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“So far our best tour in Vietnam” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Handspan Travel Day Tour

Handspan Travel Day Tour
78 Ma May, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3926 2828
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Ranked #21 of 411 Tours & Activities in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Since 1997 Handspan Travel Indochina has been owned and staffed by people for whom travel is not simply an interesting job, but an all-consuming passion of exploring and understanding the world and the diverse cultures that inhabit our planet.We believe that tourism is fundamentally about connecting people and that the differences that separate us can be bridged with the span of an extended hand.Since our founding, we have grown into a family of more than 70 members, and have earned our solid reputation by delivering quality hospitality service, by maintaining small group sizes, and by exploring new destinations off the standard tourist path - all while remaining true to the principles of responsible tourism.We offer a variety of small group tours throughout Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, have multiple office locations throughout the region, and offer a range of travel services including private tours as well as bookings for hotels, airlines, and rail tickets.We can also design customized tour packages according to your needs and interests. We will arrange private, custom tours for your group of any size, and can focus your tour on nature-based activities, village homestays, educational themes, or volunteer opportunities. Handspan also offers you the chance to experience Vietnam in ways that ensure that your impacts on local environmental, social, and economic contexts are positive ones. Our expert knowledge about the places we visit and the local challenges they face, enables us to design and operate tours that promote a balance between the need for economic development and ecological preservation. We do this through working closely with local communities, partnerships with NGOs and development organizations, and ensuring our guides are highly trained in ecotourism principles
Reims, France
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“So far our best tour in Vietnam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

We spend two days in the Halong bay on their Treasure Junk and it was wonderful. The journey is away from the usual tourists spots so kayaking, swimming and sleeping becomes quite a special moment especially in such a special landscape as Halong Bay. The food was exquisite, the staff the best we had and the guide (Duc) extremely interesting.

A must for visiting the bay, worth every penny.

Visited May 2015
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“A tailored- 8 days- north loop Ninh Binh,Ha Giang, Meo Vac , Ban Gioc , Bac Son”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

We were 3 couples looking for a trip in the rural north apart from the mass of tourists. We planned the trip by emails with Ms. Van Ta Hong . She was very responsive to our requests with regard to the route, homestay and hiking opportunities .We decided to skip Sapa for less touristic more authentic .The accomodation combined lodges, 2 homestyes and hotels. The planning included many iterations until we were satisfied. Every thing was as planned. We got a great guide Chung, who was knowlegable and flexible. With stops to bath in the river ,unplanned markets and more on the way. The driver was proffesional and relaiable .There were some very long driving days but he w,as great.
In general we had unique experience due to the great peaple, scenes and guide.
The only comment I have is that we asked to have few hours of hikes each day of the trip. So the trip was planned accordingly. But in fact there was few days in which there was no option to hike due to driving hours or location. I felt as if sometimes it was written in the plan to satisfy our requests without checking if its possible. But eventually because Chung the guide was flexible we found some opportunities for other interesting activities.
In previouse reviews it was written that hotels that were reserved were fully booked. I asked specifically to know in advance about any change in the hotel . Anything we booked was ok. No changes were made.
So I would reccommend Handspan for their excellent arrangments, guide & driver .
I added separate reviews on the accomodation including lodges.

Visited March 2015
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“Great tour operator.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

A great experience from Handspan. Heidi was our agent in Hanoi. She was very helpful amd experienced. We had a wonderful time on the Dragon Pearl boat to Halong bay which was incredible. She also organised our trip to SaPa on the night train and also our 2 day trekking to the Tuesday market and villages. We even did a trip down the Chay river which was exciting! Our guide Hau was very friendly, experienced, kind and knowledgeable. We wish we had followed the advice of and not stayed at the Victoria Sapa as we found it very stuff and not so friendly. We also didn't get the room we had paid for.

Visited April 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Hao X was top guide for Sapa trek through Handspan travel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Amazing to hike through villages that have changed little over hundreds of years- can't last forever, so got up there now!! Wonderful craftspeople living close to nature..and to tourists! our guide Hao was a young man full of humour, energy and knowledge. It was clear he was liked by both clients and the locals we met on our journey- proud of the area and its traditions and lovng to share it with us and share information about our cultures. Go there, and go with Hao!!!!

Visited April 2015
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Perth, Australia
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“Handsan travel , Treasure Junk Halong Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

We were very surprised by the size of our room on board Treasure Junk. We had booked the two rooms with the balcony over the stern. The rooms are massive. 5 star hotel rooms on water. The bathroons are fantastic with spa bath and steam shower avaiable. The bed was very hard for us. But we found that throughout Vietnam. The staff on the Treasure Junk were great, our guide was Binh. A little pocket dynamo. She was awesome. The food was good and plenty of it. 1 of our group was having his 50th birthday on this trip when the staff found out they made him a fruit cake with a flare for a candle. The 'fruit cake' was fruit cut into a star with other fruit around it. It was brilliant.The area of Ha long bay we went to was quiet and beautiful. Over all our 1 night cruise was definately not long enough. This was our second time in Ha Long bay but first with Treasure Junk. It will not be our last. Nor will it be our last booking with Handspan Travel. Thank you to all the staff for making it a great trip.

Visited April 2015
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