My partner and I have just returned from our recent trip to Vietnam and our tour with this company was one of the highlights of the trip. We asked Xuan to arrange a half-day tour taking us from our accommodation in Hoi An up to Da Nang where we would catch a train at lunchtime. We were collected by our guide Tommy at 8.30am and spent a wonderful, informative 4 hours with him.
Tommy was incredibly friendly and made us feel extremely welcome from the minute we got in the car. He told us about his home town, Hoi An, where we had spent 3 days and informed us about lots of the scenery on the drive out of the town. Our first stop was at the Marble Mountains, where Tommy told us all about the history of Buddhist culture and took us into lots of fascinating areas of the site that we would never have found ourselves. He took so many fantastic photographs of us and knew all the best photo spots. We then visited a family working in marble carving at the bottom of the mountains. We were told that ordinarily the family would be able to show us the sculptures being carved but unfortunately the workers were on holiday for Tet (lunar new year). We kept this stop brief as we were only able to visit their shop and we were conscious our half day was flying past too quickly.
We then enjoyed the drive up to My Khe beach and had the chance to take some more great photos on the beach, before heading up to the Lady Buddha statue where we enjoyed the gorgeous views over Da Nang. Tommy then took us into the city to take us for some Vietnamese coffee at the oldest coffee shop in Da Nang. As coffee lovers, this was a great highlight for us. Tommy was so hospitable and kindly treated us to our coffees as it was my birthday that day – such a kind gesture! We loved having the chance to sit with Tommy in a local café and hear about his life. We then stopped by a fantastic Banh Mi stall for some baguettes to take on to the train and were dropped off at the station in time for our train to Hue.
We only wish we had been able to spend longer on this tour – I’m sure the full day trips must be fantastic! Thank you Tommy for your wonderful company and stories on our trip – we loved getting the chance to spend the time with you and see some highlights in your incredible country. (Leanne & Paul from Scotland).
Traveller: LaP1601 from Tripadvisor