Day 679 and I was researching if it was cheaper to outsource the planning of Vietnam. Why you ask? I was not comfortable traveling it alone. I saw rave reviews of Buffalo Tours online and I asked them to price Gourmet Vietnam as solo. They sent me the below itinerary at a cost of US$ 4,179.
|Day 01||Majestic Saigon Hotel (Colonial Deluxe Room)||ARRIVE HO CHI MINH CITY|
|Day 02||Majestic Saigon Hotel (Colonial Deluxe Room)||HO CHI MINH CITY – Afternoon Half day group city tour – Evening street eat group tour|
|Day 03||Majestic Saigon Hotel (Colonial Deluxe Room)||HO CHI MINH CITY – Morning cooking class – join in|
|Day 04||Majestic Saigon Hotel (Colonial Deluxe Room)||HO CHI MINH CITY – Mekong Delta lunch cruise group tour full day|
|Day 05||Almanity Hotel Hoi An (My Mind (Courtyard View))||HO CHI MINH CITY – HOI AN|
|Day 06||Almanity Hotel Hoi An (My Mind (Courtyard View))||HOI AN – Morning cooking class – join in – Afternoon My Son half day tour|
|Day 07||La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue (Deluxe)||HOI AN – HUE – Half day tour|
|Day 08||Hotel De LOpera Hanoi Hotel||HUE – Half day tour – FLY TO HANOI|
|Day 09||Hotel De LOpera Hanoi Hotel||HANOI – Morning half day city group tour – Afternoon cooking class join – in|
|Day 10||Paradise Luxury Cruises (Deluxe 2D1N)||HANOI – HALONG – 1 Night Cruise on luxury boat|
|Day 11||Hotel De LOpera Hanoi Hotel (Deluxe)||HALONG – HANOI – Street eat dinner group tour|
|Day 12||Depart||DEPART HANOI|
As a recap, the pricing of this trip is more expensive than Exo Travel by about $600. But even worse was how it was put together. Instead of having a private tour guide, I was supposed to join a bunch of group day trips. REALLY!