Meet Our Team

The Travel Company With A Difference

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Come 12:00 PM at Friends Travel Vietnam, and the sound of fingers typing furiously away at keyboards is replaced by something else entirely: friendly chattering and cutlery clinking against plates and bowls. It’s lunch time and the entire company gathers around a communal table to enjoy lunch together. Because Friends Travel Vietnam isn’t just a travel company, it’s a family…

I know it’s cliche, but we are a family. This isn’t some marketing claim, this is a statement of fact. Each and every employee at Friends Travel Vietnam will tell you that.

Saying that, it is a pleasure introducing you to our family!

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Mr. Tom

Tour Guide & Bicycle Tour Manager

Lam, or Tom as he prefers to be known, grew up in a small village called Tieu Than, between Hanoi and Halong Bay. Luckily for us, he decided to move to Hanoi in search of greener pastures.

He knows this city and her surroundings like the back of his hand and because of that he heads up our tour guide department. If you want to meet this pleasant man, book our Real Hanoi Bicycle Experience, he’s looking forward to meeting you!

In His Own Words:

I love my country, every place in Vietnam has its own charm. Vietnam is one of the most stunning places in the world, and you have to come and experience it on your own.

Working at Friends Travel Vietnam is great. The office feels like my home and my colleagues like my family!

Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:

Sea Food, but if it’s not available Pho Bo Tai Chin – Beef Noodle Soup with a mixture of well done and medium rare pieces of beef.

Van Ninh, a Rural and peaceful district North of Nha Trang.

#Mr Dung

Local Bicycle & Street Food Specialist

Ms. Linh is a member of our expert sales team. She’s been working with us eversince 2017, always ensuring that our clients get the best service and devoted personal attention.

She’s a Hanoi local, having grown up Bắc Từ Liêm, home to the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology – and it’s quite fitting seeing as she’ll dig deep to ensure that our clients get the best deal possible!

In Her Own Words:

Vietnam is the perfect trifecta of nature, beauty, delicious food! I love working at Friends Travel Vietnam because everybody is friendly and always willing to help, especially our bosses, Sidney and Thao.

Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:

It has to be Northern Vietnamese cuisine, because it’s more balanced than the central and southern cuisines. I especially like Nem and Banh Mi!

I love the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, it’s my favourite place in Hanoi, but if I have to choose my perfect destination it would have to be the amazing island of Phu Quoc.

#Tour guide 02

Local Bicycle & Street Food Specialist

Ms. Linh is a member of our expert sales team. She’s been working with us eversince 2017, always ensuring that our clients get the best service and devoted personal attention.

She’s a Hanoi local, having grown up Bắc Từ Liêm, home to the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology – and it’s quite fitting seeing as she’ll dig deep to ensure that our clients get the best deal possible!

In Her Own Words:

Vietnam is the perfect trifecta of nature, beauty, delicious food! I love working at Friends Travel Vietnam because everybody is friendly and always willing to help, especially our bosses, Sidney and Thao.

Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:

It has to be Northern Vietnamese cuisine, because it’s more balanced than the central and southern cuisines. I especially like Nem and Banh Mi!

I love the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, it’s my favourite place in Hanoi, but if I have to choose my perfect destination it would have to be the amazing island of Phu Quoc.

#Tour guide 03

Local Bicycle & Street Food Specialist

Ms. Linh is a member of our expert sales team. She’s been working with us eversince 2017, always ensuring that our clients get the best service and devoted personal attention.

She’s a Hanoi local, having grown up Bắc Từ Liêm, home to the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology – and it’s quite fitting seeing as she’ll dig deep to ensure that our clients get the best deal possible!

In Her Own Words:

Vietnam is the perfect trifecta of nature, beauty, delicious food! I love working at Friends Travel Vietnam because everybody is friendly and always willing to help, especially our bosses, Sidney and Thao.

Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:

It has to be Northern Vietnamese cuisine, because it’s more balanced than the central and southern cuisines. I especially like Nem and Banh Mi!

I love the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, it’s my favourite place in Hanoi, but if I have to choose my perfect destination it would have to be the amazing island of Phu Quoc.

#Tour guide 04

Local Bicycle & Street Food Specialist

Ms. Linh is a member of our expert sales team. She’s been working with us eversince 2017, always ensuring that our clients get the best service and devoted personal attention.

She’s a Hanoi local, having grown up Bắc Từ Liêm, home to the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology – and it’s quite fitting seeing as she’ll dig deep to ensure that our clients get the best deal possible!

In Her Own Words:

Vietnam is the perfect trifecta of nature, beauty, delicious food! I love working at Friends Travel Vietnam because everybody is friendly and always willing to help, especially our bosses, Sidney and Thao.

Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:

It has to be Northern Vietnamese cuisine, because it’s more balanced than the central and southern cuisines. I especially like Nem and Banh Mi!

I love the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, it’s my favourite place in Hanoi, but if I have to choose my perfect destination it would have to be the amazing island of Phu Quoc.

Ms Hoa

Local Street Food Specialist - Ms Flower
Hoa is one of our most recent additions to our office team, having just recently completed her internship. Before that she worked for us as a tour guide and made such an impact that she was offered an internship to further her skills. We look forward to many more years!
In Her Own Words:
Come visit Vietnam for three reasons: the beautiful landscape and scenery; the Dong’s exchange rate will be kind to your wallet; the people are friendly and it’s safe! I like friends Travel Vietnam’s professional style and their organized system! I look forward to learning a lot while working here!
Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:
Pho Ga Tron, a chicken noodle dish that’s light, fresh and invigorating!
Sa Pa. The most beautiful place in Vietnam!

Ms Hoa

Local Street Food Specialist - Ms Flower
Hoa is one of our most recent additions to our office team, having just recently completed her internship. Before that she worked for us as a tour guide and made such an impact that she was offered an internship to further her skills. We look forward to many more years!
In Her Own Words:
Come visit Vietnam for three reasons: the beautiful landscape and scenery; the Dong’s exchange rate will be kind to your wallet; the people are friendly and it’s safe! I like friends Travel Vietnam’s professional style and their organized system! I look forward to learning a lot while working here!
Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:
Pho Ga Tron, a chicken noodle dish that’s light, fresh and invigorating!
Sa Pa. The most beautiful place in Vietnam!

Mr. Dung

Travel Outlet Manager & Vietnam Destination Specialist

Dung’s bright and broad smile is the first thing that you’ll see when you walk into our office.

That smile has been welcoming our guests eversince 2013, and we hope for many more years to come! If his smile didn’t greet you, chances are you’ll see him whistling up and down our office helping out where he can.

He has a proven track record in the service industry, gaining experience behind bar counters and reception desks while completing his degree in Tourism.

In Her Own Words:

Vietnam is special because of the country’s beauty and diversity. The diversity offers visitors many different types of experiences. Whether tourists want city life, or to relax in nature, Vietnam’s got it.

We have mountainous landscapes that will take your breath away, and also long white beautiful beaches. The country’s amazing history and culture is also something every tourist needs to discover and experience for themselves.

I enjoy working at Friends Travel Vietnam because of the friendly environment the company provides. Sidney and Thao do their best to try and create an open office, where everybody can work together in a friendly way.

It’s almost cozy in here – it feels like a family! Taking care of yourself, each other, and the customer, all like family!

Favourite Place:
Favourite Food:
I love the beach, so it would have to be somewhere like Nha Trang or Mui Ne.
Pho – any type of Pho, I do not discriminate. If there’s noodles in it, I’ll love it.

Ms. Linh

Vietnam Travel Advisor

Ms. Linh is a member of our expert sales team. She’s been working with us eversince 2017, always ensuring that our clients get the best service and devoted personal attention.

She’s a Hanoi local, having grown up Bắc Từ Liêm, home to the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology – and it’s quite fitting seeing as she’ll dig deep to ensure that our clients get the best deal possible!

In Her Own Words:

Vietnam is the perfect trifecta of nature, beauty, delicious food! I love working at Friends Travel Vietnam because everybody is friendly and always willing to help, especially our bosses, Sidney and Thao.

Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:

It has to be Northern Vietnamese cuisine, because it’s more balanced than the central and southern cuisines. I especially like Nem and Banh Mi!

I love the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, it’s my favourite place in Hanoi, but if I have to choose my perfect destination it would have to be the amazing island of Phu Quoc.

Ms. Hien

Vietnam Travel Advisor & Visa Specialist

Hien is one of our sale aficionados, working with Linh, Dung, and Thu to get the best prices for our clients. She’s been turning the dream destination into a real life dream from 2016, and there’s no stopping this passionate lady!

She’s hails from the To Ngoc Van (named in honour of a famous Vietnamese painter) area of the cosmopolitan Tay Ho district and knows the ins and outs of this amazing city.

In Her Own Words:

Vietnam has combination of nature and tourism, and the country is full of beautiful landscapes and vistas. I feel the tourism sector is perfectly balanced between great service and wonderful experiences.

I love my job because it’s a new experience everyday. Every guest and situation is different so it keeps my job interesting. And of course, you meet new people each and every day, which is always nice!

Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:
Bun Cha. Grilled pork in a sweet and spicy sauce, what’s not to love?
Bun Cha. Grilled pork in a sweet and spicy sauce, what’s not to love?

Ms. Thu

Vietnam Travel Advisor

Thu puts the fair in airfare! She is a master of finding the best flight option & building the best tailored made itineraries for all of our guests.

She is always ready to lend a helping hand, making sure that our guests receive the best possible service. She’s been with us for since 2016, so she knows her stuff! She’s from a small town in Hanoi called Than Tri, a place famous for their Banh Cuon, a rice pancake stuffed with pork mince and mushrooms. Yum!

In Her Own Words:

Come visit Vietnam for the beautiful landscapes, but stay for the friendly people. All the tourists I speak to tell me that the Vietnamese people are some of the friendliest people in the world.

I’ve worked at several other jobs before starting with Friends Travel Vietnam, and I can honestly say that Friends Travel Vietnam is not like any other company that I’ve worked for.

It’s a family company and that means that it’s safe to express ourselves, never needing to hide anything about ourselves, just like in a family. It makes me feel comfortable!

Favourite Place:
Favourite Food:

Danang or Nha Trang, a place with easy weather and one season per year.

I love fresh fruit and vegetables, but if I get tired of them I’ll have some Bun Rieu!

Ms. Loan

Marketing & Goal Keeper

Loan has been brightening up our offices with her smile since 2014. She’s a jack of all trades, and master of all, always helping out in various differing departments.

When she’s not actively helping out around the office, she improves everybody’s moods with her broad smile!

In Her Own Words:

Come to Vietnam, because the Vietnamese people here are kind and honest, and the nature is beautiful! Friends Travel Vietnam is my second family, the people really feel like my brothers and my sisters!

Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:

Pho Bo, especially Pho Gau, a extra fatty version of the popular noodle dish.

I love Central Vietnam, so Hoi An or Hue.

Ms. Hoai

Accountant & Visa Specialist

Meet Hoai, one of the pistons of our financial engine our visa department! Hoai keeps our financial side running like a well oiled machine by seeing to the accounts & being sure the last details of your visa is checked with military precision.

This 25 year old has been a part of our team from 2016, and we look forward to having many, many more!

In Her Own Words:

People should visit Vietnam because of the wide variety of stunning scenery, the delicious food, and, of course, the friendly Vietnamese people!

I’m extremely happy working with Friends Travel Vietnam because the company feels like a community and a family. Sidney, Thao and my other colleagues always makes me feel comfortable and they help me to learn and improve.

Favourite Place:
Favourite Food:
Hoan Kiem Lake, especially during the mornings, taking a walk around the lake to refresh.
Com (Rice) normally served with a variety of delicious side dishes!

#Ms. Hung Anh

Head Accountant

##Thu puts the fair in airfare! She is a master of finding the best flight option & building the best tailored made itineraries for all of our guests.

She is always ready to lend a helping hand, making sure that our guests receive the best possible service. She’s been with us for since 2016, so she knows her stuff! She’s from a small town in Hanoi called Than Tri, a place famous for their Banh Cuon, a rice pancake stuffed with pork mince and mushrooms. Yum!

In Her Own Words:

Come visit Vietnam for the beautiful landscapes, but stay for the friendly people. All the tourists I speak to tell me that the Vietnamese people are some of the friendliest people in the world.

I’ve worked at several other jobs before starting with Friends Travel Vietnam, and I can honestly say that Friends Travel Vietnam is not like any other company that I’ve worked for.

It’s a family company and that means that it’s safe to express ourselves, never needing to hide anything about ourselves, just like in a family. It makes me feel comfortable!

Favourite Place:
Favourite Food:

Danang or Nha Trang, a place with easy weather and one season per year.

I love fresh fruit and vegetables, but if I get tired of them I’ll have some Bun Rieu!

Mr. Tu

Chef & Housekeeping and Bicycle Maintainer

If you’re eating a scrumptious breakfast or sipping on a delicious iced coffee, chances are you have Tu to thank. This Bac Giang local has been treating our tongues eversince 2014.

He keeps the office spotless, and our tummies full and happy, keeping our bicycles TOP FIT and for that we thank him!

In His Own Words:

Vietnam is a special place that you need to visit to experience. We wait to welcome all our travelers warmly!

Friends Travel Vietnam is not a company, it’s a family, and I love my family!

Favourite Place:
Favourite Food:

Bai Dinh Temple and Pagoda, a 700 hectares temple complex near Ninh Binh – Really worth a visit if you are in Ninh Binh!

Pho Bo Chin – The traditional beef noodle soup the north is famous for, with well done pieces of beef. Favourite Place: Bai Dinh

Mr Luuk

Manager Online Team & Vietnam Travel Advisor

Luuk is another Dutch import, moving to Vietnam from the pretty little city of Nijmegen. He’s always loved Asia and when the opportunity presented itself to work in Vietnam he jumped at the chance. He traded in the Dutch waterways for Vietnamese alleyways and he’s been loving the decision ever since!

In Her Own Words:

I traveled to Vietnam before I started a internship at Friends Travel Vietnam and loved it so much that I decided to stay and make my move permanent!

The people and the family atmosphere makes Friends Travel Vietnam a brilliant place to work!

Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:
Banh Xeo – a crispy fried pancake filled with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts.
Ninh Binh – the Mua Cave is a must see!

Mr Jakus

Head Content Writer
Jakus is originally from South Africa, but he and his wife moved to Hanoi after falling in love with this country during their Honeymoon. Jakus has been a writer all his life and loves telling stories of places, people and things that inspires him!
In Her Own Words:
In all of our travels, my wife and I are yet to meet a country with such friendly and welcoming people as the Vietnamese. It’s something you need to experience for yourself. The moment I walked through the door at Friends Travel Vietnam I felt at home. That’s not a feeling a usually get from a company, but then again, this isn’t actually a company… I look forward to many more years to come!
Favourite Food:
Favourite Place:
Nem Lui – Grilled pork skewers, wrapped in rice paper with fresh herbs, fruit and vegetable. That’s my idea of heaven! It’s also one of the reasons for my belly…

Cat Ba Island, a really unforgettable place!

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