Amazing from start to finish. H...
Aug 16 - Aug 21, 2023
This trip was amazing from start to finish. Hien was creative and flexible in finding an itinerary and suggesting specific places to stay, including the out-of-this-world Tam Coc Garden and a one-night Nostalgic Cruise overnight in Halong Bay. Cuoung was our helpful and energetic guide on a street-food walking tour of Hanoi and drove with us to other locations, including a hike, so we were prepared for any unexpected needs. We also thought Lucy from Hanoi Vespa Tours was superb - fun and full of interesting information. We would definitely recommend talking to Hien for any tour to the area and recommend Cuoung as your guide.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Metropole in Hanoi. It's a well-known hotel that's classy and historic. It was perfectly fancy, historic, and approachable. The room we got was at the end of the hall on the club floor, which was all you could ask for. It was easy to walk around from there and the city was very accessible.
Tam Coc Garden was a dream. It was extremely upscale, low key and nature-oriented. It was one of the nicest places I've stayed at anywhere. The design, layout, and location were all fabulous.
The Nostalgia Cruise was a delightful experience. It was a small boat with a small number of rooms which was nice. We got a beautiful room and the whole experience was well-chosen.
The Vespa tour was a unique experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was quite different from typical bus tours and allowed us to really see and explore the city.
Visiting Trang An Complex and Hang Mua Cave was a memorable part of the trip. Beautiful boat ride and not to be missed!
Cuc Phuong National Park was an exciting and active adventure. The dense jungle was amazing and our guide was very familiar with the trails. Our guide was flexible and I believe the experience could be adapted to different activity levels. In the end, we spent the day seeing a monkey rescue place and hiking and did not bicycle around Tam Coc, which was just fine.
The Nostalgia cruise was an absolute delight. The small group setting made the experience feel more intimate and special.
Continuing the cruise through Lan Ha Bay, Halong, and back to Hanoi was a great way to end the trip. The views were stunning and the overall experience was one to remember.