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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I’m just now completing a three week vacation in Vietnam. The first nine days was spent on a guided private tour of northern Vietnam, including Ba Be lake, Ha Giang trekking, Dong Van, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc waterfall and Halong Bay. The trip was honestly outstanding. Our guide Loi was fantastic. He took us to places we would never be able to see on our own, to remote villages and amazing treks. He took such good care of us, always checking and making sure we were comfortable and had enough to eat. The food was soooo good, and there was so much of it, I gained a few pounds! He took us to restaurants I’d be shy about going in by myself and ordered a ton of different items. If we didn’t like something, he’d get something else. Or if we loved something, he’d buy more of it. If I wanted wine, he’d find me wine. If we needed to buy something, him and our awesome driver Long would quickly bring us to the correct store to buy it. They wouldn’t even let me carry my bag!

The last two weeks I’ve been traveling in Vietnam without a guide, and it just isn’t the same. We have to stick to touristy areas because I only have a basic understanding of Vietnamese. That being said, Loi did his best to teach us some key phrases so we’d be able to communicate better on our own. He also went way out of his way to help us get WiFi working on our phones which has been unmeasurably helpful.

My only regret is not spending more time on tour with Mr Linhs Adventures! Northern Vietnam is sooooo beautiful. Don’t hesitate to message me directly for any more details on how great our trip was. I’ve been on 3 other guided tours with Intrepid (to Thailand, Malaysia and turkey) and this trip was the best! Loi is the best tour guide I’ve ever had. I want to bring him with me wherever I go. Also thank you to Hellen for setting the trip up with me before hand. And Long was so sweet and a great driver. ❤️❤️❤️

Date of experience: April 2019
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, Manager at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Danielle, a thousand times thank you for this amazing review! We are very proud to have contributed in creating great memories of your time in our country. You went on one of our favourite trips through Northern Vietnam, where both scenery and people leave a long-lasting impression on the travelers' mind.
We do our best to take you to places others can't reach, our goal is to share our vision of Vietnam which includes some time spent with the locals, and take a glimpse at their daily life. And Loi knows where those places are!

We enjoyed reading your words, and will make sure the persons who took care of you, Helen, Loi and Long, will receive the message as well.

We hope to see you again someday. It will be our pleasure to surprise you one more time!

Kind regards,
Mr Linh's Adventures Team

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I recently completed a 12 day North Vietnam customised trip made possible by the incredible team at Mr Linhs Adventures. Initially we were looking to book with another company but felt the itinerary offered didn’t quite match what we were after. By chance we stumbled across Mr Linh’s Adventures website and it immediately felt they would the right choice for us. We were drawn to their off the beaten track style of travel and after reading more on the company, impressed with the fact that they were actively contributing back to the local communities visited.

After a few initial whatsapp messages we were then put in contact with Thao. From her first email to the very last, Thao made the booking process easy and as seamless as one could hope. She was patient and understood exactly what we were after. Even throughout our trip, she was in constant contact making sure we were ok and enjoying ourselves. To Thao, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Next to our incredible guide Long. There are not enough stars to rate this man! We had the most incredible 12 days experience made even more special in his good company. An absolute professional, with an infinite wealth of knowledge who was reliable, funny and completely down to earth. Long anticipated our every need and put simply made this trip the best we could’ve only ever dreamt of. Without him, we would not have seen, experienced, laughed, shared or even eaten as much as we did. We met as friends but leave Vietnam much more than that. To our brother Long, thank you thank you thank you. We miss you dearly.

To Mr Bao our most dedicated driver. Though a language barrier sometimes separated us, we were always connected through friendship and fun. We are truly grateful for your continued professionalism and exceptional driving skills. Thank you for always putting us first and getting us safely to each and every destination. The mountainous roads especially in north east Vietnam are by no means an easy feat but you were an absolute champion and looked after us so well. Thank you.

Finally to those who are still thinking about booking through Mr Linhs Adventures, don’t think just do! You will be rewarded with a completely unique experience unmatched by any other. They are true to their words in that they will take you to the places others can’t reach. If you are after a genuinely authentic real life experience, you will not be disappointed. The homestays will be a highlight for you as they were for us and allow you to really meet and interact with the local people. The landscape of North Eastern Vietnam is breathtaking and utterly spectacular. A must for the those who love the great outdoors and nature. The best part is you’ll most probably not meet very many other travellers along the way. We certainly didn’t. So do yourself a favour and book a trip of a lifetime with this amazing group of people! You won’t regret it!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, Gérant at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good morning! We just had the best time reading your review, thank you so so much for your kind words!
We are very proud to have been able to provide you with a one-of-a-kind experience, surrounded by amazing people like Long, Bao or Thao. Your words will be passed on to the team who took care of you, it's a great reward.
We will keep doing what we do best, discover unknown paths to take you on and try to take care of many more families from various ethnic minorities thanks to our actions and your utmost respect as a guest.
A thousand times thank you, and we hope to see you again in our beautiful country.
Until next time!
Mr Linh's Adventures Team

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Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

Our experience was amazing! Loi our guide made the whole 10 day adventure fun informative and inspiring. Our driver Long made the long trips by bus seem short and helped us feel safe on the very crazy roads.
Loi brought us to many places we never could have gone on our own and showed us many amazing out of the way places and people.
As a professional guide myself back home I really appreciated the level of care and true love Loi displays for both showing this amazing place to his guests but also his genuine love for these place and people himself.
The food on the trip was amazing we both gained a few pounds as we couldn’t stop eating all the great things Loi and long turned us on to. And when we didn’t like something he was quick to bring something we did love. The homestays and hotels where all very clean and comfortable.
All in all an incredible trip. Thanks to Loi Long and Hellen back at the office. You guys are truly great at what you do.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, Manager at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2019

Hi Brian,

Thank you so much for this great review! We appreciate your support very much and are so glad you enjoyed every bit of the trip. Loi is indeed very passionate, it is always a pleasure to work with him. As for Long, the roads definitely have no secrets for him now. Helen enjoyed working on your tour, she will be delighted to hear the good news.

Hope the few pounds gained were worth it!

Linh

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Reviewed March 19, 2019

Our 8 days off beat trekking from village of valleys and mountains is truly fascinating and accompanied by Loi, the humorous, caring and attentive guide accompanied by safe driving driver Swee. .they have such patience too
Our trek and homestays are basis but very comfortable and always well fed with good meals especially efforts for the deliciously hotpot dinner and birthday treat celebration by entertainer Loi
We will and plan to organise a coming year for the golden harvest on October for the golden harvest to North East Hanoi with Linh Adventure
Much interesting are interacting with the tribes and their custom and lifestyle which we learns much to treasure especially the classroom of happy children and teachers in local school
Yes, we recommend Mr Linh's Adventures and Guide Loi,who is expert on sweet potato dish

Date of experience: March 2019
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, Manager at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2019

Hi Venture152719. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It is a pleasure to hear that your experience in Northern Vietnam and Mr Linh’s Adventures was a success. Loi is indeed a great cook! It is very important to us that the local communities in this remote area are being known as well, and share the benefits of sharing time and knowledge with passing travellers.

We look forward to seeing you again soon then!

Sincere regards,
Linh.

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Reviewed March 8, 2019

Did the tour from Hanoi to Ba Be Lake & Ban Gioc Waterfall and it was one of the most amazing nature tours I've ever gone on! The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and he always seemed to take the greatest care to make sure everyone was happy and didn't need anything. The homestay in Ba Be was also great, and it was really nice talking to Linh and the rest of the family for a bit.

Would recommend for anyone who's looking for a guided tour of some truly amazing sights accompanied by friendly people.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, Manager at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2019

Hi Aleksander. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re very happy to hear that you enjoyed both the natural scenery and the welcoming local people.

Sincere regards,
Linh.

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Reviewed March 2, 2019 via mobile

We went to ba be national park with mr linh and did the boattour. The bus was already expensive and took way longer than promised. The boattour was even more overpriced. 35 dollars for a 3 hour tour which is not that special.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Mr_Linh_Adventure, Owner at Mr Linh's Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2019

Dear M9648.

I’m very sorry to hear that our tour was not up to your expectations. We do our best to break down the price of our services at the time of booking to showcase how most of our revenue ends up in the hands of the local people and communities that we work closely with.
We are the only company running a shuttle bus service between Hanoi and Ba Be National Park, and as it is still a remote and rarely-visited area. This relatively low demand means that transportation services cost a bit more than elsewhere in our country. If you research the prices for the local bus running the same route, you will discover that the price is the same as ours, but with more than double the travel time (up to 12 hours instead of around 4,5) and without the pick-up and drop-off services we offer.
We also offer this shuttle service completely free of charge to local people and students from Ba Be, allowing them to visit and study Hanoi, something they have been unable to do in the past. Thus, the price you pay for the ticket provides significant value to the local population in Ba Be, something we focus on, while still giving you a value you can’t get from the local bus. Had you informed me in advance about your thoughts on the pricing, I would’ve been more than happy to assist you with booking a local bus instead.
Regarding the tour, I am very sorry to hear you didn’t think it was worth it. We believe that 35 US Dollars is a very reasonable price for this tour as the maximum size of the group is 8 people, and even when there are fewer people the local boatman and English speaking guide still needs to be compensated for their labour.
Once again I’m very sorry to hear you were not happy with our services, and should you ever return to Vietnam I would love the chance to change your mind.

Sincere Regards,

Linh.

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