Thursday, January 7, 2010

Vietnam Chronicles Three: TheSinh Tourist

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I was so impressed with the quality of the services provided by our tour agency, TheSinh Tourist, that I had to write about it.

As early as six in the morning you will see buses lined up in front of it. There are hordes of people—tourists, travelers and backpackers of all colors and sizes and various points of origin—coming in and out of the building. On the street, you will hear “Mui Ne! Mekong! Cu Chi!” being repeatedly called out. Of all tour agencies in the area, TheSinh Tourist, formerly known as Sinh Cafe, appears to be the busiest. And it is.

Well planned and very organized, all of the tours we booked at TheSinh Tourist, were free from confusion and delay and definitely worth the amount we paid. The guides who always performed their tasks with alacrity are fluent in English, French, Japanese and Mandarin. Available in its office, the leaflets and pamphlets detailing TheSinh Tourist’s tour packages are also translated in those languages.

Through it we met some delightful people - the other members of the four-day Cambodia tour that we took. Most of them are travelers from different parts of the world who came back to visit their country of birth. Aside from us, there were two other couples: one is a Filipino couple working in Saigon and the other is a pair of backpackers who, as of the day we met them, had been backpacking all over Africa and Asia for three months. Beneath the light conversations over breakfast and the bus rides made more bearable by bursts of mirth, it would have been nice to get to know those people better. But given the limited time that we had, I am grateful to just have met each one of them.


Anonymous said...

my favorite part is you can sing a song every 2 hours if you want to. :)

Angeli said...

but i didn't get to enjoy those sing-a-song times. my legs were hurting so much that climbing down the bus' steps was an absolute agony!


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