Mekong river cruise CanTho ChauDoc Phnompenh provides you an opportunity to see bustling floating markets, natural arroyos system and river life on the mekong from Vietnam to Cambodia.
Tour Code: SBL18A
Day 1: SaiGon – CaiBe – CanTho (Lunch)
We depart at 8:00am and head south to the river town of Cai Be, a rural district of Tien Giang province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Arriving at around 10:30am, we board our motorized boat to journey through Cai Be floating market. Here, we will experience how life functions on the delta, as we view the intricacies of commerce – how merchants purchase products from local farmers. As you cruise by CaiBe bridge, you will see on the packaging shop that all the boat with fruits landing here. These boxes will be load up to trucks for transport up north to many provinces.
During our cruise the town’s secluded canals, we will stop at some local factories to see locals making pop rice cakes, rice paper cakes, coconut candies and products from coconut trees. We also enjoy sampan ride and pedal down narrow natural waterways. Stopping at a local home to try seasonal fruits (such as longan, pineapple, watermelon, rambutan, papaya, jackfruit etc…). Continue walking through the village to get back to our boat which is waiting to bring us to another local house for lunch served with many Vietnamese’s delicious dishes.
Time to relax, then we board the boat again to keep on to the quay in Vinh Long province. Transfer by car to Can Tho, passing Can Tho bridge, a cable-stayed bridge over the Hau (Bassac) river. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 2: CanTho – ChauDoc. (Breakfast)
An early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale market in the Mekong Delta. It starts at 5:00am and runs until midday. Of course now this market is not crowded and busy as it was before, but still interesting experience for people who do not live in Mekong delta areas. Then we have a long distance cruise to Phong Dien, however we stop for walking on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine.
We continue by car to Long Xuyen with stop to visit incense stick making village. Late afternoon arriving in ChauDoc, the border town along Tonle Bassac river. We keep on further to Tra Su cajeput nature reserve in Tinh Bien district. TraSu cajuput forest is home of 140 species of plants and 70 of birds. This late afternoon boat trip is the best chance to take photos of Tra Su bird sanctuary, thousands of herons, storks flying home in the forest.
Melaleuca – cajeput flower in afternoon sunshine; it is the dominant tree species in Tra Su forest. Close to the water, mangrove roots cling in clusters, making the spindly trunk with bark classified as cakes, rose into the air as tiny green leaves and clusters of white flowers with a strange odor. Through body of melaleuca, the sun shining down flap bran layer green duckweed creates a picturesque colors of the forest. At sunset time, the birds began to find the nest, a bird-lined horizon angle. In amazement as the sight, it seems we will hear the cries of birds, mammals wild echoes from their wild youth.
More details of TraSu here: https://plus.google.com/+SinhLeSinhbalo/posts/5VLedmNy8Vs
Overnight in ChauDoc.
Day 3: ChauDoc – Phnompenh (Breakfast)
After breakfast, we transfer to boat pier for departure to Phnompenh by speed boat (leave 7:30 am arrive Phnompenh ~ 12:30). End of tour. (Visa on arrival at Cambodia border: 35 USD, 1 photo 3x4cm).
Standard hotel: Van Phat Riverside or similar ***, ChauPho***.
- 10,910,000 vnd (US$ 485) / solo person
- 5,960,000 vnd (US$ 265) / person (group of 2 people)
- 4,950,000 vnd (US$ 220) / person (group of 3 people)
- 4,275,000 vnd (US$ 190) / person (group of 4 to 10 people)
Single supplement: 855,000 vnd (US$ 38)
Deluxe hotel: Victoria ****
- 16,540,000 vnd (US$735) / solo person
- 8,775,000 vnd (US$ 390) / person (group of 2 people)
- 7,990,000 vnd (US$ 355) / person (group of 3 people)
- 7,200,000 vnd (US$ 320) / person (group of 4 to 10 people)
Single supplement: 3,260,000 vnd (US$ 145)
All boat trips and entrance fees.
Transport : A/c bus with cool drinking water (Two 0.5L bottles per day per person).
Guide: Experienced tour guide.
2 nights hotel: Van Phat Riverside or similar*** in CanTho, ChauPho *** in ChauDoc.
1 lunch on island, 2 breakfast at hotel.
Speed boat about 5 hours up mekong river to Phnompenh – Cambodia.
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