Duration: 2 Days/1 Night
Price from: $269
Enjoy 2 days/1 night cruise on Song Xanh sampan will give you unforgettable travel experiences and you discover the delights of Mekong delta off-beaten-truck. Song Xanh Cruise is appreciated as the most luxury private boat cruising on Mekong River
Day 1: Saigon – Cai Be - Sa Dec - Can Tho (-/L/D)
08h00AM meet our driver at the lobby of your hotel. Depart for Caibe, Vinh Long Province.
The excursion 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 sampan, you are welcome by our crew. After your installation, the cruise begins with the visit of some local home factories where you have chance 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 takes direction of Vinh Long and Sa Dec, cruising upstream on 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, crisis-crossed with countless arroyos, and remain unknown to many people.
We cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations…You 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 appears like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals. You 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.
Your lunch is served to you at an ancient house dating back to 1890, home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the “Lover” of Marguerite Duras famous writer. (novel and movie “The Lover”)
Back on board your sampan, you enjoy 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. Visit a Cao Dai temple.
Before sunset, we have our last stop on the banks arranged at a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating in the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, you have a candlelight dinner which makes an unforgettable experience in a unique atmosphere.
After dinner, we continue our cruise for approximately one hour to Can Tho. We will anchor for overnight in a quiet place. Your bed will be ready for your night on the Mekong river.
Day 2: Can Tho – depart – Saigon (B/-/-)
At around 06:00am, your sampan starts cruising slowly.
Your breakfast will be served on board at 07:00am while approaching Cai Rang floating market actually that is still the largest in the whole Mekong delta.
We pass by countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fish, flowers…showing an intense activity on the river.
Your cruise journey ends at around 10.am at Ninh Kieu pier after a visit at Can Tho local market.
Meet our driver at Ninh Kieu Pier and drive back to Saigon. Drop off at your hotel in Saigon. End of services.
Prices: from $175 pp. Please contact our Travel Specialist to get best available rates
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