Review: Mekong River Cruise with G Adventures
Escorted Tour - Sailing
Vietnam and Cambodia
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My husband and I started our adventure on 6th December. We flew Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow. Fantastic modern aircraft, clean with plentiful food and drink.
We arrived in Hanoi and took a connecting flight to Ho Chi Min (formerly Saigon) We were picked up at the airport and were taken to a very nice hotel for the night. We arrived lunchtime on the 7th and had a free day as tour didn’t technically start until next morning. At 6pm we were invited to meet in reception our fellow tour travellers and were net by a local guide. We had a free evening and ate locally.
Early the next morning ourselves and 4 others were picked up from the hotel along with our local guide and went to visit The Cu Chi Tunnels. He was very informative and made the morning really enjoyable. We also visited a lacquer factory and saw local people making their crafts and had the opportunity to purchase some wonderful paintings and other gifts.
Mid afternoon we were taken back to our hotel to collect our luggage and met up with the rest of our fellow boat travellers. We were all taken by mini van to the boat which was a very short journey. We were allocated cabin numbers and our luggage was identified and delivered straight to our cabins. In total there were 14 cabins. 8 on the lower deck, 6 on the upper deck. The boat had a large airy restaurant area and a third deck which had a large covered comfortable seating area to the rear with a bar in the middle and sun loungers and chairs available for the sun lovers amongst us. The Wi-Fi was available free of charge on this deck and was very good.
The cabins were clean but not overly large with each having a safe and ensuite. There were no other toilets on board but it really wasn’t a problem to pop back to your cabin for a comfort break. Fresh flowers were left in your room but no TV or Wi-Fi signal were available in the cabins. This actually made the trip more enjoyable because people sat up top, talking, drinking and watched the world go by. It was an extremely relaxed atmosphere and although we were from 7 different countries everybody seemed to really enjoy the trip,
There were a lot of early starts, because of the heat and full itinerary but you didn’t have to participate if you didn’t want to, although nearly everything was included in the tour price. Breakfast was at 7am or 8am and they banged a gong outside each cabin door to let you know when it started. It was available for about an hour. It was a buffet with fresh omelettes available daily. The food was plentiful and very good.
We stopped along the way at many interesting places and had some fantastic experiences. We saw local people making and living in a relaxed environment. We went on a cyclo bike tour, went on canoes, rode in an ox cart, tuk tuks, ate at local restaurants, experienced local delicacies. The guide on the boat who accompanied us on all our local tours spoke fantastic English, was informative and funny. He really made our holiday complete. We saw pottery being made, rice popping, bricks being made, silver being worked into wonderful pieces, visited some wonderful Temples with the finale being Angkor Wat.
At the end of the tour we stayed at a superb hotel in Cambodia. We also ate at a restaurant run by G Adventures (the food was lovely) but it was giving local people the chance to hone their skills so that they could work in other restaurants in the future.
We hadn’t travelled with G Adventures before but it is a fantastic way to see the real Vietnam and Cambodia. It also helps the local people by paying them directly for each of the little tours you take, tourism is very much needed to help the local communities and G Adventures have created a fantastic trip which allows travellers to get the best out of our adventure and they provide some local people the opportunity to keep traditional crafts and skiĺls alive and in turn provide for their families.
A wonder trip which isn’t particularly arduous but you do need to be steady footed as the boat and access at the mooring points aren’t really suitable for people with mobility issues.
79 people found this review helpful
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