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“Mekong River Cruise” 4 of 5 stars
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Day Trip Mekong River Cruise - Sketch Travel
40Mac Thi Buoist, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
84-8-38244-052
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Ranked #124 of 293 Activities in Ho Chi Minh City
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“Mekong River Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Hubby and I took the 1day Mekong river cruise. It was a 2 hour journey from Ho Chin Minh city. Was worth it even though tiring. We took the boat to the village. Disembarking fr the boat, we went through activities conducted in the village. Even took the horse ride. Exciting! After that we had to take a ride in the small 'sampan' handled by 2 old ladies. The small boat was rocky as the waves were quite strong that day.

Visited September 2012
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PJ
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“"I see a boat on the river, it's sailing away..."”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

This tour (arranged by hotel-8am-5pm) is a day tour which includes taking you there and back, lunch, visiting the BenTre island, honey tasting, fruit orchard (get to taste tropical fruits), and coconut candy making. you get to see some paddy fields as you head south towards the Mekong River Basin. You will also get boat rides and also do some souvenir shopping, if time permits.

Visited August 2012
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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“Definitely worth a day trip!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I did this trip today. The pick up time was 7.30am, early but fine. You are on the coach for about an hour before a 20 min rest stop then a further 20 mins or so before you get the boat. The boats are a bit old but got me its all part of the journey. On the island you get to see them making coconut candy & you get to sample it. You also get to sample snake wine (not for me I have to say) and coconut wine (marginally better). Next stop was trying some snacks they make on the island (lovely) and them the chance to be photographed wearing a snake! Next is locally produced fruit to sample accompanied by local musicians (of course they bring the tip box around after but that's to be expected). Lunch is simple, chicken, rice, veg & a small bowl of broth. You can purchase local delicacies like squirrel & snake as well as fish etc. You can then get a push bike and have a gentle pedal around the island, lovely for working off the bit of lunch. Somewhere amongst this was a ride on a horse and cart, a boat rise along the Mekong river and another island! It really was a great day, packed with interesting things and an insight to how the locals live. You cannot fault this trip for the cost. Yes there are lots of times where you are asked to buy things but no one is forcing you, you only spend what you want to spend. We did tip the drivers (boats & horse) but a dollar will do it. We got back around 5pm so time to get changed and go for a leisurely stroll before dinner! Result! Oh, guide was great too!

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“an educational and fun day but somewhat of a tourist trap”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

The Mekong river cruise was great but there were stops along the way where we were encouraged to buy souvenirs. After a while, this aspect of the trip was onerous.

Visited August 2012
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Nilai, Malaysia
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“Not To Be Missed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Your visit to Ho Chi Minh City is not complete without experiencing this day trip.I used to read about the Mekong River frm my geography book back in my high school days.The tour guide was very helpful n knowledgeable.We were brought to 2 different islands n we witnessed how folks on this island earn their living.We were also served with a variety of local fruits planted on the island itself and while enjoying the fruits we were entertained with traditional music.Another experience not to be missed is cruising along the village river in a rowing boat. There are small shops where you can buy souvenirs but it is way cheaper at Ben Thahn Market.

Visited June 2012
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