Hai Ha Guesthouse

76-78 Bui Vien St., Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Half-day Mekong Delta Tour

by gemi80


My friend and I will be traveling to HCMC on Nov27-29th. Pretty tight schedule, I know. Just availed of the promo Tiger Airways.

We're originally from Philippines so we're quite familiar with common asian stuff. Hence, we're not too keen on some of the things included in the typical full-day Mekong tour e.g coconut candy making. We just wanted to experience the sampan ride along Mekong Delta of course. (if Sampan ride alone, i know we can get that even from the mall here in SG)..

Appreciate if you could share any info on any agency offering a half-day tour.

Thanks a bunch.

Re: Half-day Mekong Delta Tour

by mikeinvietnam

Most Mekong Delta tours are south of Saigon in Can Tho and beyond, which is about a 4 hour bus ride one-way from Saigon. Not sure of any agency offering sampon rides but there may be something in the river city of My Tho, 80 kilometers from Saigon (45 minutes to 1 hour, if no heavy traffic). So, for half-day trips look for some tours to My Tho (pronounciation is similar to Me Taw). You might try thesinhtourist.com website. They usually reply to emails but its not gauranteed.

Re: Half-day Mekong Delta Tour

by enjey

Not sure where you are staying in HCMC, but we stayed in the backpacker's area. Travel agencies are everywhere so it's not a problem. I can't remember if they have half day tour though. We booked the 1 day tour but it was cancelled because a storm was forecasted the next day though it was shining =) We were there Nov 11-15 last year.

Re: Half-day Mekong Delta Tour

by gemi80

i've already sent a mail query to sinh..hope they'd reply.

we think we'd just forego the mekong for another time, if we can't find any half-day tour.

thanks a lot for the replies

Re: Half-day Mekong Delta Tour

by Kienhappyland

It's too short to visit mekong delta for a half of day. I think do this tour next time. A half day tour is suitable to visit Cu Chi tunnels. That's worth a visit,too.

Re: Half-day Mekong Delta Tour

by la_anda

i think the best way to discover more thing in Saigon with your tight schedule is have a privte tourguide..

last time, i introduce my friend who come from Australia.. a tourist student ...he was very sastify with that student help..

I mean the Vietnamese student who are studying about tourist like will be a tour guide in the future.. they need practical and u need the information and a guidace..and for sure u also have a private time and can manage your schedule, and the price for student must be cheaper compare with a tourist company.

If u want to have a student like this, i think i can introduce for u. ( just email me at : thuongquamuahe04@yahoo.com, because sometime i have no time to access this page)

Hope u will have a good time in Vietnam

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta Tours

by balhannah

If you want to go to the Mekong Delta..........
I would only do one tour.

I was very disappointed with the Delta. It was a lot more built up than I expected, wasn't at all like the postcards. I would say that it depends on what you have seen & done previously in Asia whether you visit here or not!

you need to be there from 5 - 9am in the morning, no way of doing this on a bus tour from Ho Chi Minh city for the day.

If you do go and want to see the markets, it would be best to stay overnight so you can get an early start in the morning to see them.

City Tour for 6 US $

by shintarojon

(last date visited - Dec. 22, 2004)

City tour - 6 US $
Departure time - 8:00 a.m.
Arrival time - 5:00 p.m.

Tropic Tour
Address: 74 Bui Vien St.
Ho Chi Minh
Tel. # 084-9201228
Fax # 084-8-369519

Webpage - www.tropictourvietnam.com
E-mail address - tropictour@hotmail.com

Touchy-Feel-ly Folks

by xuessium

From my own observations, the folks in Vietnam are very warm and are not restrained by the normal uptight Asian ways of expression, and if they like you, they will touch you (in appropriate places of course, such as on the shoulder and the arms) as a form of affection (which probably explains why so many guys fall for Vietnamese ladies but that's a different story). However, gentlemen, please do not let these signs mislead you unnecessarily, just in case you get a slap across your face for trying to get fresh!

Of Mozzies and Sunglasses

by bpacker

Bring lots of empty bags to shop. As for money, don't bother changing at the airport. Exchange rates suck big time there. USDs are acceptable everywhere and the exchange rates are more favourable at the hotel. E.g. Caravelle Hotel uses bank rates from the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and they'll accept Sing/Aussie/Malaysian dollars. Breathable Tops! Anything made of cool linen or cotten. "Teva" slippers are great for exploring HCMC or jumping around boats in Mekong Delta. Maybe diarahhoea medication + hepatitis A+B shots before going. Hygeine sucks here but Malaria is not such a big problem here. Good to bring lots of memory sticks, charger,etc, Rain coats are a must in their rainy season. Umbrellas are useless when the winds are strong. Ok, I really shouldn't say this but many Singaporeans say that the Vietnamese dong, look and feel a lot like "Hell Paper Money" Why? Coz it feels and looks like the paper currency we burn to the dead...No offence to Uncle Ho intended.

Ooh La La ! Reptilian Viagra

by bpacker

If you look at the picture carefully, you'll see a baby COBRA grinning at you and swimming in a concoction of yellow wolfberry (chinese herb) wine. Yes, it's drinkable and it's Vietnam's answer to Viagra. And I'll say this for the record, the recipe has not been bought over by Pfizer yet! The locals sip a little of this for after dinner for a little ooh-la-la.
And when the delicious wine runs out , they'll run to the shop together with their preserved pet snake for more juice.
Does this appeal to you?
If it does, you can get a bottle for yourself in Ben Tanh market or during your Mekong Delta excursion. It's guaranteed to bring in a few ooh-la-las.

For more wierd stories and pictures, visit b'packer's hcmc page


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