
Vietnam
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hoi An Sightseeing and Food Tour
Hoi An Sightseeing and Food Tour
Hoi An
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cam Thanh Fishing Village Tour & Basket Boat Ride
Cam Thanh Fishing Village Tour & Basket Boat Ride
Hoi An
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Romantic Dining on Bamboo Raft (N)
Romantic Dining on Bamboo Raft (N)
Hoi An
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Ho Chi Minh City
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day Trip to the Mekong Delta (Ben Tre)
Day Trip to the Mekong Delta (Ben Tre)
Ho Chi Minh City
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Saigon after dark night food tour
Saigon after dark night food tour
Ho Chi Minh City
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day Trip to Ba Vi Countryside & Cooking Class
Day Trip to Ba Vi Countryside & Cooking Class
Hanoi

The cooking class if very shallow. We were expecting some more in depth. We basically build the spring rolls.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Walk To The Love Waterfall  And Heaven Gate
Walk To The Love Waterfall And Heaven Gate
Sapa
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dark and Bright Cave - Ha Long Bay (La Pandora)
Dark and Bright Cave - Ha Long Bay (La Pandora)
Vietnam
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Dat Nguyen
Dat
Dat Nguyen
Local specialist in Hanoi | Replied on Jan 22, 2024

Dear Felipe,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! I am delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your trip to Vietnam. Your feedback is highly appreciated, as it will help us to improve our service in the future to bring more quality experience to our travelers. Once again, thank you so much for trusting us and we hope to see you on the next vacation to Southeast Asia in the future!

Wish you all the best,
Dat