Todd DavisUnited States
The first half of our tour was perfect. Local non-touristic temple, markets, eateries. We ate a banh mi while sitting on the pavement with a group of colorful gentlemen relaxing. We then allowed the tour to turn into the mundane "see the sites" excursion.Since the sites are similar to those seen in any Asian city, little was gained above what a simple drive-by would have offered. This is entirely our fault. Our guide asked us what we wanted to see and we asked for the sites rather than more local culture.
Don BrownUnited States
What a great off the beaten path tour; exactly what we where looking for! Joe is a great, friendly tour guide and better yet...from Mekong Delta so we really felt like we got an authentic tour. Thank you Joe!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Don Brown, Many thanks for your great review. It would let the other travelers know that outdoor activities such as Cycling, Boating and Kayaking would be the best way to experience the real Mekong Delta. All the best. Joe Countryside Adventures Team
Joe was a fantastic guide for myself and 2 sons(aged 9 ,11). He was knowledgeable and speaks fluent English. We thoroughly enjoyed 2-day cycling tour in Mekong delta, cycling through local villages, kayaking to see beautiful sunrise on Mekong river, cooking and local markets. We cycled about 30km for the first day and 15km on the second day on flat and mostly safe roads. On top of that, he was kind enough to change our schedule in the very last minute as we had to change our flights. Highly recommended !
Alex PollockUnited States
Sylvia KochlerUnited States
Chau is an excellent guide. Our tour was well paced, enjoyable and informative. He provided detailed information about the history of Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City and it's religions and cultures. At our request, and at the last minute, he arranged for an air conditioned van and an excellent driver for a reasonable additional fee. Well worth it given the heat. We enjoyed our half day with Chau and highly recommend him.
Andrea MillsUnited Kingdom
We had a wonderful tour with our excellent tour guide Chau. He tailored the tour to our needs, spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable. He made sure we were comfortable with what we did, advised us on purchases and food and told us lots about the country and way of life. I can thoroughly recommend the tour with this pleasant, friendly young man.
Stephen EdwardsUnited States
Had an excellent day with Joe in HCMC, highly recommended.
Karen TalbottUnited States
Joe did an excellent job of showing us Saigon in the time allowed. His English is great, he is friendly and helpful. Highly recommend him
Chau's tour of the Mekong was spectacular. Not only did we get to visit the Cai Be floating market, but we were also given a private tour of the countryside on our bikes. Everything about this tour was fun and amazing, and is definitely different to any other tour out there. If you're going to the Mekong, use Chau's tour.
Lori HoinkesUnited Kingdom
We had an excellent tour of Ho Chi Minh City on the 24th of December. Everything went very smoothly - totally recommend - great value for money and so much better than any ship excursion experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Lori. Many thanks for your great review. It would let my future clients know that the best way to experience the city with local guides. All the best Chau
Rachel KosminUnited States
We did a private tour of Saigon with Chau. He customized the tour to include a cooking lesson. Chau asked us if we preferred home cooking or a restaurant lesson. We chose home cooking and were so excited when he told us that we would be cooking with his wife at their home. It was the highlight of our trip and allowed us to see some local culture that we wouldn't have otherwise. We can't wait to go back to Vietnam. I highly recommend Chau and this tour!!!
Chloe ThomasHong Kong
Great 2 days off the beaten track, did so much, Mekong Delta is a truely amazing place and we were lucky to see it as we did - great tour guide and company for the 2 days, are some amazing stuff - thank you.
Jan M.United States
Joe was a fabulous guide. He planned a great trip to the Mekong Delta including private boat to a floating market, market tour, rice paper demonstration, candy making. A highlight was a fun mini cooking class at a lovely home in the Delta. We were concerned because we had had some stomach distress and Joe asked them to cook us a special meal of rice and ginger chicken. The day was delightful! Joe's English is EXCELLENT and we strongly recommend his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jan. Many thanks for your great comment.It would let my future customers know that if anyone would love to see the real Vietnam.lets go with local guide chau. All the best. Chau
David BundyUnited States
Frederic JacobyUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Frederic JacobyUnited States
Pleasant Guide. Enjoyed the visit and introduction to the city
Patricia SmithUnited States
Chau Lee "Joe" was right there at the port when the six of us women got off the ship. No problem finding him. He has such a great sense of humor and his English was very good. He kept us on track which wasn't easy for him with 6 women. We all had a wonderful experience. I've have always taken ship excursions but after this, I will definitely do a Tours By Locals tour again.
Joe and Ben did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed our day, the guys were very knowledgeable about all the stop and looked after us wonderfully. Thanks for the great day.
Listening to his English needed some concentration at times but he was very informative about different subjects. He spent a lot of extra time with us and was flexible in complying with our wishes.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Franka. Many thanks for your comment. I am much appreciated and would tell it to my future customers. All the best. Your local guide Chau
Vivian EneverUnited Kingdom
We felt he could have been a bit more informative and attentive. He walked ahead of us quite a lot and seemed to be on his phone quite a bit, although often it was because he needed to call a cab which was necessary of course. He didn't take us to the Reunification Palace and one or two other essential sites so we felt we didn't get an overview of Ho Chi Minh City's past and present. He didn't describe or explain things as much as we would have liked. We did however enjoy the Eco village.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vivian, Greeting from Ho Chi Minh city.' Many thanks for your review. it would help me to improve my services for a better future. I was a bit surprise about what you said I did not take you to Reunification Palace.. Could you please have a look a gain the Itinerary Agreed between You as a Traveler and Your Past Local Guide as Service Provider. The Itinerary does not include The Palace and the Museum, but I would offer you a War Museum. Many thanks for your review. Best Chau
Christopher DixonNew Zealand
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christ, Many thanks for your rating. I am looking forward to welcome your family on another adventure trip with me. All the best Your local guide Joe
Sai GundavarpuUnited States
Mary L.United States
Abigail ClarkUnited States
Chau was a fantastic guide and made our families HCMC visit memorable. Being able to get among the locals rather than a big tour bus is a must. We chose not to take the cruise ship offering and will do it every time. The personal service is just the best. Chau had perfect English and would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Chau - the Bahn Mi and coffee was the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kurt Plummer, Greetings from Saigon city. Many thanks for your nice words. Your great comment would let me know that experience a new place must be with a local guide and personal services. Once again, Many thanks for your recommendation and would love to receive your friends,relative visit to my city. All the best Your local guide Chau
Jerold KarabenshUnited States
Tries very hard, but needs to pick up information on some of the sights he took us to.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jerold. Many thanks for your feedback.it would help me to improve services alots for the future clients. Once again.Many thanks for choosing me as your local guide. All the best Chau
Gillian YoungUnited Kingdom
We would have given six stars if it was not for the terrible traffic in the city. Chau was a very good guide and it was great to do the tunnels with just two of us. The bike ride was the best that we have done it was a real treat to see the real vietnam countryside. Thank you Chau
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gillian Young. Greetings from Ho Chi Minh city. Many thanks for your nixe comment. I am glad that you had a great time and experienced the real Voetnam countryside. Once again.many thanks and look forward to welcome you on another trip. All the best Chau
Abraham SteinUnited States
Chau was an amazing guide. He was smart efficient and lead a great tour! We had an awesome time with him and worth every penny!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eryn, Greetings from Ho Chi Minh city. I am glad to hear that you all enjoyed Mekong Cycling and Kayaking trip. I tried my best to make sure you both experienced the real Mekong land and River. All the best Your local guide Chau