Caibe – Vinhlong – Sadec – Long Xuyen – Rach Gia
Note: Suitable for combination with Phu Quoc Beach
DAY 1: CAI BE - PHU AN - DONG HOA HIEP - VINH LONG - SA DEC
(Overnight on board “Song Xanh” sampan)
The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at around 10.30 am. Upon embarkation on your sampan you will be welcomed by your crew.
After your installation the cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.
We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the Mekong delta best sights.
On the way, stop will be made at some local home factories to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other regional specialties are made.
A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier" restaurant, a superb Indochinese house located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.
After lunch, your sampan will cruise deeper into the country side along smaller rivers and canals. Visits on the river banks will allow you to discover some fruit markets and plantations such as bananas, water melon, coconuts, longans, as well as an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Occasion will be given to establish friendly contacts with the local population.
Your sampan will proceed to Vinh Long cruising Dong Phu canal and An Binh islet famous for its fruit orchards. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people.
Crossing the large Co Chien River we will pass under the spectacular My Thuan Bridge.
We will proceed the cruise up-stream. On the banks some dark smokes will lead us to one of the biggest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where we will you have an interesting visit.
Back on board, we will proceed to Sa Dec. The town appears like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals…
While you will have a tour in town, your dinner will be prepared on board.
Your sampan will moor for night in a quiet area. Overnight on board.
DAY 2: SADEC – LONG XUYEN – ONG HO ISLAND
(Overnight on board “Song Xanh” sampan)
The breakfast will be served on board at 07am.
The day will begin with a guided visit of Sa Dec charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous…
You will also visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood…(see her famous novel “The Lover”).
Back on board your private sampan for your second day cruise in the delta.
While your sampan will proceed upstream on the Mekong river to Long Xuyen, a delicious lunch will be served on board…
Long Xuyen is a peaceful typical provincial town lying on the Mekong’s banks, dotted with an attractive floating market… In the afternoon, excursion to “Ong Ho” island to visit the museum of Ton Duc Thang, second president of Vietnam…
At the end of the day, we will organize for you an exciting evening with your dinner arranged at a local ancient house. You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional southern lifestyle, a highlight of your journey to be kept for long time in your memory…
Back on board your private sampan for the your second night on the river.
The cruise will slowly continue during the night to Rach Gia.
DAY 3: LONG XUYEN - RACH GIA
Arrival at Rach Gia, a port town located at the southern end of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand. Its main industries are fishing and agriculture.
The breakfast will be served on board at 07am (for those having a connecting flight to Phu Quoc island at 08am, breakfast will be served at 06am). End of services.
We suggest a small, lightweight daypack for cameras, extra film, and drinking water and passports & spending money (no credit card accepted on board).