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Can anyone who has used Smile Tours give me contact details for THI as there are so many agents using the Smile Tour name it is difficult .

I beleive she is extremely reputable.

My husband & i will be sailing on the SUN PRINCESS which leaves Fremantle Australia 31-MAY-10 We arrive in PHU MY 8-JUN-10 we would like to visit CHI CHU TUNNELS & whatever else we can fit in .

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Thankyou this information is greatly appreciated i will email Ms Thi direct with my queries . :)

 

She handled my tours for Saigon, Hanoi and now I am in Danang, I met her Yesterday at the Rex hotel in Saigon, Lovely woman. I am on the Dec 2 Ocean "P" cruise

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Yes i contacted her yesterday & received a very prompt response. We did initially want to go to the chi chu tunels but she advised us to rethink as its 3hrs travel to & from & the actual time at tunnels is approx 90 mins which really does not leave any time for anything else ,..mind you Princess are offering this tour with lunch stop & market shopping which makes me think it would be cut short due to time limit in port & it was quite expensive also. Thi has suggested HIGHLIGHTS OF SAIGON TOUR ...i must say prices seem very reasonable & the more people the cheaper it becomes so even with the exchange { australian dollar to usd } it seems a good deal now all i have to hope for is more interest on the roll call ..as yet NO others & its just over 5months away!! { SUN PRINCESS SOUTHEAST ASIA EXPLORER 21 DAYS ROUNDTRIP DEPARTING FREMANTLE AUSTRALIA 31ST MAY 2010 } would be nice to get a couple more interested folk to do the tour with ..but even with just the two of us the prices are cheaper than Princess & from what i have read Thi is very reputable .Do you know if i have to pay in advance or on the day ??? my only concern paying in advance is if by some fluke we don't get there ...bad weather time delays etc. Any other advice ??:)

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Yes i contacted her yesterday & received a very prompt response. We did initially want to go to the chi chu tunels but she advised us to rethink as its 3hrs travel to & from & the actual time at tunnels is approx 90 mins which really does not leave any time for anything else ,..mind you Princess are offering this tour with lunch stop & market shopping which makes me think it would be cut short due to time limit in port & it was quite expensive also. Thi has suggested HIGHLIGHTS OF SAIGON TOUR ...i must say prices seem very reasonable & the more people the cheaper it becomes so even with the exchange { australian dollar to usd } it seems a good deal now all i have to hope for is more interest on the roll call ..as yet NO others & its just over 5months away!! { SUN PRINCESS SOUTHEAST ASIA EXPLORER 21 DAYS ROUNDTRIP DEPARTING FREMANTLE AUSTRALIA 31ST MAY 2010 } would be nice to get a couple more interested folk to do the tour with ..but even with just the two of us the prices are cheaper than Princess & from what i have read Thi is very reputable .Do you know if i have to pay in advance or on the day ??? my only concern paying in advance is if by some fluke we don't get there ...bad weather time delays etc. Any other advice ??:)

 

You pay on arrival. Go to your roll call to find others to join you.

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I too am considering the Cu Chi tunnels with Princess. Anyone know how Princess can do it when it takes so long?

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Only a guess but i think the tour at the tunnels would be cut a little to save time or perhaps they increase the speed limit to get there quicker ...have been told the roads are very bumpy going there anyhow think i will now consider Ms Thi's HIGHLIGHTS OF SAIGON TOUR & save the tunnels when perhaps we visit Vietnam for longer non cruising

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Yes i contacted her yesterday & received a very prompt response. We did initially want to go to the chi chu tunels but she advised us to rethink as its 3hrs travel to & from & the actual time at tunnels is approx 90 mins which really does not leave any time for anything else ,..mind you Princess are offering this tour with lunch stop & market shopping which makes me think it would be cut short due to time limit in port & it was quite expensive also. Thi has suggested HIGHLIGHTS OF SAIGON TOUR ...i must say prices seem very reasonable & the more people the cheaper it becomes so even with the exchange { australian dollar to usd } it seems a good deal now all i have to hope for is more interest on the roll call ..as yet NO others & its just over 5months away!! { SUN PRINCESS SOUTHEAST ASIA EXPLORER 21 DAYS ROUNDTRIP DEPARTING FREMANTLE AUSTRALIA 31ST MAY 2010 } would be nice to get a couple more interested folk to do the tour with ..but even with just the two of us the prices are cheaper than Princess & from what i have read Thi is very reputable .Do you know if i have to pay in advance or on the day ??? my only concern paying in advance is if by some fluke we don't get there ...bad weather time delays etc. Any other advice ??:)

 

Just finished a 3 day, Saigon-Hanoi-Danang, which she arranged for me, I paid her at the end of the day in Saigon for the whole trip.

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Only a guess but i think the tour at the tunnels would be cut a little to save time or perhaps they increase the speed limit to get there quicker ...have been told the roads are very bumpy going there anyhow think i will now consider Ms Thi's HIGHLIGHTS OF SAIGON TOUR & save the tunnels when perhaps we visit Vietnam for longer non cruising

 

Tunnels are North West of Saigon, highway out of port about half way there and then 2 lane roads. I think the tunnels are the nly thing you will do, we spent about 2 hours there, there are other things to see before you actually go down in the tunnel.

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Thanks for the info Al think we will give the tunnels a miss for this time though and opt for the highlights of saigon with Ms Thi the prices are very reasonable & from what i have read she comes highly recommended for good service . Not sure whether to book with her now for just my husband & myself { with just over 5mths no interest on my roll call as yet :( } or wait a bit longer & hope to get a few more takers ..:)

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Thanks for the info Al think we will give the tunnels a miss for this time though and opt for the highlights of saigon with Ms Thi the prices are very reasonable & from what i have read she comes highly recommended for good service . Not sure whether to book with her now for just my husband & myself { with just over 5mths no interest on my roll call as yet :( } or wait a bit longer & hope to get a few more takers ..:)

 

If you book now, you get the best guide, you know your itinary, which can be modified later, and ech time a couple joins it get cheaper for everybody.

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Tunnels are North West of Saigon, highway out of port about half way there and then 2 lane roads. I think the tunnels are the nly thing you will do, we spent about 2 hours there, there are other things to see before you actually go down in the tunnel.

 

So, did your wife get to shoot an AK-47 :)

 

Al, that is interesting that there are other things to do there besides going inside the tunnels. Right now we only have a group of four because I'm finding most people on the cruise ship are not interested in this tour for one reason or another. I guess it would be nice to know that the tour would still be of value to someone who had a spouse that did not want to go underground (I understand the drive there is through rice fields). So, what else did you see before gong down, film, etc?

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So, did your wife get to shoot an AK-47 :)

 

Al, that is interesting that there are other things to do there besides going inside the tunnels. Right now we only have a group of four because I'm finding most people on the cruise ship are not interested in this tour for one reason or another. I guess it would be nice to know that the tour would still be of value to someone who had a spouse that did not want to go underground (I understand the drive there is through rice fields). So, what else did you see before gong down, film, etc?

 

The underground part is a VERY small part of the tour. In fact, it is the shortest portion and the most boring.

 

The drive to Cu Chi is through/adjacent to the Michelin rubber plantation. There are a few rice paddies along the way, as well as plenty of water buffaloes.

 

There are exhibit boards showing the tunnel complex with the hospitals, dining halls, sleeping quarters, etc., all laid out on the info board. There is usually a demonstration of how difficult it was to find the tunnel entrances for the US. A Vietnamese dressed as a VietCong/ARVN usually shows you how small the entry holes were and disappears into one of them right before your eyes. One of the guides (not your guide, the Cu Chi guide) points out all the pungi sticks and other traps used to guard the tunnel complex. Before you leave, there is a display and souvenir store selling snake wine, VietCong hats and clothings, etc.

 

There is only one small section of the entire tunnel complex that is "westernized". Crawling through it should NOT be a priority, IMHO. It is dirty, moldy smelling and not the real thing, anyway. The War history and the inventiveness of the VietCong is the primary reason to go to Cu Chi if you have never been there before. I go now to the shooting range to fire the mortars. DH has a couple of AK's, so even that is no fun anymore. If you know someone who was a tunnel rat during the War, you can REALLY appreciate Cu Chi. Otherwise, maybe not so much.

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So, did your wife get to shoot an AK-47 :)

 

Al, that is interesting that there are other things to do there besides going inside the tunnels. Right now we only have a group of four because I'm finding most people on the cruise ship are not interested in this tour for one reason or another. I guess it would be nice to know that the tour would still be of value to someone who had a spouse that did not want to go underground (I understand the drive there is through rice fields). So, what else did you see before gong down, film, etc?

 

 

She was shooting it at me, I was running into a tunnel. $18.00 for 10 rounds on fully automatic.

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She was shooting it at me, I was running into a tunnel. $18.00 for 10 rounds on fully automatic.

 

Too funny. 10 rounds = how many bullets? Is the range in walking distance to the tunnels?

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We have seen similar tunnels in Peking, so this time we want to do a tour on the delta mekong and to the city.

 

Smile tour is for me in the moment the agency with the best service, because I contact with other ones aswell and they didn´t help me so much than Thi.

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Too funny. 10 rounds = how many bullets? Is the range in walking distance to the tunnels?

 

 

The range is part of the whole tunnel complex, next to the gift shop in the middle.

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We have seen similar tunnels in Peking, so this time we want to do a tour on the delta mekong and to the city.

 

Smile tour is for me in the moment the agency with the best service, because I contact with other ones aswell and they didn´t help me so much than Thi.

 

 

Thi arranged everything for us in all 3 cities, the Chu Chi has more than just the crawl thru tunnels.

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Thi arranged everything for us in all 3 cities, the Chu Chi has more than just the crawl thru tunnels.

 

I dont know if I should arange aswell the Hue tour. But we have to be back at 6pm and maybe its better to do it with the ships excursions?

 

What do you think?

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I dont know if I should arange aswell the Hue tour. But we have to be back at 6pm and maybe its better to do it with the ships excursions?

 

What do you think?

 

 

Hue is up near Danang, and it was further than we could go, we went to Hui-an and danang and then to the port at Chan May

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Well, we wanted do the rivertour till Hue. I am afried to get back to the ship to late, this is the problem.

 

So I havent arranged anything.

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I dont know if I should arange aswell the Hue tour. But we have to be back at 6pm and maybe its better to do it with the ships excursions?

 

What do you think?

 

How many days do you have in HCMC?

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Hi,

 

in HCMC we are about 1 and 1/2 days, because we get there about 2pm.

 

I have got it organized, 1º day delta mekong river, 2º day city tour.

 

My problem is now Hue.

 

We arrive 7am and stay till 6pm, do you think I can take a chance to do the daytrip with smiletours? Or I have to be careful in case we dont get back to the ship at time? I dont want to loose the ship hahhaha

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Hue was probably the most overrated part of our two week Vietnam tour. Unfortunately, the Forbidden city was destroyed during the war and very little has been rebuilt. We took a "dragon boat" for a two hour cruise on the Perfume River there and visited a Pagoda, but there was not much there. If your ship is docking in Danang, I would make a visit to the Cham museum to see the world class sculptures. Also, if there is an excursion to Hoi An, I would look into that as there is so much more to see there than in Hue.

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Hi,

 

in HCMC we are about 1 and 1/2 days, because we get there about 2pm.

 

I have got it organized, 1º day delta mekong river, 2º day city tour.

 

My problem is now Hue.

 

We arrive 7am and stay till 6pm, do you think I can take a chance to do the daytrip with smiletours? Or I have to be careful in case we dont get back to the ship at time? I dont want to loose the ship hahhaha

 

Which Ship? I am confused on how you are arriving at 2:00pm and taking a tour on the Mekong River the first day from HCMC. Are you taking a bus or boat along the river? It takes 2-3 hours to get to My Tho....

 

As far as Hue, are you docking in Danang? If so, you have to decide between Hue or Hoian because they are in opposite directions. We are going to My Son and HoiAn.

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sorryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy my english is realy confusing.

 

We are on the azamara quest.

 

The day we arrive in HCMC at 2pm the smile tour will pick us up to go on the delta mekong river trip for 4h. Next day we organized a city tour. Firsto of all we wanted to do this on our own, but we dont have much time, because our ship leaves at 4pm

 

We arrive in danang thats why I wanted to do this trip on the perfume river to Hue.

Benita, you mean its not worse to go and see it? I have seen the forbidden city in Peking, so what do you think I should do? Better to go to Hoi-an?

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sorryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy my english is realy confusing.

 

We are on the azamara quest.

 

The day we arrive in HCMC at 2pm the smile tour will pick us up to go on the delta mekong river trip for 4h. Next day we organized a city tour. Firsto of all we wanted to do this on our own, but we dont have much time, because our ship leaves at 4pm

 

We arrive in danang thats why I wanted to do this trip on the perfume river to Hue.

Benita, you mean its not worse to go and see it? I have seen the forbidden city in Peking, so what do you think I should do? Better to go to Hoi-an?

 

Carmelo, please email Thi at Smile Tours to confirm what you are doing with the Mekong tour. This would be the 1.5 or 2 hours drive to My Tho where you take a small boat around the canals. Find out what time it gets dark. If you don't get going until 3:00pm and don't get there until 4:30 or 5:00pm.....I just don't understand how this is a 4 hour tour. Are you going with others on your roll call and what do they think? From the research/posts from others my understanding is that 4 hours would be almost the entire time driving there round trip.

 

Btw, your English is good but you need to be sure to include which ship and port. For example, Princess is docked something like 2 hours from HCMC where Quest is scheduled to be right there.

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ok here is the copy of the mail: I am geting a little bit nervios, because nobody understand the tour we booked hahhahaha:)

ok tell me what do you think about this:

 

 

 

Day 1 - 29 Jan: My Tho tour in the Mekong Delta

12:00 Pick up the guests inside the Pier at Saigon port in HCMC to transfer to My Tho city in the Mekong Delta.

14:00 Arrival in My Tho located on the Upper branch of the Mekong river. Get on a private boat and cruise through the river and small canals, visit local family workshops of making coconut candies and fruit orchards to see how the local people live.

17:30 Transfer back to HCMC

20:00 Enjoy the unique water puppet show for 1 hour

21:30 Back to the cruise or to a hotel down town Saigon

 

 

Day 2 – 30 Jan : HCMC Tour

08:00 Meet our guide at the pier and start to enjoy city tour in HCMC, a dynamic and charming city in Southern Vietnam, with visits to China town, the Big market (Cho Lon) and Thien Hau temple (Sea Goddess temple)

10:00 Continue city tour with visits to the Reunification Palace, the Hundred Years Red Cathedral (Notre Dame Cathedral), the Old Post Office, the Opera House, the People’s Committee Hall, Rex hotel in the city center.

11:30 Shopping at the Ben Thanh market

13:00 Transfer back to the port

13:30 Drop off at the pier

 

 

Tour inclusions:

Private modern car or van (from 2005 up), boats in My Tho, English speaking guides, entrance fees for tourist sites and water puppet show, refreshment of water and wet tissues, and permit to pick up inside the ports

 

 

Thi checked the port we arrive, so there is no problem, its about 30min. from the town.

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I personally wouldn't waste my money on the Mekong tour you have booked. You will be put in a very small boat that will go up and down the canals. This is NOT the Mekong-it is merely the small tributaries around the area. And you will have at least 5 hours of riding around in a bus/van. NOT a fun day.

 

For your arrival day, do the day tour of Saigon. Enjoy downtown Saigon at night. Shop til you drop. Maybe even go to the Sheraton or Caravelle and have dinner-the views are really great.

 

Then the following day, either take a REAL Mekong cruise such as Jade13 has booked or go to CuChi or get out in the country and see real Vietnamese life.

 

I think the first day tour you have planned leaves a LOT to be desired.

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Where did Jade book her tour, with smile?

 

The agency told us we would see villages and the people living there.

 

If I finde the tour from Jade I can have a look. I dont want to go to chu chi, because I have seen tunels in Peking.

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Carmelo, please email Thi at Smile Tours to confirm what you are doing with the Mekong tour. This would be the 1.5 or 2 hours drive to My Tho where you take a small boat around the canals. Find out what time it gets dark. If you don't get going until 3:00pm and don't get there until 4:30 or 5:00pm.....I just don't understand how this is a 4 hour tour. Are you going with others on your roll call and what do they think? From the research/posts from others my understanding is that 4 hours would be almost the entire time driving there round trip.

 

Btw, your English is good but you need to be sure to include which ship and port. For example, Princess is docked something like 2 hours from HCMC where Quest is scheduled to be right there.

 

Jade tell me please what is your tour like. Good job I didnt pay yet.

 

So let me know if you have done it with smile (i hope so) and what they call this tour to tell Thi.

 

Thanks greatam y jade for the help

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Where did Jade book her tour, with smile?

 

The agency told us we would see villages and the people living there.

 

If I finde the tour from Jade I can have a look. I dont want to go to chu chi, because I have seen tunels in Peking.

 

The tunnels in Cu Chi are NOTHING like the tunnels in Beijing. There were entire villages, hospitals, schools, etc, underground in Vietnam. The Chinese tunnels were primarily used as a transport means.

 

Cu Chi may not hold any interest for those not involved with the Vietnam War. And as I have posted, crawling through one of the "westernized" tunnels is Cu Chi is NOT that interesting other than to realize how small and claustrophobic those tunnels were and to realize that people lived underground in those tunnels for very long times.

 

Good luck finding something. Yes, you will see villages and people living there, but the "mekong tour" you are looking at is a waste of time because of the tremendous amount of time needed for traveling to/from My Tho.

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Jade tell me please what is your tour like. Good job I didnt pay yet.

 

So let me know if you have done it with smile (i hope so) and what they call this tour to tell Thi.

 

Thanks greatam y jade for the help

 

We did not book the Mekong with Smile tours. We have a group from our cruise who are chartering a motorboat from HCMC to go on the Mekong Delta. However, we are scheduled to dock at 9:00am. I was never interested in being in a bus for 2 hours each way. You need a group of 8-10 people to make this reasonable and it had to be paid in advance (not like Smile who takes cash that day)

 

I am still unclear on your cruise what time Quest is scheduled to dock in HCMC? At first I thought you said 2:00pm, but than you showed a tour picking you up at the port at 12:00pm.

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Hi everybody,

 

we arrive in HCMC at 12pm and our port is about 30min. away from the city. This is what the vietnamese agency told me, because azamara told us 2 diferent ports. Very confusing.

 

Thats why we thought to stay overnight in the town, but now we dont need to.

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sorryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy my english is realy confusing.

 

We are on the azamara quest.

 

The day we arrive in HCMC at 2pm the smile tour will pick us up to go on the delta mekong river trip for 4h. Next day we organized a city tour. Firsto of all we wanted to do this on our own, but we dont have much time, because our ship leaves at 4pm

 

We arrive in danang thats why I wanted to do this trip on the perfume river to Hue.

Benita, you mean its not worse to go and see it? I have seen the forbidden city in Peking, so what do you think I should do? Better to go to Hoi-an?

 

Hoi An is much more interesting than Hue. There is absolutely no comparison between Hue and the forbidden city in Peking. Hue used to have some fabulous buildings, but almost everything was destroyed during the war and only a couple of buildings have been restored. Hoi An has more to see and some interesting marketplaces. Also, if the ship is docked in Danang, the Cham Museum is great.

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Hoi An is much closer to Danang than Hue is to Danang. It is about 25 km. from Danang to Hoi An and another 75 km from Danang up to Hue. It was only about a 25 minute bus ride to Hoi An from the airport in Danang.

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ok I have a look in Internet if I find something interesting to do there. Thank you.

 

And I am goingo to send a mail to Thi aswell.

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