"Sinh Cafe - NOT WORTH IT!!" Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Trap Tip by ronsensei

Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Traps: 64 reviews and 28 photos

Wanted to take a boat trip to the Mekong Delta, spend the night, then take a boat into Cambodia. Decided to go with a Sinh Cafe tour, after seeing lotsa good press about them, despite them being $5 more than the competition. Well, it was NOT worth it. The first day's "boat ride" was actually just an hour on the boat, and EIGHT HOURS on a bus! The free lunch was very lame (cold meat with a few veggies), free fruit was just 1 slice of pineapple, and the hotel they gave us was HORRIBLE! Dirty, old, and we had a large hole in our bathroom ceiling! The next day started nice with a personal boat ride, but then due to a Sinh Cafe mixup we were joined with another tour group and had to share 2 larger boats, 1 nice and the other not; this lead to arguing and shouting. After that was settled, we had a 3 hour boat ride, then 1.5 hours at the border, then another 3 hour boat ride (made longer to to a leak in the boat!), then ended with a 2 hour bus ride to Phnom Penh. There we needed to make a call to our hotel for free pickup, but no one would lend us a phone ("Just pay for the ride yourself!"); very rude guides. Eventually we made it to our place...2.5 hours later than planned.

Unique Suggestions: Prepare for LONG bus rides, and unfriendly staff. DON'T expect the best.

Fun Alternatives: There are at least 20 tour companies in the backpacker area, all close to each other. Just shop around for the best plan and price, and don't rely like we did on "popular equals better".

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  • Written Apr 28, 2008
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