Mekong Eyes Cruise » 3 days between Saigon and Phnom Penh

Daily departures.
This tour is available with the wooden cruise vessels Mekong Eyes (15 cabins), the exclusive Dragon Eyes (2 cabins) and the private house boats Gecko Eyes (1 cabin).
Tours with Mekong Eyes and Dragon Eyes start from Can Tho to Phnom Penh via Cai Be (on odd dates, e. g. Sept 1, 3, 5, 7 etc.) or from Cai Be to Phnom Penh via Can Tho (on even dates, e. g. Sept. 2, 4, 6, 8 etc.).
Departures with Gecko Eyes are daily.
If you are staying in Saigon, we will pick you up at your hotel (district 1 and parts of district 3) and take you to the pier. The drive to / from Cai Be takes about 2 hours, to / from Can Tho approx. 4 hours.

Day 1: Panorama River Cruise
You are picked up in Ho Chi Minh Ctiy. Board your wooden river cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong River. The boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Life on the water and floating markets
Wake up well rested to the sound of the Mekong river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
Disembark the boat at around 11.00 — 11.30h on the pier and enjoy lunch in town. Sit back in the shuttle and watch the water landscape from a land perspective until you reach Chau Doc where we bring you to your hotel. Depending on your budget you can choose the famous colonial-style Victoria hotel or a family managed local 2-star hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Across the border towards Cambodia
Ride a taxi to the pier where you embark the speed boat for an exciting ride to Phnom Penh, your starting point for discovering Cambodia and the famous temples of Angkor Wat.
The trip ends here.
Meals: Breakfast

Please contact us if we can help you organise your tour to Angkor or any further trips. Of course we will also be happy to arrange your transfer back to Saigon. The suggested tours are:

  • Options in Phnom Penh
  • from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in a day
  • 3-day tour from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat
  • 4-day tour from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat

Inclusive of

  • Shuttle bus from HCMC.
  • Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabin
  • 01 night in Victoria Chau Doc Hotel with breakfast – in double or twin bedded room
  • Guided walk and side trip on sampan as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide on the cruise boat and side trips
  • Shuttle bus from Can Tho / Cai Be to Chau Doc
  • Express boat Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mineral water placed in your cabin on your cruise boat and in hotel room

Exclusive of

  • Visa fee for Cambodia (you can get a visa for Cambodia at the border crossing where the speed boat stops for immigration; for this you need to bring 20 USD and a passport photograph)
  • Private transfer from Saigon available
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses
  • Dinner in Chau Doc on the second evening
  • Others services not mentioned
  • Bank transfer fees & credit card service fees
  • Other not mentioned above

Rate per person in USD:

Travelling time 1Oct – 31 March 2016 1 April – 30 Sep 2016
Boat Per pax Single supp Per pax Single supp
Mekong Eyes $405 $202 $369 $185
Dragon Eyes $536 $268 $447 $224
Gecko Eyes $633 $316 $527 $264

* If you choose to stay at a regular hotel in Chau Doc, the price is US$ 40/person lower

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