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Excellent tour, probably the highlight of the few days we were in the area. Managed to cram a lot of things into the day which is brilliant as some other tours can feel like you spend more time travelling than seeing!
This was a fantastic tour, loved it very much - we had teenagers with us and they loved it too. Tour guide was great, loved the bike ride and the cooking. The lunch was amazing with so much food. Great day had by all.
This tour was a highlight of the whole trip. I'm pretty unfit, but the bike ride around the island was really enjoyable, a great way to see what the locals get up to.
Very, very good organised and the tour guide was knowledgeable. We had only 6 people in our tour, which was perfect for us. The floating markets were not what we expected but it was still very worthwhile to see and to hear how it works. The village tour was very interesting but the "cooking lessons" are a bit of a joke but it did not bother us as the food was very good. We would recommend this tour to anybody. We would liked to have the bike-tour in a what slower pace to give you some time to look around BUT, we would do it again as it is very worthwhile.
Hanni and Wim Wassink Australia.
The tour was very well organized and full of activities of interest. We definetly would recomend this tour as Mekong Delta experience: we only wanted a little bit more of cooking class: the guide was great, the information provided, the cycling, the boat and the deep insight information about life on Mekong comunities was a must.
Had a great trip to the Mekong Delta. We were picked up at our hotel promptly at 6:30 a.m. We were then transferred to a bus. There was a group of 12 people all totaled. It took 2hours to get to,the delta. We did have a coffee/bathroom stop along the way. Once we arrived, then transferred to a boat. Went off to find the floating market. Not many boats at the market though. From there proceeded to a stop to see honey/tea sales. Then off to the coconut factory. We walked from one locale to the next. Very interesting. Lots of things for sale, plus tastings. Next on to the small boat to go up a side stream. Arrived, then walked to the restaurant where we would be rolling spring rolls for lunch. Delicious lunch and so much food. Afterwards a bike ride through the villages. About one hour on bikes on a concrete path. Lots of fun passing homes, people, scooters, animals, you name it. Back by boat to our original point, then back to HCMC. Great day and very interesting people on the tour.
It's my honour to be the first to review this newly available tour run by Threeland Travel. We were picked up at 6.15am and joined by another couple so there was only 4 of us on the tour plus our guide Moon and a driver. The drive to Cai Be took a few hours and we had one rest stop. We got on a boat and toured the Cai Be floating markets. This is how the locals live not some tourist setup like you see in Thailand. Boats sell just about everything and we got fresh coconuts to drink. We stopped on an island to see how they make various popped rice treats, coconut candy. Plenty of free samples and they were delicious, please support the locals by buying some snacks. We then walked to a bee farm where our poor guide Moon got stung on the ear by an angry bee! Thankfully he was not allergic. We enjoyed honey green tea and tried some royal jelly. We then boated to another island where we were fortunate to arrive on a day of a local wedding. Our guide knew the bride and groom as he visits the island frequently so we got to see a bit of the wedding, went for a walk around the fruit plantations, ate fresh fruit and watched a cultural music and dance performance. We then boarded a row boat for a relaxing 20 minute paddle through the river canals of the island. We then travelled to Tan Phong Island for lunch. The 'half-day cooking class' was just wrapping some spring rolls with pre chopped ingredients, it took 10 minutes so this wording should really be changed as its misleading. The food was delicious and plentiful - papaya salad, our spring rolls, a gigantic whole fried fish, noodle salad and fresh fruit. We then went for a bicycle ride around the island (30 minutes) it was all flat and gave a great insight into how the villagers live. We then returned to the mini bus for the non-stop ride back to the city where we were back at the hotel by 5pm. My only recommendations - helmets for the bike ride would be nice and seatbelts in the minibus as the roads are very bumpy at times!
A good tour with a variety of activities and a very entertaining and knowledgable tour guide.
The sights were wonderful, but very disappointed in guide and the "cooking school". First, it is not a cooking school, but a demonstration. Second, the guide was more interested in talking on his cell phone, picking peppers and racing fast on the bike ride, so he was basically useless. Especially, during the cooking demonstration, when he was off on his own, and the lady giving the demonstration spoke no English. Hope I just got the bad guide, because this could be a good tour if run properly.
A terrific way to see life outside of HCMC. Disappointed with the Cai Be Floating Market but maybe we were too late as we arrived mid to late morning. Cooking class really a demonstration but never-the -less fun. Bike ride around the island fun and walking tour along the river bank interesting also.
This tour delivers exactly what it says it will do. The highlights: being able to watch the Mekong' people preparing and producing their sweets and candies and wine rice. All done manually. It takes you back to the times when everything was done manually. I wasn't looking fwd towards the cooking class, but it was actually more fun than I expected. The tour guide Bihn was also very good and his english was excellent. The van pick us up on time and run according to schedule.
The low points: the floating markets is not much of a market really, just a few boats here and there. They don't tell you that is not 'selling season' until you get there and question the lack of boats. But you get an idea of what it will be like. The island is ok. But my biggest disappointment is reserved for the bike and boad ride around the island. The bike ride is not scenic at all, you just ride through a concrete road with lots of motorcycle traffic. The boat ride is really like a boat ride in a dirty creek at the back of city suburb. Nothing as natural as the picture. It has potential and it could be done better.
A good day with a few minor annoyances that stopped it being great. Despite being promoted as a small group tour with a limit of 12 people, there were 15 on the trip. Long delays at lunchtime while waiting for people to cook things individually. Food was plentiful but bland. Guide didn't want to answer questions until the whole group was with him.
We have mixed feelings about this tour. There is no doubt the delta area and islands are beautiful and a must see whilst in Vietnam but this tour was really quite disappointing. The drive down in a cramped transit van was uncomfortable at best, although the rest stop was at a very pleasant location. The floating market tour consisted of two boats selling pumpkins and another fresh fruit. The coconut candy factory tour really just felt like another opportunity to be pressured into buying the same type of souvenirs you can get all over Vietnam. And the cooking class, well I'm sorry but 5 minutes rolling spring rolls and tossing salad does not make a cooking class and the rest of the lunch could only be described as average at best. The folk music was fantastic, really well done and interesting. That, the bicycle ride and scenery were the highlights of the tour.