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This is a highly recommended tour in particular if you have limited time but wanted to experience different part of Saigon. We booked the tour less than 24-hour but the tour guide managed to pick us up the next day morning for the tour, which was fun, relax and enjoyable with opportunity to see a small cultural singing show, feel the life of those living by Mekong River Delta, taste different fruits and food, and experience small boat on the river and group horse riding. There were only 8 in the group and our guide Tom was a very experienced tour guide with 28 years of service and could explain the changes and history of Vietnam. Pick up at about 8:30am and return to hotel around 5pm. We enjoyed a great deal!
We enjoy that excursion. We saw many beautiful things. We really appreciated our guide Hai.
This was a wonderful tour. We had a fantastic guide, who made us all feel welcome, and was knowledgeable.
The whole experience ran really smoothly. Lunch was really nice too. As per other peoples advice on avoiding an upset belly we avoided the cut fruit. Other people on our tour ate it. We did not have any issues with belly problems. To be quite honest I would not recommend this for the elderly or a single parent with multiple small children as it may be dangerous getting on and off the boats etc.
We were looking for a company to go with to see the Mekong delta. Most programmes were quite comparable, so we tried to find a reasonably priced trip. At out hotel the Buffalo Tours asked for 144 US dollars per person, which seemed an exorbirant price especially for Vietnamese prices. When we found the offer of Viator, we were rather hesitant, as it was 4 times cheaper while offering an almost identical programme, but because I have used TripAdvisor for years, we decided to give it a try.
It all started with us being picked up from the hotel exactly at 8 o'clock. 20 minutes later, with the rest of the group 6 adults and 2 children aboard, we were on our way to My Tho. Our guide started with Let me introduce myself. My name is Bach, like the German composer. I like Bachs music, so I thought it was a good omen. And I was right. Bach proved to be a big asset to the trip. Friendly, easy going, not to say charming, and well educated, he also has a very good command of English. He was ready to answer all our questions, and was very open and candid in his opinions.
The minivan was comfortable and air-conditioning was working well. In My Tho we visited the Vinh Trang pagoda. After a short boat trip crossing the river, we had a short break for a honeybee tea, then had a selection of fruit and heard a short selection of Vietnamese folk/court music, which was long enough to whet the appetites for those who liked it, and short enough for those who did not enjoy it.
Then we saw how to make coconut Candy and had a sampan ride. Then we were driven by a horse carriage to a riverside restaurant honestly, I could do without the ride where we had a pretty satisfying lunch excellent spring rolls, but no grilled chicken mentioned in the official programme. After lunch, we drove back to Ho Chi Minh.
All in all it was a very enjoyable trip, extremely well organised, doubtless thanks to Bachs organising skills and to a very good communication between organisers of particular events: although we changed means of transport van, boats, horse carriage several times we never waited even a few minutes and everywhere they were waiting for our arrival. And nobody asked us for any tips apart from the singers, who simply put a basket on the table!
Again, Bach thanks for all your efforts to make our trip such an enjoyable and successful event. Highly recommended.
I highly recommend this trip. Very good tour guide Typhoon Honey. Comfortable bus with AC and WiFi and experiened driver. Everything very well organized, tasty lunch. Definitely worth. Wojtek and Kamila from Poland
They were punctual, the tour was well organised and the food was good. This outing was very enlightening and enjoyable.
Definitely an enjoyable day trip. Jack our tour guide was awesome, full of knowledge. No time to bored on this tour, always on the go. Enjoyed sampling different foods, and the ride in the canoe was fun. Definitely do this tour, it's worth it.
Great tour! Beautiful views of the river, fun cultural sites/activities, and delicious lunch. Our guide was very informative and did a great job taking us around. The whole tour was very interesting and entertaining.
We loved our trip to the Mekong and our guide -Typhoon Honey was brilliant. Lots of local information,Sight seeing, fun food tasting,music etc. A great way to get a little flavour of Vietnam
A brilliant Mekong Delta Tour.
The tours are capped for small groups of 9 people.
Larry our Tour guide was very knowledgeable on the history and way of life of locals living on the Mekong Delta. He is a credit to the tour company.
Highlights were the sampan rides, coconut sweets tasting, honey tea and wine tasting, an awesome buffet Vietnamese lunch, Buddhist Temple visit where there are 3 big Buddhist statues, horse and cart ride and the overall.
I booked this tour though Viator via Facebook and found the price comparable, if not cheaper than booking prices within Vietnam.
I would highly recommend this full day tour.
This was one of the highlights of our trip and I would highly recommend going on this day tour. The tour guide was full of information and was the best guide we had out of all our tours.
Fun Fun Fun. Reasonable price, great canoe ride, and good lunch. Excellent day trip.
Fun day trip. Canoe ride was fun. Excellent video opportunity. Lunch was nice. Met people from all over the world. Highly-recommended.
It was a wonderful day, made even better by our guide Kate. She was very helpful, and spoke great English. My only negative comment would be the rush hour traffic feeling when in the sampan boat - you couldn't really enjoy the beauty because it was so crowded, with full boats in front and behind you, and empty boats going the other way to pick up more tourists. The lunch was fantastic!
Excellent very interesting day. Guide was very informative and looked after us well.
An amazing experience learning about the history, culture and life of those living along the Mekong delta pronounced mojito delta like the drink but with a silent J. Our tour guide Tommy hilfinger real name Dang Viet Anh was a wonderful hard working, well spoken, funny and charismatic gentleman who gave us some great facts about the country past and present including the trials and tribulations of his own personal struggle while seeing to our every need.
The tour was well executed and was one of my most favorite days out in Vietnam next to the Cu Chi Tunnels with the same tour operator based in the Siagon office not Hanoi being A-Travelmate Company! . I learnt so much from these beautiful people there is absolutely no way I could sum this up here you just have to do it for yourself!
Day consisted of being picked up between the alloted times on the itinerydon't worry they will arrrive, Saigon is so, so busy with mopeds etc, driving for about 2 hours to the Mekong while taking in the countryside, hearing about the history and stopping off at a Bhuddist temple 15 minutes from the river and getting refreshments. Then taking a short boat trip across to the island to a bee farm, sampling Jasmine tea, royal jelly, honey, peanut sweet snacks, coconut and other local treats. beeing shown bees on a hive plate excuse the pun not mistaken spelling and having the opportunity to hold them. Then seeing a python and holding the gentle soft chap. Listening to tradional music while having some tea, papaya and other fruits I'd never tasted or seen before. Then going on a canoe trip down the creek between the two parts of the island that we saw, having lunch then going on a horse cart ride and going to see a production area of different local alcoholic drinks, sweets and surpirses I won't spoil here - afterwards taking the boat back to the mainland and having a coconut to drink and being taken back to our hotels. Still feeling very humbled and privileged
This was a very professionally conducted tour. David is an excellent guide.
I had the fortune of meeting a very funny yet caring and considerate tour guide who goes by the moniker, Typhoon Honey, whose real name is Dang Quang Phung. You will recognize him upon seeing a man in the distance with a great smile.
As he approached us, I was helping an elderly lady get up, stand, and walk a few slow, easy steps. He didnt know what to make of us. When I told him, she aint heavy, she is my mother, he immediately sprang to action to assist her into the van. In spite of the van being fully seated with tourists, he even encouraged me to bring a wheelchair along.
During the ride to our first destination, an ancient temple, Typhoon would point out the significance of various landmarks along the route, making our entire trip culturally enriching. Having been a tour guide for more than 16 years, he was very knowledgeable and excelled at telling interesting and inspiring stories.
The most challenging aspect was a visit to the Mekong delta, moving my mother from a large motorized boat to a small rowing sampan skiff. He would physically lift, carry, and move her around carefully and comfortably. Without a doubt, Typhoon put my moms safety and enjoyment ahead of everything else without neglecting the needs of other tourists. We learned so much from him about the cottage industry: coconut candy farm, bee farm, banana plantation, and local cooking. We even had a pony ride.
Typhoon Honey had served with dedication and distinction. He was the reason our 8-hour day was very well spent, filled with fond memories and genuine friendship. Thank you!
This was an awesome experience for me and my family. We found the sights and the 5 boat rides very enjoyable. Seeing the way of life of the people in the villages was also interesting. The sweets, different fruits and delicacies and tea were delicious. The lunch was absolutely to die for. Lastly, our tour guide Tommy was fun and indoemative. We definitely would recommend this trip to anyone.
This tour was the best tour we had in Vietnam - amazing experience that everyone should put on their itinerary. Full of adventure, culture and amazing food.
The tour guide was a very good English speaker and gave us a lot of insights about the place. The boat rides were interesting not quite what we've expected, a bit challenging especially to those who are not particularly limber and fit. I had a lot of help from the boat folks, the guide and fellow traveller since I'm a senior. The food was fantastic.
The trip showed a part of the old Vietnam before it became Ho Chi Minh City....very authentic. I would recommend the trip but I believe the travelers should be cautioned on the hairy boat rides getting on and off the boat was very challenging
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