3-day Mighty Mekong River Cruise _ Song Xanh Sampan

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 3 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 3 day 2 nights cruise offers an excellent opportunity to witness the local daily life and lush landscapes at close range in a traditional sampan. Its small size allows you to discover the smaller canals, rivers and tributaries of this colorful and vibrant 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 cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colourful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.

Visit an ancient mandarin house dating from 1890 and some local home factories where rice paste, coconut candy and other specialties are traditionally made. Proceed to Phu An hamlet, a beautiful and untouched area offering some of the best vistas of the Mekong Delta. A delicious lunch will be served at "Le Longanier", a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical garden by the river.

After lunch, the sampan will continue to the Tien Giang River, one of the two large arms of the "Mighty Mekong". The evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos. Take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a tiny local village and fruit plantations. Disembark for an excursion to one of the largest traditional bricks and tile factory where bricks and tiles are produced in the traditional way.

Cruise on and Sa Dec town appears like little "Venice" with numerous narrow canals. 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, The next stop will be at the Trung Vuong primary school where the famous novelist Marguerite Duras spent her childhood (screened in the movie "The Lover"). Visit the beautiful ancient house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le who was the former "lover" of M. Duras.

Dinner and accommodation aboard the Song Xanh Sampan

Meals included:
Lunch Le Longanier Restaurant
Dinner on board
Breakfast will be served on board at around 07:30 hrs. Disembark for a visit to Sa Dec market, considered one of the most exotic and authentic markets in Vietnam. Back on board, cruise down to Can Tho along a beautiful narrow canal arched by several locally dub "monkey bridges" and passing by typical Mekong Delta villages. Lunch will be served onboard.

Stops will be made for further discovery of the Mekong Delta's daily life. A visit to the Cao Daist temple overlooking the river and a bicycle ride can be arranged.

The last stop of the day is made before sunset at a splendid ancient house or "Nha Co" dating from the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, an unforgettable candlelit dinner will be served in a unique atmosphere. After dinner, get back on board for an approximately one hour cruise to Can Tho where the Song Xanh will moor for the night in a quiet place.

Accommodation aboard the Song Xanh Sampan

Meals included:
Breakfast on board
Lunch on board
Dinner at an ancient 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 onboard private Song Xanh sampan
  • 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
  • All entrance and boat fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles
  • Bicycle
  • Small boat ride


  • Optional tours
  • 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: SGNDSSX3

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