This is a Private Cruise, which means we hire the whole sampan for a 2 day & 1 night trip along the Mekong river. Very relaxing and interesting. The boats of Victoria Cruise were originally ‘invented’ by a French businessman. When in Vietnam, he felt so attached to this Mekong land that he built 5 ships similar to those of the Mekong royalty. The boats are made of bamboos, giving a ‘wilderness’ feeling, yet still very polished and luxurious. I have taken many cruises in Vietnam and I can affirm that the ships of Victoria Cruises are the best so far, meeting 5* quality and the staff are super nice.
We went to Can Tho by our private car and came back by Victoria bus. I call it ‘bus’ but it’s actually a 6-seat Innova, quite fast and comfy. Arriving at the port, Victoria Can Tho Hotel, we were greeted right at the door, helped with our luggage, received welcome drink and then the tour manager introduced the agenda and activities on the boat.
Our boat has one tour guide who is an expert about the Mekong river ways, a helmsman and 3 other staff to take care of the cleaning, cooking and other services. We were treated like princesses!
As we were too tired in the morning (night owls’ problem, we couldn’t even depart at 7 am from Saigon as planned, had to linger till 10 am). This is the reason why we couldn’t go to the floating market when we arrived). But I highly recommend you should set off at 7 am to visit the floating market because Can Tho floating market is the most beautiful and joyful.
After checking in and resting a bit, we started to get on board. I’ve always been told how friendly the southwest people are, but to be honest I can’t imagine they’re lovely level max like this - always smiling, warm and sincere. The boat left in the early afternoon. We travelled along Mekong river, looking at the azure sky and cotton clouds… We were served fresh coconut water – very southwest! We brought some bottles of champagne to sip with chocolate and fruits. If you want to have champagne or snacks, you should bring them yourself, because in the southwest there are no such things to buy, only super super cheap fruits, vegetables and seafood.
Besides relaxing along the river, listening to the music, tanning, watching the sunset, we had the chance to visit a 200-year-old house where 3 generations have taken residence. You may choose to have dinner in this house or on the boat. We chose the latter to enjoy the cool breeze.
After the trip to the ancient house, we visited a market to buy fresh food. Although the tour included meals and restaurants throughout the trip, but we were craving for fresh seafood, so the tour guide took us to the market then cooked for us on the boat.
At the end of the tour is a romantic lunch in the boundless green garden of Le Longanier restaurant of Victoria Cruise. The restaurant is designed in Indochina architecture, stunning backgrounds for taking photos.