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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Tonkin Travel

Tonkin Travel - Hanoi:

When we began planning our trip we soon realized that Vietnam was a complex place. We decided to seek the help of a travel agency. Some great advice we received from the owner of a Toronto Vietnamese restaurant was to use an agency in Vietnam. He said we would get a better trip for a lot less money. He was right!

Monica found Tonkin Travel from other people's blogs on Fodor and other sights. We contacted them and we were soon corresponding with Ms. Huong. She was very attentive and translated our preferences and vision into a fantastic trip. She was also very flexible and even changed things as our trip was underway. Our guides and drivers were all professional and we could feel there sincere desire to ensure we had a "real" experience.

We highly recommend anyone wanting a well planned trip to use Ms. Huong and Tonkin. She certainly was the key to our successful adventure.


  1. Hello Monica, we arrive in Hanoi Dec 26 and waying up whether to go to Sapa for 3 days (have heard it's touristic) or plan a tour/trip Sapa, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Ba Be Lake bake to Hanoi. Is it better to hire a car so we can stop off any time at any place? Is it easy to rock up and get accommodation? Thanks. Maria

    1. Hello Maria, our blog describes our experiences travelling to and thru Sapa. We did not find the area touristy. Our guide Ha took us hiking in the rice fields and cooked us a lovely lunch. The next day she took us to a tribal market - where there were about 300 locals and just 10 tourists. The train ride there and back was bumpy, but having a cabin all to our selves made it fine. I would do it again. I recommend you use Tonkin Travel for your arrangements. They made sure we had drivers and guides whenever they were needed. If you send me a note I can connect you directly to Ha for the Sapa experience. Our email is