|Tour price:US$ 236 – US$ 281
Duration: 03 days/ 02 nights
Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Dong Hoa Hiep – Vinh Long
Song Xanh Sampan launched in November is a new cruise to discover the Mekong Delta. This small boat equipped with a private toilet removable beds offers 2 days/ 1 night and 3 days/2 nights cruise, guests will be led to smaller rivers and canals, discovering life of local people on the river as well as on the land: floating markets, to orchards, local school and fruit production factories. Song Xanh will trace from Cai Be to various provinces in Mekong Delta such as Chau Doc, Rach Gia, Vinh Long, Sa Dec, Long Xuyen.
Morning pick up from hotel around 7:30 am, departure for Cai Be, the heart of the Mekong delta.
The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at around 10.30 am.
Upon embarkation on your sampan-hotel, you will be welcomed with fresh cotton towels.
After your installation, the cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer. On the way, stop will be made at some local home factories to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other regional specialties are made.
A delicious lunch will await you at “Le Longanier” restaurant, a superb Indochinese house located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.
After lunch, your sampan will cruise deeper into the country side along smaller rivers and canals. Visits on the river banks will allow you to discover some fruit markets and plantations such as bananas, water melon, coconuts, longans, as well as an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Occasion will be given to establish friendly contacts with the local population.
Your sampan will proceed to Vinh Long cruising along Dong Phu canal and An Binh islet famous for its fruits orchards. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people. Crossing the large Co Chien River we will pass under the spectacular My Thuan Bridge. We will proceed the cruise up-stream. On the banks, some dark smokes will lead us to one of the biggest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where we will you have an interesting visit. Back on board, we will proceed to Sa Dec. The town appears like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals… Your sampan will moor for night. While you will have a tour in town, your dinner will be prepared on board.
Accommodation on Song Xanh Sampan cruise
Meals included: Lunch/ Dinner
The day will begin with a guided visit of Sa Dec charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous… You will also visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (see her famous novel “The Lover”).
Back on board your private sampan for your second day cruise in the delta.
While your sampan will proceed upstream on the Mekong river to Long Xuyen, a delicious lunch will be served on board… Long Xuyen is a peaceful typical provincial town lying on the Mekong’s banks, dotted with an attractive floating market… In the afternoon, excursion to “Ong Ho” island to visit the museum of Ton Duc Thang, second president of Vietnam.
At the end of the day, we will organize for you an exciting evening with your dinner arranged at a local house. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional southern lifestyle, a highlight of your journey to be kept for long time in your memory.
Back on board your private sampan for the second night on the river. The cruise will slowly continue during the night to Rach Gia.
Accommodation on Song Xanh Sampan cruise
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Arrival at Rach Gia, a port town located at the southern end of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand. Its main industries are fishing and agriculture.
The breakfast will be served on board at 07am (for those having a connecting flight to Phu Quoc island at 08am, breakfast will be served at 06am).
In Rach Gia, there are several places of interest including Ha Tien about 100km north-west which has some unusual limestone formations. Many of the rock formations have caves that have been turned into temples.
Meals included: Breakfast
|CRUISE RATE||PRICE PER PERSON IN US$ IN TWIN SHARED CABIN (valid until 31 Oct 2011)
|2 guests||3-4 guests||5-6 guests|
|4 seat car||US$ 84.00 per car|
|7 seat car||US$ 92.00 per car|
|16 seat van||US$ 98.00 per car|