Bao Loc - Private Vietnam Tour Guide



My name is Nguyen Viet Bao Loc. You can call me Loc or “Booyaa” – my nick-name. I am a native of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). I learned English in school and polished my skills talking to foreign travelers on the street. When I started working in a restaurant in downtown Saigon I was able to use my English Language skills. It was there where I first discovered the opportunity to help travelers find their way around Saigon. I was also able to help businessmen and expats with their problems – as an interpreter/translator dealing with local businessmen and landlords – I found out that I was very good at helping foreigners visiting (or living in) Saigon. Since 2005, I have gained considerable experience providing services to travelers, businessmen and expats – as well as charity organizations. I enjoy helping foreigners discover my city, my country, and the world-renowned Vietnamese hospitality. I am a honest and hard-working person with a knowledge and understanding of my country. It is my hope to help you enjoy your stay in Vietnam and have you leave with a desire to return!

with Emily on the motobike in Cuchi, 2012
Loc with Emily on the motobike in Cuchi, 2012

Please check my REFERENCES PAGE for letters of recommendation and GUESTS PAGE for photos showing some of the places I have taken my clients.

Here are some of the services I have provided in the past: Tourist Guide: Provided Vietnam travelers with guide services from the Mekong Delta North to Hanoi, Concierge services, Saigon Walking Tours, Custom Sightseeing Tours, Honeymoon vacations, Emergency medical services, arrange “VISA on ARRIVAL” Letter and domestic travel arrangements. International Businesses: Interpreter/Translator, Construction Contractor Coordinator, Custom/Stock Clothing Quality Control, assisted clients in getting Vietnamese Driver’s Licenses, Currency exchange arrangements, and other business activities. International Charity Organizations: Contract Interpreter/Translator.

Contact Information:

Nguyen Viet Bao Loc

300/34/28 Nguyen Van Linh Street

Binh Thuan Ward, District 7, 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tel: +84-989-600511


WhatsApp: +84-989-600511


1. Is your time budgeted as well as your money? Taking your interests into account and my knowledge of Vietnam, you will be able to concentrate your valuable travel time on those things that are of interest to you. Your itinerary and interests may require a short stay in one place or a bit more time in another. As your Private Vietnam Tour Guide, I want to be sure that you get the best value for your time and money.

2. Visiting the Ports of Vietnam when taking a Cruise. Some cruise stops are very limited time wise! Avoid the rush to take part in the cruise-line shore tours: 1) Contact me in advance. 2) I’ll get you away from the crowded dock quickly (after you complete government formalities). 3) Travel in the comfort of car or van, not a crowded tour bus. 4) See those sites that you’re interested in and more sites than a crowded bus will allow. 5) And (if you desire) get back to the ship before the rest of the crowd.

3. Are you a return visitor to Vietnam? I’ll bet I can discover some new things for you to enjoy on a return visit to Vietnam.

4. Are you concerned about your Health and Safety in strange places? Saigon and Hanoi are large cities, and have the problems of any large city. I will keep you safe and advise you regarding situations that may have potential Health or Safety concerns – no matter where you want to travel. 5. I will guide you through those tourist attractions in Vietnam that are very popular.. I know the best hours to visit attractions, when prices are best (I give expert advise on haggling), which places you can skip, how to make the best use of “rush hour”, what is closed or under renovation/construction, and any number of ways to will help you get the most out of travel to a heavily visited location. I might even be able to get you special access or good deal. Warning: You might have to get up early in the morning to get there before the crowds arrive or stay late to a special after-hours tour.

5. Are you going to have a long stay in Vietnam? If you’re going to be hanging around for a while. I’ll help you get settled in and get your bearings. Or if you’ve been here for a while and feel you’ve missed something – I’ll help take up the slack.

6. Do you want to visit specific historic sites or destinations (Especially returning American Military Veterans of the 1960s and 70s)? There are many places the have special historical significance. Some are well known and popular: others are of interest to only a few travelers. I’ll make the proper plans to insure that your wants and needs regarding this type of destination.

7. On an adventure/nature appreciation trip. Motorbiking, bicycling, mountain climbing, scuba diving, bird watching, white-water rafting … unless you are an absolute expert at your chosen adventure, hiring an expert may be a matter of life and death. Even if you are an old hand at the particular skill in question, it’s still a good idea to hire an expert who knows the local area and can help you navigate an unfamiliar place. To the uninformed eye, the forest around you can seem like a pleasant bunch of trees, but an experienced nature guide can point you to the creature on a branch, identify that raucous bird cry overhead or even keep you out of the way of poisonous animals and plants. I’ll help you find a qualified expert in such activities, who will assure your enjoyment and insure your safety.

8. Just having a good translator/interpreter can raise your level of enjoyment when traveling in Vietnam. When visiting a place where you do not speak the language and you travel to those places that are off the beaten track of regular travelers – most locals are unlikely to speak English. I can also put you in contact with a speaker if just about any language. A local tour guide who does speak your language can be invaluable in countless ways. I can even put you in contact with a guide and you can chat with the guide on the phone to determine how strong his or her command of your language really is.

9. I can take care of the logistics of travel. The hassles of obtaining tickets, making reservations, checking operating hours, figuring out options when you have problems — all of this is easy stuff for me. If you are on vacation and don’t want to have these mundane tasks on your plate while traveling, I can take care of these tasks for you.

10. Driving in Vietnam. Transportation arrangements. Driving a car in Vietnam is not an option for a tourist. The are legal and practical reasons for this. International driver’s licenses are not recognized in Vietnam. In addition, there are any number of reasons you do not want to drive while traveling in Vietnam — you don’t want to spend your vacation getting lost, you can’t read the road signs, you’ may be driving on the “wrong” side of the road, your fellow traveler is a terrible copilot and you just want to have fun instead of being a chauffeur — hiring a driver/guide (and car or van) to do the driving for you can save you a lot of headaches and unwanted distractions. I can take care of the problem for you. Send me an email addressing these or any other questions you may have. I’ll acknowledge your correspondence as soon as possible (I may be “On the Road”). It may take a bit of time to get a answer/solution to your question depending on its complexity. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


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