Starting either from Cai Be or Can Tho, our two-day cruises provide deeper insight into life in the Mekong Delta. Stop in Sa Dec, a quaint town at the crossroads of several cultures – Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer and French. Discover homes featuring turn-of-the-century architecture, a reminder of the Indochina of yesteryear as you explore this town which was the setting of Marguerite Duras’ novel and subsequent film, “The Lover”. A wonderfully scenic alternative to road travel, cruise aboard the Song Xanh sampan on an overnight journey from Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta, to Cai Be, gateway to Ho Chi Minh City. Observe life lived on and by the water from the unique perspective of sampan and rowboat, with shore excursions to visit historic homes, colourful temples, and local cottage industries, ending with a beautifully-prepared lunch in a colonial-era inspired plantation home.
SONG XANH SAMPANS
02 cabin (2-4 pax): 1 bedroom, 1 living room transformed into 1 more bedroom at night, 1 shared bathroom with WC, lavabo and shower, 1 sundeck at the back where chairs, tables, and meals or drinks can be served.
03 cabin (4-6 pax): 2 bedroom, 1 living room transformed into 1 more bedroom at night, 1 shared bathroom with WC, lavabo and shower, 1 sundeck at the back where chairs, tables, and meals or drinks can be served.
Day 1. Can Tho - Sadec
Meet at the Victoria Can Tho Resort jetty at 10:00 am. Your crew welcomes you onboard your private sampan with cold towels and a refreshing drink. Cruise the waterways of the Mekong Delta, observing villagers going about their daily activities against picturesque landscapes while your attentive crew serves tea and seasonal fruit. Sail past local barges laden with produce from the Delta as you enjoy lunch on board, with the mighty Hau River as a backdrop, one of the two largest arms of the Mekong. Transfer to a small rowboat to better explore the beautiful waterways and peaceful villages. Visit the historic house of “The Lover”, a real-life character in the acclaimed novel and film by Marguerite Duras, where dinner is served. Enjoy your night on board the Song Xanh, on the Tien River.
Day 2. Sadec - Cai Be
Begin cruising in the early morning hours at about 6:30 am, just as the villages begin to stir and children get ready for school. After a leisurely breakfast on board, our first shore excursion visits a colorful Cao Dai temple and a small brick factory. Arriving at Cai Be, step ashore to visit local cottage industries that utilize products from the Delta like rice and coconuts to make tasty snacks including puffed rice and chewy coconut candy. Our cruise ends at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite riverside colonial-style villa set in lush tropical gardens and surrounded by fruit plantations, a throwback to the elegant lifestyle enjoyed by a privileged few in Indochinese times.
Notes: Actual itinerary may vary depending upon river tide, arrival time or other conditions.