Private Sampan cruise in the Mekong Delta
DAY 1 | BEN TRE – MO CAY – VUNG LIEM
Upon arrival at Ba Lai bridge in Ben Tre, get on Xe Loi (trishaw- motor) ride to alongside the narrow village roads to our local pier.
You will board your Mango cruise boat at Ba Dung Pier in Ben Tre and head to An Hoa River. Enjoy coconut juice 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 a coconut spirits factory, which is a popular drink among the natives in Vietnam. It is a sweet, fresh or mildly fermented sap taken from tapping the young expanded flowers of the coconut, good for the health.
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 on to visit the Cao Dai Temple in one of the most popular local religions, which is a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confusism.
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.
Get back 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 – NINH KIEU QUAY
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 preparing for your onward trip.
End of tour.