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Do Van Hoi

Country:  Vietnam

Trips Run:  VW - Discover Vietnam,   FVW - Good Morning Vietnam,   ACVW - Hanoi to Saigon

How long have you been leading trips for The Adventure Company:

5 years

What is your travel experience/background?

I studied at the Tourism Faculty of Hanoi Open University. I received the Sustainable Tourism Certificate, which was issued by the World University Service of Canada. In 2000 I graduated and have been using my knowledge as both a tour guide and tour leader ever since.

What is your favourite activity /event on the trips you lead?

My favourite activity during the trips I lead is bringing the group into contact with local life through real experiences. I always take the group to see how a farmer ploughs the soil and prepares for a new crop and teach them how to control the water buffalo and plough.

What is the best thing about your job?

The best thing about being a tour leader is meeting people from many parts of the world with different characters and having a chance to visit all the beautiful sights in Vietnam!

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened on a tour?

When taking the group to a market in the Mekong Delta. We saw an advertising sign  “Dung Giay Shop”. It means the shoe shop of Mr Dzung. But one person asked me “Hoi is it shop selling dung?” 

Where is the best place to visit in your country?

There are so many amazing places in my country worth visiting! Ha Long bay, Hoi An, which have been listed as World Heritage Sites, are my favourite. 

In your mind, what is the most interesting custom in your country?

Chewing the betel nut is our interesting custom, because this custom has existed and practiced by the Vietnamese for thousands of years. We must have the betel nuts to offer to all friends and relatives at weddings, funerals or any other parties.

What is the most important phrase to know? 

In our culture the most important thing is how to greet and show respect to other people.  These phrases are: Xin chao! (sin chou!) Hello 

When is the best time to visit? 

It is from August to April.

What are the most important items to pack for your tour?

Rain coat, insect repellent and sun screen…