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“Excellent local tour operator for independent travelers”
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Ann Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We specialize in custom tours throughout east Asia including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, India and China. Our services include touring, internal air tickets, visas and other travel related services. We look forward to helping you plan your next memorable vacation.
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Our first trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, traveling with another couple, and we wanted to experience the country in the company of a knowledgable guide but without the structure of a group tour. On the advice of friends, we contacted Tony Nong of Ann Tours, which operates out of HCMC (Saigon) and Hanoi. He created a 16-day itinerary that took us all around the country, finishing up in Siem Reap, where we toured the ancient temples, including Angkor Wat. After discussing our preferences by email, Tony put together a terrific itinerary for us--varied and comprehensive, with daily opportunities to see the sights, learn the history, meet the people, eat wonderful food, and sample the cultural offerings. It was fascinating to be in a country in economic transition, where so many "realities" exist side by side. We had all done a lot of reading about Vietnam prior to the trip, but it couldn't prepare us for the exciting experience of being there. Our four guides (north, central, south, and Cambodia) were excellent: well-informed, friendly, professional, patient, and courteous. The drivers were excellent too, and they never complained as our luggage got heavier and heavier with our purchases in the local markets. How nice it was to find a clean, air-conditioned van and a bottle of cold water waiting for us just as we finished a long tour on a hot, steamy afternoon. It really made it easier to keep up a good pace as we moved from stop to stop. The hotels Tony picked for us were terrific--comfortable, updated, reflective of the VN aesthetic, and well-located. calming oasis). On meals included in the package, the restaurants were great too, the food fresh, healthy, and unbelievably delicious. Ann Tours really wants you to have a great trip, as evident in the care taken in creating the itinerary, hiring professional guides, and providing outstanding service. We got around from place to place on different means of transportation: private van, boat, flights, train. Our guides made the long drives between cities interesting with cultural mini-stops and informative conversation. We asked a lot of questions about life in VN, politics, the economy, the war, health care, education, job opportunities, etc. etc. They talked about themselves and their families, and asked similar questions about us. They were a personal link to life in your country. And so we learned a lot on those drives. The whole package included everything but airfare and independently arranged meals, and the cost was quite reasonable--especially considering the breadth of our experience and the quality of the hotels and service. A first-rate operation. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We have just returned from a three week trip to Vietnam which was organised for us by Ann Tours.

Our initial enquiry was answered promptly with a very thorough draft itinery to work from. Tony was flexible, responsive and very helpful in finalising the plan. Ann Tours arranged all our internal flights, transfers and guided tours during our stay.

Without exception, the guides we experienced were excellent. They all spoke good English and had a thorough knowledge of the local sights and towns. At every pick up there was our guide and driver, on time and ready to help. The guides were flexible on timings and itinery, allowing us a slightly later start one day, stopping off at the money exchange or pharmacy en route etc etc.

We felt that the guides helped us to get off the tourist trail at times and experience some authentic Vietnam. For example, we took a cycle ride through villages in the Mekong Delta, had some lunches at small, family run restaurants in the countryside and took boat trips run by local people. When it came to the big sights the guides were very knowlegable and gave us insightful and interesting tours tailored to our needs.

I would absolutely recommend Ann Tours if you are thinking of visiting Vietnam

Thank MJandLontour
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Dear Tony, I just want to thank you for providing a fantastic first adventure into Vietnam. Your responsiveness over the past several months made the whole process very easy. Your guides and drivers, especially Tong and Thuk, and Tuan and Vu (spellings?), were professional and very supportive of our adventures into Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoian, Hue, etc. Thank you also for providing reservations to and from Bangkok, and within Vietnam. Taking care of the paperwork for our Visas and navigation through the various airports made for a stress-free experience. The variety of hotels was awesome. We have come away with a profound knowledge and appreciation of Vietnam's people, history, landscapes, and cuisine due to your company and its fabulous staff. We are already recommending Ann Tours to others. We look forward to working with you on future trips to Asia and its environs. Warm regards, Cheryl & Jim

Thank Cheryl M
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Jan. 2013. We just returned from a 19 day trip to Thailand, Siem Reap and Vietnam. We used
Ann Tours and were more than satisfied. They provide custom tours that are very organized yet flexible, informative and fun. We worked with Tony who was very helpful and accommodating in helping us put together a great trip. The hotels were all at least 4 star and in desirable locations. The guides were all very gracious even though in 2 cases their English was a little difficult to understand. Overall, you couldn't get a better value for your money. I would definitely use them again.
Vivian L

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Dear Tony,
Just a quick email to thank you very ,very much. We had a great trip ... thanks to you and all the guides and drivers !!
I was very happy with your excellent service .. you always answered my emails so quickly and you organised everything so quickly. You gave excellent advice and I felt very confident that our tour would be enjoyable due to your professionalism and friendly manner.
The hotels were all very good ... excellent locations in every city .. (I really appreciated being in the middle of the action .. so that we could walk everywhere) The staff at all the hotels were very helpful..
Our Guides were excellent .. particularly Ha in Hanoi .... so, so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable ... He listened to us and took us to some locations that suited us perfectly. I really missed him when we left Hanoi.
Our first guide in Saigon (Con?) was also great ... he shared so much about tastes and foods with us .... he would be fantastic as a guide for a Gourmet taste tour of Saigon /Vietnam.
Thank you again ... I am certainly busily recommending ANN TOURS to our friends

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