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Roam321552 wrote a review Feb 2020
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We spent 13 days in Southeast Asia with our adult daughter, which included a wonderful cruise on the Mekong Navigator. The ship was fantastic. It’s design in French Colonial and was impeccable. We had a Vista Suite, which was one of the simpler suites, but still better than premium suites on other ships. A key to this ship is it was all inclusive and they meant it. Unlike other “all inclusive” travel we’ve had before, all the meals, plus local beer and quality wine, were all included as were all the excursions. While on board we found out that this was the first sailing under Lotus. Though the ship has always been owned by Lotus, it had been contracted by Uniworld, but now sails as a Lotus Cruise ship. I’m not sure how the staff could have been better than the crew we had. Our wait staff were All pleasant. All attentive. We celebrated my wife’s birthday on board. That morning I asked our cruise director if we could get something special. That evening there was a gourmet chocolate, made from scratch by the kitchen staff. It didn’t just look good; it was a delightful cake. In our cabin, the room was always taken care of, beer and soft drinks always in the fridge, and you only asked once for something and the rest of the trip it was there…extra towels, blanket, and a choice of four different kinds of pillow. We had people on board from the USA, Australia, Germany, Italy, South Korea and India. Ages from 23-75. Do we recommend the Lotus Cruses and the Mekong Navigator…absolutely!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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kavey wrote a review Feb 2020
Abergavenny, United Kingdom81 contributions85 helpful votes
What a beautiful boat the Bassac 3 is! Made of wood, beautifully detailed, and very comfortable. Cabins are tiny but attractive and have a little ensuite bathroom with loo, shower and sink. Meals on board are excellent, you'll enjoy one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner. Prices for the onboard bar are reasonable. Staff are very pleasant and helpful, particularly the tour guide who accompanies excursions. Definitely a lovely way to see the Mekong Delta from the water.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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TripTalkHawaii wrote a review Jan 2020
Oahu, Hawaii563 contributions109 helpful votes
Oh what an adventure! December is a good month as hot weather cools down a bit, but still plan to sweat plenty! This is an adventurous, ACTIVE tour (and not a vacation as our excellent guide "Bob" Tuyen Nguyen often reminded us). Typical schedule is up at 6am, Tai chi on the deck at 6:30 followed by breakfast, then out at 8 for touring until 11:30; return for lunch and break, then out again at 2 for touring until 5pm. Return and dinner at 7 followed by movies or lectures or entertainment. It's a busy day and all the sites are interesting and educational. We visited markets, weaving villages, fish farm, brick factory, museums, historical sites like Hanoi Prison and the Killing Fields. We did both the Ha Long Bay and Bangkok extensions which were excellent. All the ground hotels were excellent Five-Star properties. Many people got sick with diarrhea and upper respiratory illness, despite how careful we all were. One was hospitalized for over two weeks.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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eagertraveler39 wrote a review Dec 2019
Houston, Texas5 contributions1 helpful vote
This AMA river cruise which included optional pre and post cruise activity lasting sixteen days provided an amazing opportunity to visit sites in Vietnam and Cambodia, including not only cities and points of great historical significance but also small village communities. We had the chance to visit individual homes and farms as well as markets and workshops.The exceptional guides shared deep insights as well as their personal stories to help us understand the background to what we were seeing and their lives today. Thanks to the great tour guide and amazing attention to detail everything ran smoothly. Both on the boat and in the three hotels we enjoyed a first class experience with personal attention and wonderful food and entertainment.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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rltw2018 wrote a review Dec 2019
Gillingham, United Kingdom58 contributions49 helpful votes
My husband and I did 1 night, 2 days from Can Tho to Cai Be and we loved this trip. Our Bassac boat was so much nicer than I expected, on suite with shower, double bed and the communal areas were lovely. We dont eat fish, and our guide made sure that our food was veggie or meat, the food was stunningly beautiful and presented like a top restaurant. The Mekong sunset and sun rise were beautiful and being on the river was chilled after the chaos of Vietnam. The afternoon excursion on land with optional walking/cycling was like being in the jungle, and seeing how people live was great, they offer fruits and snacks, try them all. The ride in small boats paddled by local villagers was really fun and sailing through Cai Be floating market to a family owned rice paper making place was fun, watch out for snakes and scorpions in the gift shop, try the snacks they make, fascinating to see them all made fresh. The people onboard were all lovely, and couldn't do enough for you, brilliant. Top tip - wear decent shoes, I wore sandals, trainers would have been more sensible for this trip.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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