In my previous post I wrote a little bit about the Sinh Tourist, which is one of the (if not THE) most trusted travel agencies currently operating in Vietnam. While in Saigon we bought a couple of tours from them: Tour 1 would be one day spent in the Mekong Delta and Tour 2 would be a two-day tour package including one day in the Mekong Delta, but different villages / islands than Tour 1, and then a speedboat trip all the way to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
To be honest the two Tours were pretty similar, even though we visited different villages of the Mekong Delta, the activities were very similar, so I would only recommend doing one of these if you are limited on time. I am not going to give a detailed account of both tours to the Mekong Delta, just a highlight of the activities we did, but I will include links and itineraries at the end of this post in case anyone is interested in going on these.
To say I was excited when I found out about the tour package that would take us all the way to Phnom Penh was an understatement! I really wanted to do a tour of the Mekong Delta and our other option to get to Phnom Penh would have been a long coach journey. Getting there ON the Mekong sounded way more exciting!
Also, the tour itself was incredibly reasonable priced. We paid 3.4million VND, which sounds like a small fortune, but actually it’s only about £100 for two people. Considering we had to get to Cambodia anyway and this tour also included one nights accommodation, this represented an incredibly good value to us. (Although if your aim is just to get to Phnom Peng from Saigon as cheaply as possible, bus tickets only cost 200000 VND per person, £6!!)
When you go into the office of Sinh Tourist, you can immediately tell that they have been in the business for a long time and we found them very organised and professional. On the day of our departure we had to be at the office at 6.30 am to check in with our tickets which we had bought a couple of days beforehand and with our passports. Passports were important remember, as we had to cross the border into Cambodia on day 2.
By about 7.15 all luggage were tucked into the coach and we all took our seats and we were off. The bus took about an hour and a half to take us 100 km down to the shores of the Mekong where we boarded our small sightseeing boat for the day. We had a great tour guide, his English was good and he was friendly and knowledgeable, so we felt in safe hands.
It was great being back on the Mekong. We had already had an encounter with this mighty river when we travelled through Laos. It felt significant to be back on a boat and cruising on it and eventually leaving Vietnam on it.