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Song Xanh Sampan
Authentic and charming Sampans named "Song Xanh Cruise", designed for travellers looking for "private" cruise experiences in the Mekong Delta (Mekong Delta boat trip). 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.
SONG XANH SAMPAN MEKONG CRUISE 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT
Day 1: Sai Gon - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Can Tho (L/ D)
At 08:00 Pick you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer you to Cai Be - approximately 2 hours drive south from Saigon.
10.00: get welcome onboard.
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 and of 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.
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.
Overnight onboard Song Xanh cruise Mekong.
Day 2: Cai Rang - Can Tho - Sai Gon (B)
At around 6:00, your sampan will slowly start cruising.
Your breakfast will be served on board at 07:00 while approaching Cai Rang Floating Market actually still the largest in the whole Mekong delta.
We will pass by countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers… showing an intense activity on the river. Your cruise journey will end at around 10:00 at Ninh Kieu pier after a visit at Can Tho local market. Drive to Saigon. at your hotel. Tour ends and serve you next time.
During the cruise, fresh cotton towels, hot green tea, mineral water and exotic seasonal fruits will be served on board free of charge.
Drive back to Saigon (transportation not included in cabin price). Tour ends.
SONG XANH SAMPAN MEKONG CRUISE 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS
Day 1: Cai Be - Phu An - Dong Hoa Diep - Vinh Long - Sa Dec (L/ D)
Start at Cai Be Town Pier: 10.00 AM. Welcome on board and fresh towels are served. Journey begins with the visit to Cai Be colorful floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Visit to Ancient Mandarin House dating from 1890 with personal welcome by the House Owner. Stop at local home factories to observe the traditional procedure of making rice ice paste, coconut candies and other specialties.
Proceed to Phu An Hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta has to offer. Lunch at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located by the River, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations. Cruise on Tien Giang River and embark on a small beautiful canal through water hyacinth plantations, followed by rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantation. Visit further on the banks and visit one of the largest artisanal brick factory. Sa Dec Town appears as little “Venice” in the Mekong Delta with numerous narrow canals, and different kinds of trading activities.
Disembark for a very interesting visit at a beautiful ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century, home of Ong Huynh Thuy Le, former “lover” of famous French novelist Marguerite Duras. A delicious dinner shall be served on board. Enjoy the first night on Mekong River.
Day 2: Sa Dec - Long Xuyen - Ong Ho island (B/ L/ D)
On-board breakfast at 7.00 AM.
Begins to explore this charming Sa Dec town by walking along its narrow streets and take photos of beautiful old French houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century.You will also visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where famous French writer Marguerite Duras (author of "The lover") went to.
Back on board and start cruising along the Mekong River. Lunch shall be served on board while proceeding upstream to Long Xuyen, a peaceful typical provincial town in the Mekong Delta dotted with an attractive floating market. In the afternoon, excursion to “Ong Ho” island to visit Ton Duc Thang museum, the second president of Vietnam.
A special candlelight dinner will be catered in an unique atmosphere of a local ancient house where you can share experiences with family members and learn about traditional southern lifestyle.Back on board, starts cruising to Rach Gia.
Overnight on board.
Day 3: Long Xuyen - Rach Gia (B)
Arrival at Rach Gia, the capital city of Kien Giang province, located on the coast of Gulf of Thailand. The trading goods in this region are particularly fish, agricultural products and smuggled goods from Cambodia and Thailand.
On-board breakfast at 7.00 AM before the excursion ends (for any guest who has a connecting flight Phu Quoc island at 8.00 AM, breakfast shall be served at 6.00 AM).
In Rach Gia, there are several places of interest including Ha Tien about 100km north-west which has some unusual limestone formations.
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