A two-day river cruise on the Mekong Eyes boat
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History & culture | Relaxation | River cruise
Explore the vast Mekong Delta aboard this traditional-style river cruiser. Built from an old rice barge, it's artfully decorated, uses the finest quality wood and comes with all manner of modern comforts. The ship accommodates just 30 guests in 14 comfortable rooms, each of which comes with a private bathroom, air conditioning and fantastic panoramic views. There's a dining room on the lower deck, which serves delicious local specialities and has a cosy bar, an open sitting area, a spacious sun deck and an inside lounge so you can enjoy the views even if the weather turns.
Day by day itinerary
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Mekong Delta (Cai Be)
Depart Saigon for an approximately four-hour drive to Cai Be. Board your comfortable wooden river cruise vessel around noon, and after a refreshing welcome drink get shown the on board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat will start to cruise. 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 local produce and fruits.
Go back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The day will end with a delicious on-board dinner, which you will enjoy before an overnight stay on board.
Stay: Mekong Eyes
Meals: L D
Mekong Delta (Can Tho) – Ho Chi Minh City
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 set off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying the exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, you will board a 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. You will pull up to the boats for the chance to talk and bargain with the local merchants. You will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories and cruise through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards. You will then disembark at 11:00 am, and take the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City by road.
Please note that the floating markets in Mekong Delta are not tourist markets but wholesale markets, meaning the number of boats fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand.
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Discover the best of Vietnam, taking in the country's vibrant northern capital Hanoi, the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay and the historically rich central coastal towns of Hue and Hoi An. Then, fly south Ho Chi Minh City and the magic of the Mekong Delta and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.
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