I contacted Sharmay one day before arriving in HCM and she was very responsive. I couldn't process the booking right away but she assured me it would be fine. Sharmay took me around HCM with her motorbike and we went to many places, just as she promised on "half tourist-half local" service. We went to a local coffee shop and drank coffee like other locals, ate a lot of street foods, and I enjoyed listening to her story about HCM. Very knowledgeable and friendly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, dear Citra for your rating and a nice review. It was fun taking you to discover places around the city. Hope to seeing you again <3 Warm hugggs, Sharmay
Jennifer LukeUnited States
Sharmay is very knowledgeable about her country. It was very nice and pleasant to have her as a tour guide. We ate some delicious banh mi (I'm drooling just thinking about it) and had an amazing massage (she even watched our kids). She kept in contact prior to our tour and was very flexible in helping us accomplish what we wanted to see, eat and do. Thank you Sharmay for everything!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you (((Jen))) for your nice review and yummy chocolate <3 miss you and your little cutie girl very much. Huggggg
Sharmay was an excellent guide and she made sure that we saw and did the things we wanted to do. Having visited Saigon before we wanted to do local things. She took us to local places, markets and street food areas that very few tourist visit. She considered our ages (81 and 82) and walked at our pace. Very knowledgeable about the history of Vietnam. We highly recommend her. Thank you Sharmay for a wonderful time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, dear Rosslyn and Norman for your nice review. I always admire your health and that you have been holding hands, travelling around the world together. May the best things always come to you. Sincerely, Sharmay
Steven VathyUnited States
What a wonderful person! Sharmay is always smiling and happy. There were 4 people on her tour and we all enjoyed our time together on the tour. Very accommodating and helpful. I would recommend her to everyone visiting Saigon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Steven. I'm very happy reading your review and I hope you'd find the video clip of your beautiful moments in Mekong in the link I sent. Your daughter's smiles in the clip are soooo lovely <3 Thank you & warm wishes, Sharmay
Sharmay is a wonderful tour host; very knowledgeable, very personable with a great sense of humour and made us feel immediately comfortable in her presence. My kids loved her too and made sure I gave her five stars (which I was going to anyway of course). I would recommend Sharmay to anyone coming to HCMC without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice review, dear Kayne. It was a big fun to accompany your group of excellent boat rowers ^0^ You are a wonderful dad that your kids are very lucky to have. Hope to see your family again in your next trip to Vietnam. Warm regards, Sharmay
Michael ZaissUnited States
Very fun and exciting tour, very tasty food and cool local hidden gems!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your second review <3
Michael ZaissUnited States
Very knowledgable with the history of the monuments and city. Sharmay is very energetic and personable, highly reccomend!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Michael for your nice review. You are too full of positive energy. Namaste _/\_
We had the pleasure to have Sharmay for 2 days in HCMC as our private tour guide. Sharma has a lovely smile and when she picked us up at the airport we all felt comfortable with her. Everything she organized for us was very well done. She has a real winning smile and when you see your smile you will feel like on holidays and in good mood immediately ! Sharmay has a huge knowledge about the culture, history, food and and.... and she loves art! ;-) The highlight was the birthday party with a surprising gift
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, dear Chris. I am happy to be able to accompany our group on the days. Your group too radiated a lovely warming vibe and I enjoyed that a lot. Hope to see you again in your next trip to Vietnam. Thank you and warm wishes, Sharmay
William WattlingUnited States
Very please tell. She did an amazing job of helping me navigate to area. Had great insight into how the markets and businesses work. Prompt Freindly Helpful Great attitude Very diverse knowledge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice review, dear William. I am happy to have become a good help for you during your trip in Vietnam. Warm regards, Sharmay
Sharmay was absolutely charming and as we are an older couple (in our seventies) she tailored our tour to suit our physical needs. We wanted to see more of local life and the local neighbourhoods where people lived and worked - it was fascinating and I even had a manicure - massage and my hair washed for free�� I recommend Sharmay highly to give you the personalised tour you want. She was very flexible about where we went and when. HIGHLY RECOMMEND������
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: (((Thank you very much, dear Deborah))) It's my pleasure to have accompanied you- a kind lovely lady- and your husband. Have a relaxing days ahead in Phu Quoc and Hoi An and don't forget to enjoy Sao beach in Phu Quoc. Hugsss, Sharmay
Carlton ONealUnited States
Amazing, fantastic, informative, and fun. Sharmay made my day in Saigon unforgettable from Independence Palace to the Saigon Market. And definitely get a ride on her scooter and ask about her favorite ice cream at the end of the day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review, Carlton. Hope you have a great summer teaching and traveling in Asia. Best wishes, Sharmay
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating :)
Joey LoveUnited States
Sharmay, was a great communicator before and during the tour. She greeted us at the airport with the sign with our names on it and also make sure that we had room for our luggage. We were able to tour a temple and she took us to the shopping District where we were able to eat the local fruits and also shop with the locals. She took us to dinner and we toured the city. SHE WAS GREAT
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review, Joey. Hope I'd have more chances to introduce more of the city and Vietnam to you next time. Regards, Sharmay
This is the perfect tour if you would like to get off the beaten path and see a bit of Saigon outside the inner city with all the museums.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review, Carsten. Hope to see you and yours next time somewhere in Vietnam. Warm regards, Sharmay
Christine BrookesNew Zealand
Really friendly lady who takes you to some places in the city you'd have missed otherwise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Christine, for your rating. Best regards to you & yours. Sharmay
Traveling with 2 young children I was quiet pleased to find your site and then even more happy when we met Sharmay! She made our tour fun for the kids, limited the history side of things and took us places she knew kids would enjoy . We really had a fabulous day and I'd recommend Sharmay to everyone !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your appreciation and rating, dear Claire. It was a fun day with you and the kids. I love so much their shining eyes, especially your little bunny. Kisses & hugsss, Sharmay
If your looking for an amazing experience in Ho Chi Minh City then I would highly recommend this tour. This is one of the best tour we have done . Sharmay attention to detail is exceptional. Every part of this tour was planned perfectly. We loved our time with Sharmay. If your looking for a professional friendly guide and a great day out , then book this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much (((Tanya))) for your high recommendation. It was lovely accompanying your group around the city. I'm glad you had a great time here and looking forwards to seeing you again in the future. Warm wishes, Sharmay
Sharmay did a wonderful job showing me HCMC .. especially places which I would not thought of if without her guidance. Sharmay also went the extra distance to please when requested. Wonderful young lady .. she spoke good English too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating, Dr. Chow. It was also a nice time for me that I was able to learn more about the New Silk Road from you. Wishing you all the best successes to come with the conferences. Cheers, Sharmay
Andrew BauerUnited States
Sharmay T. was my guide for HCMC. Sharmay is young and energetic, and her English is good. Sharmay was very flexible in accommodating my schedule. HCMC is a big city with chaotic traffic. I would have spent most of my time lost without her. I'm a bit of a foodie, so Sharmay also introduced me to lychees and durian. I would recommend Sharmay to my friends and family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you a lot for your kind recommendation and rating, Andrew. I too enjoyed the tour as I am also a food lover hihi All the best wishes to you and yours, Sharmay
We would not hesitate to recommend Sharmay as a tour guide, Sharmay picked us up from our cruise ship, 45 minuite drive to city, took us around to the main buildings her information was great took us for a massage that was fun as we was a group of 4 ,dinner, market ,tea ,dancing show then drop us back at our hotel for night stay , picked us up next morning for a day of touring and lunch before dropping us back at cruise boat always there before due time well knowledgeable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sally, for your high recommendation. Warmest wishes to you and yours and I hope to see you again soon if you'd love to discover more parts of Vietnam. Sharmay
Scott ComptonUnited States
Sharmay is such a kind spirit. Her warm energy is always on display as is her love for her city of Ho Chi Minh. My colleagues and I enjoyed her company immensely!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Namaste Scott & friends, it's a nice pleasure to have accompanied your group of vibrant members during your stay in HCMC. I'm looking forwards to seeing you again someday! Warm regards, Sharmay
Jose CabanUnited States
Sharmay was the highlight of our 4 days in Saigon. Excellent knowledge to go along her sweet down to Earth personality. The visit to a Vietnamese home was overwhelming with emotions, the food and the historical connection of people from different backgrounds. My wife and I were very pleased with this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was also a great experience for me to learn more about Puerto Rico's history and people as well as your beautiful love story. Thank you for letting me share the day with you. It's such a nice gift. Warmest wishes, Sharmay
I asked Sharmay to put together a personal programme for me with us using her motorino to get around and I am still amazed at what she put together. I travel a lot but cant remember last time i had so much fun and with such a fun and excellent guide. From strolling in the parks, pagodas and going to the Palace museeum, local food places only she can find, the real energising massage and dinner cruise as well as daytime cruise she arranged. Sharmay really goes out of her way to make it a amazing tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Namaste _/\_ Thank you very much, Mats for your very kind comment and rating. I'm happy to have helped making your experience in HCMC an amazing one ^^ Have a great trip this summer! Sharmay
Jay KohornUnited States
Our day with Sharmay was a brilliant birthday present for me! She was a constant source of interesting information about her city, and she was a lively conversationalist and great fun to be with. We saw all the significant tourist spots along with some of her favorite out of the way local places. We ate with the locals, sharing fabulous dishes, and we had special massages and heard her sing. Sharmay customized our time together with sensitivity to our desires. This tour far exceeded expectations!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much (((Jay))) for your nice feedback. I'm very happy to have contributed to your birthday in Vietnam. You are an admirable friend groups that have travelled the world together for a dozen year. I wish my friends soon can join me in such trips <3 Best wishes to you and yours, Sharmay
Sharmay turned out to be an exceptional guide. Linking up with her was not as much 0f a problem as we anticipated. Even though our cruise ship changed its docking location at the last minute, she still found us. Prior to linking up, we told Sharmay what we wanted to see and do in HCMC. She planned our routes so we did each activity at the best time of day. We were inside when it was the hottest, on the water when the water level was the highest, and at attractions when the crowds were the sm
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for giving me a great chance to get to know about GrandPaw, The Blue Fairy and Roary. The whole trip turned out to be an adventure with figures from the Wonderland (you & yours xD ) Since meeting your group, Teddy started to talk to me. So far he hadnt wanted to talk because I thought he couldnt xD Thank you again, Mr. GrandPaw ^^
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hihi I'm very happy to receive your 6 stars rating (((dear Dragica))) If you come back to Vietnam for longer time next time, I'd love to show you more of the local beauty trait in HCMC, Mekong and surrounding provinces. You could check out my recent tours on youtube channel: Sharmay T. Warmest wishes to you and yours, Fondly, Sharmay
Carla FoxUnited States
What a delightfully friendly, in-the-know and fun guide Sharmay was today. She knew all the right places to shop where we would get the best merchandise for the best price. She was patient, insightful and helped us explore fascinating places where we would never know to go. She and an excellent scooter driver assistant safely drove us on an exhilarating immersive ride through interesting streets and to old city treasures. She went the extra mile in many ways for us. Highly recommend this fantastic guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your very kind review on my service. It's my pleasure to have delivered an enjoyable tour day adding to your experience in Saigon :) Wishing your trip continue with much more nice surprises and pleasures to come. See you again, Sharmay
Michael DavisUnited Kingdom
Very enjoyable time in the city. Visited everywhere and anywhere we wished. Relaxed and very helpful. Very impressed with her local knowledge and history of the area. Well worth having an individual guide who was more than willing to be flexible. She is a credit to her country and Tours By Locals. Mike and Beverley
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to have delivered a nice, relaxing but fulfilling tour for you, Mike and Beverley :) Thank you a lot for your high recommendation and rating for me ^^ I really hope to see you again one day soon in Vietnam. Have a gorgeous day! Warm wishes, Sharmay
Chris NguyenUnited States
Sharmay accomplished everything I had asked for and more! I asked to stay away from touristy sites to see the real Saigon culture - we ended up riding around the city seeing how people actually live, culminating in lunch at a friend's family house. Would definitely hop on her tours in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Chris, for your kind comment and rating for me on ToursByLocals. Always happy welcome you back in Vietnam (next time I may move to a seaside site and live in a handmade shelter in a village ~ to change my life routine a bit). Best wishes to you and yours, Sharmay
We had a great day in HCMC. Well planned tour and a lot of secret places. Great fun driving around on a scooter. Thanks Sharmay �� for smiling and laughing all day
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Soren, Manja, My pleasure to have delivered a nice tour for you two in a day with beautiful weather. Hope to see you again next time :) Warm wishes, Sharmay
very friendly and helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Thuan, Thank you for your rating & wishing you a great trip ahead. Kind wishes, Sharmay
John BarksdaleUnited States
Sharmay was incredibly flexible as she helped us plan to get the most out of our two-day visit to Saigon, and a great person to "hang with" on the ground. If you want someone who will go above and beyond to make sure your trip is enjoyable, Sharmay is your gal. We had a pretty serious airline mix-up leaving Saigon (stay away from Expedia people http://bit.ly/2EJ6VX1) and Sharmay stayed with us to the airport to work things out and saw us through Security. Great person to have on your side!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, John, for your rating and recommendation :) It was my pleasure to help make your trip enjoyable and fullfil. The smiles of your family are my greatest achievements and I'm looking forwards to showing you more beautiful places in the South like Mui Ne and Dalat in the future. Warm regards, Sharmay
Sharmay's tour was entertaining & she was a great help to us both
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Malcolm for your rating of 5 stars. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We had a fabulous and memorable tour with Sharmay. She's enthusiastic, energized, and full of flexibility and ideas. Because of her we were able to experience local life in Saigon, from visiting the markets and trying street foods, to having dinner at a local family's home with Sharmay translating. It was so fascinating! And food was wonderful. We've made new friends in Saigon thanks to Sharmay and we will recommend all our friends visiting her to meet up with Sharmay for a tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: (((Thank you, Sandra & Ron))) for your very nice review and recommendation. It is my pleasure to have been able to contribute to your memorable trip in Vietnam. I was happy to see you happy and enjoy during the trip. Your happiness is contagious! Looking forwards to seeing you again! Warm wishes, Sharmay
Wendy G.University Park, MDM, United States
Sharmay was absolutely marvelous! She very quickly adapted to the specific needs of our unique project, and she was a key contributor to a wonderfully successful effort in Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, we had time to take advantage of her knowledge and love for her city. We got the insider's tour of some of the most important and interesting sites in the city, as well as two great meals of local cuisine. Sharmay was fun, energetic, and enthusiastic, and we give her the highest recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Brian and Ann, for giving me a chance to participate in your wonderful global project. I am happy to have been able to be your guide and interview assistant. It was a memorable and amazing experience for me. I would love to express my admiration for your project again and looking forwards to its publication day. Warm greetings from Vietnam! ~ Sharmay