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Free-of-charge tourist guide in Hanoi

2011-09-27 (GMT + 7)

Hundreds of youths in Hanoi have volunteered to work as tourist guides, speaking English, for free-of-charge for international tourists.

These volunteers are members of the Hanoikids Club, led by Thuy Linh, a senior from Hanoi University of Foreign Trade.

Founded in 2006, the club now has 200 guides.

Mike Brill, a tourist from California, the USA, shared that he heard of the Hanoikids Club through one of his friends who had visited Hanoi. “There is no reason for us not to contact with Hanoikids before we go to Hanoi”, said Mike.

Carol Brill, Mike’s wife, assessed that Linh, their tourist guide during their visits to some museums in Hanoi, including the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, was friendly and jovial. Particularly, Linh’s good command of English and wide knowledge came as a surprise to her.

At the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Linh answered most of the questions raised by the Brills, which satisfied the US couple.

Relating to the club, Thuy Linh confided that on average, the club met the demand of over 100 tours monthly. Most of the tourists were from Australia, the USA, France and other Southeast Asian countries. Therefore, the enrolment would be stricter.

The club runs under the motto of “No tips, No charge”. Its prestige has been known widely, so that various English centres, such as Res, CNR and Summit, have lent them a hand with great support.

According to Thuy Linh, most of the club’s members have agreed to guide tourists for free with an aim to improve their English, better their knowledge about national culture and history. They are very happy to be informal ambassadors of Vietnam to introduce Vietnam to international friends. They have considered themselves travel-mates of the tourists.

The Hanoikids Club hopes more volunteer clubs on tourism to be established across the country to lure more international tourists to Vietnam.

Marsone, an Australian tourist from Sydney, confided that students from the Hanoikids Club were wonderful travel-mates with their wide knowledge. They could take you to the places you want to. To explore the City, the most attractive itinerary would be designed by Hanoikids club’s members. That itinerary helped Marsone have a great time in Vietnam.

Source: Q─ÉND

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