My fiancé, sister and I booked our guided trekking tour just a few weeks out from our intended travel days, and from start to finish, Mr. Linh’s office and guiding staff went above and beyond to provide us with a safe, fun, worthwhile experience.
From the beginning, communications with the office were frequent, helpful, and consistent. Kevin’s attentiveness and attention to detail laid to rest any initial reservations or hesitance I felt about booking a tour with a local operator from so far away.
From the itinerary to our guide and driver: I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thanks to the willingness of our guide Loi to spread his love and enthusiasm to everyone we encountered, he helped break down any cultural and language barriers so we could learn from and experience the beauty of the people in the villages we’d trek by. Loi is a giver. He cared for my sister when she came down with flu like symptoms, he accommodated all of our food preferences, offered us options for our days, and is just a great guy, and now a lifetime friend.
Our driver Long was also a joy to be around—and though he spoke very little English, he did everything to make us feel at home! I can not express enough praise for the work he did—we felt so safe driving up some of the craziest roads, and his kind-hearted gestures over our meals and when he didn’t have to drive will never be forgotten.
The sheer beauty of the far north is the stuff of dreams. We encountered very few tourists up there, and I hope that those who visit in the years to come will tread lightly, and respect this sacred space and the people that breathe life into it.
Thank you to everyone from Mr. Lihn’s for the trip of a lifetime.
<3 Lisa, Julie and Matt