Mekong Delta Discovery - 4 days
OVERVIEW | Ben Tre – Can Tho – Tra Su – Chau Doc with private sampan and guided overland tour
Highly recommended by several well-regarded travel magazines worldwide, our Private Sampan cruises make for a truly unique experience. Created to resemble the traditional fishing sampans, but sized to match the larger freight haulers, our Sampans are 22 meters x 4.5 meters wide. The overall height of our vessel allows us to enter the smaller more intimate tributaries in the Mekong Delta, while still providing great onboard comfort and amenities. Imagine the ability to go completely off-the-beaten-path, with our four-person crew and top guide, serving you day and night!
DAY 1 | Ben Tre – Mo Cay – Vung Liem
Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Ba Dung pier in Ben Tre and head to An Hoa River. Enjoy your welcome drink and peaceful scenery while crew members board your luggage. The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, where you will take the cycling trip through the Village to explore more of the local daily life.
Stop at a local house to taste the tropical fruits and chat with the farmer. Visit the rice noodle factory which supply to most local markets in the area.
Continue to take a rowing sampan boat through the small canals, which are covered green by the water coconut plants.
As you reach the big river, your sampan is waiting for you and lunch will be served on board.
After lunch, your boat will bring you to My Long village where you will meet with a local family, Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper, which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and observe the process of how it is made.
Return to the boat and continue to cruise to Mo Cay canals. Stop for a visit at the coconut processing workshop where you can see how the locals utilize every bit of the coconut. Continue cruising to Vung Liem Canal where your sampan will dock for an overnight.
Relax and freshen up for your cooking demonstration and dinner on board. The rest of the evening will be spent at your leisure.
DAY 2 | Vung Liem – Tra On – Can Tho
In the morning, breakfast will be served on board and you will start to visit the brick factory where you will see how bricks are made in the traditional method and mostly by hand. Continue to take the bike ride through green paddies, garden settings and local villages to explore the untouched beauty of this region.
Head to the town of Vung Liem, continue to visit the Cao Dai Temple in one of the most popular local religions, which is a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucism.
The boat will then cruise to Tra On on the Mang Thit River, on the way you will stop at Cai Nhum village where you will have a walk or bike ride through local villages and this will offer a good chance to observe the local culture and interact with the local people.
Return to your boat and continue cruising to Can tho.
While on board, freshen up, and then head to the deck to observe the sun set, your private bar is always open and your dinner will be served afterwards.
Enjoy fresh air while cruising on the tranquil water. The rest of the evening is spent at your leisure.
Overnight onboard near Can Tho City.
DAY 3 | Can Tho – Cai Rang – Chau Doc
Get up early in the morning and your breakfast will be ready out the Deck. Freshen up for the early boat trip to the spectacular Cai Rang floating market, where you will transfer to a smaller boat and mingle amongst the thousands of trading vessels. Feel free to buy yourself fruits or drinks from the local boats.
After your market visit, return to your Mango Cruise, and soak in your surroundings,
Time to check out and you will be dropped off at Ninh Kieu quay in Can Tho, and prepare for your onward trip to Chau Doc.
Make a stop at the beautiful Tra Su Rainforest, and enjoy a private boat trip though the lush rainforest as you watch for birds present within the park.
Return to the private car, drive to Chau Doc and have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will be taken to your Hotel.
Option 1: Nui Sam Lodge Chau Doc
Option 2: Murray Guesthouse Chau Doc
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure, arranging dinner on your own accord.
Overnight at Hotel in Chau Doc.
DAY 4 | Chau Doc – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Amendment to drop-off in Ha Tien, breakfast at 09:00 AM and car will then transfer you to Ha Tien for the Super Dong ferry to Phu Quoc Island.
The Hotel will prepare breakfast in the box as you will depart at 06:00 AM. Your car and guide will see you off at the speedboat ferry terminal for your cruise to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
End of services.
Rate for private Mango Sampan and Overland Program 4D/3N
Option 1: Two Deluxe Double rooms – Nui Sam Lodge
Option 2: Two Deluxe Double rooms – Murray Guesthouse
Includes private van transfer from HCMC – Ben Tre, Can Tho – Tra Su – Chau Doc & Ferry Terminal drop-off
Hang Chau Speedboat Ferry Service
Chau Doc, Vietnam – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
$45.00 USD per person
English/French speaking guide
Boat trips as mentioned
Meals as mentioned
Admission fee to indicated sights
Overnight (2) on Private Sampan
Overnight (1) Deluxe Room at Nui Sam Lodge
All activities as mentioned
Travel insurance of any kind
Tip, drinks, personal expenses
Other services not mentioned
Speedboat ferry service from Chau Doc, Vietnam – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Credit Card payment via Onepay, additional 3% or Wire Transfer charged to client $35.00 approx.