This tour is most likely the most adventure one can have in the Mekong tour. You and your party will travel via your own private Sampan and explore the beautiful canals and waterways away from all the crowds. Your days will be spent making stops in interesting spots and sightseeing from the comfort of your lounger or gently swinging hammock. Lunches will be served on the boat and every evening you will finish in an interesting city where you can find good local foods and get a good nights sleep in in a nice hotel.
** Note** This tour is also available in a reverse direction to end in Saigon
Day 1/ Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long (Lunch & diner are included)
08:00 am Driver will pick up at your hotel lobby. We will enjoy a scenic drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be well-known for its floating market. Here we will board your private boat with your tour guide and cruise the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. A local Bonsai gardener will prepare a sumptuous lunch, featuring a popular dish of ‘Elephant ear fish’. With bellies full we will continue our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Towards the end of the day we arrive at a house is built on stilts over the water. There will still be some time for those who wish to bike around the village enjoying the big smiles and hello’s from the local people. A local family will be our hosts for the night. Those who wish will be able to participate in a free cooking class to prepare the evening meal.
Home-stay in Vinh Long
Day 2/ Vinh Long – Sa Dec – Long Xuyen (Breakfast & Lunch are included)
We will make our way up the less traveled branches of the mighty Mekong River taking in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Along the route, we will stop and learn about local industry such as brick manufacturing, coconut products, and visit fruit orchards. Arrival at Sa Dec, You will 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”)
A picnic lunch will be provided on board in an area of natural beauty away from the hustle and bustle of civilization and we can enjoy the natural surroundings. The afternoon will have us continue up the Mekong stopping at other areas of interest. In the late afternoon we will arrive at Long Xuyen which is a typically peaceful provincial town lying on the Mekong’s banks, dotted with an attractive floating market. Check in hotel. Overnight in Long Xuyen. (optional -You might join with the guide to explore local delicacies)
Day 3/ Long Xuyen – Chau Doc (Breakfast & Lunch are included)
After breakfast – we will visit the Long Xuyen floating market “it is amongst the biggest markets on the river which is not yet discovered by heavy tourism.” Our Sampan will continue up the river offering us glimpses of river life and offering interesting landscapes. Today we will enjoy a lunch onboard prepared with traditional dishes enjoyed by the Mekong natives and after lunch time will be spent discovering the ways of a local Muslim Village. We will visit fish farms on the river and be amazed by the feeding frenzy at feeding time. The Mekong adventure will end with your arriving at your hotel. Overnight in Chau Doc. (optional -You might join with the guide to explore local delicacies)
Day 4/ Chau Doc – Phnom Phenh (Breakfast is included)
Express boat to Phnom Penh at 7:30am. All arrangements for your transfer to the hydrofoil for your trip to Phomn Penh will be pre-arranged and we will part ways hopefully to meet again someday.
End of services.
Private air-conditioned vehicle (HCMC to Cai Be)
Local English speaking guide (from Cai Be to the end of tour)
Hotel accommodations as indicated (twin/double room) with breakfast
Meals (excluding drinks) as specified program
Private boat fee & sightseeing fee as specified all along Mekong
Hydrofoil ticket Chau Doc / Phnom Penh
Complimentary bottle of mineral water per person per day tour
Drinks – Private expenses
Other services not mentioned
Tips and Gratuities