|Monday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
My son, daughter and I took the River cruise from Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, July 23 2018. Our guide was Mr Kha (hope that spelling is correct). I was a terrific tour. We traveled on a very clean speed boat, passed the tin houses at the waters edge as Mr Kha shared fascinating details about life on the water. We stopped at a working farm with amazing exotic animals. We toured a temple, a REAL village market, a rice paddy and were treated to a terrific lunch. Through-out the day Mr Kha provided details about all aspects of Vietnamese life. It was a wonderful tour with some well timed surprises and delicious fruit snacks. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
We did 2 day-long tours with Les Rives. Can Gio and Mekong Delta. Both were very enjoyable. The boat is comfy (if a little noisy and windy-I wore a headband the second day to keep my hair out of my face), the food and drinks are really good-way better than I expected on a group tour. Our Can Gio guide was truly amazing-possibly the best guide we had throughout our trip in Vietnam. The Mekong Delta guide was not as amazing but still very good. It’s honestly hard for me to say which tour I liked best-they were both very worthwhile. I would say if you can only do one, pick Can Gio if you’re more interested in nature, and Mekong Delta if you’re more interested in people and culture.
Excellent tour - very friendly staff. We did the morning tour which was great for dodging the heavier afternoon crowds. Had to leave a bit early (7am), but worth it. Plenty of food and drinks on the boat, but no beer . Back by 1pm so you have the rest of the day to enjoy the other sights.
Excellent way to visit the tunnels. We had 9 people on our tour and made for a calm and personal experience with a great guide Klas. Very well worth the river boat ride and the visit to the site. Top marks!
Mekong delta tour. It was average, only spent 3 mins in small row boat, most of time spend wandering around temple, town, local farm and the rest spent on speed boat. Spent too much time standing around temples/orphanages. I signed up to see the delta, show me that! Plus the cost was double what others were charging.
There are less expensive tours, but you totally get what you pay for on this one! We did the Mekong Delta tour and the guide was terrific (wish we could have brought Tony along with us for the rest of our trip), you are completely pampered and the overall experience exceeded our expectations! Highly recommend!!!
Definitely worth the money. Our tour guide Jenny was great, very knowledgeable and excellent English. It ended up being a private tour for the two of us as no one else was booked in on the same day. Nice boat ride along the river and we were provided with chocolate croissants for breakfast, fruit platter for morning tea, followed by a delicious lunch after the tour.
I did the Cu Chi Tunnels tour. Hotel pickup was easy. Then I we had a short ride to the speedboat. Riding the boat was great. They served a light breakfast (pastries, banh mi, fruit, drinks) as we rode along. I enjoyed seeing the Mekong river and it was much preferable to a long bus ride. Plus, we got there early, beating both the crowds and the heat. Our guide gave us more details on the tunnels than the staff there offered and we got to see all the main tunnels etc. Fascinating. The 1967 propaganda video they show (and require you to watch) is actually kind of interesting as a very old film piece. You can shoot machine guns at the end of the tour if you want to for an extra fee. I did not. Then we had a nice boat ride back (more fruit!) and a short van trip to the hotel. It was great.
Highly recommend booking one or more tours with Les Rivers. I took both the Mekong tour and the Eco tour to visit the monkey and crocodiles. The tours starts off with the tour guide picking you up from your hotel then you board the speedboat right in the heart of district 2 in Ho Chi Minh city. Because you are taking the speedboat all the way from the city to your destinations not only you by pass all the traffic, and driving it's also a lot more fun! On board they serve you fresh exotic fruits, plenty of beverages and breakfast. The tours are super informative and because Les Rivers only do small group tours you are never in areas with other tourists, it was truly an authentic experience! The tour guides spoke English extremely well, and are very attentive to your needs. Both the Mekong and Eco tour included other destinations on the way, so you get to visit many places without feeling like you are rushed as you are traveling by speedboat the entire time! Once you get to the Mekong and the eco tour destination you get to go on rowing boats as well. Another thing I really liked about Les Rivers is they help to support local businesses too by taking tourists to visit. The lunch included is excellent, very authentic and delicious, and there were plenty of food! You arrive back to the city via speedboat about 3-4pm. The whole experience was super safe (I was traveling on my own), it is suitable for families with young children, and for the elderly as well. Again highly recommend Les Rivers! I had the best times in Vietnam because of them!
My husband and I had been before here for his business but we recently heard of this from a friend and this is one of the most interesting things we have done in the city so far as it is a completely new experience seeing the sites from the river. The first day we rented a boat only for a quick 1 1/2 hour tour, the service was great and this gave us a whole new perspective on the way the river interacts with the urban development. The next day we decided on an early start and half day Cu Chi tunnel trip with a boat again, the (very reasonable) group price means we shared the boat with another couple but there was plenty of room for 10 more people but if you feel like splurging they have private charters too. Before the tunnels we were also taken to a resort on the way called Thao Dien Village for breakfast and to watch the very interesting short introduction to the tunnels history ( see other review) which looks so nice that we decided to spend our last night there as anyway that was on our own account not company. Overall for those who have never done it we highly recommend the boat experience whether it is only for a short tour or full day (apparently they also go to parts of the Mekong delta that are not so touristy and more authentic but we did not have the time this trip).
We took two tours with Les Rives; half day cu Chi tunnels and their 2 day tour on the Mekong - both excellent River life is intrinsic to Southern Vietnam life - so as fascinating as cities and roads are - the river is key to unlocking much of the mystery of this part of Vietnam - going by boat is an awesome way to see Vietnam - Les Rives are a river boat company - with the fastest boats on the river. The Rives boats are immaculate, fast, comfortable, safe and well staffed The guides are exceptional - we had Hang for our guide on our Mekong Two day tour and she was the best guide our family have EVER had. A most charming, clever, expressive and funny lady!! She didn't drown us in machine gun style fact a minute - but told us stories, anecdotes and information about so so many aspects of the life of the Mekong - from the history to commerce to society and habits - all so interesting, relevant and easy to absorb - our children - ages 14, 11 & 7 - were equally interested and drawn in to the experience. The boat was staffed with a driver, a mechanic (nothing happened to the boat - there is a garbage problem on the Mekong, so things can go wrong and it's a great comfort to know he was with us) a wonderful porter who arranged fresh fruit, cold drinks and fresh wet towels for us - and Hang the best guide ever! The tours were meticulously organised - each stop had fascinating elements, photography of everything was welcomed, people were thrilled to see us - and we were never pestered to buy anything. We just absorbed a lot of aspects of Mekong life, work, society,trade - a happy people existing in a happy hard working society - we visited a local food market, brick making factory, fish farm, artist studio, local mat making place - we came off the boat and went down canals on smaller rowing boats, we watched fish sauce being fermented, rice paper being made, coconut sweets being wrapped and ready for sale .. it didn't feel touristy - it was special. The Rives arranged out over night stay at the Island River Lodge - perfectly timed after 7 hours of sit seeing and being on the boat - by 3pm it was great to get on to stable land and have a swim and stop - in a lovely spot, with great rooms and a lovely dinner Lunches were interesting and "light" Vietnamese food - delicious and varied choices. It was extremely well organised, packed but not too packed itinerary - we have a lot to thank Les Rives for - memories, knowledge and incredible photographs!!
This isn't a review of the tour, which was great, but a review of actually visiting the office. I'm staying at a hotel close by and walked over thinking I could meet with someone who could give me more information about the tours. The office is actually just a business office and they don't have an brochures or tour information. The office manager was nice, but he said that the only information available was online. I sat down and made a decision after scrolling through my iPhone. The office did have a card reader so I was able to pay for the tour at the office, but the lesson here is don't bother dropping by the office thinking you'll get any information about the tours.
We had a fantastic day on Mekong River cruise today . Extremely well organized and professional. A great day exploring the out of the way areas of the Mekong a little off the beaten track. Food and drinks were supplied all day . Thank you the experience will be one we remember.
We enjoyed our Cu Chi tunnels tour, and the staff on the Mekong Delta tour were great. Weather was not too hot at this time of year. The loss of two stars is from the Mekong Delta tour: All the trees along the river for the row boat section of the trip have been cut down (this happens every four years apparently, so they would have known about it in advance). It was such a depressing row boat ride, looked like a bomb had gone off. They should have found an alternate canal with trees to row down, or just left the row boat part off altogether and told us that it was being replaced with something else. The second reason is that we never visited the orphanage, which was listed on the itinerary and was something that made me choose this tour over others.