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Excellent tour!! Amazing Value - you get to experience a full day of fun on the mekong delta. The cooking demo was great and yummy.
I loved this tour. A very eye opening experience and a beautiful site. I recommend this to anyone that would like to get a closer look at Vietnam.
Great experience. Saw lots of things. Comfortable transportation. Good food.
This was a fantastic trip. I went on the trip solo while my husband had business. Other travelers were wonderful as well as our guide. I would definitely recommend this trip to others.
Everything was perfect as from the beginning. Distribution of information was very professional: confirmation and reminder via email and the day before an elegant envelop in our room to remind us of the trip. Our guide Anh was professional, competent and really sympathique. He did do everything for the success of the trip. He arrived at the time indicated the day before in the letter, then after having collected everybody we were 8 altogether he started to give us some detailed information about the life of the Mekong people. We stopped for a coffee in an oasis, and a bit later arrived to the peer of Cài Bè where we took the boat. The trip was very well organized: floating market, candy factory, bees far, bicycle ride and cooking class ended up with a very tasty lunch. Ending the tour we had a 30 minutes water trip with a traditional wooden boat. It was fantastic in the green delta, palm trees, banana trees and also small houses or villas where people are living. I definitely would recommend the travel agency and if you have the chance, your guide will be Anh!!
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!
The tour was excellent and our guide AK was very good. The only criticism was the fact that we run very late. The pick up was very late as well as the drop off. The drop off was supposed to be at 17h00 at the hotels, I only got dropped off at 18h35. I had other commitments and this caused a great deal of stress after I took the time to check this several times, I was assured that we would be back at our hotel by 17h00.
This was a great tour with a variety of things all packed into one day. I liked the tour guide but the cooking class was kind of a joke. There are better cooking tours out there. But it was good food and we were all stuffed! I would recommend this tour.
Mostly everything went as expected. We went by motorized boat on the river to see the floating market and then by more traditional boats to have a tour into smaller rivers, which was really nice. The cooking class was also quite interesting we learned how to cook spring rolls and shrimps.
we really enjoyed our Mekong Delta Tour. The small size of the tour made it much more enjoyable. The day is just as it is described on Viator. i would say the only part that could have been eliminated would be the music. It was nice to hear local musicians but it could have been shorter. The cooking lesson was fun, the floating market was fascinating. I highly recommend this tour if you are visiting Ho Chi Minh City.
A good tour with a variety of activities and a very entertaining and knowledgable tour guide.
Very Nice Tour, a little bit heavy on stopping by shops, but overall good experience. Expect a several hour drive to get to the Mekong Delta.
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.
Our Mekong Delta trip did not go as planned. Booked on Viator to do the full day that included the cooking class and the floating market. Viator works with a third-party vendor which is called Threeland Tours, a local transportation company. They work with another local tour guide company.who actually. We were told to be in our hotel lobby for a pick up at six to 6:15 AM. We were there at 6 o'clock in the morning. I then chose to call the tour company to confirm the pick up location at 6:15. I was told they were 15 minutes away. I waited another 20 minutes and called a second time to confirm the hotel location, there are three hotels of the same name and Saigon and this was the reason I was concerned. They never came.
Once I got them on the phone for the third time I was notified that it was too late to go on the full day tour that we had booked on that tour we would only be able to get on the half-day tour which did not include the cooking class or the floating market. Needless to say we were very upset by this especially after my two attempts of getting them to the right location. The local tour guide company sent a car to pick us up and take us to their local office to meet up with the group for the half day tour.
On a third attempt we contacted Threeland tours at the local tour guides office to see if they would send a car to meet up with our original group. They refused and had no sense of concern about not getting us on the tour. I would not recommend ever using Threeland tours.
At the end of the day we went on our half-day Mekong River tour. It was good although we paid 100 dollars for the entire day with the cooking class and the floating market which we did not see. I would suggest instead of paying that kind of money to viator, just hire the local tour guide and do the same tour for what would've cost 25.
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.