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“Fantastic Mekong trip”

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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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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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“Fantastic Mekong trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

We had a wonderful trip today to the Mekong, Duc and his team were brilliant- helpful, knowledgeable and attentive. Every stop we made was interesting and at no point were we pressured into buying anything. Lunch at the orphanage was delicious and there was plenty of cold drinks and fruit throughout the day. We wouldn't usually spend this much on a trip but it was worth every penny. Fantastic !

Visited February 2013
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RiverExpress, Owner at Les Rives - Authentic River Experience, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear Buick H,

Thank you for choosing Saigon River Express when visiting Ho Chi Minh; we’re pleased to hear that you felt the tour was value for money and the guide and crew brilliant, will definitely pass on your comments.
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Villanova, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

Traveled to HCMC in Febuary, 2013 with friends. At first we were concerned about the price but stuck to it because of the recommendations on TripAdvisor.

It was worth every penny.

We did the Mekong Delta tour and it was the most incredible tour I've ever been on. The guide picked us up at our hotel at 7:30 and took us to the docks. We boarded the boat, where we were pleasently surprised with a selection of local fruits. The boat had 13 tourists and 4 crew on it, and the crew were on top of everything. Immediately after my friend picked up a mango to peel it, a crew member offered to peel it for her- and wound up doing the whole tray for us! There were pastries for a snack in the morning as we cruised along magnificent sights along the Saigon River. We stopped first at a local pagoda, where our guide explained the local customs- we were there during Chinese New Year so it was crowded- and then the monks came over so we could take pictures. They presented us with oranges (good luck at this time of year) and traditional rice cakes. We got back on the boat and then stopped at the home of a local rice farmer, where we sampled coconuts, rice liquor and spring rolls. The next stop was a lotus plantation, and then we stopped at a village where we had lunch. The lunch was the best meal we had in HCMC, and the guide even went and bought us rice pancakes he noticed a local woman making on another street in the village. We visited a Cao Dai temple, and then it was time to return (3:30 arrival). Overall it was the highlight of our trip to HCMC, and I highly recommend this service!

One tip- make sure you have plenty of bug spray with DEET and trail shoes. The trip is in the delta and there are only dirt paths. The guide provides you with wipes every time you return to the boat so don't worry about the DEET in the bug spray.

Visited February 2013
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RiverExpress, Owner at Les Rives - Authentic River Experience, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear mpRT61,

Many thanks for your glowing review of our Mekong trip, which we appreciate and very good fortune for you and your friends to be presented oranges and rice cakes for Tet (Vietnamese New Year)!
Yes we do get off the beaten path and comfortable walking shoes are recommended however all our crew carry anti-insect repellant if required.
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very well run tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

We did the Mekong Delta tour today. After being picked up at our hotel we were driven to the dock where we met up with the rest of our tour group (14 in total consisting of Brits, Aussies, Hawaiians and a couple from Hong Kong).

Breakfast consisted of a croissant, and during the course of the tour we were all invited to try a number of local fruits. Drinks were plentiful all day. We visited a number of temples, and the homes of some rural Vietnamese families. A traditional (and delicious) lunch was served at an orphanage.

The tour was very well run and very informative. The local Vietnamese families were very welcoming. I can not get over the friendliness of the Vietnamese people.

The Mekong River is very polluted, which is a shame. But the tour showed Vietnamese life living on the river truthfully.

Visited February 2013
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RiverExpress, Owner at Les Rives - Authentic River Experience, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear squizzi1969,

We appreciate your positive comments regarding the lunch and the professionalism of the tour, yes the Vietnamese are very welcoming, even more so once you venture into the countryside.
The waterway you referred to is actually a tributary of Saigon River and not the Mekong; Ho Chi Minh City was built around thousands of natural and man made channels now supporting in excess of 10 million inhabitants.
For practical purposes it allows us very quick access to the lusher, scenic areas of our tour.
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Great Speed boat trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

For once during the trip in HCMC, we din have to stop for any traffic jam and hear car honking. The service provided is excellent. It might be pricy but definitely worth it to get yourself to Chu Chi quicker before the bulk of the tourist arrived later in the morning.

Visited February 2013
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RiverExpress, Owner at Les Rives - Authentic River Experience, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Dear r0gerpak,

Thanks for choosing Saigon River Express for your Cu Chi adventure and your comments about our excellent service, we hope to welcome you or your friends again in the future.
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“The best way to see the tunnels - better than a coach trip!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

We did the Cu Chi Tunnels tour with Saigon River Express and were very impressed. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to the boat which then took us up the river to the tunnels. We were given breakfast on the boat and the trip up the river took just over an hour. The tunnels are a major tourist attraction and there were a few other groups there already however by taking the boat we beat the majority of the crowds. We were then taken on a tour following a set trail with our guide who was great at explaining everything about the place. It seemed really well organised at the tunnels and you can get involved by crawling through some parts, tasting the sort of food they ate whilst underground and seeing the sort of improvised traps and weapons that were used during the war. It was a good tour and was a great way of learning a bit more about the war and the terrible conditions that were endured. The boat trip on the way back included a nice lunch and we were dropped back at our hotel.

It is worth paying a bit more for this tour as it is much more pleasant than sitting on the bus and you beat the rest of the tours there. (On our way back out the car park was filled with coaches and you could see the place was a lot busier)

(Also, take warm clothing for the morning as it is a fast speedboat and there was quite a lot of wind chill on the way there.)

Visited February 2013
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RiverExpress, Owner at Les Rives - Authentic River Experience, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Dear AlexKate23,

Thanks for your review of our Cu Chi trip, we’re very pleased you were so impressed with the speed at which we arrived at the site and that the day was very well organized.
We agree that it’s a much better alternative to enjoy the refreshing scenes from the river then be stuck in traffic there and back and have to contend with all the crowds.
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