For the actual cost, please consult the terms of each Holiday Houseboy.

    You pay a sum in advance by Paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) to confirm your reservation and then you pay a sum directly to the Holiday Houseboy on completion of his services in his local currency.

    For each Holiday Houseboy, the following are stated

    1. the deposit amount in US dollars to book his services

    2. amount to pay the Holiday Houseboy in cash after his services in local currency

    3. how many hours is his full day

    Please feel welcome to tip your chosen Holiday Houseboy well if you are happy with his services.

    PS. Please note that this is NOT a sexual service. A Holiday Houseboy is a local friend to show you the city, to ensure you have an enjoyable time discovering what the city has to offer. Please respect him. Also please do not expect a Professional Tour Guide. He is a guy who knows his city very well but may have no tourism qualification. Having said that some are licensed tour guides. Check against his description for more information.

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    HUGH
    Ho Chi Minh

    Hugh is the quiet studious type. He is a part-time qualified English teacher. Hugh will be happy to show you Ho Chi Minh, and what it has to offer. Though he has had no tourism experience, having lived here all his life, he is well versed on local places to eat and visit.

    Hugh has been working for Holiday Houseboys for over three years and has great reviews.


    Hugh is 29 yrs old, is a non-smoker and speaks fluent Vietnamese and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (10 hours) with Hugh = deposit of US67.50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 1,500,000 dong (US67.50) in cash to Hugh after his services. Total approx. US135.

    A shorter version (6 hours) is available = deposit of US35 by paypal or major credit card PLUS 800.000 dong (approx. US35) in cash to Hugh after his services. Total approx. US70.


    Testimonials:

    "We had a blast with Hugh - the perfect way to start our trip to HCMC. He's such a sweet guy and really took care of us - taking us to a good mix of tourist and local spots." Bryant, USA

    "Hugh was fantastic. Just a great guide for us. Enjoyed his company. He did a very good job of customizing the tour to our needs. Really very happy and satisfied with everything." Dale, USA

    "I had a great time on Monday in HCMC with Hieu! I would recommend hin. He took me to special events for the TET holiday which made my tour unique. He shared stories with me about Vietnam. He offered a lot of flexibility in my tour as we picked things to do together. He was great!" Mike, USA

    "Hugh is a marvellous person and I am super happy to have shared a day with him. It was a magnificent experience." Antonio, Italy

     
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    RISHAN
    Negombo

    Rishan is a trained chef. Having worked in the hospitality line for the last couple of years, Rishan is well versed in the concept of putting the guest first. Rishan will be available to advise you throughout your stay in Negombo, and accompany to wherever you wish. A hairy masculine guy, Rishan has a kind heart.

    Rishan is back in Negombo having recently returned from working as a chef on a luxury yacht in the Maldives.


    Rishan is 26 yrs old, is a social smoker and speaks Sinhalese and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Rishan = deposit of US47.50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 7000 Sri Lankan rupees in cash to Rishan his services. Total approx. US95.


    Testimonials:

    "Rishan was great.  He was extremely courteous and polite."  Wesley, USA

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    JAY
    Kuala Lumpur

    Jay currently works part-time as a tour guide, so this work fits in well with his expertise. A colourful character, Jay has also previously worked in a bank and in a  customer services division for a telecommunications company. If you are interested in venturing outside KL, then Jay has his own car and for an extra 200 ringgits (US50) per day, he will take you to places by car to further expand your sight seeing experiences such as Batu Caves and Putrajaya. A good listener, Jay will plan a trip especially to suit your interests, whatever they may be.


    Jay is 33 yrs old, is a casual smoker and speaks Malaysian and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Jay = deposit of US45.00 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 200 Malaysian ringgits in cash to Jay after his services + an extra 200 ringgits if you accept the option of a car guided tour in Jay's car. Total approx. US135.

    Jay is willing to extend the trip to 12 hours. In this event, the deposit is US69.00 payable by paypal or major credit card and 300 Malaysian ringgits in cash to Jay after his services + an extra 200 ringgits if you accept the car guided tour option. Total approx. US181.


    Testimonials:

    "Jay took good care of us and our visit here would not have been very interesting without him. To have a car available and someone to show us around was crucial in my opinion, so I am very happy I found your service and we were lucky that Jay was available on such short notice." Andreas, Switzerland

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    TOMMY
    Ho Chi Minh

    What stands out with Tommy is his entrepreneural spirit. Having studied in the University of Northampton in the UK, Tommy imported products from Vietnam to sell them on ebay in the UK. Being the technical whizz kid that he is, he also produced jailbreak systems and consultancy for iphones and ipads.  He has a first class honours BSc degree in Business Computing Systems. Tommy though is no technical nerd. He is a delightful young guy with his feet firmly on the ground and has a good future ahead of him.

    Tommy is willing to take you around Ho Chi Minh on his motorbike. Holiday Houseboys does not accept any responsibility for any accidents however caused and you are responsible for your own insurance. Whilst being an enthralling way to discover Ho Chi Minh, you do this  at your own risk.


    Tommy is 24 yrs old, is a non-smoker, and speaks English and Vietnamese.

    Total cost for 1 full day (10 hours) with Tommy = deposit of US47.50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 1,000,000 dong in cash to Tommy after his services. Total approx. US95.

    Total cost for half day (6 hours) with Tommy = deposit of US35 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 700,000 dong in cash to Tommy after his services. Total approx. US70.


    Testimonials:

    "We had a very good time with Tommy." - Ganzil & Jiro, Japan

     "Tommy's HCMC tour was well above my expectations.

    Tommy delivered a very professional quality service. The itinerary was very thoughtfully constructed to maximise comfort i.e. Visiting indoor sights during the middle of The day to avoid the heat; eating from street food stalls that have high hygiene standards; a break in the late afternoon to relax and fresh up for the evening. Tommy is a very polite, knowledgeable and informative. He maintained enthusiasm throughout the day in delivering a quality service. I definitely recommend holiday houseboys based on my HCMC experience."  - Vincent, USA

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    STEVEN
    Ho Chi Minh

    Steven has a good level of English, dresses smart casual and is a friendly guy. Within Ho Chi Minh, Steven will want to show you his own district to get a distinctive feel of what living in Ho Chi Minh is like as a local. If your interest is to explore more of Vietnam by rail, Steven will almost certainly be able to help you. He has worked for the Saigon Railway Tourist Company. He explains that the French Colonnial package is one of the most popular rail packages.

    Steven is willing to take you around Ho Chi Minh, and even further afield such as the Cu Chi tunnels and Vung Tau, on his motorbike. Holiday Houseboys does not accept any responsibility for any accidents however caused and you are responsible for your own insurance. Whilst being an enthralling way to discover Ho Chi Minh, you do this  at your own risk.


    Steven is 26 yrs old, is a non-smoker and speaks English and Vietnamese.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Steven = deposit of US50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 1,200,000 dong (approx. US52) in cash to Steven after his services. Total approx. US102.


    Testimonials:

    "Steven was excellent and very adaptable as some things were not open as usually before the Tet NY. He’s a good tour guide/person" Wayne, USA

    "Steven met our expectations completely. He is a friendly, humorous and caring guy. We enjoyed his company every minute. The best thing was the ride on the motorbike and of course his introduction to Saigon street food kitchens. To put it in a nutshell: highly recommended!!!" Andre, Germany

    "..we absolutely adored Steven and had the most wonderful day with him. He knew all the best places to shop and understood our style immediately. He made sure we had the best shopping experience and made us feel comfortable everywhere we went. Mostly, we just enjoyed spending time with him because he is so charming and such a great guy. We couldn't have been more pleased with Steven and hope to keep in touch with him in the future. We feel very lucky to have made a friend like him in Saigon. He's the best! " Eamon and Keyvn, USA

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    AHMED
    Luxor

    Ahmed, aged 34 yrs old,  is one of our older guides, but with this, carries more experience. Based in Luxur, Ahmed is an authorised tour guide and specialises in Egyptology.

    As well as planning full day city tours, Ahmed is well versed in organising longer tours for his guests.

    Ahmed has a gentle personality and you will be well looked after. He is well versed in handling both private individuals and groups. Discover the fascinating world of Egypt with Ahmed.


    Ahmed is 34 yrs old, is a non- smoker and speaks fluent Arabic and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (9 hours) with Ahmed = deposit of US47.50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 400 Egyptian Pounds in cash to Ahmed after his services. Total approx. US95.


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    PHIL
    Chiang Mai

    Phil has been a licensed tour guide for almost 10 years, and has also been an inbound travel agent as an assistant sales and marketing manager. He graduated with a major in Hotel Management.

    Now based in Chiang Mai, Phil regularly travels back to Bangkok  to see his family and friends.

    Phil will gladly show you around the treasures of Chang Mai in his air-conditioned car and produce an itinerary to your pleasing. His experience is unquestionable but it is his pleasant personality that will really make your time special with Phil.


    Phil is 38 yrs old, is a non- smoker and speaks fluent Thai, Laos and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Phil = deposit of US55 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 2000 Baht (approx. US55)  in cash to Phil after his services. Total cost without car is therefore approx. US110. The cost of going by car is extra and varies from 500 to 1500 baht per day, depending upon the distance covered.


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    YA
    Bangkok

    Ya is a qualified guide with over 2 years experience. Having lived here for 6 years, he is familiar with all that Bangkok has to offer including kick boxing, floating markets, elephant shows, an insight into the temple culture, night street markets and massage parlours, just to mention a few.

    Ya is very open minded and will be able to get you into shows that will make your eyes pop out.


    Ya is 30 yrs old, is a non- smoker and speaks fluent Thai and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Ya = deposit of US50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) AND 1750 Baht (approx. US50)  in cash to Ya after his services. Total approx. US100.

    Ya can also do a night tour for you, starting at 7.30 pm until 1 am (5 1/2 hours). This costs a deposit of US30, and 1050 Baht (approx. US30) in cash to Ya after his services. Total approx. US60.

    This does not include any entrance fees, food&beverage or transport costs.


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    SAM
    Chiang Mai

    Sam has worked in the tourist field since 2005 - working in a restaurant, a resort and spa, as a hotel butler, and as a guest service supervisor as well as a guest service representative. He knows all about the importance of customer service, and is attentive to the requests of the guests. Sam also has his spiritual side - he currently works as a volunteer in a monastry teaching tribal chldren Thai culture.

    Sam is effeminate, friendly and eager to please. He will be an excellent guide for you in Chiang Mai.


    Sam is 30 yrs old, is a non- smoker and speaks fluent Thai, Laos and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Sam = deposit of US45 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 1500 Baht (approx. US45)  in cash to Sam after his services. Total approx. US90.

    This does not include any entrance fees, food&beverage or transport costs.


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    RODNEY
    Phnom Penh

    Rodney has had a variety of jobs. These include being a hotel receptionist, a coffee shop assistant, a designer's personal assistant and an apartment manager. Although Rodney has little experience of being a guide, he has lived in Phnom Penh for the last 12 years and knows it well.

    Rodney is excited about the prospect of showing you his world of Phnom Penh and what it has to offer.


    Rodney is 27 yrs old, is a non- smoker and speaks fluent Khmer and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Rodney = deposit of US45 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 180,000 Cambodian Riels (approx. US45)  in cash to Rodney after his services. Total approx. US90.

    This does not include any entrance fees, food&beverage or transport costs.


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    TONY
    Hanoi

    Tony is a 21 year old student. He is currently studying accountancy and does part-time guide work. Tony is particularly proud of his foodie tour, introducing guests to a whole range of Vietnamese food. Try the goi cuon (translucent spring rolls with greens, coriander and various combinations of minced pork, shrimp or crab), banh mi (baguette with salad and paté or omelette) and banh xeo (sizzling pancakes). Tony knows where to take you. He is also available for night tours.

    Tony's English needs improvement and he is keen to do this by speaking with foreign guests.


    Tony is 21 yrs old, is a non- smoker and speaks fluent Vietnamese and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Tony = deposit of US45 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 1,000,000 Vietnamese Dong (approx. US45)  in cash to Tony after his services. Total approx. US90.

    This does not include any entrance fees, food&beverage or transport costs.


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    ANISH
    Kerala, Bangalore

    Anish is no stranger to the tourism industry. He has worked in travel agencies and as a travel consultant, responsible for sales of travel products throughout India and is currently working for one of the largest tourist solution operators today. Anish belives he can offer you the best Kerala tour packages and Indian packages in the market, so if you want to go further afield then Anish is your guy.

    Anish is a pleasant young gentleman with an eagerness to show you what his country has to offer. Ever adaptable, he will offer you a unique insight into the places you visit and will offer you ideas to experience a broader insight into how India works.

    Given his knowledge of travel products and languages, Anish with his gentle personality is a good personal guide, eager to ensure that you get a real taste of India.


    Anish is 27 yrs old, is a non-smoker and speaks Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Anish = deposit of US30 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 2000 Indian rupees (approx. US30) in cash to Anish after his services. Total approx. US60.


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    MAYOM
    Pattaya

    Mayom has worked in restaurants in Phuket and Pattaya, before becoming a tour guide in Pattaya. He has 4 years experience in this field, and is well versed in delivering an excellent service to his guests.

    Whether it is day-time activities you seek, such as water sports, a cultural tour or a shopping trip to Bangkok, or night-time activites such as a tour of the most spectacular night bars that Pattaya has to offer, Mayom will be able to help you. There's nothing like being with a respectful local to point you in the right direction.


    Mayom is 30 yrs old, is a non- smoker and speaks fluent Thai, Lao, Khmer, Suey (a tribal language) and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Mayom = deposit of US45 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 1500 Baht (approx. US45)  in cash to Mayom after his services. Total approx. US90.

    This does not include any entrance fees, food&beverage or transport costs.


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    GEDE
    Bali

    Gede is an experienced tour guide, covering the island of Bali. Whether it is covering the tourist attractions of Tirta Gangga, Tanah Lot Temple, the markets in Ubud or a night out in Kuta's Beach Bars, Gede can help you. Moreover working alongside his brother, if Gede is not available, then his brother can step in his place.


    Gede is a non- smoker and speaks fluent Indonesian and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Gede = deposit of US37.50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 500,000 Indonesian Rupial (approx. US37.50)  in cash to Gede after his services. Total approx. US75.

    Total cost for a half day (4 hours) with Gede = deposit of US26 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 350,000 Indonesian Rupial (approx. US26)  in cash to Gede after his services. Total approx. US52.

    This includes transport costs in Gede's car but does not include any entrance fees or any food&beverage costs.


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    NISHAN
    Kathmandu

    Nishan has a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. He describes himself as a fun loving guy who enjoys parties, shopping, travelling, trekking, watching movies and adventure sports. Nishan paints, composes and sings song as well as writing novels, though he admits he has not get any published yet. The adventurous guy he is, he also loves to try out different cuisines. Nishan can also offer masseur services if requested. With extensive knowledge of Kathmandu and the rest of Nepal, Nishan is a good choice if you wish to explore Nepal at a local level. His level of English is excellent.


    Nishan is 23 years old, a social smoker and speaks fluent Nepali, Hindi and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Nishan = deposit of US47 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 5000 Nepalese rupees (approx. US48)  in cash to Nishan after his services. Total approx. US95.

    Total cost for a half day (4 hours) with Nishan = deposit of US23 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 2500 Nepalese rupees (approx. US24)  in cash to Nishan after his services. Total approx. US47.

    This does not include transport costs, entrance fees or any food&beverage costs.


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    MANAB
    Kathmandu

    Manab has various skills - he has worked as a carpentar, a sales assistant and is currently a cook. He also has work experience abroad in Saudi Arabia. Studying for a degree in Mass Communication and Sociology, his interests include dance, modeling and fashion.


    Manab is 26 years old, does not smoke and speaks fluent Nepali, Hindi, Urdu, English and his mother tongue Tamang.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Manab = deposit of US47 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 5000 Nepalese rupees (approx. US48)  in cash to Manab after his services. Total approx. US95.

    Total cost for a half day (4 hours) with Manab = deposit of US23 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 2500 Nepalese rupees (approx. US24)  in cash to Manab after his services. Total approx. US47.

    This does not include transport costs, entrance fees or any food&beverage costs.


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    SAMPATH
    Galle

    Sampath is the athletic type. Currently responsible for bicycle tours and boating excursions, he keeps himself in good shape. Sampath also enjoys bird watching. With his pleasant manner, and his professionalism in whatever he does, you can trust Sampath to show you around Galle. He looks forward to showing you fabulous places to eat and visit. And if you want to tour Galle by bicycle, even better!


    Sampath is 36 years old, does not smoke and speaks fluent Sinhala and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Sampath = deposit of US45 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS 6000 Sri Lankan rupees (approx. US40)  in cash to Sampath after his services. Total approx. US85.

    Total cost for a half day (4 hours) with Sampath = deposit of US25 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and 3000 Sri Lankan rupees (approx. US20)  in cash to Sampath after his services. Total approx. US45.

    This does not include transport costs, entrance fees or any food&beverage costs.


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    ANIBAL
    Havana

    Anibal is the techy type with a love for life. Generous in heart and spirit, Anibal graduated in Computer Sciences in 2014. Though currently not working, he loves to show tourists around  Habana. Looking for that hidden cafe or restaurant, then Anibal is your man.


    Anibal is 27 years old, does not smoke and speaks fluent Spanish and English.

    Total cost for 1 full day (8 hours) with Anibal = deposit of US50 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) PLUS US45  in cash to Anibal after his services. Total US95.

    Total cost for a half day (4 hours) with Anibal = deposit of US25 by paypal or major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and US25  in cash to Anibal after his services. Total US50.

    This does not include transport costs, entrance fees or any food&beverage costs.


    Some Holiday Houseboys are available in several destinations if the guest is willing to pay a travel allowance for him to travel to that particular destination. In such instances the travel allowance will be shown as a separate cost. Please note however that a local holiday houseboy will have a much more in depth knowledge of the area and may be of greater assistance.