Mystery Shopper: A couple's trip to Cambodia and Vietnam

Mystery Shopper: A couple's trip to Cambodia and Vietnam

Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Wanted: A couple would like to spend two weeks in Cambodia and Vietnam, visiting all the essential sights, in March next year.
Budget: £8,000.

Baldwins Travel
27 Grosvenor Road, 90%

I immediately got the impression that the agent was knowledgeable and professional. She was extremely enthusiastic about the destination, particularly Vietnam, and had been there, describing the area and tour in compelling detail. The agent patiently ensured that she understood my needs. I was recommended the 14-day Cambodia and Vietnam Explorer tour with Travel2, with an extra night in Hanoi and an overnight junk boat cruise in Halong Bay.

She recommended high-end hotels to suit my budget. The trip was priced £6,869. The recommendations were ideal. The agent gave me time to discuss the holiday with my partner but assured me she would follow up. I felt very valued.

Flight Centre
10A Camden Road, 82%

I was greeted in a relaxed and friendly way, before the agent went through my needs and suggested extra places to visit. I was recommended a £5,101 trip with Buffalo Tours. She used leaflets and maps to show me the destination.

I was not given a final cost estimate but was assured I would receive a first draft by end of day. Excursions were discussed but no other extras. More could have been done to maximise the budget.

Thomas Cook
109 Mount Pleasant Road, 65%

The service was warm, friendly and attentive. However, I felt the agent didn’t know much about the destination – she pulled most of it from the brochure and did not appear confident in what she was selling.

I was recommended a Vietnam and Cambodia trip from the Signature Exotic Escapes brochure. The total was £8,001. The agent suggested a flight upgrade. She said she would email me that day and call me to follow up.

Winning agent - Yvonne Hillocks, Senior Travel Consultant

Yvonne has been at Baldwins Travel Tunbridge Wells since 1991. She enjoys safaris and has experienced these in Kenya and South Africa.


All of the agents came up with good quotes but the winner seemed to be able to offer the best personal insight.

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