There is almost certainly no better DMZ tour guide than Mr Vu. If you want to understand the conflict - not just see the sights but put them in context, Mr Vu is the man for you. As a historian he has a complete understanding of the Vietnam war, from French colonial times through to the end of the conflict in the mid 1970's. He is also a very friendly, passionate and engaging chap. Through his understanding you get a sense of the suffering Vietnam and the Vietnamese went through and see the conflict from both sides. It also helps that Mr Vu has previously taken veterans of both sides on this tour (helping them make sense of the conflict - see some of the reviews below) and from them he has quite a few stories of what life was like for them during the conflict.
A private tour is always more expensive than a group tour. However, it really is money well spent. You get an air conditioned car with a good driver and Mr Vu - who is not only an excellent guide but because it is a private tour you get to have a conversation with him throughout the day. As others have mentioned, he brings along his iPad too which has some great old photos on to bring everything to life.
We arranged everything in advance via email and all went smoothly.
All in all a great day out - I could not recommend him more.
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