Our private transfer was efficient and friendly and very informative. On the way to our hotel, the heavens opened up and we travelled in a torrential downpour ! Thankfully we were dry but it was amazing for us to see the general public, soldiering on, on their motor scooters, with one and sometimes two passengers with their rain ponchos on. We arrived safely however and organised our tours and return trip to the airport through the same tour company, Tour East. All our tours were great and turned up on time, except for our transfer to the airport ! Our pick up time came and went and luckily someone from Tour East arrived at our hotel to meet some other travellers, she contacted her office and organised another car. when we arrived at the airport, we met another employee of Tour East and she helped us with our check in ( huge relief). All's well that ends well.
We found our driver easily at the airport and ended up going in a private car instead of a shared van, I guess there were no others travellers using Tour East on that flight. Good driver and very helpful.