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!
Anne HensleyUnited States
Leon was great. Very easy to understand and very knowledgeable on all subjects. His upbringing in Vietnam and Germany made for an interesting perspective on his home country and how he would like to help and change it. We saw a side of Vietnam that you normally would not as a tourist. We would highly recommend him as your tour guide. The van was immaculate and his driver amazing. It is not an easy task driving in Hanoi. Thank you both for a wonderful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Anne for your rating and comment. It was my pleasure to guide you around Hanoi and explore its markets as well as the traditional daily life. I hope you enjoyed the rest of Viet Nam and hope to see you some day again. Wish you all the best and again, thank you very much.
Margaret LampmanUnited States
Leon is an excellent tour guide. Although culturally Vietnamese, he's spent a great deal of time in the Western culture so communicated impressive insight to our myriad questions about Eastern philosophies, politics and customs. His historical depth of knowledge regarding the sites visited was impressive. He was on-time, the car was immaculate and the day spent quite memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Margaret flr you kind comment and rating. The pleasure was all on my side to show you my Hanoi. Hope you and Richard will enjoy the seafood buffet diner.
Frederic JacobyUnited States
Excellent guide. Good knowledge, great sense of humor. Really shows us the character and interesting aspects of Hanoi. Highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Fred for your rating and comment. I will send you the pictures of the charity event which you, your wife as well as Jim and Susie donated to. Again thank you for the fantastic tour and the donation. Wish you all the best and hope to see you in the US.
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.
Frank HinmonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Frank. I hope you and your wife had a fantastic time in Ha Long bay. Hope to see you two next time again.
Leon is a very personable and skilled guide. He has a very good knowledge of Hanoi's history and excellent english skills. The tour was interesting and informative, and a balanced introduction to the Vietnamese people's history and achievements. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gregory. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much. A big thank to you and your wife because you two were so patient with me regarding the slow movement speed. I hope you both will have a great time in Ha Long and enjoy the new resort. Thanks and hope to see you again some day.
Great tour. Literally eating with the locals at their family home in a Vietnamese village. Leon is a terrific team leader, but not so good at catching fish :) He is very personable and had a great depth of knowledge. We had a wonderful experience that we could not have done without a local to guide us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chris. The family loved the honey and I also could have a bite, its tatse is so special and not to be compareable with any other kind of honey that I know. I will work on my fishing skills and next time you will definitely catch a fish ^_^. I hope you and Fiora enjoy your stay in Viet Nam.
Sita SarnaUnited States
This trip was last year but I still talk about my trip there. I love Tours By Locals. My time with Leon was great.I had lunch with him each day at a local place and saw so many things! I would highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Sita. It has been a long time since we went on the tour together but I am very happy to hear and receive this rating from you (not only because it is a 5 star but most important is that you did not forget me). I am looking forward to welcome you again someday in Ho Chi Minh city and explore the city with you, hopefully this time with your husband.
Anne WestonUnited States
Leon was a wonderful guide. He has a great sense of humor, and was able to answer all our questions regarding customs, history, culinary details and more. Touring through small villages, meeting local people, shopping in the local markets and preparing our meal with a family was a true highlight of our trip to Vietnam. i would highly recommend Leon to others who are in the Hanoi area. thank you, Leon, for a remarkable day in your country. All 5 of us send our regards.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anne. Thank you very much for your kind words. The pleasure and fun was all on my side to show you the lovely village and its daily life. I hope that you and your friends could make use fo the recipe. The host family thanks you very much for the nice gifts and they do very much enjoy the chocolate chips. I hope I will have the chance to welcome you someday again in Viet Nam.
Leon was always willing to share information and of course his English language is excellent. I truly enjoyed his company
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ruth, thank you for your kind words. This was a very special tour for both you and me. Aslo we could not see much but I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed what we did together. I wish you a nice trip to Hong Kong and a save flight back home.
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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Leo, wish you and Marlene a nice stay and good luck with the dance performsnce. Hope to have a chance to see you some day again!
Lynn Kopecky-KithasUnited States
Leon was a great, knowledgable guide who was very helpful with our 6 year old daughter. We had a great time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lynn for your 5 star rating. It was my pleasure to guide you through Ha Noi. I hope you, Jason and your lovely daughter have a great time in Viet Nam.
Ana QuiñonezDesign Center, Guatemala
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ana, thank you for your rating. I wish you and your friends a fantastic trip and hope to have a chance to welcome you back to Vietnam.
Excellent English, very patient, would have liked more history about what we were seeing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Mizrachi. I will improve and add on more information about the history. Thank you for your kind rating. I wish you and your family all the best and hope to have the change to welcome you to Viet Nam again,some day.
10 on 10, most knowledgable guide I ever encountered...... And couple that with a lovely, humble personality. Totally recommend him......
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jean for your words and recommendation. It has been very long since we toured together. Hope you are well! Wish you all the best and looking forward to meeting you someday 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!
James ShochUnited States
We were two couples visiting Hanoi (and Vietnam) for the first time. Leon was a surprise (a Vietnamese guide with a German accent?) and a delight. He ably toured us around the town and augmeneted the standard tour descriptions with wonderful insights from his own life and experiences. Each of us would recommend him without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your nice words James. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I hope to have a chance to see you someday again. Until then, I wish you only the best!
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.
Jason WynneUnited Kingdom
Leon was fabulous extremely knowledgeable, courteous engaging polite,punctual, attentive, great fun, a truly humbling experience, we had so much fun felt safe comfortable and truly at home in a place a world away from ours. the only item we felt should be more apparent which is more our issue is be aware that some tours mean spending time in the car and may want to be looked at first.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jason for your nice words and recommendation. I will pay attention to the fact to advise about the long drive for my future tours. Thanks so much and hope we will keep in touch. Please send my best regards to Alex, Rosy and Mary. Wish you all a nice holiday and hope to see you again soon.
Well organized tour and Leon was great with the three young children in our group. Halong Bay day tour was enjoyable, even with the long van ride in each direction. We also enjoyed touring a local village by bike and the water puppet show.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mr. Max. I really miss the Josh, Taylor and "handsome" Matthew. Thank you for giving me that chance to be your tour guide. Hopefully you will come back to Vietnam some day so that I will have that pleasure again. Take care and all my best to you and your great family.
William McCalmonRedlands, CA, United States
Leon was a great guide and very enthusiastic. We even spent the evening with his grand parents, parents and brother. What a fun experience. Dinner and lunch in Halong Bay were good and the trip very worthwhile.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. McCalmon for your 5star rating. It was my pleadure to show you my city,village and introduce the traditions of my family and village to you. Hope to see you again some day.
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.
Ramon GonzalezUnited States
Leon gave us a fantastic two-day tour of Hanoi. Leon is very friendly, knowledgeable, and speaks great English. He has a warm, energetic personality. Leon was very accommodating and took time to explain the plans and understand and adapt to our preferences. From spending some time abroad in Germany growing up, Leon has an interesting perspective on Vietnamese life to share. Finally, he was prompt and very easy to correspond with via email to arrange plans.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ramon. It was my pleasure to guide you and your mother through Ha Noi. I am very happy that you enjoyed the tour and hope you had a nice time in Hue. I wish you and your mum only the best and hope to see you some day again.
Cassie LuckoffUnited States
Leon was an exceptional guide for us during our one day stay in Hanoi. He is different from other guides (in a great way) because he lived some of his youth in Europe (Germany), so he has a more global view of the world AND he guides only as a hobby -- teaching being his main profession -- so he is not always available; but if he is available, you must book him! He is a gem! His English is exceptional and conversations with him on all levels were wonderful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your nice words Mrs. Cassie. Actually, I have to thank you because I have learnt so much from you and Mickey. Kindly send my best greetings to Mickey. I wish you and Mickey only the best and hopefully we see each other again.
Annmarie D'AmourUnited States
You can count yourself lucky if you have Leon for a guide to Hanoi. I spent the first day of my vacation riding on the back of his moped on a tour he put together based upon my interests. I had been to Hanoi once and wanted to see past the main attractions and that is just what we did. He is very knowledgeable about the city and Vietnam, his English is impeccable and he truly enjoys showing people his city. It was like having a friend show me around. Thanks, Leon!
Leon was the perfect guide to Hanoi. Knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating to our needs and likes. He showed us a side of Hanoi you are likely to miss without a guide, and helped us find great simple and truly authentic yet great places to eat. Thank you Leon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Jorge. Actually,I am the one who had to thank you. I learnt a lot from you. I wish you and Maria Rosa a nice trip to Cambridge. I really hope to have a chance to see you again.
Sehr schöne und informative Tour. Leon Le spricht hervorragend Deutsch ! Kann ich wirklich empfehlen !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vielen Dank Herr Gongoll, ich hoffe Sie haben es mit dem Schneider geschafft und alles ist gut gelaufen in Hue. Ich wünsche Ihnen und Ihrer Familie nur das Beste.
Leon was very attentive to the pace and ha adapted to ensure it was a tour catered to us and our interests. He is very organized and maintains you informed of the tour and what you will see . He also helped us map out our entire Vietnam etinarary and recommended places that we would not have found on our own. We fully recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeff, thanks a lot for your feedback. It was really nice to walk with you and Bobby. Moreover, thanks a lot for your ideas I could learn also from you quite a lot. Hope to see you again ^_^
Lara NusbaumUnited States
We travel to a different country almost every week because of my husband's job and I go on a lot of tours, but I would say Leon was the best guide I have ever had! He listens to what you want and makes it happen. I would hire him again in a second!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lara. I also enjoyed the trip with you and your husband. Moreover, I could learn a lot from you, therefore, I have to thank you. Nice greetings from my grandparents and parents, they hope to have a chance to cook for you again. Then my mother will show you another very special, delicious and healthy vegetable.
Although already engaged with another appointment, Leon arranged for the affable Peter to take care of us, also meeting us before our tour to make sure everything was okay. Peter was a live wire with a lot of love for his countrymen and a deep passion to see Vietnam mature and develop! Carefree and down to earth, we truly enjoyed the hospitality and food of Thao, her husband Trong and his mom at their family home. A motorcycle ride Vietnam style around the villages was a great highlight!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Edwin. I got to know from Peter and Thao that they also very much enjoyed the day. I really hope that you will come back to Vietnam one time, so that I myself will be able to lead you around. Wish you and Fiona only the best and hope to see you soon.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
I have traveled to 30 different countries all over the world; never had a tour guide as good as Leon. He simply knows his Vietnamese culture inside out!We had a great time knowing the people of Vietnam, exploring their traditions, religion, food, sports and more. Leon is friendly, fluent in English, well-cultured and always willing to help and find solutions and better alternatives. In short, a trip to Hanoi is incomplete without Leon being your guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Samie, I also enjoyed the 5 days with you guys. I hope you guys found enough stuffs to finish the project. Don't forget to send me a copy.
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.
Leon was really nice person and he treated us more to his own family/friends instead of his guests. We traveled with my mum which is using wheelchair and we were worry about her accessibility there. Leon came out with his tailored tour which is wheelchair friendly. At the end my family was able to enjoy the beauty of Halong bay in the private junk, took the overnight train to Sapa and stayed in sapa resort and traveled around Hanoi by using rickshaw. Many thanks Leon and please take care! Victor.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Victor, Thank you very much for your comments, it will encourage me to do follow my way of tour guiding. I, too, enjoyed the tour, and I am very happy to hear that your family liked it and I thank you and your family for regarding me as a friend and family member instead of a tour guide. If you plan to visit the northern part of Vietnam again, I hope you will give me the pleasure to be your travel mate again? When I come to Singapore, I will let you know. Thanks and Regards, Leon
Maria Esther CantuMexico
Leon we had such a great time, full of surprises and above all the flexibility to make the perfect customize itinerary for all 10 of us. He was fantastic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. It was a unique opportunity to see the city through locals eyes to learn his way of life. Thank you Leon for taking us to taste the local food, do the cyclo trip and the wonderful and relaxing spa. We would highly recommend Leon and thank you for making this trip so special!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mrs. Adriana, I enjoyed the trip as much as you did. Your family is very special and you all were very funny and easygoing. Thank you for the delicious Mexican sweeties, they were very nice, just too sad that I cannot find them here in Vietnam. Next month we will re-order the special massage oil, I will send them to you asap. I wish you only the best and hope that we will see each other 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.
Leon provided the best tour we took and the others were excellent. He is generous, capable and very amiable. I would fully recommend him and allow him to plan the whole Hanoi experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your nice words John. I have to thank you for giving me the chance to show you Ha Noi and enjoy 2 days full of fun and I could learn a lot from you. I hope your grandchildren will like the presents we bought for them. I hope I will have a chance to see your cottage at the Resort you told me.
Leon was the best tour guide ever! He was very attentive to our family tour needs in every way, my parents are not easy to cope with, but Leon made the our trip fun and memorable. One night, we left our souvenirs in Quan An Ngon and Leon went back there took our stuff and sent it to our hotel. I couldnt express how much i appreciate Leon's attentiveness as our new friend and tour guide.. We were lucky to have Leon and i believe all the people who have been touring with Leon would feel the same.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Virly. I really enjoyed the tour with you and I just wanted to show you the hospitality of Vietnam and Vietnamese. I plan to come to Indonesia this year, and hope you will guide me through Jakarta?