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“A fantastic night of glamping on the Mekong”
Review of Mango Cruises

Mango Cruises
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Owner description: Mango Cruises offers a variety of products and services in the Mekong Delta. Starting with our Ben Tre Day tour for those wanting a fulfilling day, we also have a boutique resort for those wanting an overnight experience on our beautiful Riverfront property (compelete with WiFi, A/C and in-room bar fridge). Lastly, we offer our Private Sampan Cruise to multiple destinations throughout the Mekong Delta and best of all, your Sampan is entirely yours. Whatever your needs, Mango Cruises has a program just right for you.
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Our group of three adults and two kids (10, 7) had a brilliant one night stay with Mango Tours. Organised by A&K but with a great guide from Come and Go (the very energetic Lochy) we really enjoyed getting off the beaten path.

Our tour started at 10:30 when we were taken onto the Sampan. It had a small covered lounge at the front and two bedrooms (one for two and one for three) separated by a shared bathroom. Think luxury safari. A corridor runs down one side of the boat with curtains forming the wall to the corridor for the bedrooms. There is an air con unit in each bedroom, useful and night to keep the temp to a very comfortable level. But there isn't much spare room, the bathroom is nice but small and the curtains mean there is a bit of noise. We felt it was like five star camping which was a terrific experience for a night.

Plenty of pampering on board with five staff, great food and drinks and good company. Food is served at the back of the boat on a small open deck between the bedrooms and the kitchen. The engines are right under this area, so it can be noisy and with a vibration. Don't expect a serene trip - these are real Sampans and they have used every inch of the boat. It's also quite noisy at night. The boat did not stop until about 11 pm and then started again at 5 am. You will hear and feel the engines while in bed, particularly if you are in the bedroom closer to the end of the boat. You will also hear engines from other boats passing in the night. They have ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. I slept with them and slept pretty well. For me, the noise was less of an issue than the rock hard bed (it was like sleeping on a piece of wood).

All the meals were great, particularly the dinner meal, set up as a cooking demonstration at your table. After dinner, we relaxed on the front of the boat watching the stars and other boats pass by.

Our extremely attentive guide locked after us the entire trip. After board at 10:30, we got underway for a few hours before stopping to explore one of the islands on foot. It became apparent that we were not going to tourist areas. It was until the floating markets the next morning that we saw another tourist.

After exploring the island, we were back on board for a lovely lunch and more sailing. I the afternoon we disembarked for a cycling tour (our 7 year old taken via moped with the guide). This biking tour was amazing. Visiting rice fields, factories, two temples and a local family. Our ten year old loved biking on the roads with all the chaotic traffic (scary for the first few minutes, but a real adventure). We crossed local pole bridges to rice fields, had tea with Cao Dai priests and dodged traffic on the roads. All without seeing a single tourist.

Back on the boat we headed to an interesting brick factory before settling in for drinks and the cooking demo/dinner mentioned above. After a decent sleep, the boat was underway at 5 am, we were up by 6 am for breakfast at 6:45 before we left the Sampan at 7:30 am and we're transferred to a smaller boat for a tour of the floating markets and a visit to a rice factory. By 10:30 am we were back with our A&K guide.

Everyone agreed it was a great 24 hour adventure, helped by the excellent local guide, great food and that feeling of being off the beat track. No Mosquitos anywhere either. Pack light and bring ear plugs for the evening and you will have a great time.

4  Thank torking
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

A fantastic trip into the Delta. We did not see any other tourists and the boat was lovely. The fresh fruit and coconut drinks were a great start! The whole trip was amazing and the homestead food was stunning. We thoroughly enjoyed the cooking demonstration and will attempt to replicate the food at home. Nothing was too much trouble and with 4 children under 12 we are not easy to please! Thank you.

Thank Vanessa0510
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We did a 1 day tour and found it really enjoyable. There were plenty of activities / sights / modes of transport to keep us interested. The food was delicious (and plenty of it - we had trouble eating dinner that night!) The landscape was amazing. The online booking process was easy and professional. We had a mix of good / not so good tours during our Vietnam trip and from our experience you need to pay a bit more for quality, service and seclusion from the rest of the tourists/visitors. Definitely recommend.

1  Thank TravellingFlower_13
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Did a combo trip spending one night on the boat and one night in the mango home stay. The boat was amazing and I'd highly recommend it. The home stay was a bit of a letdown and the tour started to feel a bit more touristy after that point. Stick with the boat and you won't regret it.

7  Thank ts010199
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Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

We booked the 1-day Mekong Delta cruise through Come and Go Vietnam. A driver and guide picked us up at our hotel in the morning. We stopped at the Mekong rest area which was a very nice and clean place. It was filled with many large tourist buses who were also heading to the delta. However, once we left the rest area we only saw 2 other tourists (also using mango cruise) the rest of the day.

We had many different modes of transport: tuk tuk, walking, bikes, row boat, beautiful covered sampan. On the boat we were given cold towels, fruit, and coconut juice. We also took a bike break and had great
Tea (honey and kumquat) and fruit. The brick and rice noodle factories were interesting but I enjoyed meeting the woman who made rice paper the most. She let me try making one (I failed). The 5-course lunch at Mango Home was delicious.

They provided hats, but I was glad I had a long sleeve shirt for sun protection (and we were in the shade most of the time).

It was a fantastic trip and I would highly recommend it.

1  Thank azogal
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