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Authentic Cruise

Category: Mekong Delta Cruises

Duration: 2 & 3 days

Depart From: Cai Be Return To: Cai Be

Price from 214 $US

General Information

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.  

Cruising with Authentic Mekong 

Authentic Mekong allows a wide range of routes throughout the Delta, as it can sail on waterways usually  inaccessible  to  most  cruising  boats.  It  perfectly  lends  itself  to  tailor-made  journeys,  in accordance with travelers' wishes or for special occasions. On board Authentic Mekong passengers get  a  genuine  insight  into  the  Delta.  Cruises  result  from  a  spacious  setting  of  a  river  barge inspired  in  tradition  and  an  authentic  way  of  exploring  the  Mekong  Delta.  Authentic  Mekong brings you upclose this unique natural environment and gives you a glimpse at the lives of local people. An enchanting voyage in strict privacy immersed in the life of an exceptional river.

Location

Places  Mekong Delta (Cai Be, Sa Dec, Lonxuyen, Caolanh  Chau Doc, etc.)

Base station  Cái Bè, Tien Giang Province

Distance from/to Ho Chi Minh City: 120 km

Distance  from /to HCM International Airport: 130 km

Transportation  Shuttle  bus  from/to  Ho  Chi  Minh    can  be  arranged  at additional cost.

 

Technical characteristics

Date of conception  Oct 2010

Length  23.00 m

Width  4 m

Bedding  2 sampans of 16 couchettes,  32passengers in total

Capacity  16 passengers each boat

Engine  ISUZU 120 CV

Speed during the cruise  15 km/h

Electricity on board  220  volt,  standard  continental  plugs,  adapters  on

request

 

Facilities

Lower deck  Berth , Kitchen

Upper deck  Restaurant

Open Bar

Terraces at the stern and at the bow

Adjoined to the boat  Bicycles

Motorised row boat

DAY 1: CAI BE – CAI THIA – SA DEC (L, D)

10h30-11h00 A.M: reach the banks of the Mekong Delta in Caibe. Embark on Authentic with a welcome drink.

Cycling along the islands of Caithia, taking picturesque views of rural activities.

Return on boat. Authentic Mekong sets sails toward Sadec, a nice and quiet town overlooking Mekong river while lunch is served on boat.

At noon: Back on board, lunch is served during a cruise to Sadec - a charming village where still traces of French novelist Marguerite Duras.

On arrival, we visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le –the house of the lover of Marguerite Duras which makes you surprised by its original architecture.

After, transfer to the floriculture village and temple of Caodaism.

Return to our boat to savor a foot massage served on the upper deck while enjoying an exotic pre-dinner drink.

Do not forget to take part in the cooking course on board which allows you to try to make the specific dish of the Mekong Delta: "The pumpkin flower stuffed with fish from the Mekong".

Dinner and night on board.

 

DAY 2: MY THUAN – CAI BE (B)

Rising up early for another nice day we contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board.

Our boat set sails again and cruises along the Mekong while taking in orchards and gardens toward Caibe. Explore Caibe floating market on a local boat then visit local coconut and rice sweet factories.

We continue to explore evergreen islands and visit the former Imperial residence the traditional House, where surviving members of the Kiet family will welcome us with tea, and we may wander in the fruit orchards around the house.

Get off in Cai Be harbour around 11h00 A.M. The cruise concludes.

 

 

SERVICES INCLUDED

• 2days/ 1 night private cruiseon 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).

 

SERVICES EXCLUDED

• Visa approval in Vietnam

• Travel insurance

• Roundtrip transportation HCM City - Mekong

• Personal expenses : souvenirs, drinks, tips

 

NOTES

• The program is subject to change due to unpredictable events such as the vagaries of the weather and tide variations.

• Infants under 6 years-old sharing cabin with their parents are free of charge.

• Children from 6 to 11 years-old get a 50% discount of boat price.

UPSTREAM: CAI BE – SA DEC – LONG XUYEN

 

DAY 1: CAIBE – SA DEC (L, D) 

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 Caithia.

Cycling along the Caithia 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.

 

DAY 2: SA DEC - LONG XUYEN (B, L, D)

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 Trungvuong 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 Longxuyen through the inverted channel of Lap Vo which is bordered by magnificent scenery along the banks: flower and vegetablegardens, 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 aperitifat sunset on the upper deckand enjoy a traditional foot massage.

Dinner and overnight on board in Longxuyen.

 

DAY 3: LONG XUYEN DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast on board, a local boat takes you to the floating market of Longxuyen, 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 Ongho 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.

 

 

 

 

SERVICES INCLUDED

• 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).

 

SERVICES EXCLUDED

• Visa approval in Vietnam

• Travel insurance

• Roundtrip transportation HCM City - Mekong

• Personal expenses : souvenirs, drinks, tips

 

NOTES

• The program is subject to change due to unpredictable events such as the vagaries of the weather and tide variations.

• Infants under 6 years-old sharing cabin with their parents are free of charge.

• Children from 6 to 11 years-old get a 50% discount of boat price.

 

DOWNSTREAM: LONG XUYEN – SA DEC – CAI BE

 

DAY 1: LONG XUYEN – SA DEC (L, D)

Embark on our Authentic Mekong sampanaround 11:00A.M and enjoy a welcome drink.

Transfer by a local boat to visit Longxuyen floating market which is undoubtedly the most authentic of the Mekong Delta. Back to boat to have lunch.

Visit Ong Ho Island, a small island in Longxuyen, enjoy the scenery and walk/ cycle to visit villages on the island. See local farmers trading their produce on the water as they have done for centuries. You will have a unique opportunity to discover a side of Delta life. Visit the museum of 2nd Vietnamese President Ton Duc Thang.

A short walk to visit a crocodile farm where you will see the process of booking crocodiles, from very large to very small.

Come back to our boat to enjoy traditional herbal foot massage.

Dinner while the boat cruises toward Sadec.

Authentic Mekong sampan drops anchor for the night. Overnight on boat.

 

DAY 2: SA DEC – MY THUAN – CAI BE (B, L, D)

Rising up early for another nice day. We contemplate sunrise while having breakfast on board.

A new day of discovery begins with the visit of a brickworks at the entrance of the Sadec city. The local boat will take you to the heart of the city where you will visit the local market of Sa Dec, the old house of Mr.Huỳnh Thủy Lê (Mr.L'Amant), TrungVuong primary school which was the workplace of Marguerite Duras’s mother, the temple of Caodaism-a new religion of the South Western Vietnam, walk in the flowers and bonsaiof the city.

Back toAuthentic sampan for lunch on board.

Our boat continues its journey on the river Tien towards Mythuan where you will take a bike ride along the islands of Caithia to the island of Binhhoaphuoc, through the fruit orchards and fruit gardens.

Back to the boat, leisure time at sunset on the upper deck.

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 boat.

 

DAY 3:  CAI BE DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast on the boat.

Check-out Le Cochinchine boat, say “goodbye” to our friendly staff, we transfer you by a local boat for exploring Caibe floating market,local pop-rice, coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers.

We continue to explore evergreen islands and visit the former Imperial residence the traditional House, where surviving members of the Kiet family will welcome us with tea, and we can wander in the fruit orchards around the house.

Disembark in Caibe around 11:00 A.M. End of our services.

 

 

 

SERVICES INCLUDED

• 3 days/ 2 nightsprivate cruiseon 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).

 

SERVICES EXCLUDED

• Visa approval in Vietnam

• Travel insurance

• Roundtrip transportation HCM City - Mekong

• Personal expenses : souvenirs, drinks, tips

 

NOTES

• The program is subject to change due to unpredictable events such as the vagaries of the weather and tide variations.

• Infants under 6 years-old sharing cabin with their parents are free of charge.

• Children from 6 to 11 years-old get a 50% discount of boat price.

ITINERARY: CAI BE – VINH LONG –BEN TRE – MY THO – CAI BE

 

DAY 1: SAIGON – CAIBE – VINH LONG (L, D) 

11h00 A.M: Welcome you at Café du Mékong.

Boarding on Authentic Mekong Sampan boat for a welcome drink and check-in.

Cycling or hiking all along the Mekong from Caithia to My Thuan which helps you to explore the daily life of the locals and contemplate the beautiful scenery of the countryside. A stop on the way to visit the garden, the old brickyard or the old house of the village.

Return to our boat for lunch.

The boat continues towards the Cochien River where you will take a short tour in the brickyards which are considered "the red capital of the province of Vinhlong".

After a bike or walk, you will return to the boat to enjoy a therapeutic massage on the upper deck by taking a cocktail in the beautiful Mekong scenery.

Dinner and overnight on board.

 

DAY 2: CHO LACH – BEN TRE– MY THO – CAI BE (B, L, D)

The sunrise on the Mekong will give you unforgettable impressions if you may get up early in the morning to contemplate it.

During breakfast, our boat will cruise to the Cholach canal where you may see flower gardens and bonsai bordered by the canal.

Disembarkation for a visit by bike or on foot through the flower gardens and bonsai. You will have the opportunity to learn how to plant flowers and bonsai.

Back to the boat. The boat sails in the direction of Bentre.

Under the shade of the rows of coconut trees, a local boat welcomes you for the discovery of Bentre by visiting: the bee farm, the local market, a trolley ride in the village, a craft workshop, and listening to the traditional music of South Vietnam...

Return on board. On your way to Caibe, you will take part in a cooking class which will give you the opportunity to make the typical dish of the Mekong Delta: "The pumpkin flower stuffed with fish from the Mekong".

Dinner and overnight on board in Caibe.

 

DAY 3:  CAI BE DEPARTURE (B, L)

After breakfast, you leave for the visit of Caibe.

Taking a rowing boat (3 people on a boat) for the discovery of the nature of Caibe through orchards of longan, mango, star apple trees…

Continuation to the Caibe market which is not very big but very specific because it presents a typical pattern of commerce of the aquatic region.

Visit the ancient house of a mandarin -Mr. Kiet in the colonial era give you leave to understand the typical architecture of the garden house of South Western Vietnam at that time.

11h00 A.M: Landing at Café du Mékong where you will have lunch before leaving for Saigon. End of our services.

 

 

SERVICES INCLUDED

• 3 days/ 2 nights private cruiseon 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).

 

SERVICES EXCLUDED

• Visa approval in Vietnam

• Travel insurance

• Roundtrip transportation HCM City - Mekong

• Personal expenses : souvenirs, drinks, tips

 

NOTES

• The program is subject to change due to unpredictable events such as the vagaries of the weather and tide variations.

• Infants under 6 years-old sharing cabin with their parents are free of charge.

• Children from 6 to 11 years-old get a 50% discount of boat price.

Prices: in USD, per person, based on double/ twin sharing, valid from 01 Jan. 2017 To 31 Oct. 2017

No. Authentic Mekong charter boat Price In USD & per person excluded 10% VAT
  Programs Departure 2-3pax 4-7pax 8–10pax 11-30pax
1 3 days 2 night Fri,Wed,Mon 356 285 267 240
2 2 days 1 night 214 167 151 142

 

Rate inclusion

Accommodation

Welcome cocktail

Excursion entrance fees

Meals as per program

Boat ride

Biking for sightseeing

Aperitif

English /French speaking on board

Complimentary herbal foot massage on boat, service charge.

 

Rate exclusion

10 % Value Added Tax (VAT)

City transfer

Visa application

Beverages

And items excluded in rates inclusion

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