Mekong Eyes Cruise from Saigon to Phnom Penh
Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
Departure Date: On Request
Depart from: Ho Chi Minh City
Routes: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong River - Cambodia
The Mekong Eyes combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts to become the perfect holiday vessel to cruise the Mekong Delta in style. At 39 m long and 8.5 m wide, the Mekong Eyes river cruiser was built out of an old, traditional rice barge with the finest quality wood, and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta. This tour will lead you from Vietnam to Cambodia. Enjoying 2 different cultures of 2 nations is a great experience you should have.
- View the fantastic scenery, fruit orchards, flat rice fields, and the daily life of the Mekong people on the wooden cruise. You can meet the friendly locals and also taste the local products and fruits.
- Explore Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the busiest and most lively markets of the region.
- Discover Cambodia and the famed temples of Angkor.
Day 1: Panorama Cruise (L, D)In the morning we pick you up at your hotel in Saigon and take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board your wooden river cruiser 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 the village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local products 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. The boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.
Day 2: Life on the water and floating markets (B, L, D)Wake up well rested to the sound of the River and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing. At 6.30h the 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 car 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 3-star hotel.
Day 3: Towards Cambodia (B)Ride a taxi to the pier where you embark on the speed boat for an exciting ride to Phnom Penh, your starting point for discovering Cambodia and the famed temples of Angkor.The trip ends here. 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.
Prices quoted in US$ nett per person
1 Jan – 31 Mar
1 Apr – 30 Sep
Price with Victoria hotel
Price with regular hotel
168Inclusions of the trip
Exclusions of the trip
Road transfer from Saigon
Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins and double/twin room Victoria hotel or a regular hotel in Chau Doc
Guided walk and side trip on sampan as mentioned in the itinerary
English speaking guide on the cruise boat and side trips
Private transportation (car with driver) from Can Tho / Cai Be to Chau Doc
Hotel in Chau Doc
Public speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
Transfer from the hotel in Chau Doc to the jetty for the public speed boat.
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Mineral water placed in your cabin on your cruise boat and in hotel room
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)
Drinks (except for breakfast and the mineral water in your cabin/hotel room)
Dinner in Chau Doc on the second evening