Family trip Vietnam adventure
TOUR OPERATES: Family trip Vietnam adventure
Day 1: Departure
You fly to Hanoi where you arrive the next day and your Vietnam tour starts.
Day 2: Arrival Hanoi
Depending on the time of arrival, you can already partly explore the city today. Hanoi has its own unique atmosphere. The various lakes, scattered throughout the city, determine the image. The old colonial villas give the city an unmistakable French touch. The old town, north of Hoan Kiem Lake, consists of numerous small, narrow streets that are inhabited by all kinds of craftsmen. At the shops pans are beaten, leather worked and silk or other were sold. You can wander around here for hours.
Do not forget the market in the old center! On the market and the streets around it, many types of rice, tropical fruits, flowers, herbs, vegetables and handicrafts (baskets, bowls) are for sale. Livestock is also displayed for meals, such as dogs, parrots and snakes.
There are several museums that are worthwhile. Of course you can not miss the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum . In the autumn, however, this mausoleum is often closed for several weeks in connection with the maintenance of the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. If you want to rest from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can do so at a cozy café on the Hoan Kiem lake .
Day 3: Hanoi
Day off. For the early birds it is recommended to walk towards Hoan Kiem Lake in the morning . The park around the lake is crawling than the Vietnamese who are practicing badminton or tai chi.
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In Hanoi you can rent bikes so that you can view the city independently (or under supervision) or perhaps take a bike ride to one of the pagodas located outside the city.
In the evening you can eat in one of the numerous restaurants that this city is rich. Although there are currently many entertainment venues that remain open until the small hours, it is not customary in Vietnam to go to bed late. Almost everything is closed around ten, eleven o'clock in the evening, to open early the next morning.
Day 4: Hanoi - Mai Chau Valley
You drive to the Mai Chau valley , in the middle of a picturesque valley with rice fields surrounded by karst mountains. The ride with beautiful views ends in the village of Poom Cong, where the hill tribe lives the White Thai(which in spite of what the name suggests is not originally from Thailand, but comes from the south of China). You get to know their traditional lifestyle in a beautiful natural setting. The White Thai live in houses built on stilts, they are famous for their embroidered clothing and have been working on terraced houses for centuries. They make the so-called sweet Ruou Can wine, which is made from leaves and is drunk from a large barrel by a bamboo straw.
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You sleep in a simple 'homestay', so with people at home. De Witte Thai are very hospitable and provide food in the evening. The children can possibly help with cooking. After dinner (included in the travel price, drinks are exclusive) you can often get acquainted with thetraditional dances and songs of the Witte Thai.
Day 5: Mai Chau valley / Hmong village excursion
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Today we visit the village of Xa Linh . Here live the hill tribe of the Hmong (originally Vietnamese descent), which, like the White Thai, are known for their traditional folklore. Here we make a nice walk (2 to 3 hours) through the mountains, where we can experience the daily life of the Hmong. (If you do not want to join, you can stay behind in Poom Cong).
Then we return to Poom Cong , to further enjoy the hospitality of the White Thai and the beautiful valley. You can possibly explore the villages in the area by bike (there are also children's bicycles available, from about 8 years).
Day 6: Mai Chau Valley - Ninh Binh
By bus you drive to Ninh Binh , a small town in a really beautiful landscape. The pictures are worthy of a Chinese pen drawing. Rice fields, huge bamboo pollen and small rural villages are interrupted by the steeply rising round and pointed limestone mountains . Water buffalos poodle carefree in a refreshing mud bath. Farmers carry their products back home on the shoulder yoke.
In Tam Coc you can make an optional trip with rowing boats over the creeks and canals , through three caves (!) And along green fields and small villages. In the village of Hoa Lu you can visit two ancient temples of Dinh King and Le King and take a bike ride through this fairytale landscape.
Day 7: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay
A trip through the flat land of the Red River Delta brings you to the beautiful Halong Bay (the Bay of the Descent Dragon), one of the most picturesque places in Vietnam rightly listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. For centuries the vast area (larger than 1500 km²) has been one of the most important attractions in Vietnam. The ancient karst mountains have countless islands and rockeries in the bayformed. Legend has it that a huge dragon landed in the sea and took part of the land with its tail and then submerged it under water. Only the higher parts of the coast remained above the water. Whatever the case, Halong Bay is a spectacular natural phenomenon.
Today you will make a boat trip in Halong Bay.The jagged karst rocks that seem to rise steeply from the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, the more than 3000 islands and bays and the few Chinese junks that still pass, make this trip unforgettable. On the boat delicious food is served (lunch and dinner). The captain sails skillfully along the islands and will (if the weather permits) anchor a few times at a cave or a beach, so that you can take a refreshing dive.
You stay overnight on board the junk. In good weather you can put the mattresses on the roof and sleep under the stars . Your lunch and dinner are included in the fare today.
NB: It is possible that due to bad weather conditions an overnight stay on board is not allowed. In that case, we deviate to a hotel on the coast.
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hué
In the morning you wake up in an enchanting environment. After breakfast you sail further. You head for the bay Bai Tu Long, you pass Head Man Island, Turtle Island and visit a cave in one of the karst rocks. Then the boat moors and you disembark. You travel back to Hanoi by bus.
At the end of the afternoon you will take the night train from Hanoi to Hué. The train bears the appropriate name 'Reunification Express', as North and South Vietnam become so connected! You sleep on comfortable reserved berths in the airconditioned second 'soft-sleeper' class. In an exceptional case you can also switch to the 'hard-sleeper' class.
Walk through the train and take a look at the 'hard-seat' section where travelers hang their hammocks in the evenings, or roll out their mats on the floor. Meals are also served in the train (meals are not included). On the menu there is rice, vegetables and meat in the evening and noodle soup or steamed bun in the morning. Also on the train stations where you stop along the way, enough food and drinks are for sale. The trains in Vietnam are running at a slow pace. When it is still light, you can enjoy the landscape. At some stations the train is stationary for a longer period of time because there is a need to wait for an oncoming train, because there is still a single track almost everywhere in Vietnam.
Day 9: Hué / Water Puppet Show
After arrival at Hué train station you will be transferred to the hotel. Hué is the former capital and seat of the Vietnamese emperors. In 1945 Bao Dai, the last emperor, was deposed. In Hué and surroundings there are several monuments that recall this glorious past. The former Imperial Palace, the Forbidden Purple City , is located in the center of the present city. The whole is reminiscent of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, but in a smaller version. Unfortunately, Hué and the Forbidden City during the Tet offensive in 1968 suffered greatly from the shelling and bombing. However, with the help of various organizations, the Forbidden City is gradually being restored.
You can opt for an optional trip to one Water puppet show. This traditional Vietnamese theater form is, as the name implies, no ordinary puppet theater: the puppets move on the water! You will see a performance of about half an hour. After the show you get an explanation about how the dolls are made and how you can make them move. Nice to try for yourself! The total excursion duration is approximately 1½ hours.
Your planned hotel in Hué has a swimming pool. You can also spend some time there!
Day 10: Hué / Excursion Perfume River
Day off. There are several monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Hué and the surrounding area. For example, the Temple for the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang , the complex of the Temple for Adoration of the Nine Nguyen Lords (Thai Mieu), the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the pagoda 'Celestial Lady' (Thien Mu) and the complex of the Audience Palace (Dien Can Chanh). The tombs of the various emperors located along the Perfume River can easily be reached by bicycle. The tour guide can also hire a boat at the request of the participants to visit the most important tombs and pagodas in an excursion. A very nice trip!
Lovers of sun, sea and sand can cycle to the coast in an hour. During the day it is usually quiet on the beach. Many Vietnamese people come here in the evening and at the weekend.
Day 11: Hué - Hai Van Pass - Marble Mountains - Hoi An
Today you continue your Vietnam group travel with our own bus to Hoi An . The distance from Hué to Hoi An is not that long, but because you stop occasionally to enjoy the view and at Lang Co also take a dip in the deep blue sea, you are longer on the road. Swinging, you follow the road over the Hai Van pass. Regularly you have views over the South China Sea and the coast that alternately consists of rocks and unspoilt bayswith sandy beaches.
Just after the city of Da Nang you stop at the Marble Mountains. This is a sacred rock formation in the flat country, interlaced with caves and caverns. At the time of the Vietnam War it was a hiding place for the Viet Cong. Now it is a Buddhist shrine. The many statues in the various caves and the fascinating temples bear witness to this. You can climb to the top via a long staircase and enjoy the panoramic view. But that will certainly be accompanied by the necessary drops of sweat .
Hoi An (formerly known as Faifo) is a town with traditional houses. It is experienced by many travelers as one of the most attractive and fun places in Vietnam. Visit the photogenic market , with baskets full of exotic fish, shrimps, vegetables or fruit. Numerous old, often wooden houses and historic buildings bear witness to the past. Some of the old Chinese housesare open to visitors. The interior of these houses still looks the same as centuries ago. A number of ancient Chinese temples are still in use. The 'old city' of Hoi An has been placed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
In Hoi An you can organize the rest of your time as you wish. One will make a long bike ride through the countryside or take a boat trip on the river, another will relax on the nearby Non Nuoc beach . You can eat delicious in Hoi An. Try Cao Lau, a delicious local dish of noodles, crispy vegetables, herbs, croutons and peanuts.
Your planned hotel in Hoi An features a swimming pool. Nice to wash off the Vietnamese heat after a trip.
Day 12: Hoi An / Workshop making lanterns and cooking course
Day off. We build a couple of rest days in order to recover from all new impressions. Hoi An is ideal for this with the beautiful beach nearby!
The old center of Hoi An is not for nothing cultural heritage. Many old houses, usually cheerful yellow with beautiful, dark shutters and red lanterns.
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You can participate in an optional half-day workshop today, where you will learn to make traditional Vietnamese lanterns . By bike you go to the workshop of a lantern maker, where you get an explanation about the history, shapes, colors and different production stages of the Vietnamese lantern. Of course you make your own lantern, which you can take home as a souvenir!
During an exotic cooking courseof half a day (optional) you learn with your travel companions the intricacies of the local cuisine and enjoy your self-prepared meal.Maybe you make delicious Vietnamese spring rolls.
Day 13: Hoi An / Excursion Gro village Tra Que
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During your Vietnam tour you can opt for an optional morning excursion to the village of Tra Que, where you can experience the daily life and work of the local farming community. Here you go by bike from Hoi An to a local farm in Tra Que . The road takes you past traditional houses, rice fields and timeless rural areas.After an introduction about the history of the village where mainly vegetables and herbs are grown, you can view the fields and help the farmers on the land.Depending on the time of the year you help fertilize the land with the local lake, raking, sowing, weeding, harvesting, watering or other garden activities.
Fans of excavations can visit My Son,which also adorns UNESCO's World Heritage List. The eponymous excavations are about thirty kilometers from Hoi An. With a rented car this place is easy to reach. My Son was the political and religious center of the Chamfol people who ruled Vietnam from the fourth to the thirteenth century. Although here too the war has left its mark, it is still an interesting and atmospheric place to visit. For this trip to My Son you need at least half a day. Remember: My Son is not interesting for most children.
Day 14: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho (Mekong Delta)
From Hoi An you go early with the bus to Da Nang. Here you board the plane for a domestic flight to Sai Gon, officially known as Ho Chi Minh City since 1975. After your arrival you will travel to the Mekong Delta. Time for an exploration of the green region, the 'rice barn' of Vietnam ! It is the wetland area in South Vietnam where the Mekon River split into nine branches meets the sea. The delta is a wet labyrinth of rivers and canals, with hundreds of large and small islands, a beautiful area where boats in all sizes plow through the water.
The way to explore the Mekong delta during this Vietnam family trip is of course by boat, and that's what we do. You drive to the town of Cai Be, where you board the boat fora cruise on the Mekong to Vinh Long, an area with rice fields, coconut and banana plantations. Along the way we notice how important the water is in the daily life of the people in the Mekong Delta. Their houses are built right along or in the water. Villagers are fishing or using the water to do their laundry. You taste tropical fruits in a local fruit orchard and view small family businesses. For example, rice paper, popcorn or coconut candy is produced in the region. Lunch is included today (drinks excluded). You spend the night in the city of Can Tho in the Mekong Delta.
Day 15: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating market - Ho Chi Minh City
In the morning you make an early excursion to Cai Rang, one of the largest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. There is trade, it is colorful, and usually sparkling. Practically all kinds of fruit, which can be found in the tropics, you will find here. You come across fruit orchards, markets and especially lots of rice fields.
Then you go to the former Saigon . Ho Chi Minh City has about six to seven million inhabitants and is busy and noisy; it is the commercial center of the country. Old and new influences are intertwined. You can wander for hours through this bustling city; it seems like everyone is on the road here, somewhere to go by bike or a moped. Everyone is busy building, carpentry or acting. Delicious food is sold on the street and in the numerous small restaurants, where you must of course eat with chopsticks .
The city is rich in museums, pagodas, temples, colonial buildings and churches. The Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest in the city, is one of the most important sights. There is a lot to see here. Light an incense stick in a temple too, which seems to bring good luck. Many Saigonese young people follow the latest developments; they can tell you everything about the trendiest mobile phones and the prices of their scooters.
On foot, you might discover Ho Chi Minh City best. Yet it is very nice to be transported by cyclo (bicycle taxi), right through the turmoil and noise of the thousands of cyclists and mopeds. It seems like everyone wants to go somewhere at the same time.
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City / Excursion Tay Ninh and Cu Chi
Day off. Cholon, 'big market', is the district where most of the Chinese live and where you can admire the unending Chinese temples and houses. In Cholon is also the largest covered market in the city, where the most diverse items are for sale. You can take a trip on the Sai Gon River that crosses the city, or visit the former presidential palace. April 1975 was a historic moment when the first communist tanks ran straight through the fences.
You can opt for an optional trip to Tay Ninh and Cu Chi today. This excursion takes a full day. At eight o'clock in the morning you leave with your own bus to Tay Ninh. This colorful temple complex is the center of the Cao Dai religion. The Cao Dai is a new religion that came into being in 1926, including the Vietnamese founder and medium Ngo Minh Chieu, the best of the religions of East and West (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, spiritism and ancestor worship).). There is one god, Cao Dai. During séances, media provide contact with the god and the spirit world. The medium received messages from the other side in the many séances: Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tse, Confucius and Mohammed. But also of the spirits of Joan of Arc, Napoleon, Churchill, Victor Hugo and Shakespeare, among others. There is a church hierarchy like in the Roman Catholic Church: a pope, cardinals, bishops, priests. The colors of their legs differ from the other followers. At the moment there are more than 2 million followers, especially in South Vietnam. The center of the Cao Dai is in the city of Tay Ninh, 100 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Every six hours a service takes place here with a ceremonial and meditative part. Your departure from Ho Chi Minh City is chosen in such a way that you can attend the service from noon.
Then it is time to drive to the tunnel complex of Cu Chi . Of course you stop on the way for lunch and for example enjoy a nice bowl of 'phó'(Noodle soup). The tunnels of Cu Chi were used by the Viet Cong in the war to resist the Americans. Already in the Franco-Vietnamese war, a start was made with the construction of these tunnels, hand-carved by the Viet Minh (!). The final complex consisted of a total of approximately 240 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnels are divided over different floors, including underground hospitals, kitchens and other facilities. Through the tunnels the surrounding villages were connected and the movements of the American troops could be monitored. During the years of fighting that the Viet Cong fought against the American and South Vietnamese army, the opponent never succeeded in discovering or conquering the entire tunnel system.
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City - Mui Né
Time for the beach! The narrow sandy beaches of Mui Né are a good place to recover from the impressions of the trip. Mui Né is a city with a pleasant atmosphere and a pleasant climate. Much less known than the seaside resort of Nha Trang, it is a wonderful place to relax. All resorts are also outside Mui Né. In Mui Né you can organize your time yourself. Of course you can take a refreshing splash in the hotel pool.
Day 18: Mui Né
Day off. The friendliness of the population is one of the charms of Mui Né. There is a surf school, where you can go windsurfing, kite surfing, boogie boarding, etc. You can rent a moped or bike and take a trip along cashew nut plantations , fishing villages, the harbor and the market. Furthermore, there are nice restaurants in Mui Ne, where lovers of seafood can certainly get their culinary traits. Of course there is also pizza or spaghetti on the menu.
Day 19: Mui Né
Day off. Fairy Creek is a narrow stream that runs through a canyon. Fun here is a walk of about 2 hours, with very diverse landscapes: from a gently flowing river surrounded by palm trees when you start, to a rugged canyon of red stone at the end. Striking is the beauty of the photogenic huge red sand duneswhere Mui Né is famous. Especially at the end of the afternoon until the sunset you have a beautiful light. You can also rent a jeep and go to the Two Lakes via the beach, 35 km from Mui Né. Here you will find the white sand dunes, perhaps even more beautiful than the red ones!
Day 20: Mui Né - Departure Ho Chi Minh City
A part of the day you can relax today in Mui Né. Until the moment of departure you can use your hotel room (one family per room).
Then it is time to start the return journey home. Depending on the final flight time, you will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City, where you board the plane for the flight home in the evening.
Day 21: Arrival
Today you come home full of beautiful memories. You can start enjoying your Vietnam trip!
If you have Dutch or Belgian nationality, you will need a visa for Vietnam for this trip.
On the website of our partner Visumloket you will find all information about the necessary travel documents (such as passport), visa, the visa procedure to be followed and the location of the embassy. Begin 4 to 6 weeks before departure of your trip with the application.
If you have the required visa arranged through us, we will charge, in addition to the visa costs, € 30, - agency fee per person per visa. You do not have to go to the relevant embassy (s) twice yourself.
It is also possible to book only the land arrangement of this tour. You then arrange the international flights yourself and the transfer on arrival and departure. With the other participants you then make the journey according to program. This gives you the freedom to compose your own trip and choose the flight that suits your travel plans.
On the booking form you can also indicate whether we have to arrange an additional night on arrival for an additional fee. The transfer on arrival can also be arranged by Koning Aap on an individual basis.
We need a minimum number of participants for all our trips. Keep this in mind before you book your own tickets.
In all cases, it is your responsibility to be present at the starting point of the journey on time. In addition, we are not responsible for sporadic changes in the departure dates of our group trips. For some periods the price of the land arrangement may deviate from the rest of the year, for example festival trips. When the price of the land arrangement is adjusted, this is mentioned under the 'latest news'.
Additional costs and pocket money
Joint expenditure pot
During your trip you can regularly participate in joint excursions or (not pre-paid) meals. There will also be paid common tips here and there. In order not to have to pay for this separately each time, a Joint Expense Pot is set. At the start of the trip, the tour guide will collect money for everyone from this pot. At the end of the trip, the settlement will follow, where you can get a refund or have to pay. These expenses are taken into account for the amount of our advice amount for the pocket money.
Luggage and clothing
We advise you to take your luggage with you during your Vietnam tour in a backpack (with inner frame) or in a weekend bag. We strongly recommend a suitcase for our journeys by public transport. Make sure that the weight of your luggage is not too heavy. In the nearly all hotels in Vietnam laundry service is available so you could wash your clothes at a number of places during the trip.
As far as your clothes are concerned, we advise you to bring practical clothing that can be easily combined (layer over layer). We ask you to show respect for the local culture in your choice of clothing. Buddhist temples can only be visited if you are "decent" dressed. In Vietnam, shorts and shirts in larger cities such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have become established, but beyond that you are still being looked at.
Warm garments such as a fleece sweater and windbreaker are recommended especially for the colder months of December, January, February.
When assembling your luggage, consider for example: walking shoes, flashlight, water bottle, sewing kit, detergent, universally valid adapter plug, travel guide, sufficient photographic material, cloth bag, toiletries, bath slippers, swimwear, alarm clock, writing utensils, scissors, cup and pocket knife.
It is not necessary to bring sleeping bags, sleeping mats or mosquito nets. These are not necessary for your trip, present on site or simply for sale on the spot.
Accommodation and transport
During this three-week trip a private bus is used. Because you have your own transport throughout the journey, you can - in mutual consultation - stop at any time and at any place to take photos or try a local snack (if time permits). The bus is not available on 'free days'.
Of course there are plenty of opportunities to get to know other means of transport such as the train (Hanoi to Hué), the boat (Halong bay, Mekong delta), a domestic flight (Danang - Ho Chi Minh City), the cyclo (bicycle taxi) and the bicycle ( almost everywhere for rent).
Travel distances from
Hanoi airport to hotel: 40 km / 1 hour
Hanoi to Mai Chau: 250 km / 5 hours
Mai Chau to Ninh Binh: 200 km / 4 hours
Ninh Binh to Halong Bay: 300 km / 4 to 5 hours
Halong Bay to Hanoi: 175 km / 3 to 4 hours
Hanoi to Hué: 540 km / 12 hours (night train)
Hué to Hoi An: 180 km / 4 to 5 hours
Hoi An to Da Nang: 25 km / ¾ hour
Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City: 977 km / 1 hour (domestic flight)
Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho: 175 km / 4 hours (bus and boat)
Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh City : 175 km / 4 hours
Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne: 220 km / 4 hours
Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City airport: 220 km / 4 hours NB: The mentioned 'bare' travel time per day is highly dependent on the traffic, condition of roads and weather. The time is of course approximately. Accommodation
During our travels to Vietnam you will stay mainly in hotels with double and triple rooms (often a double room with an extra bed) with shower and toilet. In the selection of our hotels, we particularly paid attention to location, hygiene and atmosphere. The hotels or guesthouses are generally located in the center of the place where you are staying. Your stay is based on bed and breakfast.
You travel with the night train from Hanoi to Hué. The train bears the appropriate name 'Reunification Express', as North and South Vietnam become so connected! You sleep on comfortable reserved berths in the airconditioned second 'soft-sleeper' class. In an exceptional case you can also switch to the 'hard-sleeper' class.
Breakfast is not included in the night train.
In the Mai Chau valley you sleep in Poom Cong, a village of the White Thai mountain tribe. You stay in a simple ' homestay ', so with people at home (very atmospheric!). The plumbing in the homestay is shared.
In the beautiful Halong Bay you stay overnight on board the junk, with which we explore the area. In good weather you can put the mattresses on the roof and sleep under the stars. It is possible that due to bad weather conditions an overnight stay on board is not allowed. In that case, we deviate to a hotel on the coast.
Some of the planned hotels have a swimming pool; nice to wash off the Vietnamese heat! This applies to the accommodations in Hué, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and Mui Né. In exceptional cases it may happen that other hotels without a pool have to be used. If this occurs, we will try to find a suitable alternative. Of course there are many more swimming opportunities, sea and beach are often close by (Halong Bay, Hué, Hoi An and Mui Né). The Mekong Delta (An Binh Island) also offers swimming opportunities.
Wifi is pleasant for many travelers (via 'social media') to keep contact with the home front. The planned hotels have wifi, sometimes for a fee, sometimes only in the lobby of the hotel. Keep in mind that the quality and speed of the internet connection are certainly not optimal everywhere. No Wi-Fi is available on the boat in Halong Bay.
Most hotels use a 'check in & check out' time of 12 noon. In order to make your stay more comfortable, we arrange a few 'day rooms' for the group in Hanoi (day 8) and Mui Né (day 20), as you will only travel on these days at the end of the afternoon / in the evening. You have the opportunity to refresh yourself. The use of the shared day rooms (an average of 4 people per room) is until 6 pm.
Two parents with one child, one parent with two children or three children from one family are divided into a triple room. Triple rooms are available in the planned hotels. Sometimes it is a double room with an extra bed or mattress. Please note that the room may be less spacious. On the boat in Halong Bay the same is true for families with children up to 10 years old. This is unfortunately not possible for children from 11 years (local regulations); an extra single room will then be used.
All our group tours are carried out on the spot by Dutch-speaking (or in the case of our trips in Southern Africa African-speaking) travel guides. King Monkey makes high demands on the tour guide; after all, a journey stands or falls. Important criteria in selecting our travel guides are: (obviously) extensive travel experience, experience in dealing with groups and - preferably - active knowledge of a local language. Special training courses prepare the tour guides for what the participants expect from them. Our employees learn what the King Monkey travel formula stands for. They are not only instructed from our office, but also follow a multi-day course where they are presented with many (sometimes difficult) practical cases. A great opportunity to exchange essential experience. At some destinations local Dutch speaking tour guides are deployed by our local agents. These tour guides are also trained on site by the agency. We evaluate the functioning of our travel guides after each trip on the basis of evaluation forms completed by participants. In this way we always have an overview of how our people operate in the field!
The primary task of our travel guidance is to ensure good logistics of the journey (transport and accommodation). The tour guide also monitors the progress of the program and the attention given to each component. The tour guide organizes a range of optional excursions on the spot. In addition, he or she naturally functions as a central source of information. Our employees can tell a lot about the country and local customs.
Of course, a tour guide does not have everything in hand. Sometimes there is force majeure: the road has been blocked by flooding or landslides, the government has confiscated the train tickets or the hotel has already given away the rooms. In this type of setbacks, the tour guide will look for an alternative. Despite all the preparations and efforts of the tour guide, it may happen that the trip does not go entirely according to your expectations. The tour guide would like to hear from you, so that a solution can be found on the spot.
Your tour guide expects a tip at the end, if she / he has done the job well. King Monkey pays the tour guides a wage that is on par with that of most adventurous travel organizations. Our guideline for the tip is € 1, - to € 2, - per traveler per day.
Finally, you can always contact the tour guide if there are problems. Realize: a travel companion is not a walking encyclopedia. It is always wise to bring a good travel handbook.