We decided to make our own way down to the Delta (minibus) and base ourselves in Vinh Long province for 3 days, 3 nights, rather than flitting around the whole Delta. We went straight to Mekong Travel Ltd in Vinh Long and booked some homestays and a private guide for 2 days, 2 nights. they have a choice of homestays, a standard package includes 1 or 2 days guided tour of the island, Cai Be market etc and 1 night in a homestay of your choice. ($46-$60 for 2 people). Our guide was Anna and she was fantastic - great english and great company.
We added on a 2nd night homestay ($15 per person per additional night including dinner and brekkie) and a days biking around the island (you can hire a guide for $10 a day effectively). Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended way to spend a day, but do start out early as if its sunny it gets very hot by lunchtme. 3rd night and day we went off with a friend of annas to stay at her family's home on a different island and spend a mornign cycling around there, which was an altogether authentic experience and the people down there are just incredibly hospitable and generous.
We found Mekong Travel Ltd to be very well organised and the homestays were excellent. Recommended.
#1 justwondering has been a member since 12/8/2009. Posts: 20
Do you know if they have a website available?
And I was just wondering if the cycling around is part of the package deal or did you book this via another organisation?
#2 Lawoat has been a member since 29/6/2009. Posts: 59
Unfortunately they don't have a website that I"m aware of - I searched in vain myself! There is a fairly small amount of cycling involved in their package deal, as in about 20 minutes to half an hour (I forgot to add that it's cheaper if you want to join a group tour, as opposed to a private one like we did), but we wanted to do a full day of cycling so we added it on. The same company organised it - we just paid for an extra day of the guide's time ($10 a day between however many people) and $2 a day for cycle hire. Depending on how you arrange things there may or may not be a charge for an extra boat trip transfer ($5 a transfer per boat if needed). They're pretty flexible and their guide's time is cheap so you just tell them what you want to do and they'll sort it out. That's how it worked for us anyway.
#3 justwondering has been a member since 12/8/2009. Posts: 20
Thanks...I'll see what I can arrange when I am on site...just 2 more weeks ;-)
#4 Lawoat has been a member since 29/6/2009. Posts: 59
Their address is No 8, 1 Thang 5 St; which is down near where the boats for the islands leave from and close to the market and local bus station (which is different from where the Mai Linh buses stop apparently). We just got a taxi the 4-5 kilometres there from the Mai Linh bus station. Reid On Travel website also gives some info on Mekong Travel, which is where we found them... link here... http://www.reidontravel.com/mekong/vinh-long/vinh-long-basics/
#6 justwondering has been a member since 12/8/2009. Posts: 20
How do you take a minibus to Mekong area from Saigon?
#7 cusefan97 has been a member since 12/12/2009. Posts: 1
We got a Mai Lyn (sp?) mini bus from Saigon, having gotten a taxi to their booking office to buy the ticket and they transferred us to the bus station from there. looks like you can buy tickets direct from the bus station too. There are other companies - we were booked on a different one coming back which was actually better as they arrived in a more central part of town than the southern bus station. I'm sorry I can't recall what the name of the company was.The cost was much the same though. I'd suggest you ask at your hotel reception in Saigon.
#8 justwondering has been a member since 12/8/2009. Posts: 20