2-day Mighty Mekong River Cruise _ Song Xanh Sampan

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit the home of Mr. Huyen Thuy Le, a character from the novel ‘The Lover’ by Marguerite Duras
  • Visit Cao Dai Temple
    • Explore one of the most bustling markets in Mekong Delta, Cai Be
  • Cruise through the waterways and experience the timeless scenery of life on the delta

  • Enjoy pleasant walking or biking as discovering tropical fruit orchards and the activities of the locals

tour details

This overnight cruise offers an excellent opportunity to witness the local daily life and lush landscapes at close range within 2 days in a traditional sampan. Its small size allows you to discover the smaller canals, rivers and tributaries of this amazing region.

Pick-up at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to Cai Be. Upon arrival, embark on the Song Xanh Sampan. The excursion starts at around 10:00 hrs from the pier in Phu An hamlet, located next to Cai Be town, approximately a 2-hour drive south of Saigon.
Visit some local home factories where rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made.
The sampan will then take the direction of Vinh Long and Sa Dec cruising upstream on the Tien Giang River, one of the two large arms of the Mekong. Branching to a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations, you will disembark to take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a tiny local village and fruit plantations.
Sa Dec town will appear like a little "Venice" with numerous narrow canals. Disembark at the local market for a guided visit of this charming town. Walk along its narrow streets where beautiful old French houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous. Visit an ancient house dating from 1890, home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the "Lover" of Marguerite Dura's famous writer (see her novel and adapted movie "The Lover").
Back on board the Song Xanh Sampan, lunch will be served while cruising down to Can Tho along a beautiful narrow canal, passing under several wooden "monkey bridges" and by tiny typical villages. By stopping on the banks you will get in contact with the local population. Visit a temple of the Cao Dai religion.
Have dinner at an ancient house "Nha Co", dating from the early 19th century. After dinner, cruise for approximately one hour until Can Tho where the sampan will moor for the night in a quiet place.
Accommodation aboard the Song Xanh Sampan

Meals included:
Lunch on board
Dinner at local house
At around 06:00 hrs the sampan will slowly start cruising. Breakfast will be served on board at 07:00 hrs while approaching Cai Rang floating market - still the largest in the Mekong Delta.
Passing by countless sampans, boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fish, flowers, you will witness the liveliness of the floating market and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.
Disembark at Ninh Kieu pier in Can Tho after a visit to a local market.
Pick up and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, drop off at your hotel or further transfer to Ho Chi Minh City / Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure at surcharge (accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City is not included).
Our recommendation: Extend your trip in the Mekong Delta (visiting Chau Doc near the Cambodian border) or fly from Can Tho to the beautiful island of Phu Quoc for a beach extension.

Meals included:
Breakfast on board


  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers to/from Ho Chi Minh City with English or French-speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Side excursions during the cruise are conducted by an on-board resident English-speaking guide
  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles
  • Bicycle
  • Small boat ride


  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Vietnam (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Kayaking
  • Beauty and Spa services
  • Surcharges for our tour guide onboard
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa application and visa stamp fees at Vietnamese embassies overseas and/ or upon arrival (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Visa application and visa stamp fees at Vietnamese embassies overseas and/ or upon arrival (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
Tour code: SGNDSSX2

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