On the Mekong: Sa Dec, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle.
One of our readers asked about tours and whether they were crowded. They were not. La Marguerite carries 92 passengers. For tours, we split into three groups, meaning there were about 30 people in each group. Thirty is not a small group, but it’s not a large one either.
Passengers who I spoke with said the tours were well-organized, and I agree. We always had a tour guide and a couple of assistants. One of the assistants stayed at the back of the group in case anyone lingered, in markets, for example. The assistants (and tour guide) were helpful if we needed to communicate with the market vendors.
There was never any problem hearing the guide, or understanding him. Our cruise director/guide was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. As a group, we marveled at his knowledge, enthusiasm, attention and way of communicating. Thoai certainly added to and enhanced our cruise experience.
The other great thing about the tours was that we typically traveled by an open-air boat. Doing so allowed us to observe the traffic on the river, taking in sights such as the one pictured above, a boat moving rice to the market.
Occasionally, we traveled by motorcoach, and these were roomy and comfortable, always air-conditioned. In Cambodia, be sure to hail a tuk-tuk and pay no more than $1 per person for short rides (up to 10 minutes).