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Old Jan 14, 10, 9:07 am   #1
 
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Vietnam cruises

I'm looking at some cruises from Vietnam to Cambodia (or just around Vietnam) for later this month.

Anyone done any these? Have any recommendations? I'd like to do it on the cheap, if possible, but don't know how scuzzy low bud will get me.

Any suggestions would be appreciated! Mods, if you think I will get better answers in the Asia forum, please throw me over that way.
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Old Jan 14, 10, 10:57 am   #2
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google vietnam ferries?.....talk to a hcmc travel agent?....good luck....

edit to add....also try coastal transport.....
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Old Jan 14, 10, 6:48 pm   #3
 
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Yes, I am aware of the powers of Google. I have already searched multiple times, but the problem is, none of the cruise places tell you exactly how crappy they are! Can ya believe it?

I can't find coastal transport--is it a cruise company?
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Old Jan 22, 10, 8:42 am   #4
 
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Vacationstogo.com

If you go to Vacationstogo.com they have a neat search engine.

Find a Bargain

then in the options given, just click on Place or Port to Visit, and Select Ho Chi Minh.

A lot of cruises come up who cruise that area.

Give it a try.
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Much later... and, caveat, not a low budget operation - but reasonable for a cruise, IMO.

On a National Geographic Expedition, we took a lovely seven day river cruise on a spectacular boat, River Vessel "Tonle Pandaw" up the Mekong River from My Tho, near Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, to (nearly! the Tonle Sap was too shallow for the last reach so we took a motorized hydrofoil with shallower draft) Siem Reap, Cambodia, with many excursions to markets, temples, ethnic villages and home workshops (silk and cotton weaving primarily), fish farms, orchards and much more. As we traveled up this enormous river with nine mouths ("the river of nine dragons"), we visited villages and saw how during the war the Viet Cong could have hidden fifty feet away and nobody would have seen them - even with boats, or if they'd had them, elephants!

The boat was classic teak, spectacular service, very pleasant accommodations, excellent food, etc. etc. I was also impressed that the owner's (the Strachan family - Pandaw is incorporated in Singapore) Pandaw Charity effort supports schools and community projects wherever they operate; immediately after cyclone Nargis and the awful floods in Burma/Myanmar, Pandaw was early on the scene providing hospital boats, food, personnel etc. before many of the foreign aid agencies could react - and later providing them with mobile floating platforms to reach otherwise unreachable victims.

I can not recommend Pandaw Cruises enough for cruising the waters of Burma / Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia and Borneo. Our bucket list includes further cruising with Pandaw. History of Pandaw Cruises link.


Pandaw origins



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sister ship R/V Mekong Pandaw
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Old Apr 13, 12, 2:49 pm   #6
 
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If you stop at a fishing village as some cruises stop and put down their anchors until the travelers eat something, you will find some seafood being farmed. You can buy it and let it cooked for you free of cost on the boat.
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avoid it

If ever anybody reads this threat after that is already a year old...

We took one of those boats last year and the year before...
Some days later, people died there at night on the sinking boat.
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If ever anybody reads this threat after that is already a year old...

We took one of those boats last year and the year before...
Some days later, people died there at night on the sinking boat.
I think it is advisable to avoid the $20/night tours, but it is extremely risk adverse to avoid Halong Bay all togeather.
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