A two-day private river cruise aboard the Gecko Eyes
History & culture | River cruise
A fantastic two-day private river cruise on the Mekong Delta. This tour gives you the experience of an exclusive private river cruise, as you will sail on the Mekong in Gecko Eyes, a classically designed houseboat made with woods carved by local craftsmen. Highlights of the cruise include meeting the locals, tasting local fruits and produce, and bartering with merchants at the vibrant Cai Rang floating market.
Day by day itinerary
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Mekong Delta (Gecko cruise)
In the morning, depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and drive for approximately four hours to Cai Be. When you arrive, you'll board the comfortable private Gecko Eyes around noon, and after a refreshing welcome drink you'll be shown the on-board facilities and cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the cruise will begin. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon, disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the fresh produce and fruits. Afterwards, re-board your vessel, enjoy a drink at the bar and relax on the deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong River. Then, your cruise boat will anchor for the night, and the day will end with a delicious on-board dinner.
Stay: Gecko Eyes
Meals: L D
Mekong Delta (Can Tho) - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Wake up well-rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6:30 am you will set 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, you'll board a traditional sampan boat to Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively market. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. Gecko Eyes will pull up alongside the boats giving you the opportunity to haggle with the merchants. You will also then visit some local candy and cake making factories or cruise through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship building yards.
Disembark at 11:00 am and travel by road back to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
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Discover the best of Vietnam, taking in vibrant Hanoi, the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay and the culturally rich towns of Hue and Hoi An. Then, fly south to explore the magic of the Mekong Delta and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.
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Book by: 20 February 2023
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