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Mekong

Tour name : Song Xanh Sampan Cruise
Tour code : MKS-02
Highlights :
Duration : 2 Days / 1 Nights
Depart From : Cai Be
Return To : Can Tho
Departure day : Daily
Price : Call

Overivew: We have launched on last Oct 07 the first of a flotilla of 4 very unique, authentic and charming Sampans named "Song Xanh Cruise", designed for travellers looking for "private" cruise experiences in the Mekong Delta. On board, two spacious spaces of 15sqm each are equipped with beautiful bamboo and rattan furniture, creating a very charming atmosphere. A very attentive service is provided by a team of 4 crew members"

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Cai Be - Sa Dec - Can Tho (L/D)

- The cruise starts at around 10.am from our pier in Phu An hamlet located next to Cai Be town, approximately 2 hours drive south from Saigon.

- Upon embarkation on your sampan you will be welcomed by our crew. After your installation,  the cruise will begin with the visit of some local home factories where you will be able to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made. We will then proceed to Cai Be colorful floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.

- Your sampan will take direction of Vinh Long and Sa Dec, cruising upstream on the Tien Giang River, one of the two large arms of the Mekong. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remain unknown to many people.

- We will then cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations… You will disembark to take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations. Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit.

- Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals.

- You will disembark at the local market place for a guided visit of this charming town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous. Visit at an ancient house dating from 1890, home of Ong. Huyen Thuy Le, the “Lover” of Marguerite Duras famous novelist.

- Back on board your sampan, your lunch will be served while we will be cruising down to Can Tho along a beautiful narrow canal, passing under several wooden “monkey bridges” and by tiny typical villages.

- Some stops on the banks will be possible to establish contacts with the local population. A visit will be done at a Cao Daist temple.

- Before sunset, we will have our last stop on the banks arranged at a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, we will cater a candlelight dinner for you, an unforgettable experience in a unique atmosphere.

- After dinner, we will proceed the cruise for approximately one hour until Can Tho. We will moor for the night in a quiet place. Your bed will be ready for your first night on the Mekong river.

Day 2: Cai Rang - Can Tho (B)

 

- At around 06am, your sampan will slowly start cruising. Your breakfast will be served on board at approximately 07am, while approaching Cai Rang floating market, actually the largest in the whole Mekong delta. We will pass by countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fish, flowers… showing an intense activity on the river.

- Your cruise journey will end at around 10am at Ninh Kieu pier after a visit at Can Tho local market. End of the cruise and services.

Cruise Included

  • 2 Days & 1 Night cruise on private charter basis on board “Song Xanh” sampan
  • 1 lunch, 1 candlelight dinner incl.1 small btle. of wine for 2 at an ancient house
  • Breakfast on board (coffee, tea, juice, fresh yogurt, fruits, bread, butter and jam) 
  • ottles of min. water/pers./day, Vietnamese tea, Fresh fruits, Refreshing cotton towels
  • Visits mentioned as per cruise program
  • Crew assistance
  • 1 English or French speaking guide on board
  • Bicycles and “Xuong” rowing boat rides

Cruise Not Included

  • Individual Traveling Insurance
  • Personal Expenses during the cruise
  • Drinks during meals & cruise (soft drinks, beer, wine)
  • Tipping / Crew and Guide
  • Road Transportation from/to Saigon
  • Others not mentioned above


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