We were only in HoChiMinh City for a very short amount of time and were looking to see the highlights in a day. Our main goals were to see Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta. Requested quotes from several tour operators but most only offered one for half the day. Smile tours came back with a 1 day tour to include both the tunnels and the delta. Was a long day and definitely worth it.
In fact that day tour would be the highlight of the any other tours we did in Vietnam.
My partner paid approx $100 each for the entire. Was a bit pricey compared to other tours, but that included private car, driver and guide for the entire day. Not to mention the guide (Steven) was worth the money alone. Definitely recommend him! Due to trying to fit so much in one day we had an early start, but we got to tunnels before all the other tourists, our guide knew a lot about the place. Stopped for lunch in between the tunnels and the delta, was pretty good, but then again most lunches in the middle of tours seemed to be pretty good. The restaurants always seemed to be built purely for people on various tours. When we got to the delta we were there when the other tours were on their way back so we had a nice quiet and private tour of some of the islands. Based on other tours we didn’t get to see as much as of the delta as they did, but those tours took ¾ of a day, so given we got to see the tunnels and the delta in one we were pretty happy.
Only downside was the due to the large amount of places visited it meant a lot of tips were expected. Not really a shock in Vietnam, but was just a downside to be pestered into it so many times in one day. Our guide was helpful however as to when it was expected and to whether they actually did need the tips.
If you did one thing in HCMC – would definitely recommend this!
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