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“A great trip Ruined”

Asiana Travel Mate - Private Day Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Founded and operated from early 2006, Asiana Travel Mate, Vietnam Local DMC has offices in Saigon, Hanoi and Hue Imperial city in Central Vietnam. Asiana Travel Mate has gained a true value in responsible Travel within Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with Prestigious travel awards. The Year's Best for Excellent Tour Operator by Vietnam Economic Times The Guide Awards annually from 2009 to 2014 Trusted Brand from 2009 to 2012 by Viet Nam Business Association. Golden cup for Excellent Service in 2009 with theme for Community development and health. Golden cup for Excellent Business in 2009with theme for Community development and health.
Perth, Australia
1 review
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“A great trip Ruined”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

After anticipation of this trip long before our arrival we decided to book through local tourist company Asiana Travel Mate,Hanoi office ,a well reviewed company with local offices throughout Vietnam.First complaint-we where told it was a 3 hour drive according to the leaflet and sales agent,not true it was four hours and at times 20 km per hour.In their defense they said it was a very long day trip,but the guide told us it was 3.5 to 4 hours as soon as we got in the car,so he knew exactly what we where in for!! After a long trip punctuated by stopping at places specifically to sell you things( oh and go to the toilet) you are dropped of at huge art centers and told you will be picked up at the other end! What the hell,all this as part of a 4 hour drive and a stop at a pearl farm that was not asked for or on the itinerary and again led out through a huge sales area( note we live in one of the pearl capitals of the world,so don't need to waste time on this( this happened on the return also) the cruise was a great boat was very traditional feel and friendly staff.Now don't get me wrong the destination is amazing,very amazing and deserves its title.Unfortunately the food on board was terrible to say the least,four hours later as we entered the car to return to Hanoi I was violently sick with food poisoning having to stop the driver at least 10 times to have to vomit on the side of the road.This illness lasted about 36 hours longer. I'm not a fussy eater and always eat local cuisine throughout Asia so this is not a story of someone with low tolerance,the lunch was frozen local food that was deep fried,possibly re- deep fried and was still a little frozen in the middle.
My advice is possibly take your own food hamper or not eat the food if you don't trust it.I haven't commented much on the fact that we had a private boat for just the 2 of us and we where pestered to buy trinkets a little beyond what was polite.
All in all a destination worth the effort but consider how you get there and its probably not a day trip

Visited December 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Cu Chi Tunnels with Slim Jim”
Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

We took the Cu Chi Tunnels tour today and was very lucky to have Slim Jim as our tour guide. He was extremely knowledgable, giving us insights into the history behind the tunnels, and also a general overview of the war. Had a great time learning from Slim Jim, he definitely enriched our tour experience!

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London, United Kingdom
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“Asiana travel tour”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

If you’re in Vietnam, you can really explore the country with this tour operator. They have nice packages depending on whether you want to relax on the sea side, visit historical places or go to much more adventures such as safari tour
The safari package is just fantastic. You will go on a tour for nine days. The booking includes reservation to various hotels at different locations in Vietnam. You start from Saigon where you are met by tour operators at the airport. They will take you to a hotel and on that they you will be able to visit much of the city. Places such as the Cu Chi Tunnels are a wonder to see.
The trip will take you on a boat ride to Sadec in the Mekon Delta region. There is a local market where the fishermen sell their fish. It’s a nice ride; you get to watch them catch fish and the surrounding is beautiful. You can also spot a variety of birds. From there you go all the way to Tram Chim. The tour operator comments about the flora and the fauna as well as the ecology of the area. There a lots of migratory birds to spot very beautiful.
The whole trip to Tram Chim will take like five days. You stop in town like for a day or two and also have the opportunity to visit some markets or buy souvenir. You will then continue on with the boat ride to Rach Gia and then to Phu Quoc. In this part of the trip, we stayed at the Mango Bay resort. A very luxurious place, very modern and comfortable; Phu Quoc is where you will actually have most of the excitement. There is the Phu Quoc National Park where you will see many endemic species.

Phu Quoc is also an island and the resort right at the beach so you have the opportunity to relax on the beach, do some water sport. It’s fantastic really. You stay at the resort for about three days during which, the tour operator organizes different excursions to the forest. There are many exotic trees to see and you can take some fantastic wild life photos. The whole trip is just fantastically organized. On the ninth day you take the plane back to Saigon. Its one great tour, you get to see a lot of Vietnam. Splendid!

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Le Perle de l’Orient dinner cruise on Saigon River”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

On booking through our hotel we were able to pick the set menu we wanted for dinner. Arrived just after 7 and shown to our table, they began to serve dinner 3 courses, food was not too bad. During dinner the band was playing and there were also traditional dancing performances. The boat left the pier an hour after we boarded.

After dinner we went out onto the deck to enjoy the view, it was quite dark and not much to
see until the boat turned around and headed back to the city. The city view was beautifully lit up with colour. This would have to be highlight of the dinner cruise.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Efficient and Professional”
Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

I booked a 12 days, 4 star hotel accommodation with Asiana Travel Mate. My contact was Ms Elise, whom did a fantastic job during several months organizing tours, changing hotels by my request and succeeding in giving me and my partner the most enriching, cultural and relaxed tour of Vietnan.
We started in Saigon and finished in Hanoi with several trips added and an overnight train journey to Hanoi from Hue. All the pick - ups from airport and hotels were on time. Nice and friendly staff. Our guide for 3 days was Mr. Phi who was excellent, efficient and relaxed. He spoke English beautifully. He accompanied us from HCMC to Ca Tho, flooting market.
We had some other guides not with the same quality as Mr. Phi but good.
We were upgraded to a Halong Bay 5 star cruise. I have to once again thank Ms Elise for the wonderful time and the upgrade.
Over all, I highly recommend this tour company in your Vietnam for your travels.

Visited November 2013
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