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Lan Diep Cruise

Category: Mekong Delta Cruises

Duration: 3, & 8 days

Depart From: Ho Chi Minh City Return To: Siem Reap

Price from 615 $US

The Lan Diep is 22 cabin river vessel, inspired by the Mekong’s ancient tradition of river boat building.

This vessel is spacious, luxurious and oozes quality. Lan Diep’s strong metallic hull is gently embedded in an exquisite wood colonial-styled finishing. Like its sister vessels, the Lan Diep was builted with comfort and security in mind. Spacious cabins are equipped with security boxes, hot-showers, central A/C and large storage space.

 

Cabin & Stay

22 cabins - 10 upper deck/12 lower deck

Approximately 175 square feet/ with exquisitely fitted out with Cambodian tropical hardwoods, palm wood and straw woven into a decorative finish for a delightful authentic look

Large panoramic window giving you a clear view of the river

Bathrooms with branded fittings in an exotic natural wood surrounding

In room slippers and robe de chambre

Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water

Large screen television in lounge showing movies nightly. DVD player and selection of internationally acclaimed movies are available. Also available are classic Asian and International board games and books.

Electric mini safe

In-room airconditioning

Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows

Premium mattresses

All beds can be converted to twin or double bed arrangements

Welcome flower arrangement

Make-up mirrors in cabin and bathroom

Multi-configuration plugs

Large closet space and under-bed storage

Hair dryer

Turndown service

Laundry service in Phnom Penh

All days snacks at the bar

Postcard mailing upon request

 

Culinary Delights

Local executive chef heading an experienced international culinary team

Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners

Specially-tailored light menus avaiable

Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water

Extensive wine list with premium wines and liquors available

On board cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and tours of ships and destinations

Welcome Drink on arrival

Welcome cocktail

Farewell Reception

Local and Vietnamese cuisine and special captain's farewell dinners.

Nightly entertainment at the saloon bar

Sundeck bar

24-hour hospitality bar

Fresh breads and bakery upon request

 

Public areas

A dainty shop selling local fares

Exihilarating lecture on board

Library with classic literature

Wireless internet in all public areas

 

Complimentary Excursions

Admissions

Buffing your footwear after each excursion

Bottled drinking water

Cold towel service after excursions

Welcome back drink after each excursion

Maximum 44 guests per guide on all excursions

Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee

Spacious coach on all excursions (maximum of 20 passengers per coach)

The TT1 vessel was refitted in 2012

First-aid trained assistant to guide to follow on all tours and excursions

 

Your well-being

All crew have first-aid training

Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas

Fire fighting system in all ship areas

Expert marine superintendant on-board

24-hours security

Highest standards of hygiene on-board

Full insurance with reputable international marine companies

 

Services

Captain

First Officer

Chief Engineer

1st Engineer

Electrician

Ship manager

Housekeeping

Dining

Bar keeper

Chefs

Massage therapist

Local tour guides

English and French speaking guides

Option 1: Phnom Penh - Siem Riep

 

Day 1 - Phnom Penh to Koh Chen / Oudong

The Lan Diep is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you at the Phnom Penh Port.

Enjoy a magnificent lunch as the ship cruises to Kôh Chen (Chinese Island). We arrive at Kôh Chen, a small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They produce ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruit which are used in traditional ceremonies or at weddings. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the distant hills of Cambodia's ancient capital – Oudong - and its royal stupas when you are a few kilometers away from the ferry.

Passengers return to the Lan Diep. We depart Kôh Chen for Kampong Tralach. Lan Diep cruise drops anchor close to village.

 

Day 2 - Kampong Tralach to Kampong Chhnnang

Enjoy a hearty breakfast as we depart for Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara. To reach this magnificent edifice, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, walk along some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind. Passengers return to the Lan Diep. A delicious lunch awaits you as you cruise to Kampong Chnang. We arrive at Kampong Chnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Kampong Chhang is famous for fish farming and pottery ware. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree - a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine - that grows abundantly in the area. We return to Lan Diep. We cruise gently towards the Tonle Sap Lake. Lan Diep drops anchor overnight at the entrance of the Grand Lake Tonle Sap. A mouth-watering dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Chnok Tru to Siem Reap

Breakfast is served as we cruise to Siem Reap, home to the magnificent Angkor Wat.

High water (July – December) to visit Chnok Tru

We arrive at Chnok Tru via local boats. We visit local attractions such as a school, an ice factory, churches, pagodas, a pigsty, repair shops and a police station – all floating on water.

Passengers return to the Lan Diep.

Pack your bags and savour a delectable lunch as the ship cruises past the Tonle Sap. Spa. We arrive at Phnom Krom pier (~5 miles from Siem Reap)

Low water (Jan to June) to visit the floating village

We arrive at Chnok Tru via local boats. We visit local attractions such as a school, an ice factory, churches, pagodas, a pigsty, repair shops and a police station – all floating on water. the Lan Diep. Lunch is served on board.

Pack your bags and savour a delectable lunch as the ship cruises past the Tonle Sap. Spa. We arrive at Phnom Krom pier (~5 miles from Siem Reap)

** Towards the end of March, it is impossible to visit Floating village.

Arrival to Phnom Krom, pier of Siem Reap, transfer to city. Arrival to FCC Hotel, the final destination point of our trip.

At the end of the low water period, (around late March to June) the water level may not allow anymore speedboats to cross the lake. In this case, passengers will be transferred by our convenience from/to Siem Reap by land or river way. (~5-6 hour).

 

 

Option 2: Siem Riep - Phnom Penh

 

Day 1 - Siem Reap to Chnok Tru

We gather in front of the FCC hotel in Siem Reap

High water (July – December): We transfer to Phnom Krom, the Siem Reap pier. Transfer by local boats to the Lan Diep. A delicious lunch is served on board as we cruise past the Tonle Sap Lake.

We arrive at the floating village of Chnok Trou, where the Lan Diep moors for the night.

Low water (Jan to June): Enjoy a sumptuous Khmer lunch at a local restaurant Passengers cross the Tonle Spa Lake via speedboat.

We arrive at the Chnok Trou floating village. We board the Lan Diep. The ship anchors for the night.

Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and a briefing about the cruise. Meet our energetic crew who you will soon call friends. Lan Diep boards overnight.

** From March to June, visits to the Floating village will depend on the water level.**

**Speedboats may not be allowed to cross the lake during the low water level period (March to June 2017). Hence, passengers will be transported via riverboats or by van to/from Siem Reap. (5-6 hours).**

 

Day 2 - Kampong Chhnnang to Kampong Tralach

After a hearty breakfast to kick-start the day, we travel by local boats to the floating village. We visit local attractions such as a school, an ice factory, churches, pagodas, a pigsty, repair shops and a police station – all floating on water

We return to the Lan Diep. We enjoy a sumptuous lunch while cruising to Kampong Chnang.

We arrive at Kampong Chnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Kampong Chhang is famous for fish farming and pottery ware. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree - a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine - that grows abundantly in the area.

We return to Lan Diep. We cruise gently towards to Kampong Tralach. The boat drops anchor close to the village. A mouth-watering dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Kampong Tralach – Koh Chen / Oudong – Phnom Penh

Enjoy a hearty breakfast as we depart for Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara. To reach this magnificent edifice, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, walk along some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind. We return to the Lan Diep. We lunch while cruising to Koh Chen. We arrive at Kôh Chen, a small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They produce ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruit which are used in traditional ceremonies or at weddings. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the distant hills of Cambodia's ancient capital – Oudong – and its royal stupas when you are a few kilometers away from the ferry.

We return to the Lan Diep. We arrive in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.

Option 1: Sai Gon - Phnom Penh

 

Day 1 - Saigon – My Tho

The Lan Diep is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you at Saigon Port.

Savour a refreshing welcome drink and enjoy a sumptuous dinner as local musicians play traditional Khmer tunes on board. The ship moors overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 - My Tho – Cai Be

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before local boats are sent to The Lan Diep to pick you up for transfer to the mainland.

We depart for Vinh Trang pagoda by car, followed by a short panoramic tour of My Tho town. My Tho - which means fragrant herb in Vietnamese - draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.

We then return to the piers as local boats take us on a leisurely cruise to Thoi Son island. Here, we are able to quaff the rustic life of the local inhabitants, enjoy local fruits and to be one with the people.

We re-embark to Lan Diep before cruising to Cai Be. The vessel moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sa Dec

After a leisurely breakfast, local boats are sent to The Lan Diep to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Cai Be Floating Market. We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools.

Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits.

Life here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence.

We return to The Lan Diep before departing for Sa Dec. We are served a lovely lunch during our cruise.

Upon arrival, we are given a short tour of Sa Dec and then we transfer to Trung Vuong primary school. We then continue our cruise to the Kien An Cung Pagoda.

We stroll around the bustling Sa Dec Market. The small city of Sa Dec of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled beauty authenticity.

 

Day 4 - Chau Doc

We depart early for Chau Doc. Breakfast is served during navigation. We arrive at Chau Doc slightly after lunch time. We arrive at Chau Doc. Local boats ferry us to visit fist rafts and the Cham village, a minority ethnic group.

Chau Doc is a remote border town and cultural melting pot of Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities. The city is situated at the intersection of a tributary linking the Bassac and the Mekong River. What Chau Doc lacks in size, it makes up in colours. Lots of it. Vivid and vibrant. Even its store fronts are painted in warm pastel shades. We are taken on a short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect opportunity to feel throbbing vibration of the local markets.

We return to Lan Diep cruise slightly after sunset before being served dinner on board. The vessel moors overnight. Return to the boat after sunset.

 

Day 5 - Chau Doc – Border – Phnom Penh

The Lan Diep leaves early for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border) and breakfast during navigation. Here, the boat docks for a while for cross- border formalities. The Lan Diep then cruises for Cambodia. Lunch is served on-board. It is time for leisure on-board as the vessels cruises the whole afternoon. As night approaches, it is time to bid farewell. Enjoy a farewell cocktail with the Master of the ship and Cruise Manager. Enjoy a specially designed captain’s farewell dinner as you prepare for your last night on board. Lan cruise Diep moors overnight.

 

 

 

 

Day 6 - Phnom Penh

After a hearty breakfast, you will visit Kampong Tralach. We visit the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach before returning to Lan Diep Cruise. The vessels cruises towards Phnom Penh, the bustling capital city of Cambodia. It’s time to pack and prepare to disembark. We arrive in Phnom Penh and we bid adieu to the wonderful lan Diep team.

 


Option 2: Phnom Penh - Sai Gon

 

Day 1 - Phnom Penh - Kampong Tralach

The Lan Diep is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you at the Phnom Penh Port.

Enjoy a sumptuous lunch as the ship cruises to Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara.

To reach this magnificent edifice, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, walk along some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind.

We return to Lan Diep Cruise. We cruise gently towards Koh Chen (Chinese island). A mouth-watering dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 2 - Koh Chen/Oudong – Phnom Penh – Border

We arrive at Kôh Chen, a small village whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They produce ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruit which are used in traditional ceremonies or at weddings. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the distant hills of Cambodia's ancient capital – Oudong – and its royal stupas when you are a few kilometers away from the ferry.

We return to The Lan Diep. We cruise towards Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, while lunch is served onboard.

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you are free to explore this vibrant city. Dinner is served on board andthe the Lan Diep moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Border – Chau Doc

Breakfast is served on board as the Lan Diep crosses the border to Chau Doc.

Chau Doc is a remote border town and cultural melting pot of Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities. The city is situated at the intersection of a tributary linking the Bassac and the Mekong River. What Chau Doc lacks in size, it makes up in colours. Lots of it. Vivid and vibrant. Even its store fronts are painted in warm pastel shades. We are taken on a short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect opportunity to feel the throbbing vibration of the local markets.

The Lan Diep then cruises towards Sa Dec.Lan Diep moors overnight.

 

Day 4 - Sa Dec – Vinh Long

A hearty breakfast is served on board before arrival at Sa Dec. Local boats are sent to the Lan Diep to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Sa Dec.

We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools.

Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits.

Life here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence.

Passengers re-embark the Lan Diep which then cruises for My Tho. A delectable dinner is served during navigation. We arrive at My Tho. The Lan Diep moors for the night near Thoi Son Island.

 

Day 5 - Cai Be – My Tho

Local boats are sent to the Lan Diep for a short transfer to the mainland and a short panoramic tour of My Tho. My Tho - which means fragrant herb in Vietnamese - draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.

We return to the Lan Diep and we then cruise towards Saigon. A sumptuous farewell dinner is served and the Lan Diep moors overnight.

 

Day 6 - My Tho - Saigon

The Lan Diep departs for Saigon. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before arriving at Saigon Port.

Option 1: Sai Gon - Siem Riep

 

Day 1 - Saigon to My Tho

The Lan Diep is all revved up, spruced up, and ready for you.The Lan Diep departs for My Tho. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and a briefing on the cruise.

 

Day 2 - My Tho - Cai Be – Vinh Long

The Lan Diep departs at the break of dawn. Begin the day with a sumptuous breakfast whilst the Lan Diep navigates – delicately - the marvelous canal of Cho Gao. We arrive at My Tho. Toum Tiou drops anchor close to the Thoi Son Island on the banks of a northern arm of the Mekong. My Tho which means fragrant herb and draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.

Local boats are sent to the Lan Diep to pick you up for transfer to the mainland.

We embark on a short panoramic tour of My Tho town, stopping halfway for a visit to the colourful market. We return to the pier and we cruise by local boat to Dragon Island where were quaff the everyday life of the local denizens.

Passengers re-embark Lan Diep. The cruise ship leave My Tho for Cai Be. A special lunch spread is served. Lan Diep drops anchor at Cai Be. Local boats are sent to the Lan Diep to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Cai Be Floating Market.

We continue cruising and we stop at Vinh Long - a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools.

Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits.

Life here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence. We return to the Lan Diep. We depart for Sa Dec. We arrive at Sa Dec. Lan Diep drops anchor. A delectable dinner awaits us..

Day 3 - Sa Dec to Chau Doc

The day begins with a sumptuous breakfast. A short tour of Sa Dec and then we transfer to Trung Vuong primary school. We then continue our cruise to the Kien An Cung Pagoda.

We stroll around the bustling Sa Dec Market. The small city of Sa Dec of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled beauty and authenticity. We retun to the Lan Diep and we leave for Chau Doc. Lunch is served on board. We arrive at Chau Doc. Local boats ferry us to visit rafts and the Cham village, a minority ethnic group of both Vietnam and Cambodia.

If times permits, we will be able to drink in the spectacular sunset on the Sam Mountain which peaks at 237 meters. Its well-known Buddhist sanctuaries offer an unobstructed view over the mosaic of glistening rice paddies below. To the left is Cambodia, the flow of the Mekong on the horizon breaks into an infinity of silver ribbons. Midway, we visit the Lady Chua Xu temple and Tay An Pagoda. We return to the Lan Diep. Dinner is served onboard. The cruise ships moors overnight.

 

Day 4 - Vinh Xuong Border to Phnom Penh Cambodia

Lan Diep leaves at the break of dawn for Vinh Xuong (Vietnamese border). Breakfast is served. We arrive at the Vinh Xuong check-point. We depart for Phnom Penh. Lunch is served. We arrive in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Guests are free to explore this erstwhile Paris of the East.

 

Day 5 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast is served. We visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. We return to the Lan Diep. Lunch is served on board. It is now free and easy leisure time. We suggest that you visit the notorious Toul Sleng torture centre. We return to Lan Diep. Be entertained by the graceful dancers of the traditional APSARA” show whilst you enjoy dinner.

 

Day 6 - Phnom Penh - Koh Chen – Kampong Tralach

Breakfast is served. We cruise to Koh Chen, a cosy village of craftsmen who specialise in making silver souvenir items. We return to the cruise ship. The Lan Diep leaves Koh Chen for Kompong Tralach. Lunch is served on board. We visit the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach. We return to Lan Diep. Dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 7 - Kampong Chhnnang to Chnok Tru

The Lan Diep sails for Kampong Chhnang. We arrive at Kampong Chhnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Kampong Chhnang is famous for fish farming and pottery ware. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree - a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine - that grows abundantly in the area.

 

Day 8 - Chnok Tru to Siem Reap

The Lan Diep departs early in the morning. Time to Pack your bags and chill as the ship cruises past the Tonle Spa. We arrive at Phnom Krom pier (~5 miles from Siem Reap).

 

 

Option 2: Siem Riep - Sai Gon

 

Day 1 - Siem Reap

We gather at the FCC. We transfer to Phnom Krom, the Siem Reap pier. Transfer by local boats to the Lan Diep.

 

Day 2 - Chnok Tru to Kampong Chhnnang

We are served breakfast on board before we visit Chnok Tru where we will tour a floating village

Here, an entire village – churches, houses and schools – sits merrily on stilts in water. We return to Lan Diep before setting sail for Kampong Chhnang.

After breakfast, we head off to Kampong Chhnang. Kampong Chhnang is renown for its fine clay pottery. In fact, its name in Khmer means Port of Pottery. Kampong Chhnang is a tranquil province lined with sugar-palm trees and paddy fields which disappear into the horizon in delightful puffs of gold and green.

We return to Lan Diep. We cruise to the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach. We return to Lan Diep. Dinner is served and the cruise ship moors overnight.

 

Day 3 - Kampong Tralach – Koh Chen – Phnom Penh

Breakfast is served. We cruise to the spectacular Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda at Kampong Tralach. Lunch is served on board. During the long cruise, be entertained by the graceful dancers of the traditional APSARA” show. We return to the cruise ship. The Lan Diep leaves for Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia. Guests are free to explore this erstwhile Pearl of the East for the balance of the day.

 

Day 4 - Phnom Penh Cambodia

Breakfast is served. We visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Russian Market. We return to the Lan Diep. Lunch is served on board. It is now free and easy leisure time. We suggest that you visit the notorious Toul Sleng torture centre. We return to Lan Diep.

 

Day 5 - Kaam Samnar Border to Sa Dec

Lan Diep leaves at the break of dawn for the Kaam Samnar border (Vietnamese border). Breakfast is served. We arrive at the check-point. After formalities, we depart for Sa Dec.

Dinner is server on board. The vessel moors overnight.

 

6 - Sa Dec to Vinh Long

After breakfast, local boats are sent to the Lan Diep to pick you up for a delightful cruise around Sa Dec. We return to Lan Diep.

After lunch, we cruise to Vinh Long- a brick and pottery factory and the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees. We visit a typical local dwelling and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long – Vietnamese for Majestic Dragon- sits merrily in the middle of the delta, protected by the two arms of the Mekong.The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits.

Life here centers on water. Houses are hoisted precariously on stilts that are planted onto the banks of the river. Hawkers peddle knick knacks from boats. Hundreds of small boats travel the river daily. The unbridled warmth of the locals makes this a destination par excellence. Lan Diep cruises towards Cai Be for a short panoramic. We, then, sail to My Tho where we moor overnight.

 

Day 7 - Cai Be to My Tho

After breakfast, local boats are sent to the Lan Diep for a short transfer to the mainland and a short panoramic tour of My Tho. My Tho - which means fragrant herb in Vietnamese - draws thousands of tourists who are eager to embrace the untouched beauty of the Delta. It is a prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its myriad fruit orchards, gardens and vast rice fields. The climate is warm and pleasant throughout the year. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, encircled by coconut palms and banana and mango trees.

We return to the Lan Diep and we then cruise towards Saigon. A sumptuous farewell dinner is served and the Lan Diep moors overnight.

 

Day 8 - My Tho To Saigon

After breakfast, the Lan Diep departs for Saigon. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before arriving at Saigon Port.

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