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Songxanh sampan Saigon - Phnompenh 4 days -
Destination: Ho chi minh - Caibe - Vinh long - Sadec- Long xuyen - Chau doc - Phnompenh
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Tour code: MCV11
 

Boat description:

Unique in Mekong delta, the sampans "Song Xanh" offer a concept of fully private charter cruises for individuals, ideal for couples, or famillies with childrens.

The boats dimensions allow a deep discovery of the delta, its numerous canals and arroyos. Exclusive cruise itineraries have been designed away from touristic areas, and permitt an intimate approach of the authentic inhabitants life style and ancestral activities. While some meals are served onboard, others are catered at ancient houses along the river allowing cultural exchanges and priviledged contacts with the locals.

For those looking for a more active way to penetrate the delta, bicycles and a small rowing boat are also available.

On each sampan boat, a crew of 4 including an english or french speaking guide is pampering the guests. Exotic fruits, mineral water, green tea, and fresh towels are served on complimentary basis.

Each sampan will carry a charming rowing boat ("Xuong"), nicely designed for deeper cruises along small canals and arroyos during the itinerary.

Bicycles can also be taken on board (fixed on a rack a the back) for exciting "out of the track" countryside rides.
Designed for individuals looking for authentic "Private Cruise" experience, with overnight on board. Exclusive itineraries 2D/1N and 3D/2N. Equipped with a bathroom with lavabo, wc and shower, the sampans can also be used for daily private cruise programs for FIT's or Groups.

 

Song Xanh 1

15m long x 3,5m wide, 1 living room transformed into a comfortable bedroom at night (15m2), 1 bathroom with wc, lavabo and shower, 1 sundeck at the back where chairs, table, and meals or drinks can be served. Capacity max. 2 adults

 

Song Xanh 2

18m long x 3,5m wide, 1 bed room, 1 living room that can be transformed into 1 more bedroom at night (15m2/each), 1 bathroom with wc, lavabo and shower, 1 sundeck at the back where chairs, table, and meals or drinks can be served. Capacity max. 4 adults + 1 or 2 young childrens.

 

Song Xanh 3

18m long x 3,5m wide, 1 bed room, 1 living room that can be transformed into 1 more bedroom at night (15m2/each), 1 bathroom with wc, lavabo and shower, 1 sundeck at the back where chairs, table, and meals or drinks can be served. Capacity max. 4 adults + 1 or 2 young childrens.

 

Song Xanh 4

18m long x 3,5m wide, 1 bed room, 1 living room that can be transformed into 1 more bedroom at night (15m2/each), 1 bathroom with wc, lavabo and shower, 1 sundeck at the back where chairs, table, and meals or drinks can be served. Capacity max. 4 adults + 1 or 2 young childrens.

 

Song xanh 5

23 metres long x  4,5 metres wide, the boat offers 3 spacious rooms of 16sqm each including 2 bedrooms and 1 living room (easily transformable into 1 more bedroom at night if needed). The large bathroom is equipped with shower, washbasin, wc, and provide a full set of deluxe amenities such as slippers, cotton bathrobes, bathtowels, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, comb, cotton tips, shower cap, and sanitary bags.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Cai Be - An Phu - Dong Hoa Hiep -/ Vinh Long/ Sa Dec (L,D)

Morning pick up you at 7:30 am transfer to Cai Be where you will embank the Song Xanh. The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at around 10.00 am. Upon embarkation on your sampan-hotel, you will be welcomed with fresh cotton towels. After your installation, the cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Visits will be made at an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 where you will we welcomed by the owner. Further, another stop at some local home factories will allow you to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made.  We will proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer.  A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.

After lunch, your sampan will proceed to Sa Dec cruising the Tien Giang river, one of the two large arms of the Mekong.

These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people. We will then cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations… You will take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations. Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit. Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals.

You will disembark for a guided visit of this charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses, Chinese temples and Vietnamese Dinh are dating from the last century…

You will visit the local market and the Trung Vuong primary school where well known writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (see her famous novel turned into the movie “The Lover”). Before sunset, we will have our last stop on the banks arranged at a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, we will cater a delicious dinner for you, an unforgettable experience in a unique atmosphere.

First night on the Mekong river…

 

 

Day 2: Sac De - Long Xuyen - Cho Moi (B,L,D)

The breakfast will be served on board at 07am. Your Sampan will slowly leave Sa Dec and proceed the cruise upstream the river to Long Xuyen, a peaceful provincial town located on the Mekong’s banks.  We will pass by several luxuriant islands, crossing countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fishes, showing an intense activity on the river. Approaching Long Xuyen, your lunch will be served on board.

Later, you will have a quick tour of Long Xuyen  typical center before cruising further to “Cu Lao Ong Ho” (The Tiger Island) for a visit at Ton Duc Thang museum, second president of Vietnam…We will proceed upstream on the Mekong river to Chau Doc. Some stops on the banks will be possible for cycling tours to discover deeper the inhabitants life style.  In the evening, we will organize for you an exciting experience at an ancient house located by the river in the suburbs of Cho Moi, where your dinner will be arranged.

You will be able to share experiences with family members and learn about traditional Southern Vietnam lifestyle, one of the highlights of your journey on the Mekong which should not be forgotten!

Back on board your private sampan for your second night on the river.

 

Day 3: Cho Moi - Chau Doc (B)

Early morning, your breakfast will be served on board while we will be cruising to Chau Doc.

We will cruise on a little arm of the Mekong where several traditional activities can be observed on the banks (artisanal boat factories, bamboo baskets making, palm leaves cutting, net fishing), as well as old Vietnamese temples dating from late 19th century. We will reach Chau Doc late in the morning. Located on the upper Mekong Delta, the town is 280 km south-west of Saigon on to the Cambodian border. With such proximity the local population is an eclectic mix of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese sharing different cultures and historical richness.

At around 11am, you will disembark at Chau Doc main city pier.  where you will be pick up and transfer to hotel. Overnight at  hotel in Chau Doc

 

Day 4 : Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B)

After breakfast, we transfer to boat pier for deparutre to Phnom Penh by speed boat (leave 7.00 am, arrive Phnom Penh around  12.00). End of tour.

 

Cost in USD per person based on private cruise

 

Period

2

3-4

5-6

Nov. 2011 – May 2012

547

495

445

Jun. 2012 – Oct. 2012

517

465

420

Children  6- 11 years old

50%  (applicable maximum 1 child per booking)

Children under 6 years old

FOC  (applicable maximum 1 child per booking)

 

Cruise includes:

3 days cruise on private boat  Songxanh Sampan

2 night on board, 1 night at 3* hotel in Chau doc

English / French speaking guide on board

Transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles

2 lunches (at “Le Longanier” indochine villa + on board)

2 breakfasts (on board), 1 breakfast at hotel

2 dinners (at local ancient houses)

Mineral water & Cold Towel, Fresh fruits

Speed boat ticket Chau doc - Phnompenh

Admission fees and permits where applicable

Bicycles and “ Xuong ” rowing boat rides

Government taxes and Service Charge

 

 Cruise excludes:

Pre/post trip arrangement

Visa and visa arrangement

Travel insurance

Other personal expenses such as tips, drink during meals & cruise ( soft drinks, beer, wine )

Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and Our Lunar New Year

 

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