Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride - Reviews

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John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

So much to do!! Saw lots of Saigon in a few hours. Trip from port to Saigon long 2 hours but tour guide made it interesting and informative.
Lunch at Indochine Restaurant was very excellent. Cyclo ride was fun. Time ran out before we could visit China Town. An interesting and moving excursion!

Great tour guide! Great Van Driver! My Apologies I have forgotten their names. The tour was on 24 Jan 2018 from the HAL Volendam cruise ship provided by Bravo Indochina Tours via Viator

pfktanager

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

well organized, good guide, was flexible to our requirements, excellent lunch

David T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

We booked this tour independent of the cruise ship and were delighted with the result. We were met on the quay by our driver and guide who were both friendly and helpful throughout the day,. We were able to adjust our itinerary for the day and were not hampered by the inconsiderate time keeping of other guests you experience on an organised coach tour from the ship. In future we will do independent tours whenever we can and the cost difference was negligible to the ship tour. All in all a great day and a return to ship on time guarantee built in.

stumpft

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Though a little expensive it was well worth it. The guide met us at our ship and gave us great information about Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City. Though it was foggy the day we took it, there are plenty of photo ops during the tour. The tour was 7 hours and met our expectations. The lunch was more french vietnamese...and was delicious. Soda or beer at lunch is not included in your fee you must pay yourself....but US dollars are readily accepted anywhere. The Cyclo ride modern day rickshaw was neat and enjoyable. The guide was flexible and found us a Starbucks we collect mugs from cities we visit and also took us the the local shopping area to get some souvenirs. We have no complaints and would recommend this to others who only have one day to spend in Ho Chi Minh City.

Joan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Great tour. Our guide, Joe I think, gave us an excellent overview of Ho Chi Minh City. We especially enjoyed the cyclo ride through the busy streets. Lunch was tasty.

Erica B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

We had an amazing time on our tour in Ho Chi Minh! Everything was perfect and Phan Hoang Tan, our tour guide, was AWESOME! Couldn't have asked for a better guide!

Martha E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

This was one of my favorite tours. We started in the history museum where our guide gave us an excellent overview of Vietnam and its history. We saw a water show, took a cyclo ride through the French district, saw highlights from the Vietnam war era, shopped and experienced Saigon.

ltthughes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

We really had a great time thanks to Tien, our tour guide. Tien greeted us with and #34;Good Morning Vietnam!!! and #34; Throughout the tour he exhibited his bubbly personality. The food was very good. The only downside was the puppet show which is part of their culture. Otherwise it was an excellent tour.

Sidney C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Great experience. Everyone should do it.
Great tour guide

Marek L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

An experience never to forget. The bravery and expertise of the driver was amazing.

Bernadette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Our tour was fantastic our guide did a fabulous job.Very informative was polite and very funny.We have done lots of Viator tours across Asia and Europe and everyone was great .Thanks

Chuck United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

The tour was great! Our guide and driver took excellent care of us and provided informative commentary. This tour was well pacednot too fast and not too slowand showed us a great deal of the city and its people.

dianenichol

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Excellent tour good guide only complaint the lunch was awful..

Rayna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Our guide Tin was awesome! We were indeed lucky to have such a good person and a very patient one at that! Our time in Vietnam was an eye opener. Both guide and driver could not have been more pleasant! We are so happy with Viatour...do not do a trip to Vietnam and not think of using a reputable operator and a knowledgable tour guide as we experienced..thank you Tin for your time and for being a true professional! We had a blast!

Edward C

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2017

It's probably the same thing happening in all SE shore excursions. When we're at the port, we're greeted by the guide, but than later figuring out that we're not the only group on this tour, as there're three other small groups joining us on this excursion. We're extremely upset in the beginning as we paid for the price of private tour for two.
After arriving the city, we're brought together as a large group visiting the museum and the water puppet show. Then a different arrangement was made, we were detached from the large group and turn back to a real private tour.
For the rest of the tour, points of interest were impressive with fair explanation from the guide. What impressed us was the authentic meal that we had for the lunch. Food was excellent and tasty to the genuine flavor of Vietnamese cuisine.
Despite of the little troubles in the morning travelling and visit, this excursion is considered a good one that brought us back with fun and good memories.

paul b

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2016

Kien was our guide for this trip and he was very good and knowledgeable. I would drop the lacquer factory tour, its just another sales pitch stop to promote buying things that most people did not care for.

Steven K

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2016

Our guide 'Henry' was very friendly and knowledgeable. Highlight of the day was the cyclo ride .... a great way to see the city! Be aware the cyclo drivers will ask you to tip them. If you are a history buff the museum was interesting although we could have given the puppet show a miss. The only other negative was the lunch was a bit odd ..... we were the only people in a room but the food was good. Overall I would recommend as a good tour of Saigon.

DR

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Great tour had a nice young lady who was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had many stops all very interesting. We ran out of time for the lunch we were supposed to have. Nice day.

Mark

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2016

As advertised, this tour was to be a private tour with pick up at the Phu My port. The tour was not private, another couple was added to our tour. Sharing was not a problem but we expected a dedicated tour.The guide was okay, could have been more fluent in English but acceptable. The guide could not find Tan Son Nhut Air Base or the area near by - a requisite for returning veterans. Lunch was good, a real local spot but good Pho.

Elizabeth H

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2018

I was very worried when we disembarked and no one was waiting for us. We had a phone-number, so called the guide. He came relatively quickly, but it was not a good start.
The guide seemed a very nice young man, but I could only understand about half of what he said. Not good at all.
The car was comfortable, and having a private tour is great, we stayed longer where things interested us and left early where they did not. The food was very good

Alastair J

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2017

The tour was very enjoyable. We were taken by private car to several of the most important and interesting sites in the city. The first guide, who picked us up from the ship handed us over to a second guide, an enthusiastic girl who showed us around.
Our only complaint about the tour would be that the local tour company did not have permission to enter the port area. We were therefore required to make several very expensive mobile phone calls in an attempt to locate our tour. Eventually, we had to walk nearly a kilometre in the baking heat to the port entrance, where the tour commenced. As you can imagine, it was very frustrating to watch the air-conditioned tour buses and other private tour vehicles cruise past us as we trekked along the port concourse while making our desperate efforts to follow the instructions given by the guide in the phone calls and locate our tour.

perroquet1

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2015

We booked this trip as we really wanted to do a cyclo ride which was really very good. The guide however was not really a guide as in order to learn anything about the country we had to ask questions rather than him giving us information, that said he was a very personable young man. If you just want a cyclo ride and a local to accompany you this is a good trip. The transport was good quality and the driver was good.

Marco R

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
February 2017

Very poor esperience we start with the wrong program . After we told the tour guide he modified our tour that was just him and 2 of us . Total 3. After that I told us that was not water poppet show, so we went to one of the temple with the mini bus. Once we arrive the car door got stock therefore took 10 minutes before we got out of the car. After that we decide to make the tour shorter and return to out hotel. The tour guide was not knowledgeable on the city history and his English was very limited. We also had very poor lunch in a dirty place.Sorry tour guide even if we still tip you, we must say the truth about our experience

Margaret R USA

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2017

We were met at the cruise ship on time. We had booked a private tour but were told we had to wait for other passengers to go to a central meeting point before our tour would begin. During that time the driver sat in the van and smoked -- we asked him to please not smoke inside the van as two of us Party of 4 had asthma. We waited for 30 minutes and when no one else had shown up we requested to begin our tour as it was suppose to be a full day tour. Our guide was difficult to understand. Twice more the driver smoked in the van and twice more we asked him not to. We had the morning portion of our tour and then went for lunch. When we were led into the restaurant the guide told us what was on our menu for lunch and left us. The restaurant staff did not speak any English. During our lunch other tour groups came in - their guides sat down with them and explained what each course would be - some even gave lessons on the use of chopsticks. Our guide sat in a different part of the restaurant on his phone. We had finished eating and been waiting so we asked him could we please leave. He said the cyclo tour would meet us at the restaurant. We waited for them to arrive -- a lot of wasted time. . The cyclo tour was the highlight of our day! It was wonderful! After the tour we were taken to a souvenir shop that was packed with other tours. We shopped as this was our only stop for gifts. We were then told our tour was over. At 1:45 our guide got off the van in Ho Chi Minh city and we were left with our driver who spoke no English for the 1 hour 30 minute ride back to the ship. We travelled by interstate to the ship. All of a sudden we stopped on the interstate - we had no idea what was going on - and our driver got out and stood by the van to proceed to use the bathroom - totally not acceptable! We had stopped several places throughout the day where he could have used facilities and he should not have done this in public. We arrived back at the ship at 3:10. Full day? I expected an English speaking guide to be with us for an 8 hour tour - door to door.

crawfordgolf

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
January 2017

First, the communication from the tour operator was not timely or proactive, and was totally misleading as to where we would meet the tour guide and driver. This is a Shore Excursion - when you get off the ship, all of the buses, independent tour operators and taxis are right there - but no one had a sign with our name. Since I had a number, I had to phone the operator at 1.79 per minute!, who then sent me a text with the tour guide's phone number, but no explanation. So now I had to call the tour guide, again on my nickel, asking where he was. In very broken English, he was trying to tell me where he was, but I never could understand where he was telling me to go. Finally with some help of an experienced traveler off the ship, I was able to understand that he was outside the security gates, nearly 3/4 of a mile walk from the ship. So we had to walk that distance across lots filled with cargo containers, and had to dodge vehicles loading and unloading containers from trucks. He told us that he was not allowed to meet us at the dock, when in fact the answer is that there is a charge to come in, which the tour guide was unwilling to pay. As for the tour itself, it went pretty well, but we really didn't see that much considering it was a full day one of the things we did was sit in the tour guide's favorite coffee shop for 45 minutes - so he could have us experience Vietnamese coffee!. We learned that some acquaintances on the ship just used a taxi driver to get them into the city and they experienced more than we did. Admittedly, the Cyclo ride was a kick, but at the end, we were guilted by the tour guide into leaving an excessive tip for the drivers. At the end of the tour on the way back to port, we had to drive out of the way through heavy traffic to drop off the tour guide at his favorite coffee shop again. This meant that we lost at least 20-30 minutes of our t our time. This tour was a bust - we feel ripped off and it's highly unlikely that we will use Viator again, despite the fact that on this same trip, we had an outstanding tour in Hong Kong.

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