Thao was a delight, she met us at the port gate at 9.30 and took us in an air conditioned minibus on trip thru the tunnel and to the beautiful Buddhist temple in Danang and also the 67 mtr Female Buddha. We had lunch in the beautiful French designed Hoi An and returned via China Beach and the magnificent view from mountain overlooking Hue. We had a wonderful day and we were so glad we decided to book an independent tour operator through ToursbyLocals.
Ann CorbettUnited Kingdom
Kathleen MoonUnited States
Our guide Hong was flexible about changing our tour and making wonderful adjustments to help us have a good day in Hoi An and DaNang. We saw a lot of great sites and Hong made sure that each person in our group was enjoying their experience.
Walter MacFarlaneUnited Kingdom
Thao ( or Mappi) was a wonderful tour guide of Hue for my day . Her English pronunciation isn't perfect but her charm, smile and nice personality made up the shortfall .. Thao introduced me to a very nice lunchtime Asian restaurant called Banana Mango for a 6 course basic set meal at 170,00 Dong , great food!
Carol DavisUnited States
Thao is a very sweet young lady. She is a bit new at the job of tour guide.
Roger RoseUnited States
This young lady could hardly speak English and was very tonal. I had asked for someone who was accomplished and she was certainly not, either in English or knowledge. She was not a guide - she was an escort and more than once, simply brought up the rear. A 50% refund would be quite appropriate. Roger Rose MD
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sorry you were disappointed. I think this tour got off on the wrong foot because the guests had to walk 200 m to exit the port. Also the tour lists as extra, a $30 cash charge to meet at the port - I don't think they noticed that and were surprised.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We disagree with Dr. Rose's characterization of Thao's English. While it is listed as 'conversational', we feel that it approaches advanced and do not think most people will have trouble understanding her. We've asked Thao to post a video on her profile so that travellers can assess this for themselves. The port situation in Vietnam is very problematic - getting close access can be very challenging and seems to change daily.
Malcolm PriceBRIGHTON, VIC, Australia
Very pleasant person and a good knowledge of the Hue area. It was a long day given the distance the driver and Thao had to travel to pick us up.We appreciated the effort they went to, to make our day pleasant and informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking my tour.It my pleasure when i can show you around my country.I hope i can seeing you soon oneday when you go back VN.Have A Nice Day