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Les Rives - Authentic River Experience
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Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat
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Small-Group Authentic Mekong Delta Experience by Speedboat
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Owner description: Let us take you on a journey to some of the world's most significant sites. Visit the historical Cu Chi tunnels, the laidback backwaters of the lush Mekong Delta and the UNESCO-listed Can Gio Biosphere Reserve. We offer authentic experiences in areas that can only be accessed via the region's scenic waterways. Cruise between verdant rice paddies and mirror-like pools along the tributaries and canals of the river of nine dragons - the Mekong Delta. Step back into Vietnam's not-too-distant past at the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience wartime life. Cruise mangrove forests off Vietnam's southern coastline and learn about the diverse flora and fauna of captivating Can Gio. Fall into the local rhythm and take time to enjoy the here and now. Connect with Vietnam's landscapes, warm people and perhaps, even yourself.
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

We did the Mekong Delta tour and couldn't be happier with Saigon River Express. We were met at our hotel right on time and caught a taxi ( which the guide paid for) as the bus was caught in traffic (good initiative on the part of the guide) The boat is comfortable and quick with a light breakfast ( ham crossiants, fruit and drinks) and drinks and wet towels supplied continuously throughout the trip. The stops were worthwhile and the commentary excellent. Lunch was well beyond what was expected which was three courses and drinks. All in all a long but interesting day with a very professional outfit. Well worth the money.

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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Wonderful company to travel to the Chu Chi Tunnels with. You can avoid the bus ride and get their quicker and in style by taking a speed-boat down the water-hibiscus infested Saigon River. So much fun, so fast, so exhilarating, so good. They server you a snack of various fruits on the way there, along with any type of drink you wish. And on the return home, they have a sumptuous lunch on-board the boat. Plenty of fruit, veggies and meat for any dieters wish. So good. The staff on-board the boat are attentive to any need you have, and the guide on the tour of the Chu-Chi tunnels is top notch. English-speaking, genial, and very good at what they do. And if you like, you can fire off some rounds at the gun range! Hey, when in Vietnam! The only way to see the Chu Chi Tunnels is to join the Saigon River Express. They pick you up at your hotel, and all you have to do is let them take care of you! Great, great tour!

3  Thank TravelingHoob
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

This is one excursion that you have to do if you go to Saigon. Vietnam and the USA will always have a link because of the war, or conflict as they like to say. A visit to the tunnels is a real eye opener, and gives you a fascinating insight into why the Americans had such a rough time of it.

We were picked up from out Hotel at 6.20 am. We were at the Majestic (Seperate review), which is almost opposite the pier. You don't pay anything until the end. You are taken by speedboat around 1.5 hours down the river. There is lots to see during this also. When you get the to the tunnels, you will be taken to a small room, where your guide will explain what the tunnels system is about.
You then walk to various points of the system. At one point, you are invited to go down into a small hole, that is so small, its difficult to imagine anyone could use it. Try it if you are small enough. The children will be fine. The Vietmense are a small race. These holes were made this small so the Americans could not use them, or persue the Viet Cong into them.
You will also see some booby traps that were set by the Viet Cong to catch the Americans. They are pretty horrific. They will be demonstrated to you using a long pole.

The actual entrance to one of the tunnels is quite an experience. Think very carefully before deciding to venture down them. The first 7 yards is fine, and belies what comes next. I took one look at the passage and turned back. I am 6 foot 1, and my wife is 4 foot 11. Even she had to crawl some of the way. Once you have begun the entry, you cannot turn back. So think carefully before decending. Leave all bags and cameras at the surface. Its very hot and very humid down there.

You can also take part in firing a gun. You can chose between AK47, or many others, including machine guns. This is is extra and you pay for 10 bullets. Watch out for the kick back, and don't put you face upto the sight, or you will lose an eye. Its a real experience. Most men do it. Not many women are interested.

Lunch on the way back is on the speedboat but the boat goes very slowly. Once everyone has eaten,. then it roars away again. Drinks and lunch are supplied. We are veggy and they supplied a nice lunch for us .

Good value for what you get.

3  Thank khayam m
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

vietnam war was one of the most interesting things in history and the tour saigon river express provides tells a lot about it. picked us up at our hotel at 7am sharp to go to the pier for a very fast speedboat ride to cu chi tunnels. a little bit overpriced though because there are lot of cheaper tours around but maybe because they really have quality service.

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Reviewed April 13, 2012

My girlfriend and I took the Saigon River Express tour to the Cu Chi tunnels. It was a very good tour, and after travelling through some of the HCMC's traffic, I'd recommend travelling by boat to Cu Chi as it is definitely the best method of travel.

The breakfast and authentic Vietnamese lunch (including soft drinks) provided as part of our tour on the boat, was very tasty indeed. The guide was also very attentive and keen to ensure that all 8 people on the boat were having an enjoyable trip.

The tour is a bit more pricey for Vietnam standards, but for that you get a pleasant ride up to the tunnels, and will be looked after very nicely.

Would definitely recommend

2  Thank we_dont_do_suntans
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