Although Vietnam is a very safe, friendly and welcoming country to travel in many visitors find that they get more out of their travel by having a guide go with them and help discover what lies below the surface.
Apart from the obvious- explaining the history and culture of the tour – a good guide will be a link between the visitor and the real people – translating for you with anybody you meet and explaining the context and the detail of every day life and interaction.
They will also be your “minder” – they know when you need a drink or a rest – they know when you are enjoying yourself or in the middle of something and need more time – they quickly learn what interests you and how much depth you want.
All Tonkin’s guides are registered with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism which means they have passed an exhaustive course (2 months for Tourism graduates and 6 months for other graduates). They are polite and respectful yet pro-active and fun. We offer guide services in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and other languages as well as specialty guides who are experts in various fields including fine art and history.
If you don’t see your preferred language on the list or you have a special request to meet an expert please Contact us for further details.
If you’d like to see some comments on our guides from guests please have a flip through our Guests’ Comments.