So I would skip this tour as traffic is bad and it takes forever to get out to the Delta. We were late so had to rush everything throughout the day and the boat ride was crazy. The workers constantly asking for money and then would just sit there in the water and now row. They were rude and not friendly. Then it took us forever to get back because of traffic. I'd spend my time in the city and skip this tour. Not worth it!
Although tiring, this was a very interesting tour made exceptional by our guide Hurricane Honey who kept the momentum up with his humour and constant positive vibes. The contents of the tour were very well thought out and we experienced more than we expected..from a sampan ride to boat rides, pretty decent lunch and fortunately, good weather. All went according to time and we returned to our hotel happy that we made the trip.
We enjoyed this tour which was a full day. I have done this tour previously in 2007, but it was a half day only. Our tour guide was Typhoon Honey, a very jovial male guide who used humour throughout the day and was informative. He was very good to us.
Overall it was good value for money. We drove from HCMC (1,5 hours) to a Buddhist Temple and then onto our boat to begin the tour. We had a comfortable van with air conditioning and was comfortable for the 8 of us onboard, but if all seats were occupied it would have been a bit cramped (which is normal). Our group made the day worthwhile and it was great to meet other similar minded people. Once we arrived at Unicorn Is (in the middle of the Mekong River) we learnt about candy making. We then ventured around the corner for the mandatory cultural activity ie: local singers & dancers who approach every group and perform (whether wanted or not) and then seeking a donation. We walked through the local village and at one point were advised that we'd have an island tour in two golf buggies. Off we went, but quite literally, the carts drove up one road for about 2 minutes, did a U-turn and went back to where we came from.......that was it !! Hilarious, but a complete waste of time obviously. There was a long boat trip within a mekong canal on the island....quite literally you could smell the mud. Not a bad experience, worth it, but not the highlight I was expecting. Lunch was good and there was too much food for us to get through.
As stated, overall it is worth doing and the cost justifies what you receive. Overall there could be a little bit more polish, but hey, you get to see a bit of the real Vietnam in the South and it was still memorable.
This was a nice, touristy way to see & experience the river & surrounding mangroves. Had 10 in our group which was a little tight in the van. It is a full 90 drive each way to & from the river. Our ride was quite rough, not sure if it was the road or the van. Not only do you cross the big river, you also take several other smaller boat rides. Several demonstrations along the way w/ most expecting a tip so make sure you bring a bunch of small bills. The included fruit & lunch were both good & filling. Can’t say that I would do it again but was glad we did it. Honey was our guide & he spoke good English & was a fun guide.
Our tour guide/manager was Vinh. He made sure we had hassle free pickups and the journey was most enjoyable.
He helped understand many things and explained local customs, things, and any questions we had he answered with great knowledge.
Also the places we went were wonderful and super fun. The lunch was the best part. Such a laviuos lunch and super yummy too. Boating was fun too.
A great tour and a must if you want to explore Mekong delta.