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  1. I posted a review of my experience using Xuan for 2 ports on our recent cruise. Why, simple, the experience exceeded all expectations. Having used private tours in many countries I think I know what is value for my dollar and when on a time limited excursion just what I expect within that time. Xuan delivered a memorable experience, a caring attitude and service beyond what I have previously received in other countries. As far as the cost for his tours, just compare what you are getting from the ship based tours verses what Xuan and other private tour operators offer and you will find the price is more than fair. Could it be cheaper to use other operators, yes but I also have seen other tours that were higher priced than Xuan, I tended to find his price was fair when compared to other operators and that is why I decided to book 2 tours with Xuan. I agree that this thread is for posts regarding Xuan and his tour, if your experience is good or bad than post by all means but it is not a thread to promote others or bag Xuan without having used his service and to do so is poor form.
  2. We cruised with Celebrity and they did supply a shuttle service from the ship to the main gate for all independent tours. This was a painless operation and in no way a inconvenience to our private tour. Walk off the ship as a group and shuttle to the main gate where Xuan will happily greet you.
  3. Our cruise docked in Phu My and Chan May for day tours to Saigon and Da Nang/Hoi An, after reading countless reviews I decided to engage Xuan for both tours. Before the cruise I did need to contact Xuan several times regarding the group size, all emails were answered within the hour when taking into account the time difference. Xuan was professional and accommodating to all requests. Saigon/HCMC - our first port, we had a group of 13 so Xuan arranged a bus to suit. He meet us at the main entry gates to the dock as arranged, he greeted everyone akin to a long lost family member. The tour itself was fun, informative and memorable, the Trishaw ride will linger long in everyone's memory. Chan May - also had a group of 13 but had to use 2 vans as a larger bus was not available on the day we docked. Having already experienced the type of tour Xuan offered, we had high expectations and were not disappointed. We had decided to visit Marble Mountain and Hoi An, both stops were made more enjoyable by the experience Xuan shared with the group. I will add that the Coffee shop we visited in Hoi An made a great Vietnamese Coffee which Xuan shouted the group, it was these unexpected little extras that again gave us all a lifetime of memories. An added bonus of the way back to the ship was a visit to the Lady Budda and seeing a troop of wild moneys. If you are planning a tour whilst in Vietnam than you would be selling yourself short if you did not use Xuan, his passion for what he does and pride in his country is second to none.
  4. For anyone wishing to spend Chinese New Year in Shanghai. GTY Inside $1003 Celebrity Constellation 14 Nights 20th Jan to 3rd Feb 2019 Singapore to Shanghai
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