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As someone who enjoying being active, avoiding money traps, and finding a good balance between city exploring and rest, this adventure was not for me.Our days would begin (post-breakfast) around 6:30-7am. This would be after arriving at our final destinations after sunset, when we'd still have to eat dinner and some of us (at least the group I was with) would want to go out with our new friends.During the long days, I don't think we did anything spectacular. Most of our time was spent on busses and boats (so many boats), and we'd get out at several stops for only 20-60 minutes - just enough time to break out of our post-nap hazes before being shuffled back onto the bus.As well, as the days went on, our guide grew from friendly to irritated and detached.Many of the stops felt like money traps: tipping our boat drivers or rowers, being pressure to buy candy, and quickly going through your typical artisan markets.The greatest highlight for me was meeting my fellow travelers. I imagine that after 3 days with the same people, bonds are inevitable. I so enjoyed eating and laughing with wonderful people from all over the world.If I were to do journey again, I would skip this tour and bus directly to the speed boat launch point just before the Cambodian border.
Highly recommend! We had the most incredible 3 days! John, our guide, was so informative, very relatable and so funny which just made the whole experience. The homestay is a really cool experience, if you get the chance, do it! The bird sanctuary is unforgettable! Well organised, awesome experience!
Lots of pluses and minuses here. Start with the pluses, the accommodation was basic but ok and there was a couple of good mini trips here. The boat ride to Phnom Penh was OK as well. The negatives were our tour guide was awful, so rude to anyone that wasn't Vietnamese which was unusual as everyone else we met was lovely. He wouldn't tell us times and was dismissive when asked. We booked a home stay and we were the only ones doing this. The bus arrived at the hotel and we were told to get on the back of 2 motorbikes with 65 litre rucksacks. When I tried to ask about this he walked off. We are 2 girls and the motorbike riders didn't wait for each other. After a 20 minute ride in the dark with my rider not speaking English I was finally reunited with my travelling companion but it is safe to say we were both quite scared at first. The home stay was lovely and the owners really friendly. The next morning we were reunited with our group but this was done by us swapping boats in the middle of a big river with our guide shouting hurry hurry which again was a negative experience. This tour crams in a lot some good, some bad. I would have rated it higher if the guide had been helpful and friendly.
Overall it was a great experience. Very nice and planned tour, Alex the guide make the whole experiences very funny and easy going. Buses were almost new, clean and with good wifi. The driver on the second day was driving a bit crazy at the end, but we arrived safe. Hotels were Ok, however it could be a good option if you could have the option of choosing better hotels and pay the differences. I did the home-stay the first day, funny experience but a bit basic. Bungalows were clean and basic equipped. Didn't have much interaction with the hosts but did have a great time with other guests. Second night the hotel was Ok. In general the only thing that was a bit disappointing was meals. Looks like every place made an effort to make things fancy with a lot of food but with a poor result and quality. Both lunches were served cold and breakfast were just coffee and bread. Highlights: boat in coconut kingdom and boat at Tra Su.
Jorge / Federico
Un tour agréable et pas si cher. Malheureusement, beaucoup de bus presque 10 heures sur 2 jours et demi avec un seul guide pour 31 personnes, qui se répartissent en plusieurs groupes au fil des activités, selon ce que chacun a payé. Difficile de s'y retrouver donc.
Mais les activités sont agréables, et on profite du voyage.