Authentic Sampan Tour from Long Xuyen to Cai Be
Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
Departure Date: On Request
Depart from: Ho Chi Minh City/ Chau Doc
Routes: Chau Doc - Long Xuyen - Lap Vo - Sa Dec - Binh Hoa Phuoc - Cai Be
Authentic Mekong sampan is designed according to the traditonal sampans which have navigated on the Mekong flows. Long of 23.0 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 water.
For a pleasant and long cruise in comfortable conditions, the sampan is equiped with a well ventilated compartment which could be used as a diner room as well as bedroom with couchettes available for group of 2 to 16 persons maximum; besides one kitchen, couchettes 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 Authentic Mekong will be amazed and integrated in 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.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city/Chau Doc – Long Xuyen – Lap Vo – Sa Dec (L, D)Option1: 07: 30am Our driver will pick you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city and depart for Long Xuyen.Option 2: 08: 00am Our driver will pick you up at your hotel in Chau Doc and depart for Long Xuyen.Embark on our Authentic Mekong Sampan at the pier in Long Xuyen and enjoy a welcome drink at 11: 30
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 Cu Lao Ong Ho a small Island in Long Xuyen 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 travellers experience. Back to boat and enjoy welcome back drink while lunch is served. Authentic Mekong Sampan set sails through the canals of Lap Vo 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 Cao Dai temple. Enjoy traditional herbal foot massage on boat. Diner and while Authentic Mekong Sampan cruises towards Sa Dec. Authentic Mekong Sampan drops anchor for the night. Diner et overnight on boat.
Day 2: Sa Dec – Binh Hoa Phuoc – Cai Be (B, L, D)Rising up early for another nice day we contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board.
A small boat take us to visit the Sa Dec 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 river. Authentic Mekong Sampan leisure cruise down to Binh Hoa Phuoc island luch is served on route. Afternoon we take a boat ride to visit Binh Hoa Phuoc with opportunity to marvel at beautiful islands with enderless 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 boat with a rest on the deck enjoying the sunset on sundeck. The crew serves dinner while the Authentic Mekong Sampan is cruising. Authentic Mekong Sampan sets anchor in for the night. Overnight on boat.
Day 3: Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh city (B)Breakfast on the boat. We take a morning junk trip to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colourful port area, with its colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens and 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 welcome back drink. Check out and disembark.Then our driver will pick up and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. Drop you off at your hotel. End of services.
Prices quoted in US$ nett per person
2 – 3
4 – 7
8 – 10
11 – 16
305Inclusions of the trip
Exclusions of the trip
3-day cruise with stops and visits as stated* accompanied by English and or/ French 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
Land transportation from/to Saigon
Personal expenses: souvenirs, drinks, tips
Service not mentioned
Infants under 5 years old are free of charge.
Children between 6 and 11 years old sharing cabin with their parents get a 50% discount.