OVERVIEW


Authentic Mekong sampan is designed according to the traditional sampans which have navigated on the Mekong flows. Long of 21.5 m and wide of 4 m, made of ‘’Sao’’ wood, a variety of oak, very resistant to water, well appreciated by people who spend all their life working and living on the water.
For a pleasant and long cruise in comfortable conditions, the sampan is equipped with a well-ventilated compartment which could be used as a dining room as well as bedroom with couchettes available for group of 2 to 30 persons maximum; besides one kitchen, three restrooms with showers, one terrace on the deck, a five-person- crew included the captain, one mechanic, the chief cook, one sailor and one guide, are at your service .
Passengers on the Authentic Mekong will be amazed and integrated with their discovery of landscapes, of local daily life, of smiling and open-hearted people of the Delta and of aquatic life anywhere they go with the sampan.

Technical characteristics

  • Date of conception: Oct 2010
  • Length: 23.00 m
  • Width: 4 m
  • Bedding: 2 sampans of 16 couchettes, 32passengers in total
  • Capacity: 16 passengers each boat
  • Engine: ISUZU 120 CV
  • Speed during the cruise: 15 km/h
  • Electricity on board: 220 volt, standard continental plugs
  • Lower deck: Couchettes, Kitchen
  • Upper deck: Restaurant, Bar, Terraces at the stern and at the bow
  • Adjoined to the boat: Bicycles, Motorised rowboat

Services on board

  • Crew: 5people including 1 cruise guide, 1 captain, 1 chef
  • Languages are spoken on board: English, French
  • Food: Local food
  • Beverages: Local wine, French wine and Australian wines, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, fruit juices, soft drinks, teas and coffees (drinks not included in packages)
  • Passengers services: Foot Massage
  • Activities: Cycling, Walking

ITINERARY


2 days Cai Be – Sa Dec – Cai Be

DAY 01: CAIBE – CAITHIA – SADEC(L,D)
• 10:30—11:00 reach the banks of the Mekong Delta in Cai Be.
• You embark on Le Cochinchine with a welcome drink.
• 11:15 Disembark for a pleasure bike on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards
• Return on boat
• Le Cochinchine set sails toward Sadec, a nice and quiet town overlooking Mekong river while lunch is served on the boat.
• In Sa Dec surroundings, visit the brick factories and observe the handicraft manufacturing of bricks and tiles made out of clay from rice plantations.
• In Sa Dec town, see the Cao Dai Temple, the local market, and the ancient house Huynh Thuy Le.
• Embark on a lovely walking excursion on the blossoming flower bonsai garden.
• Back on board, Le Cochinchine sails down Mekong River toward Mythuan.
• Sit back and relax on the upper deck. As the sun sets, experience a traditional herbal foot massage before enjoying an exotic pre-dinner drink.
• Dinner and night on board.

DAY 02: MYTHUAN – CAIBE (B)
• Rising up early for another nice day we contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board.
• Our boat set sails again and cruises along the Mekong while taking in orchards and gardens towards Cai Be.
• Explore Cai Be floating market on a local boat then visit local coconut and rice sweet factories,
• Embark on a pleasant walk in Dong Hoa Hiep village on the footpaths of the countryside to discover the ancient house, tropical fruit orchards, and local people’s daily activities. Sample local sweets and fruits during the trip.
• Get off in Cai Be harbor around 11.00 AM. The cruise concludes.

3 days Cai Be – Sa Dec – Long Xuyen

* Authentic Mekong cruise up or down: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Cruise Up the River: CAI BE – SA DEC – LONG XUYEN

DAY 01: CAIBE – SADEC (L,D)
• Embark Authentic Mekong sampan and welcome drink around 11h30 am.
• We take a morning junk trip to Dong Hoa Hiep Island to explore evergreen islands and visit the former Imperial residence the traditional House, where surviving members of the Kiet family will welcome us with tea, and we can wander in the fruit orchards around the house.
• Then, go ashore to visit the local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers.
• Authentic Mekong sampan boat sets sails toward Sadec while lunch is served.
• We embark on Caithia for a pleasure walk /bike on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and local people’s daily activities in Mythuan island.
• Authentic Mekong sampan moors midstream for the night in Sadec.
• Dinner and overnight on boat.

DAY 02: MY THUAN – CAIBE (B)
• Rising up early for another nice day. We contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on the boat.
• Then, we take a small boat to visit bricks and tiles kilns and the manufacture of earthenware pots on a bank of the river.
• Continue to the heart of Sade town to visit the Sadec local market, following the tracks of French novelist Marguerite Duras.
• Walks/Cycle amongst the ever blossoming Sadec flower village and local industries.
• Back to the boat and enjoy a welcome back drink while lunch is served.
• Authentic Mekong sampan set sails through the canals of Lapvo with a magnificent landscape that come along the river banks: rural walks, farming, nursering farm, fishing, boating, smiling school children all in full swing.
• Enjoy traditional herbal foot massage on the boat.
• Diner while Authentic Mekong sampan cruises towards Longxuyen

DAY 03: LONGXUYEN DEPARTURE (B)
• Breakfast on board.
• Explore the long Xuyen market, one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods.
• Visit the OngHo island – a small island by the Mekong river enjoy the scenery and walk /cycle to visit villages the island, passing by farmers, children, villagers tendering their daily load. See local farmers trading their produce on the water as they have done for centuries. You will have a unique opportunity to discover a side of Delta life that few travelers experience.
• Back to board and have the welcome back drink. Check out and disembark for your departure.

Cruise Down the River

DAY 01: LONGXUYEN – SADEC (L
• Embark on our Authentic Mekong sampan and enjoy a welcome drink at 11:30 am.
• Explore the Longxuyen market, one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods.
• Visit OngHo island, a small island in Longxuyen and enjoy the scenery and walk /cycle to visit villages the island, passing by farmers, children, villagers tendering their daily load. See local farmers trading their produce on the water as they have done for centuries. You will have a unique opportunity to discover a side of Delta life that few travelers experience.
• Back to the boat and enjoy the welcome back drink while lunch is served.
• Authentic Mekong sampan sets sails through the canals of Lapvo with a magnificent landscape that come along the river banks: rural walks, farming, nursering farm, fishing, boating, smiling school children all in full swing. Embark to explore blossoming bonsai and flowers garden and Caodai temple.
• Enjoy traditional herbal foot massage on a boat.
• Diner while Authentic Mekong sampan cruises towards Sadec.
• Authentic Mekong sampan drops anchor for the night.
• Overnight on boat

DAY 02: SADEC – CAIBE (B,L,D)
• Rising up early for another nice day. We contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board.
• A small boat takes us to visit the Sadec local market, following the tracks of French novelist Marguerite Duras.
• Visit bricks and tiles kilns and the manufacture of earthenware pots on a bank of the river.
• Authentic Mekong sampan leisure cruise down to Binh Hoa Phuoc island luch is served on the route.
• The afternoon we take a boat ride to visit Binh Hoa Phuoc with the opportunity to marvel at beautiful islands with waterway and arroyos.
• We enjoy the lush vegetation while cycling across the island and meet with people and get insight into local life.
• Return on the boat with a rest on the deck enjoying the sunset on the sundeck.
• The crew serves dinner while the Authentic Mekong sampan is cruising.
• Authentic Mekong sampan sets anchor in for the night.
• Dinner and overnight on boat.

DAY 03: CAIBE DEPARTURE (B)
• Breakfast on the boat.
• We take a morning junk trip to visit the floating market Caibe and then go to the local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers.
• We explore evergreen islands and visit the former Imperial residence the traditional House, where surviving members of the Kiet family will welcome us with tea, and we can wander in the fruit orchards around the house.
• Back to our boat and enjoy a welcome back drink.
• Check out and disembark.

 

PRICE


Price per Person

Group size 2-3 pax 4-7 pax 8-10 pax 11-30 pax
2 days Cai Be – Sa Dec – Cai Be 240 185 168 159
3 days Cai Be – Sa Dec – Long Xuyen 401 320 302 272

 

Note:
Surcharge on December 24 and December 31: usd48/ per person.
Infants under 6 years old are free of charge.
Children between 6 and 11 years old sharing cabin with their parents get a 50% discount.

INCLUDED & EXCLUDE


INCLUDE

  • 3-day cruise with stops and visits as stated* accompanied by English speaking guide
  • 2-night on board
  • Meals as mentioned during the cruise (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program
  • Biking and Cruise boat rides
  • Services of crews during the cruise on board
  • 1 Complimentary foot massage
  • Sunset cocktails

EXCLUDE

  • Land transportation from/to HCM City
  • Personal expense, souvenirs, drinks, tips
  • Service not mentioned

AUTHENTIC MEKONG CRUISE

$ 159
Destination:
Mekong Delta
Duration:
2 days / 1 night
Departure schedule:
Set Departute Dates
Departure time:
T.B.A