I have traveled to numerous countries and I have always steered clear of the tour desk at the hotels. Because I was traveling with my father and he felt more comfortable seeing the sights this way, I followed his lead. I am so glad we did.
Tam Global travel is located in the lobby of the Duc Voung Hotel on Bui Vien St. We were staying there for numerous nights and over and over Lilly assisted us. She is deeply committed to making sure her clients have the best possible time. She not only provided us excellent tours but helped with check in for our outbound flight, and also a flight we took to Ha Noi. She gave excellent suggestions of where to find things we were looking for. When we returned every afternoon she was there to make sure we had a great time in our adventures. When she was not there, her husband was. He too was committed to making sure we got the most from our adventures.
We booked a trip to see the Mekong Delta. We wanted a little more than a driver, we wanted a guide we could interact with too. We got both. Our driver was Mihn. After an hour we were calling him Uncle Mihn. He was an excellent driver. The roads rules are very different in Vietnam. Many are freaked out by how people drive. Uncle Mihn was confident and got us from point A to point B extremely efficiently. He spoke very little english but made up for it in his warmth and tremendous smile. Our guides name was Vi (Vee). I want you to ask for him specifically. Vi pronounced Vee. Vi was awesome, his english was very good too. He took great care of us in everything he did. These tours have a set route and agenda, but anything we were curious about he diverted to fill the curiosity. His number one goal was to make sure we got the most from the things he was showing us. His number two goal was to learn as much from us as he could. We went with the home stay option on our tour. Uncle Mihn and Vi stayed with us at the home and understood that we did not want the normal client- customer barrier after hours. This became very enriching for us. Everything we did on the Mekong tour was fun and exciting. We got exclusive treatment without feeling like privileged snobs. Honestly, we didn't want to say good bye to Uncle Mihn and Vi at the end of the tour.
So, father booked the dynamic duo for the next day to see the Cao Dia temple in Trang Bang and Nui Ba Den (Black Widow Mountain). We could have seen the Cu Chi Tunnels but my father had no desire to relive the war and we intentionally passed on that part. This tour was deeply moving for me personally. The temple on Nui Ba Den reached right into my heart. I was deeply effected by the place. Hint; bring offerings. A sack of rice is my suggestion. Everything is given back to the poor.
Lilly arranged ground transport for us also. To and from the Airport was utilized.
As everyone knows using a travel agent has a cost. I used to think it not worth while. Tam Global changed that for me. They earned every single dong we paid. i cannot recommend them more. If you are a European backpack traveler who finds sport in getting things as cheap as possible, please do not use this agency. Take that crap down the road to the corner place with all flashy signs and massage in the back. This is a place for the travel who cares about the total experience. I implore you to ask for Vi and Uncle Mihn specifically. You will be so pleased with the adventure they will take you on. The rating system here goes to 5. I give this place a SOLID ELEVEN!
I am already planning a return for next year. I will be using Tam Global again upon my return. If you want, please check out my time in Vietnam at franksworld.blog You can see many pictures from the trips Tam took us on there.
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