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Vietnam Cultural

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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- Organizing cultural tours exploring in the mountains - Sell collectibles and antiques, ethnic culture -Photographers take pictures of ethnic culture
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Laura del Moral wrote a review May 2019
San Diego, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
My first impression of Hung? It started like this: I got an email from my friend asking me to “please wire $500 USD to a bank account under Hung’s wife’s name." I am a busy professional. My friend found Hung online and we curiously inquired about the tour, but when I got this email, I was not thrilled. My friend insisted we give Hung a chance, but my immediate response was, "there’s no way!!!" I don’t trust wiring money, much less for online services, and especially not outside the country. It seemed shady. However, my friend did more research and personally connected with clients and friends of Hung. Everyone vouched for Hung. So, I decided I'd give him a chance, and wired the money through my phone. I AM SO GLAD I wired that money---it was an awesome investment! (When we met Hung in person, we paid the rest of the fee). I have travelled to 37 countries and I place Vietnam as one of the top countries to visit. My amazing experience in Vietnam was created with the interactions that I made with the local people of the mountains, villages and markets. Hung made these interactions possible. My experience was rewarding and authentic. My five senses were awakened. Hung provided daily, rich experiences, including many cultural/historical conversations over meals, insight during commutes, and insider/local treats. I enjoyed every moment with him, his driver and my good friend. I suddenly became interested in the history of Vietnam. When I came back home, I read more about Vietnam. I also became interested in photography because of all the wonderful pictures I took in Vietnam. I took pictures of the people, food, water buffalo, roads, homes, scooters and the amazing green mountainous scenery. This trip was like nothing I have ever done. The combination of the people, scenery, food and Hung’s knowledge and fun positive energy made this trip unforgettable. Thank you, Hung. Your tour was priceless!!!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Jay D wrote a review Nov 2018
Toronto, Canada2 contributions4 helpful votes
My girlfriend and I spent 5 days with Mr. Hung and driver, Mr. Lam as we traveled through the Ha Giang region. An amazing experience to say the least. We would echo comments of those who have reviewed before us. Mr. Hung’s relationship with the various local communities has been built up via general interest in learning about traditional culture and various humanitarian efforts over the years. Along the way Mr. Hung brings you into the villages and lives of the local people in a way that no other guide could do. 5-stars all around. Mr. Lam, a great driver, navigated the mountains like a pro. We look forward to staying in touch with Mr. Hung and Mr. Lam. Jay
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Carolyn S wrote a review Oct 2018
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We were interested in seeing the rice terraces, learning about life for ethnic minority people and seeing their handicrafts. Mr. Hung planned a trip to the mountains north that included all of this and so much more. He brought us to the most incredible spots in the mountains to view the terraces. His knowledge of the area is exceptional! He is familiar with every part of it and was eager to give us the best experience he could. Hung knows many of the tribal people and this enabled us to meet them, visit their homes and get a view of their culture and life firsthand. I will always remember the people I met along the way. To be exposed to another culture in this way is a life changing experience. Hung has a background in anthropology and I learned a lot from him about the different hill tribes. This knowledge combined with his skill as a photographer, and his personal integrity make him an excellent guide. The accommodations were comfortable, the driver was very good and I hope to travel with Hung again!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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TeaRose wrote a review Dec 2017
Boston, Massachusetts7 contributions3 helpful votes
We were referred to Hung by friends in the Hanoi cultural community. He truly lives up to all expectations and arranged a superb tour of the ethnic villages in An Giang province, where he has lived, worked and studied. To say that Hung is passionate about his work is putting it mildly. He is a modest, kind and knowledgeable man who quite possibly knows more about the ethnology and culture of northern Vietnam than any other person in the country (or beyond). What sets him apart is that the Hmong, Yao and Tay families with which he has done his ethnographic work are clearly very fond of him, and for good reason. He brings them eyeglasses, clothing, and his masterful photographs whenever he visits. To travel with him as a guide is a memorable experience. He is totally responsible and plans the trip and needs "from soup to nuts" including an experienced driver, great stops for food, and occasional stops along mountainous roads to view marine fossils. Spending time with him in his shop in Hanoi is a learning experience in itself, but if you the time and inclination to hire him for an extended trip to visit fairly isolated ethnic communities in northern Vietnam, you're in for a rare treat. Accommodations are basic, but you're living with the locals, and that's the point. We enjoyed every moment and will definitely try hard to find a longer period of time to travel again with Hung.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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DLH1234 wrote a review Oct 2017
Grass Valley, California73 contributions61 helpful votes
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My last trip with Hung, to Ha Giang Province in February 2017, was so good I booked another trip with him for this past September: 15 days to the Northwest provinces, from 5-19 Sept 2017, to see the terraced rice fields at their most stunning yellow, before the harvest. We timed it just right, thanks to Hung's planning. We headed west to Moc Chau, then to Ngia Lo, Mu Cang Chai, Lai Chou, Sin Ho, Pahho, Hoan Su Phi, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Can Cau, Bac Ha, Xin Man, Ban Phung and Thong Nguyen in five provinces. We visited ten ethnic groups including White Thai, Black Thai, Black Yao, Red Yao, Yao Tien, Hmong, Flower Hmong, Nung, Lu and Pa Then. We delivered books, supplies and toys to Hmong schools, and free reading glasses to local ethnic groups all along the way. It was a fantastic, rewarding adventure, thanks to Hung, his planning and his contacts. He has an engaging way of interacting with local people, whether it is to remote villages or with the old ladies tending their buffalo along the road. As noted in a previous review, Hung, his family and many friends are devoted to helping the ethnic minority groups in the mountains. We plan more such trips, and it is my great pleasure to know him and call him a close friend. He is a graduate of the Culture University of Ha Noi, has traveled extensively all over the country, is one of the most knowledgeable guides around, and he is always willing to share his knowledge and experience. I will make a comment about Sa Pa: didn't like it much. It has become too touristy, to commercial, and has lost its charm and authenticity. The Hmong ladies follow you everywhere, peddling their stuff; they dress their kids in flashy 'authentic' clothes to attract buyers, and the huge, ugly block-long 5-star hotel currently under construction in the middle of town is an inappropriate eyesore. So no, not my favorite place, despite its popularity. Go if you must, but head for the villages outside town, preferably the ones infrequently visited. Commercialism is creeping in everywhere. There is a nice Red Yao village just outside Sa Pa with a very interesting, old abandoned French Catholic monastery - very photogenic - and numerous home stays.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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