For the past 6 years, Tran Anh Thu has escorted ICS guests. She is one of the real, local guides who take care of our travellers during the shore excursions throughout the Mekong delta. . .including destinations like Cai Ba, Sadec, and Tan Chau. Thu has gotten many compliments from guests, including three National Geographic journalists.
We sat down with Thu to get to know her and to find out more about her life and her work with ICS. Here’s what she said. . .
Thu, how long have you been a guide?
I have worked in tourism for over 6 years now.
In addition to Vietnamese, what languages do you speak?
In addition to Vietnamese, I speak English as it was my major in University.
Can you share one of your favorite destinations?
To be honest, I am a country girl…so I always feel safe and sound anytime I am in the delta. Exploring the outside world is my dream but remote villages are still my favorite destinations. Only there can I show tourists the real Vietnam.
What is your favorite thing about being a guide?
My favorite thing about being a guide is having the chance to learn about new things and also the opportunity to share what I have here with guests.
We often have tourists who are visiting Vietnam for the first time. What advice would you give them?
For tourists who are coming to Vietnam for the first time, this would be my advice:
First of all, they need a guide. It will be very nice when you have someone to keep company with. And trust me, no one can tell the history and culture better than the locals. . .who are Vietnamese of course.
Second, take the opportunity to talk to Vietnamese people on your trip. It will fill the gap between travellers and locals. You will have more positive feeling about the land and the people here.
Last but not least, choose a good travel agent. For someone who wants to be a little bit adventurous they can travel by themselves to make the cost lower but for my experience safety is the priority.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Thanks again for giving me chance to work with you and to have such amazing opportunities to build up my skills as a guide!
Thank you, Thu! We appreciate having you on the ICS team!