DEEP IN THE DELTA
Can Tho - Sa Dec - Chau Doc
Can Tho – Sa Dec
Depart from Victoria Can Tho jetty at 10:00 am. Stop along the way for glimpses of local farming and fishing work that provide a living for the river people. Observe from the comfort of your boat life as it play out on the riverbanks - the people, the stunning landscapes – while your attentive crew serves tea and seasonal fruit.
Lunch served onboard Song Xanh sampan, continue your leisurely cruise on the Delta’s beautiful waterways with stops along the way to visit brick factory or local farmer. Arrive at Phong Hoa village, step ashore and stroll to a Cao Dai temple. The temple is home to the Cao Dai sects in the villages who practice a unique hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. Their patron saints include Sun Yat-Sen, Victor Hugo and Nguyen Binh Khiem.
Arriving at Sa Dec town, dinner is served on board. Enjoy your first night on board the Song Xanh on the Mekong River.
Day 2: Sa Dec – Long Xuyen – Phu Tan
After breakfast served on board step ashore and take a stroll to the outdoor market. Visit the historic house of the real-life character in the novel and film The Lover by Marguerite Duras. Back on board cruise up towards Long Xuyen along a narrow canal, passing several monkey bridges.
After enjoying lunch on board, arrive in Long Xuyen to visit Tiger Island, birthplace of Vietnam’s second president. Return to the sampan for dinner and resume your cruise towards Chau Doc. Your boat sails until around 10:00 pm before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board.
Phu Tan – Chau Doc
Breakfast is served on board while your sampan cruises towards Chau Doc. Close to the border with Cambodia, Chau Doc is the gateway to Phnom Penh. Known throughout Vietnam for its pagodas and temples it is also famous for Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, a superb eucalyptus mangrove. Disembark at Victoria Chau Doc private pier around 10:00 am.
• A private 3-day cruise with overnight aboard Song Xanh Sampan
• 2 lunches and 2 dinners on board
• Sightseeing fees included in above itinerary
• English-speaking tour guide
• “xuong” rowboat ride
• Crew assistance
• Cold towels, seasonal fruit and hot tea
• Individual travel insurance
• Personal expenses during the trip
• Beverages not specified in above program
• Tips for the crew and the tour guide
• Any expense not clearly indicated in above program
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Just two hours from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta beckons with its postcard-pretty farmscapes and quiet, slow-paced charm. The “Rice Bowl” of Vietnam is irrigated by thousands of kilometres of waterways, making cruising the perfect way to explore this picturesque region where farming and fishing rule the day. For those with limited time, a day trip to the Mekong Delta offers a tantalising glimpse into how much of Vietnam looks, outside the big cities.
Experience a different side of the Mekong Delta with an overnight cruise, allowing you to awaken with the sun as village life begins to stir. Travel low and slow aboard the stylishly comfortable Song Xanh sampan through this most peaceful of settings made up of emerald green rice paddies, colourful fishing boats, and life lived on the riverbanks much like in decades past.