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Reviewed October 8, 2018

This was a fantastic tour and well worth the long journey to get to Ban Gioc. Our tour guide, Loi, was excellent and made the journey interesting with several impromptu stops for photographs, walking through isolated villages, rice fields etc. Loi was always willing to take group photos and help with any requests. The scenery was amazing and the stay at Ba Be lake was beautiful, loved the boat trip, too! We were a little concerned about "Homestays" before the tour, but both homes were excellent and our hosts did everything to make the stay enjoyable. Leave your suitcase at the hotel and travel light. Mattresses at the first Homestay were a bit hard, but the food was excellent and early morning views over the rice fields and hot showers made it worthwhile. The Homestay at Ba Be lake was more like a hotel (we booked a private room, even had air con!). Shared bathrooms were functional with plenty of hot water.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, General Manager at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Dear Jhanford,

Thank you for your honest and kind review. We are very pleased to hear your trip was a success and that you got to see the true beauty of Ba Be and Cao Bang. Its wonderful that you enjoyed your time with Loi and we are glad that the homestays were too your liking. We hope you can join us again someday soon.

Best Regards,

Linh

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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

The three-day experience out at Ba Be was a little expensive, but given that we were pampered, the only customers in the van, among very few people at the quiet home stay at Ba Be Lake, and got to bike and hang out with the charming Mike (Minh Tu?), it was more than worth it. Compliments to Mr. Khung for safe driving, over 500 kilometers. Compliments to the homestay managers for good food and just the right amount of service — affable, but not in your face too much.

Ba Be is a placid lake with great bird life, and idyllic rice paddies and villages. Development does seem to be increasing, with many new tourist structures going up. There are almost too many motor boats on the water. Enjoy while it lasts. Two nights was plenty for my husband, but I’d gladly idle away a week or more there, exploring caves and kayaking on the lake.

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Mr_Linh_Adventure, General Manager at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Hi Jesse,

Thank you for your kind and informative review. I am delighted to hear that you found the experience to be worth the price. We try our best to be as reasonably priced as possible while doing our upmost to make your trip a comfortable and memorable experience. Our staff will be glad to hear you kind words and compliments and I will pass the messages on. I am glad you could see and appreciate the beauty of Ba Be and I hope the rest of your journey is safe and pleasurable.

Best Regards,

Linh

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Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is an excellent tour. Here are what you can expect.

1. The tour takes you to places that others do not go to. This means that its going to be a long drive, long walk and long quiet silence into places that are not touristy.

2. Don't expect to be shopping. to be staying in 5 star hotels and to be eating western food. Expect to stay with the locals (clean and quiet place) Expect to eat local food (Vietnam/chinese mixture of vegetable and meats)

3. Dont expect 100% english speaking guides that are able to converse with you and have a joke. Do expect English Speaking guide that are doing their UPMOST BEST to help you have a smooth trip.

4. This is a great tour, great trip towards area and places that you won't be able to visit unless you research thoroughly or are very travel savy.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, General Manager at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Hi C.c.A,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am glad to hear that you could appreciate the authenticity and uniqueness of your trip. This is exactly what we aim for and its very nice to hear you had an excellent time.

Best Regards,

Linh

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Reviewed September 20, 2018

We booked our trip from Hanoi to Ban Gioc and Ba Be lake with Mr Linh's adventures.
It is long trip but our excelent driver was a star. Our tour guide Loi did everything possible to make our trip as confortable as posible. We stopped as often as need to take refreshmant.
Food was all lokal, well organised and delicious. Home stay was an amazing experience
with lokal family. People are so frendly. I could not thank enough to our guide Loi Cao
for making our trip confortable and enjoyeble.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, General Manager at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Hello Nenadvolaric,

I would like to say thanks for taking the time to write a review for us. It is great to know that the journey was a comfortable one for you and your experience of the homestay was enjoyable and to your liking. Loi Cao had nothing but kind words for you. We hope to have you travel with us again one day.Hello, i would like to say thanks for taking the time to write a review for us. It is great to know that the journey was a comfortable one for you and tyour experience of the homestay was enjoyable and to your liking. Loi Cao had nothing but kind words for you. We hope to have you travel with us again one day.

Best Regards,

Linh

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Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

5 stars doesn't seem like enough to express how wonderful an experience this trip was! Everything from the booking experience to collection and drop off was exceptional. The driver Mr Bao and our tour guide Loi were very professional and accommodating. Loi went out of his way to make sure we were happy and comfortable at all times and really went above and beyond to provide a really special experience for us. By the end of the trip he felt like family. The locations we visited were breathtakingly beautiful and full of fun activities and adventure. We have so many great memories that we will treasure forever. Thank you so much! We will be back :)

Date of experience: September 2018
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, General Manager at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Hi Jessica,

Thank you for such a nice review. I am so happy that you found our service to be satisfactory, and more importantly, that you had such a wonderful time and created great memories, this is music to my ears. Also, our staff will be delighted with how you felt towards them, thanks for informing us. We look forward to having you travel with us again.

Best Regards,

Linh

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