We were three very loud, boisterous Americans, who were traveling with a twelve year old to Vietnam. We required something that encompassed the local, rugged flavors of Northern Vietnam, while having the safety and knowledge of a guide who could help us. From our very first contact with Tony, we found him to be a total professional. He was able to manage the itinerary which we presented him. His willingness to roll with the punches was both surprising and remarkable. Often impulsive, we would often change our minds and Tony would coolly nod and deal with any eventuality.
We wanted to experience the inner Vietnam and he was terrific at arranging each experience for us. We were able to stay in a fishing village in Cat Be Island and he roughed it with us.
Once in Hanoi, Tony introduces us to his family and his wife Nhung Rose. A phenomenal cook, she would take us to the local market each night and prepare beautiful home cooked meals that were a highlight of the trip.
In summary, if you are looking for a truly professional guide, with an even temper and a conscientious approach to the job, then Tony is your guy. 5 stars!!!!!!