Life in the Mekong Delta mostly occurs on, by or near the water: houses are built on stilts to withstand the floods, ferries carry people and vehicles between banks and boats ply their wares on the watery highway.
We invite you to discover this river daily life on board our sampans, which are all designed as authentic traditional Delta boats using natural materials such as rattan, bamboo and exotic wood. You can choose between private and join-in cruises, ranging from a few hours to 1, 2 or 3 days.
Song Xanh Sampan, which is dedicated mainly to overnight cruises, decked out with all the amenities including one or two private cabins and a spacious bathroom.
Day 1: Saigon – Mekong Delta
This morning, meet the guide at your hotel and drive to Mekong Delta.
Welcome on board where fresh towels are served. Start to visit local home factories to observe the traditional procedure of making rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties. Proceed to Cai Be colorful floating market, cruise among local barges being full of fruits and vegetables.
Take a direction to Vinh Long and Sa Dec. Cruise upstream on Tien Giang River – one of the two largest arms of the Mekong.
Sail into a narrow canal to discover the hideaway unspoiled landscapes, luxuriant gardens and enjoy the airy atmosphere in countryside. Pass several traditional brick factories while cruising and have an interesting onsite visit to one of them. Continue the journey to Sa Dec – the little “Venice” in the Mekong Delta with numerous narrow canals and different kinds of trading activities.
Disembark at the local market place and begin your exploration in this charming Sa Dec town by walking along its narrow streets and take photos of beautiful old houses as well as Chinese temples. Stop at an ancient house dating from 1890, home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le – former “lover” of famous French novelist Marguerite Duras.
Lunch will be served on board while cruising down to Can Tho along a beautiful narrow canal. Passing several wooden “monkey bridges” and tiny typical villages before pulling a stop to visit Cao Dai Temple.
The last stop before sunset is a splendid ancient house also known as “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century. After the personal welcome of the house owner, a romantic candlelight dinner will be catered in a unique atmosphere.
After dinner, continue to proceed to Can Tho. Overnight on board.
Day 2: Mekong Delta – Saigon
The journey starts at 6:00AM with breakfast being served at 7:00AM while approaching Cai Rang floating market – the largest market in the whole Mekong Delta Region. Cruise among local barges being full of fruits and vegetables and enjoy the hustle and bustle of morning market.
The excursion ends at around 10.00AM at Ninh Kieu Pier after visiting Can Tho’s local market.
Drive back to Saigon.
What You will Enjoy from this Tour:
1-night package on Song Xanh Sampan (private cruise)
Private transfer from Saigon to Cai Be
Private transfer from Can Tho to Saigon
English speaking guide for transfers
Admission fees to the sightseeing spots as indicated
Meals on board: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 candlelight dinner (drinks are on consumption)
1 bottle of wine for 2 persons in dinner
Unlimited bottled water and cold hand-wipes during your transfers
What You will Manage on Your Own:
Crew gratuities (USD 10 / person / day is recommended)