Mekong Tour – Song Xanh Sampan 2 days 1 night

 

Destinations : Mekong DeltaMekong Tour - Song Xanh Sampan 2 days 1 night
Start from : Ho Chi Minh city
Finish in : Ho Chi Minh city

Highlights:
– Explore the canal network of Mekong Delta
– Enjoy the senses of the a little “Venice” and floating market
– Experience the culture and taste the typical foods with special cuisines.
– Have an opportunity for tourists to meet locals
– Cruising cross with numerous narrow canals

Itinerary:

DAY 1 CAI BE – SA DEC – CAN THO (L,D)
About 8.00am, you are picked up at hotel by our driver to transfer to Cai Be. The cruise starts at around 10.am from our pier in Phu An hamlet located next to Cai Be town. 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. 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. Here your driver is waiting for your transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.

End of the cruise and services.

The cruise program can be reversed starting from Can Tho & ending in Cai Be
(with supplement 15 USD/person)

*During the cruise, fresh cotton towerls, exotic seasonal fruits, hot green tea and two bottles of water will be served daily free.

Included:

  • 2 Days cruise on private charter basis.
  • English crew assistance
  • Experienced English/French speaking-biking guides on board
  • Entrance fees
  • Bicycles and “Xuong” Rowing boat rides
  • Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
  • Service charges, taxes and bank fees if paying by credit cards

Excluded:

  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Other private expenses
  • All services not clearly included.
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