My husband and I booked a shopping tour via Hanoikultour. That was the worst experience we’ve ever had. They led us to the silk village Vinh Phuc, the pottery village Bat Trang. There were a lot of interesting shops and things to buy but they didn’t let us go in there. They took us to a neighborhood of three or four shops next together and it seemed that they knew each other very well. I think they set up some arrangements and the tour guide just led us to their shops and get the commission.
The tour guide blah-blahed about the history of these places. He guaranteed that all the products they sell here were genuine and encouraged us to buy them and bring them home as souvenirs or gifts. Some of the tourists in our group were very excited. But I know it was all a dirty cheat for us foreigners because I decided to test the silk at Vinh Phuc right in the shop they took me to. I bought a “silk” handkerchief like they introduced for $12. I took out my lighter and burned it. If it was real silk it would turn into ash, but it cringed like other artificial fibres we are wearing everyday. I asked the shop to return my money but they acted as if they don’t understand English anymore and ignored my request! In the end, they told me that because I’d damaged the handkerchief so they wouln’t accept money return. When I told the tour guide he could only say sorry and wish me better luck next time ?!?!
Bad trip, irresponsible locals and tour guide, worst experience!
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