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HUE HIGHLIGHTS and VIETNAMESE LOCAL CUISINE at THA OM GARDEN HOUSE

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    What to Expect
    Following pickup from your hotel, your city tour starts at Dong Ba Market. Morning is the busiest time at the lively market, so it is the best opportunity to feast your eyes on the bustling scene as you watch locals purchase fresh produce from the vendors. Continue to Hue Citadel, the best-preserved remnant of the royal quarters that once existed at the UNESCO World Heritage site, situated behind high walls. Spend a few hours walking around the complex with your guide, who enlightens you about fascinating architectural structures that include tombs, elaborate temples and the former Imperial Palace, revealing Vietnam’s regal legacy of Nguyen Emperors. From here take a cyclo through dai noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax; full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study. Next, fulfill your appetite with a Vietnamese lunch at the delightful Tha Om Garden House where offers an excellent opportunity to relax and enjoy traditional Vietnamese hospitality in the surrounds of a fully-working and functioning replica of a 19th century Hue residence. 

    In the afternoon, meander down to Thien Mu Pagoda, Vietnam’s tallest pagoda, which towers on the riverbank and dates back to 1601.  Tour to see the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang which is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. To end the day tour, we will drive to visit one of the greatest conical hat making villages where is home to preserve the unique cultural beauty of Hue. Here, tourists have a chance to witness the meticulous stages and the craftsmanship of the artisans to create the conical hat filled with aesthetic and cultural features.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in Hue city
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Local English speaking guide
    • Transportation
    • Visit fee
    • Cyclo
    • Lunch at Garden house
    Exclusions
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Tips or gratuities for drivers or guides
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    By: Sun N' Sea Travel
    329 Reviews
    Michael M
    Ulverstone, Australia
    142
    Tour group
    If you haven’t been you need to see. A interesting mix of two towns in southern Vietnam on the Mekong River that showcase real life and how to enjoy it. Would revisit again when next in Vietnam
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    bfinlan
    Narp, France
    293
    Cooking experience
    Fiesta visit to the market, which opens at 3 am! We learnt so many useful things with our most helpful guide Sang. The cooking experience in itself was fabulous with a most entertaining and knowledgeable chef. We then ate what we had made. I would more than recommend this experience. Thank you
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    TamarTiger
    Suffolk
    170118
    Thoroughly enjoyable experience, so much is included.
    We were met by an English speaking guide and taken on a tour of the food markets (an experience in itself!) and then we were taken by boat to the cookery school, which was a lovely way to travel. The cookery class was great fun and everyone, including those who never cook at home, achieved some very impressive results. Who would have thought we could all make our own spring roll wrappers! We enjoyed the food we made - and a couple of extra dishes cooked by the chefs rather than us - in the restaurant beside the river. A lovely way to end a lovely experience. I really recommend it.
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    651mani
    2117
    Good experience
    a typical itinerary, the first stop is a tasting of local fruits like jackfruit, pomelo, guava or perhaps some tea, local honey or banana liquor. Next up (and it’s all very hurried) is a quick ride in a sampan—a row boat piloted by ladies in conical hats— and, hats off to them, they navigate with ease down narrow waterways congested with other tourist boats. The women paddle quickly however, all too eager to dispose of you in order to queue for the next fare.
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    calvin2424
    Boston, Massachusetts
    782122
    Worth the experience
    I was in Vietnam with my friends and wanted to see something different. My friend who lives there booked us a private tour to the Mekong Delta. I enjoying going to these places because it make me humble. To see what the locals have to do everyday to make a living to feed their family. I think it is worth visiting. Don't have high expectation and you might like it.
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    Frequentflyerreview
    5744
    Wonderful day outside the city
    A great break from the city life in Saigon. I went on this trip on a beautiful day which made the scenery very spectacular. The Mekong river is full of boats and ships cruising up and down the river in what seems like a chaos; And you will be in the middle of everything snapping some pretty cool photos to bring back home. Most stops along the way are somewhat tourists traps since local vendors are asking you to by the standard tourist junk like sandals, asian hats and Buddha statues. Disregarding that fact you get a very nice day outside the city. I was lucky to have an excellent guide as well who was very happy to tell my group about the places we passed and different things we saw. Don't forget to apply mosquito repelling cream since you will be walking on trails on the Mekong delta islands having lunch outdoors and among others visiting a coconut candy factory.
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    Brian_extraordinaire
    Melbourne, Australia
    4014
    Mekong delta boat tour.
    We did a one day tour from Ho Chi Minh to the Mekong delta. The 2 hour bus trip each way was horrendous with heavy traffic, but thats not the tour companies fault. This was an o.k trip but the small canoe type boat ride thought the canals was the highlight of the day.
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    Nabeel T
    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
    154
    Different Experience
    Good boat trip to a island. Like the village and fruits there. Good happening place. Most beautiful girls exists on Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The coconut factory in the island and the restaurant experience is awesome there.
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    Shalinilovestravel
    Mumbai
    3119
    Ok for 1st time Asia visitors
    Boat trip wearing the Vietnamese hat was fun.The fruit orchards & village tour around maybe of interest for 1st time Asia visitors. Not place for delicate luxury travellers.
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    stevesmith127
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    5638
    Mekong Delta - discover what kind of traveller you are...
    These reviews are so mixed. I assume it's because different people want different things from their travel experience. If you want to pack a load of 'authentic Vietnam' snaps into your smartphone this trip is the one for you. When you get home you will look back at pictures of everything from honey making presentations to coconut candy demos to rice paper making classes. You will be reminded of rowing boat trips, morning market junks, night cruises and horse and carriage rides. This 2 day trip has it all and comes at an incredible price. I honestly don't know where they make their money. I presume that's why it has so many good reviews. The problem is the snaps in your camera won't tell you what happens in between. You can edit the images to cut out the hordes of tourists that will be with you for most of the time. You can forget that you were shunted from one stop to another with just enough time to buy something from the ubiquitous gift stalls. The photos probably won't tell you that the main thing you will do for 2 days is sit on a mini bus. (Approximately 9 hours in total). This is not my idea of fun. Especially when the sun is shining out the window and I'm going back to London in two days. My despair was saved by the fact that there were some good people on my mobile cell (bus) and we had a great laugh over a few beers at the Homestay. In conclusion, I reckon that there are 2 types of travellers; the ones that want a nice safe controlled value pack of experiences and those that just want to soak in the atmosphere of a place. I'm the latter. Half way through the first day I realised I had made a mistake in booking this trip. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse the tour guide turned on the stereo and the greatest hits of Boney M kicked in. Only another 2 hours to the next minibus destination. As a couple of people started humming along to Rasputin & Daddy Cool I had to smile... No more 'excursions' for me...
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    ionutr2013
    Ramnicu Valcea, Romania
    154
    Great value for money
    My girlfriend and I were not sure what company to pick, so we made a wild guess. But it was a great one: we paid 10 dollars each and that included the ride to the Delta, several boat rides, big and small canals, bee farm, coconut candy factory visit, local music and lunch. We booked at the agency in the lobby of the Seventy Hotel, downtown Ho Chi Minh City. It was great way to spend the day.
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    Cardhappy
    169
    Fab
    Had a fab tour on the Mekong Delta, a maze of rivers, swamps and islands, that has floating markets, pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. We saw the locals working so hard just to survive. Had elephant fish for lunch at one if the many restaurants in the homestay village.
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    Tor S
    Aarhus, Denmark
    42
    Only waiting time and lots of trapped animals
    2 days/1 night. The first day of this trip can be described as a perfect blend of caged animals, stupid tourists paying money to bother the caged creatures, and constant waiting time. Guide kept excusing that it was New Years holiday so the wait times were increased, however, we saw several similar facilities not being operated, witnessing that it was indeed the low season. On the positive side, the homestay option out on the Delta and the floating market of Can Tho between 06-09 AM proved as great experiences! Next time, we will go straight to Can Tho, skipping the overly touristic stops that all the tours involve.
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    Nieta J
    Sarawak, Malaysia
    2018
    Get to know the local!
    Been with this tour few weeks ago. We're taking the tour by our hotel where I thought the hotel took almost 50% profit from the actual package. If you want to go here, please find or contact AN TRAVEL. They provide a day tour to Mekong River for 9USD/PAX. the cheapest price I ever found there. Overall, the tour was great! Firstly, We've been brought to floating market where the local doing some selling by wholesale (fruits, vege). Our boat stopped beside a boat that selling local fruits. We had a chance to buy some fruits from the boat. Then, they took us to a factory where we can see coconot candy making, and taste a glass of royal honey (taste quite good). And, lunch time which has been included in the package. During lunch time, they gave us some time to rest. I made a decision to cycling over the village. They have bicycles for you to explore the village. Or, you can take a short nap at the hammock! (they have it as well) After that, they took us to a village. We went to the village by small boat and rowing along a small river. At the village, we were watching folk show like singing. They also served us with local fruits. Going back to the city around 4 pm. The tour was great especially if you want to know the local. worth a try! :)
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    sads77
    Durban, South Africa
    1212
    Fun day out...
    Our tour guide whom we booked through Viator tours picked us up from the hotel. It was a 90 minute journey by car. We reached our destination and got on the boat and onto a short trip across brown water to Unicorn Island. Here the people live and grow their own fruit which you can buy from the market. We were given honey water mixed with pollen and kumquat. Pleasant taste. Then we were served different types of fruit while being entertained by traditional singers. A walk through a fruit garden and onto the sampan which was the highlight for my family a great experience for my 2 kids. You're told to keep your hands in as it gets crowded and you sometimes bump into other sampans. Then hop on another little boat and onto another smaller island where you watch the whole process of coconut candy being made from start to finish. Then take a short ride on a horse drawn carriage and later back to our boat where we were served coconut water in the coconut. A pleasant and very memorable experience.
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