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Authentic Mekong sampan is designed according to the traditonal sampans which have navigated on the Mekong flows. Long of 23.0 m and wide of 4 m , made of ‘’Sao’’ wood, a variety of oak, very resistant to water, well appreciated by people who spend all their life working and living on water.
For a pleasant and long cruise in comfortable conditions, the sampan is equiped with a well ventilated compartment which could be used as a diner room as well as bedroom with couchettes available for group of 2 to 16 persons maximum; besides one kitchen, couchettes with showers, one terrace on the deck, a five- person- crew included the captain, one mechanic, the chief cook, one sailor and one guide, are at your service . Passengers on Authentic Mekong will be amazed and integrated in their discovery of landscapes, of local daily life, of smiling and open hearted people of the Delta and of aquatic life anywhere they go with the sampan.
Arrival at the Mekong Delta at the end of the morning, around 10h30-11h00 A.M.
Discovery trip on a junk to a sumptuous traditional residence, former imperial residence, where the descendants of the Kiet family open their doors to you to discover the sublime interior and to cross the garden strewn with fruit trees. Tea is offered, accompanied by a tasty selection of tropical fruits.
Cruise direction to the artisanal factories of rice and coconut products: rice alcohol, puffed rice cakes, rice paper, sweets made from coconut milk.
Embarkation on Authentic Mekong with a welcome cocktail.
Lunch on board while the barge sails on the wide river in the direction of Cai thia.
Cycling along the Cai thia islands, taking pictures views of the rural activities of local life.
Participation of a cooking class that allows you to try to prepare the typical dish of the Mekong Delta: “the pumpkin flower stuffed with Mekong That Lat fish”.
Dinner and overnight on board in Sadec.
Rising up early for another nice day. We contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on boat.
Visit of a brickyard at the entrance of the Sadec city. Then, we continue to the lively Sa Dec market followed by a pleasant stroll in the direction of the old house of Mr. L’Amant, the school of Trung Vuong where the mother of Marguerite Duras was a teacher.
Discover the temple of Caodaism and the gardens of flowers and bonsai where you will find many kinds of flowers and bonsai planted in Sadec “garden of Cochinchine in the 19th century”.
Back to our boat. Lunch on board while the boat takes the cruise toward Long Xuyen through the inverted channel of Lap Vo which is bordered by magnificent scenery along the banks: flower and vegetable gardens, floating fish farms, as well as river activities…
A short walk to visit a crocodile farm where you will see the process of booking crocodiles, from very large to very small.
Back to the boat to sip an exotic aperitif at sunset on the upper deck and enjoy a traditional foot massage.
Dinner and overnight on board in Long Xuyen.
After breakfast on board, a local boat takes you to the floating market of Long Xuyen, certainly the most authentic delta. The boats on which fruit and vegetables clump together cluster on the waters to trade from the first light of day.
Walking or cycling through the villages of Ong ho Island which will allow you to understand the life of the local inhabitants, as well as visit the museum of 2nd Vietnamese President Ton Duc Thang.
Disembark for your departure around 11h00.End of our services with unforgettable memories of the Mekong.
Prices are in USD, per person.
|Hotel / Group||2 guests||3~4 guests||5~6 guests||7~8 guests||9~12 guests||Single surcharge|
• 3 days/ 2 nights private cruise on Authentic Mekong boat.
• English or French speaking guide.
• Meals as mentioned during the cruise (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
• Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program.
• Biking and sampan boat rides.
• Services of crews during the cruise on board.
• 1 complimentary foot massage on board.
• Pre-dinner drink (Aperitif).
• Visa approval in Vietnam
• Travel insurance
• Round trip transportation HCM City – Mekong
• Personal expenses : souvenirs, drinks, tips
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