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1. Posted by Monza (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

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Has anyone toured in Vietnam with Sinh Cafe? What were your impressions? How large are the groups and is it suitable for a variety of age groups eg.20's-70's ? Would Feb. or March be a good time to visit Vietnam? Thanks for any feedback.

2. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Hi Monza, are you touring Vietnam entirely with a tourist group? I have been there and done it on my own. I am not sure if you are into backpacking but I strongly recommended...there is a big sense of freedom and greater ability to "mingle" with the culture.

Tell us more about your plans...by the way, Vietnam is pretty safe throughout the country...

3. Posted by vicks (Full Member 88 posts) 11y

We are having the same problem. Not sure weather to do Vietnam on a 18 day tour or by ourselves. I have never been to keen on the idea of tours, until I found intrepid travel. In this particular tour - you are not in a group. The company just books all your accomodation and travel needs and you just go along doing your own thing - but keeping to the itinerary they have set out. They recommend what you should do and see but I guess you can decide what you want as well. I'm not sure. We have the same problem with Cambodia. Has anyone actually done a tour with intrepid?

4. Posted by budjude (Full Member 46 posts) 11y

what ever you do be careful that you actually booking with the real sinh cafe as just about everyone is ripping off the better tour guides.

if you do it by yourself the tours are easy to organise. word of warning that the operators just put you all on the same tour, so shop around for the cheapest one you can find and book that. already i have been on numerous tours - halong bay, cat ba, tunnels etc where people have paid double what i have paid to do exactly the same thing. so shop around to get the best deal

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Make sure too that you ask for a tour with an English guide. A few days ago i was stuck on a boat trip full of Vietnamese singing there hearts out for the whole day, with the viet tour guide getting all the songs started through his loud-haler. Wasn't a very enjoyable day for me and the 3 other non-Viets on the boat.

6. Posted by Mr gtt (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Breevic,
Hi, my wife and I did the reunification express through Vietnam and the road to Angkor through Cambodia, with Intrepid. It was very good, the tour leaders were excellent and the local tour guides they use were very informative and funny. My wife and I only have a certain time avaliable for overseas travel so we find it easier to do an organised tour. We have now done 4 Intrepid trips and would highly reccomend them, they give you the freedom to do what you like during the day, along with day trips as well, that are included in the cost.
good luck deciding what to do, what ever you do you will enjoy it

Glenn:)

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Quoting Monza

Has anyone toured in Vietnam with Sinh Cafe? What were your impressions? How large are the groups and is it suitable for a variety of age groups eg.20's-70's ? Would Feb. or March be a good time to visit Vietnam? Thanks for any feedback.

I went from HCMC-DaLat-Nha Trang-Hoi An-Hue, and back to HCMC with Sinh Cafe, open tour. I just shopped around the several open tour operators and went with the biggest and well run, Sinh Cafe. I would do it on my own, open tour, and take side trips at the major cities you hit. This gives you flexiblity and options an organized tour will not. I also took the the HCMC city tour, Cu Chi tinnels and Mekong Delta with Sinh. Professional and worth the money, cashes T.C. as well. Good luck. Send me a message if you need specifics.

8. Posted by robertson (Full Member 53 posts) 11y

How much is Intrepid charging for tours? I noticed while doing the open tour bus tickets through VN that most people had bought tickets with different people, and we all ended up together. Also, there are a lot of Sinh Cafes, vinh cafes, etc. etc.

I thought the tours were more expensive but I think it's also worth it to look into overnight trains. They are not so much more than the bus (and with 14hr bus rides, they are definitely worth it). Esp the Nha Trang to Danang route...

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting vegasmike6

I went from HCMC-DaLat-Nha Trang-Hoi An-Hue, and back to HCMC with Sinh Cafe, open tour. I just shopped around the several open tour operators and went with the biggest and well run, Sinh Cafe. I would do it on my own, open tour, and take side trips at the major cities you hit. This gives you flexiblity and options an organized tour will not. I also took the the HCMC city tour, Cu Chi tinnels and Mekong Delta with Sinh. Professional and worth the money, cashes T.C. as well. Good luck. Send me a message if you need specifics.

Wow Vegasmike! I thought you disappeared on us. Dont mean to get off topic here but I have to thank you so very much for all the advice I got from you before my trip. Every single thing you said was extremely helpful, especially with the visas. I had an awesome time!! I just wanted to acknowledge that I truly believe you are a great asset to TP. Dont stay away for too long now. Take care! ;)

10. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

Yeah, I had the same experience in Vietnam as alot of the others, no matter who we booked with we all ended up on the same tours anyway. If you are not into going it with little to no plans (as I am), the open bus tour is probably the best way to get around. I personally wouldnt suggest you take an organised tour as such as you will discover plenty of fascinating places which you may want to spend more time in... I am not sure what the age of your group is, but no matter what age, Vietnam is pretty easy to get around.