Jeffrey SilverUnited States
Spending the day with Leon made all the difference in really getting to know Hanoi during the very limited time we were there. He was punctual, knowledgeable, accommodating and very personable. Forget those big bus tours and treat yourself to a real one on one experience with a local! Also, Mr High the driver was awesome too! Highly recommend this team.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeffrey. The pleasure was all on my side to show you my lovely bizzarre Hanoi. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Please send my best greetings to Josh as well, I have picked up the shoes and gave it to a person in need who lives in a small boat on the Red River. He was very happy receiving that gift. Thanks and hope to have a chance meeting you two some day again!
Leon is so kind hearted and knowledgeable. He is a delight to spend the day with and he has all the answers to any question! I highly recommend spending the day with this expert of history, food and culture.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mia for your rating and comment. The pleasure was all on my side to show you the top places to taste real traditional Vietnamese cuisine as well as the hidden food stalls and telling you the history amd cultural value of those places. Wish you all the best and looking forward to welcoming you some day again.
Leon provided us with an outstanding introduction to all aspects of Hanoi life, the history, culture, food, social life, and every day way of living. His combination of Vietnamese heritage and spending his early years in Germany provides him with a great perspective to be able to explain Vietnam to Westerners. He has a very thoughtful and engaging manner and is exceptionally fluent in English. Our day with him was both very enjoyable and very educational.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David. The pleasure was all mine to show you my city and all the spots that most people would skip. I hope to have a chance to be your guide again some day in the future. Wish you and Helen all the best.
Leon was warm, exceedingly knowledgeable and incredibly funny. A very unique insight into Hanoi from a local. Thank you for making our day so very memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Su. The pleasure was all on my side, we all had a real funny day and learnt a lot from each other. When I come to Adelaide, I will definitely visit Sydney and we all go out for something different than a coffee :)). Wish you 2 a nice stay in Viet Nam and hope to see you soon again!
Allan JonesUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Jones. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year and hope to have a chance to meet you some day again.
Gary AgostaUnited States
Leon was terrific, very knowledgable and fun to be with. I felt he went the extra distance to make this a memorable one. The subject matter was fascinating but a wonderful guide like Leon made so much more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Gary and thank you for the drink at the Mojito bar, hope you enjoyed your wine as much as I enjoyed my Daiquiri. I wish you a nice stay in Vietnam and hope to see you someday again!
Neil K.United Kingdom
Leon was a fantastic guy, funny and attentive. I had so much fun with him discovering the unseen side of Hanoi. As I was the only one, Leon suggested we did the tour on his motorbike which enabled us to cover more ground and added to the local feel. The secrets behind the narrow passages and the motorbike washes were some of more unusual places we visited. He tailored the tour so that I only went to the places that I had not already seen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your nice words Neil. It was a fantastic day for me, too. Thanks to you I see my city from a much different view now. Hope to see you someday again in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Vanrapa for giving me 5 stars. I hope we will stay in touch until I visit you this December. I wish you, your family and the whole group only the best.
Leon was a very informative guide. He had good English and a passion for the the development of opportunities for young people in Hanoi. We particularly enjoyed being able to spend time with some of these young people at an English Language Centre. The walk through a part of Hanoi where redevelopment is occurring was very interesting and gave us a small insight into the life of the local community. We would recommend other travellers take this tour if they enjoy interacting with the locals. Thank you Leo
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Margaret. I also enjoyed the trip with you and your husband. I hope you enjoyed your junk trip in Ha Long. I am looking forward to meeting you some time again soon.
Anna BatchelerUnited Kingdom
I only had one day for sightseeing in Hanoi as I was there on business and Leon's tour worked really well for me. It was good that it was flexible so I could choose what we did and Leon was knowledgeable about the city. I will contact Leon again when I am in Hanoi and would recommend him to friends. I will also use ToursByLocals again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Anna. Thank you, it was my pleasure to guide you through Hanoi. I hope we will stay in contact for the education program and look forward to welcome you soon again in Hanoi.
Exceptional tour with Leon. He is very knowledgeable and willing to adapt the tour. Leon hired a car and driver for most of the day. He took us off the normal tourist track to see the real Hanoi. This included a visit to his grandparents traditional village where no tourists go. We had tea with his grandparents and met his mum too. The whole tour was 12 hours long, with lunch at KOTO restaurant (extra cost)and included visits to temples, Ethnology Museum and a Ca Tru performance. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Linda. It was my pleasure to invite you for a tea at my grandparents house as well as guiding you through Ha Noi. I really enjoyed the tour with you and your husband. I wish you a nice stay in Hong Kong and hope you will sometimes send me an email with photos of the places you visit.