Although more expensive than two other quotes we’d received “Song Too” as she pronounces her name sounded more comprehensive and detailed oriented in her quick email responses to our questions so we went with Xuan Tú and weren’t disappointed. The car was an impeccably clean Toyota Fortuner (think Highlander) SUV and the driver was safe and skilled as he negotiated crazy driving from other aggressive drivers with aplomb.

Our guide Quan (pronounced Kwan) spoke excellent English and was a treasure of knowledge about Vietnamese history and about Hue and all points along the 3 hour car ride. He didn’t rush us and adjusted the day to our likes and even escorted us to a very nice vegetarian place for lunch in Hue. He would quiz us to test our memory on various tidbits he’d shared earlier which made for a fun encounter. We visited the imperial citadel, the pagoda and two tombs.

We left at 730am from our hotel in Hoi An and returned 12 hours later satiated. The weather didn’t cooperate as it rained all day so we used the tunnel both ways and missed out on the mountain pass which was a bummer but not the tour guide or company’s problem. Great day out still thanks to the excellent arrangements and Quan’s easy flexible approach and friendly demeanor coupled with his deep knowledge. Don’t let his young age of 23 fool you. He’s got answers to every question you’d throw at him.

Traveller: rvansam from Tripadvisor