We are four passengers from the Majestic Princess who arrived in Phu My on 1st September. This was the first time we have used a local guide as previously we used the Princess tours so we were a little nervous. However, we were met as scheduled by Khoa and had the most amazing tour of Ho Chi Min City. Khoa and driver Hero, were wonderful and ensured that we experienced the "real" Saigon. We saw the usual city highlights as well as the more confronting lifestyle of locals. Definitely recommend.
Lawrence (Mike) B.United States
Khoa's tour was exactly what we were hoping for. We wanted to see Vietnam and Saigon from the less touristy side. My wife has mobility issues and Khoa designed the tour so there was minimal walking but we still were able to see the sights. I would highly recommend Khoa, he knows what he's doing and can design a tour to meet your needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mike and Janet. I am very very happy that you had a great day on the tour..
Sharon CullersUnited States
My family and I had a great time with Khoa. We traveled via cruise and saw so much more than the big cruise excursions. We saw so many great sites, tried jack fruit, and visited how the locals live. What a great cultural experience. My father is a Vietnam War veteran and we were concerned about this port stop. Khoa's knowledge about the US military during that time allowed my dad to talk about his experiences. He said that was the best port stop. THANK YOU, Khoa, for a wonderful trip to Saigon!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sharon, Thanks you for your kind words. I'm glad Vince, Betty , you and your dad had a good time in Saigon. Cheers, Khoa
We had a wonderful day with Khoa. The tour was more than we had imagined as we went off the main highway when going to Saigon and got to experience other parts of this city. Khoa was great, his knowledge is amazing as is his wit and we went to all the places we wanted to see plus more. Thanks for a wonderful day Khoa and driver in your lovely city. Kevin and Lynne Chambers ..Sydney, Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for kind words Kevin and Lynne. It was a pleasure for us too.
Luanne StrauserUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating Luanne.
Charles BrodskyUnited States
We had a great day! Khoa was very intelligent and flexible with the schedule. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Charles, Thank you very much for your comment. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tour very much. Regards, Khoa
Christine GentUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating, Christine.
Randall GerlachUnited States
This was an excellent tour. My husband is a Vietnam veteran and our guide was very sensitive to this. Prior to our visit he had researched the information about where my husband had served in the Saigon area and took us, as close as possible to those areas. If we were ever in Vietnam again we would use this guide again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Janet and Randy, Thank you very much for your comment. My pleasure comes from your satisfaction with my tour services. I look forward to meeting you again on the other tours in Vietnam. All the best, Khoa
Justin BrookUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Justin, Thank you very much for your rating. Best regards, Khoa
William RossUnited States
Khoa's tour of Ho Chi Minh city was outstanding! He carefully and understandably explains what you are seeing and provides excellent background commentary. Khoa is very flexible in conducting tours and invaluable when you go through the Central Market. Because of Khoa our tour was excellent and enjoyable. He has a great sense of humor. We highly recommend him. William and Linda R. Independence, MO
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello William, Thank you for using Toursbylocals and choosing me as your guide for the tour of Phu My port to Saigon city. I am so glad to hear that Linda, your friends and you had a great day with me on the tour. All the best, Khoa
Ann JugumNew Zealand
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ann, Thank you for your rating. Regards, Khoa
Nessim TovegUnited States
Khoa gave us a wonderful tour of Ho Chi Mihn city, working very hard to be sure we were pleased with his itinerary and the timing of where we went and how long we stayed. He was enthusiastic about his job & tried to please us. He was very knowledgeable about all of the sights we saw and recommended a fabulous restaurant.He understood our preferences and accommodated us all the way & every step of the tour. We would strongly recommend him for this tour. G-d bless you Khoa! Keep uo the good work! Nessim
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nessim, Thank you very much for such a great review! I am very happy that you enjoyed your time on the tour. I hope to see you again. All the best, Khoa
Rosa Van VeenUnited States
Thank you for the great tour,we enjoyed most of the sites,specially the building where the last helicopter left in 1975 Too bad that many places were closed due to the visit of the Prime Minister from Singapore
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rosa, Thank you very much for your comment. I do apologize for any inconvenience caused. Best regards, Khoa
Khoa was amazing! Our party of 9 spent one day with Khoa in HCMC. Everyone had a great time! This is a no brainer if you are wondering whether to organise a private shore excursion or to go with the cruise. The only small mishap was when Khoa could not locate the driver who had apparently gone to another port down the road. Once we were on our way, everything was smooth sailing. Thanks Khoa!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vanessa, Thank you very much for your fair comment. This will help us improve our tour services. We are so glad to hear that your party of 9 enjoyed your time on the tour. Best regards, Khoa
Robert KearnsSpring Mills, PA/ 16875, United States
Khoa was great we got to see more local scenery off the main road and had a great experience. He stopped at several places for pictures and to experience local markets. I would highly recommend his tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert, Thank you for your review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tour. Best regards, Khoa
Marcie GirolamoUnited States
Khoa what is an excellent guide and really helped us have a full and meaningful day in Saigon. I would highly recommend him as a guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marcie, Thank you for giving me a perfect rating! My pleasure comes from your satisfaction with my tour services. I hope to meet you again on the other tour in Vietnam. Sincerely, Khoa
Keith BronittUnited States
Khoa gave us a wonderful tour of Ho Chi Mihn city, working very hard to be sure we were pleased with his itinerary and the timing of where we went and how long we stayed. He was enthusiastic about his job and was very knowledgable about all of the sights we saw and others that we did not have time to see. He understood our preferences and accommodated us along every step of the tour. We would strongly recommend him for this tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Keith, Thank you for your positive comments. I am very happy that you enjoyed your time on the tour. I hope to see you again. Best regards, Khoa
Marjorie RisingerUnited States
Khoa was fantastic. He made our day in Vientam exciting, fun and at the same time took care of our ambulatory needs. ( we were a senior group). He had a great spirit and was trying to learn our names as we went through the day. His careful planning kept us away from the big tour buses but at the same time we saw many exciting things. Thank you Khoa, for taking good care of us and showing us your wondeerful country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marge, Thank you for your positive comment. I am on top of the world eight of you had a great day on the tour. I hope to see you again. Best regards, Khoa
Khoa was an amazing guide and took us to the places we wished to see. Both him and his driver were excellent definitely recommend his tour, was extremely professional from the time we emailed him to the end of our tour. He gave very detailed instructions on meeting him as well as the tour he conducted.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jim, I very much appreciate your positive feedback about my tour services. I would like to send the best regards to Marge, Bob and Rosie. Sincerely, Khoa
Amelia MItkowskyUnited States
Great Tour , perfect time, Mr Khoa very professional, we enjoyed very much , we recommended him very much , thank you and we hope to come back , was not enough one day in Ho Chi Mihn, Vietnam . Our regards
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Amelia, Thank you for giving me a perfect rating and for recommending my tour services to other travelers. I feel on top of the world that you enjoyed the tour very much. I look forward to seeing you again in Vietnam. All the best, Khoa
Rashmi MistryUnited Kingdom
Really excellent guide and a fantastic lunch at a seafood restaurant. Highly recommend this guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rashmi, Thanks for your comment. I am very glad that you enjoyed the tour very much. All the best, Khoa
William PursellUnited States
Khoa definitely rated 5 stars. After spending 8 hours with Khoa we have a far greater insight into the history, people and the city of Saigon. Khoa took us to a wonderful local restaurant for lunch, he ordered for us--the best meal we had off ship. Khoa added his own special humor making it a truly delightful tour!! Thanks Again Khoa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bill, Thank you for your positive comment. I am so happy that you and your family enjoyed the tour very much. All the best, Khoa
English left a lot to be desired, had a hard time understanding. For same reason very little explanation as to were we were, what we were seeing and much less the history. He is a very nice gentleman and patient with the tourist, but...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elias, I am very surprised by your comment. We found it easy to talk with each other in English. After the tour you told me that you had enjoyed it. Thank you for your rating. Best regards, Khoa
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: With regards to the guide partners English skills, Tours By Locals is extremely confident in his proficiency in English. We have worked with this guide for many years and we communicate with him often without issue. For a good understanding of his spoken English you can view his video here. https://www.toursbylocals.com/gmv&id=8187
Linda TomUnited States
Khoa provided detailed instructions a few weeks before our tour and he was waiting for us before the designated time. He gave an excellent tour, which was packed with sites (more than I had seen on a prior shore excursion run by a cruise ship). Khoa brought us to a local restaurant that served authentic food at a reasonable price, and also took the van and us across the river on a barge to see both the old and new city development. I would highly recommend Khoa to anyone visiting Vietnam.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your tour experience in Saigon. I am very happy that your family enjoyed the tour very much. All the best, Khoa
Richard SiroisMontreal, QUEBEC, Canada
Khoa is very friendly and knowledgeable about all aspects of Ho Chi Minh live - the history, the culture, the food, essentially everything. You can tell that he loves what he does, and enjoys sharing his city. Khoa took us to some awesome places I am sure we would not have discovered on our own. It is without hesitation that we recommend Khoa as a tour guide for Ho Chi Minh.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard, Thank you for your comment and for recommendation my tour services to other travelers. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. All the best, Khoa
Francine Ricki HorwitzUnited States
Khoa was a wonderful tour guide. He was prompt and with much knowledge of the places that we went to see. We had been to Viet Nam last year and Khoa wanted to make sure that we went to places that we hand"t been to before. We had a great day and look forward to returning back to Viet Nam and having Khoa tour us around again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ricki, Thank you for your review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tour. It was my great pleasure to serve you. Best regards, Khoa
Ellen G.United States
We appreciated that Khoa was at the gate waiting for us on arrival just as he said he would be. I am in a wheelchair and both Khoa and the driver were very helpful with me and made sure I was able to see everything possible! We all enjoyed the tour very much. The restaurant Khoa chose for us was wonderful and we really enjoyed the selections he helped us make to enhance our trip to Vietnam. I would highly recommend tours by Locals and Khoa to my friends visiting Asia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ellen, Thank you for your review. The driver and I are very happy that four of you enjoyed Saigon city tour very much. It was our great pleasure to serve you. All the best, Khoa
Howard ChinToronto, ONT, Canada
Khoa was fantastic. We left the tour itinerary totally up to him and he did not disappoint. We saw the regular highlights as well as spots where large tour buses can not go. If you want a tour guide who shows you Vietnam on your own, go with Khoa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Howard, Thank you very much for your kind comment. I am very happy to hear that six of you had a great day with my tour services. Best regards, Khoa
Linda G.United States
We had an excellent tour! Could not have asked for anything Better. Thank you so much!!!
I would highly recommend Kevin as your guide to Saigon. He is a great tour guide and very knowledgeable of his city. The restaurant he took us to for pho was excellent, and we also enjoyed the authentic Vietnamese coffee.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John, Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am very glad to hear that Linda, Jane, Dave and you were very happy with my service. All the best, Kevin
overall a happy group here. We got to see what we wanted, and got to stay for as long or as short a time as the group dictated. Good commentary, in fairly good English was provided, and questions answered. The minibus was as promised, and we got back to the ship in plenty of time. Think the dining arrangements could be improved on slightly - the food was good, reasonably priced - but difficult to order from a menu when you don't know what you are going to get. A prepaid variety would be an idea for again
It was a pleasure to have Khoa as our tour guide in Vietnam, and in particular in Ho Chi Minh City. He was prompt, courteous, affable and very knowledgeable without being pushy. He also was quite flexible with our itinerary while making sure we saw all of the iconic spots. We certainly would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dave, Thank you for writing your review. It was my pleasure to serve you. Best regards, Khoa
Richard SoHong Kong
Khoa is very flexible about the itinerary. He brought us to restaurant and cafe for the locals. The tour met all our requests. We are grateful for the service of Khoa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard, Thank you very much for your comment. I am very happy to hear that you had a great day with my tour service. It was my pleasure to serve you. Best regards, Khoa
Our group of then had a great tour with Khoa. Our itinerary changed so got in a day early. Khoa was very quick to respond when i emailed him re change. With 24 hours notice our tour was changed with no problem. Very informative and answered all our questions. Very friendly and obliging and showed us a great place for lunch. What a voice!! Had a sing along on the way back to cruise ship! Would highly recommend Khoa - thank you for a great day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your comment. How happy I am ! when I hear that you were satisfied with my tour service. Best regards, Khoa
Constance GirodaySurrey, BC, Canada
Wow!!!! Khoa is such an amazing, punctual, organized guide. I felt like I was seeing this amazing city Ho Chi Min with my best friend! Truly a wonderful day and experience, I could have not dreamt better. We had a very tight time line due to the ship onlybeing in port for 9 hours 4 of which was driving back and fourth to the ship. Khoa is very interactive and open to sharing himself and his life and wisdom. Khoa's articulate ways were really appreciated by me. Lunch was the real Diagonal. I love Vietnam!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Connie, Thank you very much for your fair comment. I am on the top of the world to hear that you really enjoyed the day with my tour service. Best regards, Khoa
Eileen C.United States
Great day!Khoa commmunicated well prior to our arrival. Phu My port is a distance from city center- Khoa and our driver were friendly, efficient, knowlegable and helped us prioritize our touring time. We got to see the highlights of several districts, visit the War Museum, experience Vietnamese coffee, shop at Ben Thanhmarket and cross the river by ferry.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Eileen , Thanks for your comment. Regards, Khoa
Stuart RossUnited States
Excellent tour. Friendly, Good English skills. Excellent attention to my wife who has mobility impairment.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stuart, Thanks for your comment. It was my pleasure to serve you. All the best, Khoa
Harry LipsonUnited Kingdom
We were very happy with Mr. Khoa, and we rate the whole experience 5 out of 5.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your rating. Best regards, Khoa
Gwendolyn WongMandaluyong, METRO MANILA, Philippines
Khoa or Kevin takes ypu to the real ho chi minh. He prefers to show the local colors rather than the commercially touristic places. He has a good command of the English language, is very cheerful and eager to please. We had a fun day tpuring with Kevin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gwen, I am on the top of the world to know that you are very happy with my tour service. All the best, Khoa or Kevin
We were met promptly at the dock. Khoa then took us on a very extensive tour of the city, that he had personalised for us. His English is good and he is very knowledgeable about his homeland. He was also very conscious of returning us to the port on time. Excellent tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Marcus, Thanks so much for your rating. All the best, Khoa
Debra WetherellUnited States
Khoa took the time to explain the areas we were seeing and the culture and traditions. Very enjoyable tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Debra, Many thanks for your comment. Regards, Khoa
Harry B.United States
Khoa was an exceptional tour guide. He made our visit to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City memorable. His English is good; he has a quick wit; and a unique personality. Be ready for good humor and old BeeGee tunes. Khoa was very flexible and enjoyed showing us places not normally associcated with normal tours. Most unique was crossing the Saigon River on a ferry boat and traveling through a rubber plantation. Khoa is a weath of information on VM history. Recommended to anyone wanting a unique tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Harry, Thanks for your comment. Your satisfaction with the tour is the happiest thing to me. Best regards, Khoa