Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Mekong Delta Cruise Excursion Reviews

Travel inland from Ho Chi Minh City for an introduction to the fertile Mekong Delta region via river cruise.
Ho Chi Minh.
Sail Date: March 2019
Ho Chi Minh. We did the Princess Tour to the Mekong Delta. This had good reviews here on cruise critic. Waste of time and money. 3 hours unbroken travel there and back...we had to ask for a toilet stop. Weduid go to Buddhist temple on the ... Read More
Ho Chi Minh. We did the Princess Tour to the Mekong Delta. This had good reviews here on cruise critic. Waste of time and money. 3 hours unbroken travel there and back...we had to ask for a toilet stop. Weduid go to Buddhist temple on the way which was interesting and I wish I'd spent time shopping at the stalls near here more. The tour said we'd travel Cross the,Mekong to visit a small island whereby wed visit a local village and get to see typical housing act. Well we did go on a boat to an island whereby the garden sell started..firstly a candy making place, then a honey "farm"(they brought out one strip from a hive then tried to sell us all things bee. Which if course we xant take back to Australia so was very embarrassing. We then went to a um kind of restaurant whereby we sampled local fruit and they sung for us which was pleasant. Then the final torture...they put you in a canoe (you have no choice as it takes you to the otherside of the island where the boat pick up is). The whole time the ladies rowing kept saying "you give big top. You give money" I only had large notes..about $30 Aus. She wasn't letting me off without 1. So I asked if she would sell me the straw hat she had offered for me to wear during the journey ( noting they were selling for $1usd) at stalls along the island..thinking at least I'd get something for my $30 and she could cheaply replace it before her next customer...but no way..The people sitting behind us in the canoe had the opposite problem. Only small notes...they got virtually spat on. (If we had known I would of given the guy my big note and we would of claimed we were a family...he could of brought me a beer later lol) After that we had a lovely lunch at a large restaurant. All in all it was a long day and I didn't feel we really experienced any of the culture...just tourism. In fact I dint recall one person except our tour guide who was a character, smile. They were all being forced to hard sell. My parents did the Princess small groups tour of the city and had a great time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very informative.
Sail Date: January 2019
Very informative. Included excellent authentic meal. The Junk ride was an experience. The Mekong River is filthy. We even saw the corpse of a dead pig float by!
Very informative. Included excellent authentic meal. The Junk ride was an experience. The Mekong River is filthy. We even saw the corpse of a dead pig float by! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Seabourn Cruise Line
We did a 2 day Mekong Delta tour staying over night at Prague Hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Sail Date: May 2018
We did a 2 day Mekong Delta tour staying over night at Prague Hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
We did a 2 day Mekong Delta tour staying over night at Prague Hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Excellent guide, funny, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the sites he took us to.
Sail Date: March 2018
Excellent guide, funny, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the sites he took us to. We visited a bee far, a coconut plantation, and a beautiful temple. We got samples of all types of fruit, tea, coconut candy, and honey. We listened to ... Read More
Excellent guide, funny, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the sites he took us to. We visited a bee far, a coconut plantation, and a beautiful temple. We got samples of all types of fruit, tea, coconut candy, and honey. We listened to singers singing old fishermen songs of love and fortune. We had a pony cart ride too. It was a fun day. Lunch was very good served under a palm thatched pavilion next to the river. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Half day trip but we’ll worthwhile.
Sail Date: February 2018
Half day trip but we’ll worthwhile. Good overview of life in the area.
Half day trip but we’ll worthwhile. Good overview of life in the area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Lots of traffic and long travel time.
Sail Date: December 2017
Lots of traffic and long travel time. Was a short visit to the delta and Unicorn Island. The Island tour and sanpan ride were very touristy and staged.
Lots of traffic and long travel time. Was a short visit to the delta and Unicorn Island. The Island tour and sanpan ride were very touristy and staged. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I expected a tour of the Mekong Delta but it was a river cruise entirely within an urban ...
Sail Date: June 2017
I expected a tour of the Mekong Delta but it was a river cruise entirely within an urban environment - We were split into small groups - great After a ride in a seriously decayed sanpan paddled by two women our guide suggested ... Read More
I expected a tour of the Mekong Delta but it was a river cruise entirely within an urban environment - We were split into small groups - great After a ride in a seriously decayed sanpan paddled by two women our guide suggested (expected) us all to pay a US$ 2.00 to each paddler - (what had we already paid for?) We were served a local food banquet for lunch which was fabulous Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Really liked this tour which included a boat ride on the delta, local village tour, refreshments, a ...
Sail Date: April 2017
Really liked this tour which included a boat ride on the delta, local village tour, refreshments, a sampan ride, and Buddhist temple visit. My only complaint is it was such a long bus ride through the city to get to the tour start site ... Read More
Really liked this tour which included a boat ride on the delta, local village tour, refreshments, a sampan ride, and Buddhist temple visit. My only complaint is it was such a long bus ride through the city to get to the tour start site (2.5 hours) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Two plus hour drive our to the delta, and since it was a Sunday, most of the activity along the ...
Sail Date: January 2017
Two plus hour drive our to the delta, and since it was a Sunday, most of the activity along the delta was minimal.
Two plus hour drive our to the delta, and since it was a Sunday, most of the activity along the delta was minimal. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
This trip although long was excellent.
Sail Date: December 2016
This trip although long was excellent. The countryside is beautiful, the boat trip first class and as for lunch - wow
This trip although long was excellent. The countryside is beautiful, the boat trip first class and as for lunch - wow Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
interesting to see the countryside and villages.
Sail Date: November 2016
interesting to see the countryside and villages. explore a village and take a canoe ride on the Mekong river
interesting to see the countryside and villages. explore a village and take a canoe ride on the Mekong river Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
This was beyound description and a must for any one.
Sail Date: October 2016
This was beyound description and a must for any one. Would love to see more.
This was beyound description and a must for any one. Would love to see more. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Delightful overview of Saigon
Sail Date: September 2016
Delightful overview of Saigon
Delightful overview of Saigon Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
It was a super cruise.
Sail Date: September 2015
It was a super cruise. Went all the way down from Kamphong Chom to MyTho. Stopped at TanChau and Cai Dec and SaDec.
It was a super cruise. Went all the way down from Kamphong Chom to MyTho. Stopped at TanChau and Cai Dec and SaDec. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Long ride on a mini bus, boat cruise to a village, tried local fruit and tea, got to hold a very ...
Sail Date: August 2015
Long ride on a mini bus, boat cruise to a village, tried local fruit and tea, got to hold a very large python called Natalie.
Long ride on a mini bus, boat cruise to a village, tried local fruit and tea, got to hold a very large python called Natalie. Read Less
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Very good tour guide named henry.
Sail Date: April 2015
Very good tour guide named henry. Despite the hot and humidity, the overall place gave a good impression and i really enjoyed the small town. The food is great, the fruits are sweet and fresh. A very refreshing experience.
Very good tour guide named henry. Despite the hot and humidity, the overall place gave a good impression and i really enjoyed the small town. The food is great, the fruits are sweet and fresh. A very refreshing experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
when the ship port was changed from saigon to phu my this tour became a nitemare 6 hours in a bus ...
Sail Date: March 2015
when the ship port was changed from saigon to phu my this tour became a nitemare 6 hours in a bus for a 1.5 hour delta tour shore staff did not tell onyone what whas happening this tour you were rushed onto the boats lunch half an hour no ... Read More
when the ship port was changed from saigon to phu my this tour became a nitemare 6 hours in a bus for a 1.5 hour delta tour shore staff did not tell onyone what whas happening this tour you were rushed onto the boats lunch half an hour no it was a bad tour Read Less
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This was an excellent tour except for the portion in the small rowing boat.
Sail Date: February 2013
This was an excellent tour except for the portion in the small rowing boat. Boat access and egress were tricky and difficult. There were also no life preservers or safety precautions.
This was an excellent tour except for the portion in the small rowing boat. Boat access and egress were tricky and difficult. There were also no life preservers or safety precautions. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
On the second day we visited the Mekong with a long coach journey but well worth the effort.
Sail Date: February 2013
On the second day we visited the Mekong with a long coach journey but well worth the effort. A cruise on the Delta, a visit to a factory making honey and processing coconut by products preceded a ride by pony and trap through the villages ... Read More
On the second day we visited the Mekong with a long coach journey but well worth the effort. A cruise on the Delta, a visit to a factory making honey and processing coconut by products preceded a ride by pony and trap through the villages and ended with ride in a punt back to the quay where our boat was waiting. This was followed by a delightful lunch in a local restaurant. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Interesting tour of islands and markets.
Sail Date: January 2013
Interesting tour of islands and markets. Long drive but worth it.
Interesting tour of islands and markets. Long drive but worth it. Read Less
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7 day cruise on AMAlotus was great.Good food,fantastic staff,informative tour guides.
Sail Date: December 2012
7 day cruise on AMAlotus was great.Good food,fantastic staff,informative tour guides.
7 day cruise on AMAlotus was great.Good food,fantastic staff,informative tour guides. Read Less
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Mekong Delta cruise was OK but wouldnt repeat, there really wasnt much to see except a touristy ...
Sail Date: December 2012
Mekong Delta cruise was OK but wouldnt repeat, there really wasnt much to see except a touristy candy making store and fake canoe river trip.
Mekong Delta cruise was OK but wouldnt repeat, there really wasnt much to see except a touristy candy making store and fake canoe river trip. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
An interesting day but a long one.
Sail Date: June 2012
An interesting day but a long one. Not what I expected; I envisaged mangrove swamps and deserted riverbanks on a calm but wide river delta. What we got was a very choppy river ride to an island where we had a sampan ride and lunch, which ... Read More
An interesting day but a long one. Not what I expected; I envisaged mangrove swamps and deserted riverbanks on a calm but wide river delta. What we got was a very choppy river ride to an island where we had a sampan ride and lunch, which we enjoyed. Plus of course the compulsory factory and markets. I don't mind contributing to the local economy so I prefer to buy from the locals, but these factories seem so commercial I doubt any locals benefit! Read Less
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This took FAR to long to get to.
Sail Date: April 2012
This took FAR to long to get to. 3 hours each way to ride briefly on the river (in the city - not the least bit remote), a stop at a true tourist trap. We were fed honey tea and local fruits which were very good but the little sampan ... Read More
This took FAR to long to get to. 3 hours each way to ride briefly on the river (in the city - not the least bit remote), a stop at a true tourist trap. We were fed honey tea and local fruits which were very good but the little sampan ride felt so much like Disneyland, a fellow traveller wondered whether we'd be able to see the rails! Despite this, the lunch was incredible! (Be sure to like seafood if you plan on going to Asia). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We both did this trip and it was quite disappointing.
Sail Date: March 2012
We both did this trip and it was quite disappointing. The brochure said a 30 minute cruise on the river and also a visit to an Island. We went across from the jetty onto the island and it was all about selling their wares. The only good ... Read More
We both did this trip and it was quite disappointing. The brochure said a 30 minute cruise on the river and also a visit to an Island. We went across from the jetty onto the island and it was all about selling their wares. The only good part was the boat ride back 0off the Island. Not value for money Read Less
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