I recently purchased a tour agency here in Hanoi, I have been living in Vietnam now roughly for the last 3 years and been monitoring tourist flow and traffic throughout Vietnam. Both places have oppertunity, but im lookiing for people that have traveled there and what kind of tours they had purchased in those city and the satisfaction level of said cities. So roughly what city did you have the worst tour experience for the money you paid Hue or Hoi An, Vietnam?
A I have “toured” both Hoi An and Hue. I would probably pick Hue over Hoi An if I had the same opportunity as you. My opinion is based on size and number of attractions.
Hoi An is basically Old Town, which can be walked through in about half a day with the highlight being shopping for tailored clothes. Hue has the Nguyen Temples, the Purple City, the Perfume River, etc. Hue has many more things to see and more reason to consult a tourist office.
I thought Hoi An reeked the scent of being tourist trap while Hue seems much more majestic. Having been to both, I would revisit Hue because I enjoyed the experience and want to see more. I would visit Hoi An again only if I want a tailored suit.
You really can’t go wrong with either choice. Both cities have an abundance of tourists flocking into the streets. Choosing a busy traffic location is going to be more important than which city.
Thanks for your time in responding to my questions very informative and exactly what i needed to hear thanks again.
There is a website called Hue Tourist, but as informative as it appears to be, it is not an official Vietnam government website:
Huetourist is a International Travel company (Licence: 46-017/LHQT), established in 2006. We are providing group handling services, such as hotel reservation, transfers and tours packages for numerous international Tour Operators and Event agencies.
Note what HotelTravel.com has to say about a Hue Tourist Office:
Tourist Information Offices in Hue
In Hue the responsibility of providing tourist information falls to the myriad travel agencies that operate in the city. They can all
provide essentially the same information, but Huong Giang is reputed to be the best.
Huong Giang Tourist Company
17 Le Loi Street Hue
Phone: +84 54 832 220
Another website — WorldTourismDirectory.com — includes this under Hue (Regional & Local Tourist Information Offices):
Hue City Tourism
Cong Ty Du Lich Thành Pho Hue
9 Ly Thuong Kiet Street
Tel: (+84-54) 83577
Hue Tourist Company
18 Ly Thuong Kiet
Tel: (+84-54) 825163, 823577
Fax: (+84-54) 825814
Perhaps have a look at ToursVietnam.net‘s Hue Tourist Information.
Wikitravel‘s very good Hue coverage makes no mention of a government tourist office.
Also, refer to TripAdvisor‘s helpful page titled Hue: Tourist Board Info, which leads off with this statement:
Vietnam National Administration of Tourism operates a website at http://www.vietnamtourism.com.
Some further helpful information is available at About.com: Important Hue Travel Information.
I also suggest Travelfish‘s Hue Travel Guide.
It seems apparent to me that no government tourist office exists in Hue, although a host of commercially-focused tourist & travel agency offices exist that label themselves tourist offices. Consequently, inform yourself as much as you can beforehand. One more website I suggest is VirtualTourist‘s Hue Travel Guide.
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