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Posted by brinner on 28/9/2006 at 21:35

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Hi,

I will be in HCMC tomorrow for 2 days and then have 2 days for a Mekong Delta tour. Can anybody recommend a tour company?

Also, we are travelling into cambodia (Phnom Penh) and was wondering if we would save time by going on from the Mekong delta rather than back to HCMC and then onto Phom Penh?

Cheers
Brian.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/9/2006 at 21:46 admin

Hi Brian,

Delta Adventures is pretty good (they're a couple of dorrs down from Vinh Guesthouse on De Tham St in Pham Ngu Lao)-- though pretty much any of the big players (Sinh, Kim etc) except TM Brothers is probably going to be ok.

You can organise a tour to take you all the way through to Phnom Penh (via boat and the Chau Doc crossing -- faster and more interesting than returning to Saigon.

Hope that helps

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Posted by brinner on 29/9/2006 at 22:10

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Thanks Somtam. I will let u know how I get on and hopefully I can recommend a decent tour. I am going to look at Delta Adventures, TNK Travel, Sinh and Kim. I agree with you on TM Brothers, not very good.

Also I need to add some other posts regarding places to stay and tours in Vietnam.

Many thanks
Brian.

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Posted by steviej on 30/9/2006 at 04:00

Hi brinner,

Apologies for hijacking your thread but this question's really for somtam.....
......so, sontam do you know of any places in Phnom Penh that do this the 'Other Way'..................


chill
steviej

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Posted by somtam2000 on 30/9/2006 at 07:37 admin

Hi steviej,

Many of the guesthouses in Phnom Penh offer this -- along with many travel agents -- you shouldn't have much trouble tracking one down.

I met someone in Can Tho who had paid US$36 for a three day all inclusive (except for beer ;0 ) trip - went Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Can Tho - Saigon. Most pax do the trip the other way, and he commented that the crowds had been low

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Posted by steviej on 30/9/2006 at 21:27

WOW....................

................US$36. Now that's what I call value for money.


Mind you, did he have to make up the 'Paddle Crew' ;-)

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Posted by halu on 3/10/2006 at 23:30

Sorry to hijack this...

I will be doing the Saigon - Mekong Delta - Phnom Penh route in November and I don't have a lot of time for it. I was wondering if you think it would be better to do an organized tour from Saigon - Phnom Penh (through the delta) or to go on our own (time-wise). Also, is it the same price to go Saigon-Phnom Penh ($36)? How long does it take?

I know, I'm sorry. So many questions! Thanks!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 4/10/2006 at 06:26 admin

Hi halu,

Well it is pretty quick doing it with a tour -- you won't be able to cover as many spots and activities by yourself as doing it with a group -- depends where you're planning on going I guess.

Price in the reverse is roughly the same -- if not cheaper.

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Posted by halu on 4/10/2006 at 19:36

Cool, thanks!

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Posted by brinner on 6/10/2006 at 10:04

Hi,

I looked at several tour operators. Sinh, Kim, Delta and TNK Travel (which is recommended in the lonely planet), all of which are on the same street De Tham St in Pham Ngu Lao, so it's easy to compare.

They pretty much all do the same schedule and Delta Adventure came in the cheapest at $33, so we went with them.

We did a 3 day tour. I would recommend these. For $33, it includes all transport and they bring u to lots of places such as the floating markets, rice making and cocunut candy making and accomodation is included. it's a bargain, you get to see lots of things with the floating market in the morning being a particular highlight. Also what I liked is that the food is not included so yo can go off and do your own thing (if you want) for food.

The tour guides are nice and helpful and they sort out your visa for you at the border (obviously not included in the price of the tour).

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Posted by steviej on 6/10/2006 at 15:22

Nice one Brian......................

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Posted by halu on 7/10/2006 at 01:41

Wow! Thanks!

That sounds great, we might just do that one! It takes you all the way to Phnom Penh?

How big are the groups?

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Posted by brinner on 9/10/2006 at 12:43

Yep it takes you all the way to Phnom Penh. The groups are not that big.
For a 3 day trip there were 9 in our group. But at the start there is more as they do 2 day trips and 1 day trips also.

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Posted by lucyhudson on 28/11/2006 at 19:26

Hi Brinner,
I know you posted your last message in October but better late than never!
Two quick questions re your tour with Delta Adventure...
1) Was the tour 3 days, 2nights or 3 days 3 nights?
2) What's the accommodation type - and how good is it?

Thanks so much for your advice

Lucy

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Posted by brinner on 29/11/2006 at 10:43

Hi Lucy,

It's a 3 day 2 nights trip. I was with my girlfriend so we stayed in doubles.
The accomodation is ok. It's not amazing but is fine. Similar to the other gusthouses that you wud stay in in s.e. asia.

Hope it helps

Brian

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Posted by lucyhudson on 29/11/2006 at 16:02

Thanks that's super! (means one more day in Phu Quoc!)
Cheers for your help
Lucy

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