Get to know Mr. Tri Nguyen, Heritage Line’s most experienced tour guide aboard The Jahan and Jayavarman, our two luxury cruisers plying the Mekong River.  Mr. Tri (pronounced like the English word ‘tree’) comes from a small province in the Mekong Delta, quite close to the Cambodian border. “Life follows an easy routine and daily cycle here in the Delta”, he said, “most of the people are farmers or fishermen, they get up very early, have steamed rice for breakfast, go to work for the whole day and in the evening go to bed early.”

After his graduation in English studies, Mr. Tri gathered country-wide destination expertise as a tour guide in Vietnam. He is one of the first timers with Heritage Line when joining the company in 2010.  During the seven years with Heritage Line, he met thousands of passengers and guided hundreds of cruises as leading tour guide on board. Furthermore, he took a major role in the development of our unique on-shore excursions. He really enjoys working as a tour guide on the weekly departing cruises. “That may sound like a lot of routine but in fact it is the opposite. Even when visiting the same villages or places for several times, it’s always a different approach. The tourism in the Mekong Delta is about life and people, they play the key role. The everyday life they live, the goods they produce, the circumstances they are in and the emotions they show are so diverse that every trip has its real distinctiveness”, Tri expressed passionately in his perfect English.

And, Mr. Tri has friends almost in every corner of the Mekong Delta. “The villagers are like my family. We exchange different topics each time we meet which I share again with our guests then. That creates a true moment of uniqueness and the passengers sense that nothing is set up or staged. It’s a fond and spontaneous interaction with the local people”.

We at Heritage Line believe that Mr. Tri is one of our important mosaic stones contributing perhaps the most essential component to our cruise experiences: authenticity. Besides, Mr. Tri is also our scout in the Delta, investigating new ideas for our cruise programs. We can whistle-blow that he and the team are working on some improved excursions in Cai Be and Chau Doc. Stay tuned.