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Mango Cruises

Category: Mekong Delta Cruises

Duration: 2 & 3 days

Depart From: Ho Chi Minh City Return To: Mekong

Price from 285 $US

Welcome to Mango Cruises, providing memorable private cruising experiences in Vietnam’s picturesque Mekong Delta. We combine high quality private sampans, in-depth local knowledge/experience, and dedicated staff & crew to give you a cruise you will never forget, along river routes that remain untouched by commercial tourism

We are thrilled to announce that Mango Cruises has been published in the latest edition of the Lonely Planet travel guide! We are also very thankful to be recognized as a "Top Choice" and we are very grateful for their online write-up, here
The Lonely Planet travel guide is perhaps the most important item a wayward traveller needs as they leave home, and their recognition of Mango Cruises touring less-visited areas is likely the best two-word description of our services.

 

Mango cruise programs:

- My Tho - Phong Nam - Mo Cay - Vung Liem [2D/1N]

- My Tho – Phong Nam - Mo Cay (Cho Thom) [2D/1N]

- Ben Tre – An Ho - Sa Dec [2D/1N]

- Can Tho - Vung Liem - My Tho [3D/2N]

- My Tho – Mo Cay – Vung Liem – Tra On – Can Tho [3D/2N]

- Ben Tre - Can Tho - Chau Doc [4D/3N]

- Ben Tre - An Hoa - Sa Dec - Long Xuyen - Chau Doc [3D/2N]

Option 1: Mango Home 2D/1N Tour Package

 

Day 1: Saigon-Ben Tre

On arrival, take a Xe loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge, where you will start your boat trip through small canals with beautiful tropical scenery. On board the boat, enjoy a welcome drink and tropical fruits while cruising.

The cruise will first stop at a family owned Coconut Processing factory, learn how every ounce of the coconut is utilized. Then cross the river to a brick making operation, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to the local house of Mr. Long. Mr. Long and his family have a very interesting bee farm, where they process honey for the local market.

Continue on to a local rice noodle factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular dishes in the region. After your visit take a short walk to one of our friends, Mrs. Huong, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea and then board a rowing sampan taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region. 

After our team rows you through the quiet canal, reconnect with your Day Cruiser and enjoy a cruise to Mango Home. It is time for you to relax and check-in, after freshening up from the day’s activities enjoy a five course lunch of local specialties, some grown organically in the Mango Home garden!

After lunch, enjoy a visit to Mr. Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made.

Return to Mango Home, perhaps it is time to relax at one of the nice sitting areas? In the early evening prepare to join the cooking demonstration with your guide.

Overnight will be spent at Mango Home.

 

Day 2: Giong Trom-Saigon

Breakfast will be served on the verandah, then you will take our beautiful day cruiser to Tai Phu canal. You will cycle in a very quiet area and eventually reach the My Long wet market by crossing the bridge.

Enjoy a walk through the market, which offers everything from fresh seafood, meat, vegetables and even dry goods and clothing. You will also have a chance to see a family owned shrimp farm.

Cycle to Phong Nam village to see a local Cao Dai Temple and learn about their traditions and beliefs. Return to Mango Home, and freshen up before enjoying a five course lunch.

After lunch, take a stroll through the garden and then check-out and take a final boat cruise into Ben Tre city. Your private car will be awaiting you and will return you to HCMC.

 

Option 2: My Tho – Phong Nam - Mo Cay (Cho Thom)

 

Day 1: My Tho – Mo Cay

Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Chuong Duong Pier and head to An Hoa River. Enjoy your welcome drink and peaceful scenery while crew members board your luggage.  The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, where you will take a rowing sampan boat through the small canals, which are covered green by the water coconut plants. 

Stop at a local house to taste the tropical fruits and chat with the farmer. Visit the rice noodle factory before starting your bike trip around the village. Return to your boat and enjoy lunch onboard. After lunch continue your cycling trip to My Long to visit Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made.

Continue to  visit the nearby house of Mr Hung, who is a famous sticky rice maker in the village. You can also feed his stock of catfish and walk through his fruit garden before getting back on the boat and continuing to cruise to Mo cay district on Ham Luong river. Arrive Vam nuoc Trong cannals in late afternoon and enjoy the sunset.

Relax and prepare for the cooking demonstration and dinner onboard .

Overnight will be spent onboard at Vam Nuoc Trong cannals.

 

Day 2: Vam Nuoc Trong-Cho Thom (Mo Cay)

In the morning, breakfast will be served on board before starting to explore Mo cay wet market .  Then continue to visit at the coconut processing workshop where you can see how the locals utilize every bit of the coconut. Then take the biking trip long the cannals to Thom market to explore more of the local life style. Stop for a visit at the sugar factory where the local produce sugar from the sugar cans in the traditional way.After that get back to the cruise, refresh and prepare to check out for your onwards trip to Can Tho or head back to Saigon. End of Services.

 

Option 3: Ben Tre - An Hoa – Sa Dec

 

Day 1: Ben Tre - An Hoa – Vinh Long

Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Chuong Duong Pier and head to  An Hoa canals.  Upon boarding your private sampan, your luggage will be brought to your cabin, while you enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail on the deck while meeting your crewmembers and enjoying the scenery and fresh air from the water. 

The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, where you will take a rowing sampan boat through the small canals, which are covered green by the water coconut plants. 

Stop at a local house to taste the tropical fruits and chat with the farmer. Visit the rice noodle factory before starting your bike trip around the village. Return to your boat and enjoy lunch onboard while you cruise to Sadec town.  On the way we will stop for a visit at the floating fish farm and experience the local river culture.

Head to Long Trung Village and stop for a bike ride to explore more of the daily life and the beauty of Tra Tan canals this place offers a great opportunity for you to interact with the friendly locals.

Return to your Sampan, relax, refresh and prepare for your cooking demonstration while enjoying your dinner. Overnight onboard at the upper river.

 

Day 2: Vinh Long -Sadec

Breakfast will be served onboard and cruising towards the town of Sa Dec and you will start to explore this charming town, where it is the backdrop for the film ‘The Lover’, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras.  The story is about a teenage French girl who falls in love with a wealthy Chinese man, Huynh Thuy Le.  You will visit his old family home as well as the high school where Marguerite’s mother was a teacher.  You will also visit the beautiful Temple Kien An. 

Then, you will continue with cycling through the village of An Phu Dong.  For hundreds of years this village has provided Saigon with its daily flower supply.

After that, meeting your driver on land for your return to Saigon or onwards to Can Tho or Chau doc. End of Services.

 

Option 4: Ben Tre - An Hoa - Cai Be 

 

Day 1: Ben Tre - An Hoa - My Tho - Ngu Hiep

Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Ham Luong Pier in Ben Tre town and head to An Hoa canals.  Upon boarding your private sampan, your luggage will be brought to your cabin, while you enjoy a refreshing coconut juice on the deck while meeting your crewmembers and enjoying the scenery and fresh air from the water. 

The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, the cruise will stop to visit at the coconut processing workshop where you can see how the locals utilize every bit of the coconut.

Then back to your cruise and the cruise will stop at a brick making shop, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. At here, you will start a Bicycle trip around Phong Nam village around 4km, enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a local rice noodle factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular dishes in the region.

After your visit take a short walk to Mrs. Huong’s house, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea in her garden and then board a rowing sampan, taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region.

Return to your boat to enjoy the lunch before continuing to cruise to Cai Be. On the way stop at local village and begin cycling, enjoying the peaceful scenery and quiet road pathways.

In the evening relax and enjoy your cruise then prepare for your cooking demonstration while enjoying your dinner.

Overnight on board on the Upper River near Cai Be.

 

Day 2:  Cai Be Floating Market

Breakfast will be served onboard while cruising towards the town of Cai Be. Upon arrival you will be transferred to a smaller boat to explore the lively floating Market and its bustling township.

Enjoy the houses on stilts along the River bank and local businesses.

Get back to your boat and prepare for to check out. Time to say good bye to the cruise staff and you will be meeting your driver on land for your return to Saigon or your onwards trip.

 End of tour.


Option 1: Can Tho - Vung Liem - My Tho

 

Day 1 Can Tho - Vung Liem

Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Ninh Kieu Quay and head to Tra On. Enjoy your welcome drink and peaceful scenery while crew members board your luggage. Comfort yourself on our sofa in the front sitting room and enjoy the breeze.

Lunch will be served on board while cruising to  Mang Thit river, this smaller branch of river allow you to observe more of the riverine culture and local activities along the way.

Stop a walk through the village to explore more of the local life style, enjoy the green garden and start to chat with the friendly locals. You also will stop for a visit at the brick factory.  Here you will see how bricks are made using traditional methods, which are centuries old

Heading to Vung Liem in the late afternoon and relax while you watching the sunset. Freshen up and time to get ready for cooking demonstration onboard that comes with your dinner.

Anchor in Vung Liem for an overnight.

 

Day 2: Vung Liem –  Giong Trom

In the morning, breakfast will be served on board before starting to explore the town of Vung Liem by bicycle. Visit the Cao Dai Temple in one of the most popular local religions, which is a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confusium. Continue to visit the local wet market of Vung Liem .

Get back to your boat and cruising to Mo Cay while you enjoy your lunch on board. After your meal, relax and get ready for a walk through the local village in Mo Cay, a district of Ben Tre province where you can visit the coconut processing factory, the main job that locals live on for many decades as this place well known for its coconut’s products.

Finish your walk and get back to the boat then continue your cruise to Giong Trom river passing by Ben Tre the provincial capital. Start the walk through My Long village visit Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper, which is the most famous specialty of this region. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and observe the process of how it is made.

Get back to your boat, freshen up and enjoy for dinner onboard.

Overnight on An Hoa river near Chet Say Bridge

 

Day 3:  Giong Trom – An Hoa – Mytho

Breakfast will be served on board in early morning and you start your cruise on An Hoa river heading to My Tho. Stop at Phong Nam village for a Xe loi ride to visit some local business, stop at a rice noodles factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of most popular breakfast dishes in the region. Then continue to take the rowing sampan trip through Ba Sau canals which are covered green by the water coconut plants, enjoy the beautiful tropical scenery.

Get back to your boat and cruise to My tho where your driver will take you back to Saigon or continue your onward trip.

End of service!

 

Option 2: My Tho – Mo Cay – Vung Liem – Tra On – Can Tho

 

Day 1: My Tho – Mo Cay – Vung Liem

Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Chuong Duong Pier and head to An Hoa River. Enjoy your welcome drink and peaceful scenery while crew members board your luggage.  The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, where you will take a rowing sampan boat through the small canals, which are covered green by the water coconut plants. 

Stop at a local house to taste the tropical fruits and chat with the farmer. Visit the rice noodle factory before starting your bike trip around the village. Relax and enjoy lunch at Mango Restaurant before getting back on the boat and continuing to cruise to Mo Cay canals. Stop for a visit at the coconut processing workshop where you can see how the locals utilize every bit of the coconut.  Continue cruising to Vung Liem province and stop for a visit at the brick making factory.  Here you will see how bricks are made using traditional methods, which are centuries old.  Return to your boat and freshen up for your cooking demonstration and dinner on board.  The rest of the evening will be spent at your leisure.

Overnight will be spent onboard in Vung Liem town.

 

Day 2: Vung Liem –  Tra on

In the morning, breakfast will be served on board before starting to explore the town of Vung Liem by bicycle. Visit the Happy Buddha Temple, a beautiful and characteristic Kh’mer Temple of this small town.  After that continue on to visit the Cao Dai Temple in one of the most popular local religions, which is a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confusium.

The boat will then cruise to Tra On where we will stop for the night.  While on board, freshen up, and then head to the deck where you will have a cooking demonstration before enjoying a delicious, 5-course dinner onboard.   The rest of the evening is spent at your leisure.

 

Day 3:  Tra On – Cai Rang – Can Tho

Get up early in the morning to visit Tra On floating market before heading to Can Tho.  Stop at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market, where you will transfer to a smaller boat and mingle amongst the thousands of trading vessels. Feel free to buy yourself fruits or drinks from the local boats.

After your market visit, return to your Mango Cruise, and soak in your surroundings, before being dropped off at Ninh Kieu quay in Can Tho, and preparing for your onward trip.

 

Option 3: Ben Tre – An Hoa – Sadec – Long Xuyen – Chau Doc

 

 Day 1: Ben Tre - An Hoa - Sa Dec

Depart from Ben Tre along the Ham Luong River to Sadec via An hoa Canal.  Upon boarding your private sampan, your luggage will be brought to your cabin, while you enjoy a refreshing coconut juice on the deck while meeting your crewmembers and enjoying the scenery and fresh air from the water. 

The cruise will take you to Phong Nam Village where you will start a Bicycle trip through gardens and rice paddies. Stop at a rice noodles factory “hu tieu” is one of most popular breakfast dishes in the region . Take a short walk to visit at Mrs. Huong’s home. Her family lives on fishing, shrimp and farming . Enjoy the tropical fruits and honey tea in her garden before taking the rowing  sampan, be paddled by a personalized rower to discover the maze of small canals.

Then row back to your cruise and lunch will be served on board while heading to Sadec via My Tho.

On the way we will stop for a visit at the floating fish farm and experience the local river culture.

Getting back on the boat and cruise towards the town of Sa Dec where your boat will anchor for overnight.

Get ready to watch the sunset on the deck and your private bar is always opened at your leisure.

You will follow with a cooking demonstration on board before your dinner and enjoy the rest of your evening at your leisure.

 

 Day 2: Sa Dec - Long Xuyen

Breakfast will be served onboard and you will begin the morning with cycling through the village of An Phu Dong.  For hundreds of years this village has provided Saigon with its daily flower supply.

Then you will continue to explore this charming town, which is the backdrop for the film ‘The Lover’, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras.  The story is about a teenage French girl who falls in love with a wealthy Chinese man, Huynh Thuy Le.  You will visit his old family home as well as the high school where Marguerite’s mother was a teacher. 

Return to your boat, freshen up, and relax.  Start cruising to Long Xuyen and on the way we will stop to explore more of the local villages by bike or walk and this will be a great chance for interacting with the friendly locals.

Get back to your boat and Lunch will be served onboard.

As you continue cruising, you will start to notice more houses on stilts and an increase of flooded fields. This area is prone to severe flooding and as a result, is one of the Delta’s poorest regions.

Arrive in Long Xuyen, you can stop for a good picture of the Long Xuyen floating market during the sunset. Freshen up and prepare for your dinner on board. Your cruise will anchor near Chau Doc.

Spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure

 

Day 3: Long Xuyen - Chau Doc

Start the morning with breakfast on board while cruising to Chau Doc. On the way we will stop to visit the local villages on the way.

On arrival, switch to the small boat to visit the Cham Islamic village in Chau Giang, one of the biggest Muslim towns in Vietnam where the locals speak both Vietnamese and Cham languages. They read the Quran in Arabic and, of course, all the men in the village wish to travel to Mecca once in their lifetime.  You will visit the Mubarak Mosque, which is one of the mosques in the Chau Doc area.

The cruise will then make its way to the pier in Chau Doc town, where you will be dropped off.  At this point you can either return to Saigon via private car, or continue on to Phnom Penh by boat.

End of tour.

Prices are per person and in US dollar

High season : 01 Jan. 2017 – 03 May 2017

Low season : 04 May 2017 – 30 Sep 2017

 

Rate for private Mango Sampan (USD/pax)

2Day Sampan: Ben Tre – An Hoa – Cai Be – Sa Dec

2Day Sampan: Sa Dec – Cai Be – Ben Tre

No of pax

2 pax

3 - 4 pax

5-6 pax

High season

325

268

230

Low season

287

230

206

 

 

Rate for private Mango Sampan (USD/pax)

2Days Sampan: Ben Tre – An Hoa – Cai Be

 No of pax

2 pax

3 - 4 paxs

5-6 pax

High season

308

253

218

Low season

285

229

192

 

 

Rate for private Mango Sampan (USD/pax)

3Days Sampan: My Tho – Mo Cay – Vung Liem – Tra On – Can Tho

3Days Sampan : Can Tho – Vung Liem – Giong Trom – My Tho

 No of pax

2 pax

3 - 4 pax

5-6 pax

High season

472

435

385

Low season

448

410

363

 

 

Rate for private Mango Sampan (USD/pax)

3Days Sampan: Ben Tre - An Hoa - Sadec- Long Xuyen - Chau Doc

3 Days Sampan:  Chau Doc| Long Xuyen| Sa Dec | Ben Tre

 No of pax

2 pax

3 - 4 pax

5-6 pax

High season

545

482

446

Low season

509

446

399

 

Surcharge Tet holiday (27,28,29,30 Jan 2017) = +30US$/pax/night

Includes     

•     English/French speaking guide 

•     Boat trips as mentioned

•     Meals as mentioned

•     Admission fee to indicated sights

•     Overnight on luxury sampan

•     All activities as mentioned

•     Gov’t tax  

 

Exclude

•     Car transfer

•     Travel insurance of any kind

•     Tip, drinks, personal expenses

•     Others services not mentioned


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