Tours
MEKONG CRUISE WITH CAI BE PRINCES...

Since April 2005, MEKONG HORIZON also operates a restaurant named "Le Longanier", a beautiful two storey villa with typical Indochinese architecture located on the Phu An river banks, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit orchard plantations, trees and exotic flowers.
In 2010, MEKONG HORIZON has become a leading services supplier for all Vietnam based tour-operators and corporate companies, employing a total number of 80 employees, all native from rural areas adjacent to Cai Be, and locally trained by the company.
The company operates today an own-built flotilla of 12 boats with designs and styles reflecting true authentic ancient "sampans" (“Cai Be Princess”, “Song Xanh”) using materials such as rattan, bamboo and exotic wood.

Fertilities
Sampans "Cai Be Princess" (I, II, III, IV, V) :
Capacity 30 pax / Dimensions: 13m long x 2.8m wide / ideal for small groups or individual travellers - Daily Private chartered cruises (no join-in) from 1 up to 3 days (with overnight at local houses).

Sampans "Mekong Princess" (I & II)
Capacity 45 pax / Dimensions: 15m long x 3m wide / ideal for groups, equipped with toilets on board - Daily Private chartered Cruises (special itineraries possible on request).
All boats are built with designs and styles reflecting true authentic ancient “sampans”, using materials such as rattan, bamboo and exotic wood

On board activities

In this respect, we have developed a range of products, activities and projects that:
- Minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts.
- Generates economic benefits for local people, enhances the community and improves working conditions. Involves local people in the decision-making process.
- Contributes to the conservation of the environment and cultural heritage.
- Provides an enjoyable tourism experience and opportunity for tourists to meet locals.
- Provides tourists with a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues. Provides access for physically challenged tourists.
- Promotes respect between tourists and hosts, while building locals’ confidence.

Brief Itinerary


1.full day trip: 
Trip name: Cai Be –Phu  An
Trip code: VLV-61(CBP-03)
Trip duration: day  trip
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request
Trip route:Saigon- Cai be – Vinhlong-Saigon
Starts/Ends trip: Saigon/Saigon
Trip type: Nature, landscape & cruising

2. Full day trip 
Trip name: Cai Be –Vinhlong -Sadec
Trip code: VLV-60(CBP-04)
Trip duration: day  trip
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request
Trip route:Saigon- Cai be – Vinhlong-Sadec -Saigon
Starts/Ends trip: Saigon/Saigon
Trip type: Nature, landscape & cruising

3. two days trip: 
Trip name: Exclusive 2 days cruise in the Mekong delta
Trip code: VLV-56(CBP-05)
Trip duration: 2days/1night (Overnight at local house by the river - basic accommodation)
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request
Trip route:Saigon- Cai be – Phu  An-Dong  Hoa  Hiep-An Binh-Vinhlong-Sadec-Saigon
Starts/Ends trip: Saigon/Saigon
Trip type: Nature, landscape & cruising

4.  Three days  trip:
Trip name: Exclusive 3 days cruise in the Mekong delta
Trip code: VLV-60(CBP-06)
Trip duration: 3days/2nights (Overnight at an ancient house / basic accommodation)
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request
Trip route:Saigon- Cai be – Phu  An-Dong  Hoa  Hiep-An Binh-Vinhlong-Sadec-Saigon
Starts/Ends trip: Saigon/Saigon
Trip type: Nature, landscape & cruising

1. full days itinerary: Cai Be -Phu  An 

Our 1 Day private cruise excursion starts from Cai Be, departing from Cai Be town pier at 10.30am the latest.Upon embarkation, clients are welcomed with fresh rolled cotton towels.The program will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.Further, a visit will be done at an ancient Mandarin house dating from the 19th century where you will be greeted by the family.We will proceed to Phu An, an untouched remote area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer. On the way, an optional stop can be made at local home factories where you can see how rice paste and rice popcorn are made.A delicious lunch will be served at Le Longanier, a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical plantation, by the river.

(*) Set menu lunch: Vegetable Soup, Le Longanier Fried Spring rolls, Fried Mekong Elephant Ear Fish, Fried Mixed Vegetables with Pork, Caramelized Pork in Clay Pot, Seasonal Fresh Fruits. (For other menus, please contact us.)
 
After lunch, your sampan will cruise deeper into the country side on smaller canals and arroyos passing under several small traditional bridges made by wood and bamboos. Stops can be made during the cruise to visit some fruit markets and plantations on the banks (bananas, water melon, and longans), an opportunity to make contacts with local inhabitants. Along the river, local houses are still traditionally made of wood and palm tree leaves. On the river banks, you will observe some very large rice fields while cruising between numerous suspended fishing nets, an ancestral way of fishing in the Mekong Delta.
The cruise will end at around 3pm at Phu Nhuan Bridge near Cai Lay.
(*) An optional bicycle tour can be arranged on the banks, through the country side.
 

2. full days itinerary:Cai Be –Vinhlong -Sadec
Our 1 Day private cruise excursion starts from our own pier in Phu An (near Cai Be), departing at 10.30am the latest.
Upon embarkation on Cai Be Princess boat, clients are welcomed with fresh rolled cotton towels.
The tour will start with the visit of some local factories to observe rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying process. We will proceed to Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among barges full of fruits and vegetables...
The Mekong River brings about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remaining unknown to many people.
Your cruise will then lead you to Sa Dec. We will cruise for some time on the Tien Giang River before entering a beautiful canal. The water way is getting narrower while the banks are appearing more attractive with beautiful landscapes. You will be able to observe several water jacinth plantations on the banks used for furniture and handicrafts. Further, passing by several traditional bricks and tiles factories along the river, we will have an interesting visit at one of them.
We will reach Sa Dec at around 01pm. We will disembark at the local market place, and have a short walk through it.
Your lunch will be served at Marguerite Duras’ Lover ancient house. A visit will be done at this beautiful ancient house dating from 1880.
The excursion will end at around 3.00pm.
Your own private transportation vehicle will await you for your transfer back to Saigon or will proceed further to your next destination.


3.two days trip:  Exclusive 2 days cruise in the Mekong delta
 
Day 1: Cai be - Phu an - Dong Hoa hiep
The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at 10.30am the latest.
Upon embarkation on your river junk, you will be welcomed with fresh cotton towels.
The cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.
We will then proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer.
On the way, stop will be made at some local home factories to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other regional specialties are made.
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.
(*) Set menu lunch: Vegetable Soup, Le Longanier Fried Spring rolls, Fried Mekong Elephant Ear Fish, Fried Mixed Vegetables with Pork, Caramelized Pork in Clay Pot, Seasonal Fresh Fruits. (For other menus, please contact us.)
After lunch, your sampan will cruise deeper into the country side on smaller canals and arroyos passing under several small traditional bridges made by wood and bamboos. Stops can be made during the cruise to visit some fruit markets and plantations on the banks (bananas, water melon, and longans), an opportunity to make contacts with local inhabitants. Along the river, local houses are still traditionally made of wood and palm tree leaves. On the river banks, you will observe some very large rice fields while cruising between numerous suspended fishing nets, an ancestral way of fishing in the Mekong Delta.
 
The cruise will proceed to Dong Hoa Hiep island.
You will disembark at an ancient Mandarin house dating from late 19th century located on the river banks. After being greeted by the owners, you will proceed to the check-in formalities and leaded to your room.
Rest of the day at leisure in a peaceful and romantic atmosphere.
Dinner and overnight at the ancient house.
 
DAY 2: Dong Hoa Hiep - Vinh long - Sa dec
After breakfast, back on board your private sampan for your second day cruise in the delta.
You will discover Dong Hoa Hiep island, a peaceful escape where you will be able to discover the rural life style and daily activities of the delta inhabitants such as roofs making with palm tree leaves, a bricks and tiles artisanal factory, net fishing,…
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 proceed the cruise up-stream on the Tien Giang River, another large arm of the Mekong. On both sides of the river, locals are recolting water jacinth, another famous Mekong delta product used for furniture and baskets.
On the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the biggest bricks and tiles factory where we will you have an interesting visit.
Back on board, we will cruise to Sa Dec. The town is appearing like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals, with various kinds of activities on the banks.
We will disembark at the local market place, and have a short walk through it.
Your lunch will be served at Marguerite Duras’ Lover ancient house. A visit will be done at this beautiful ancient house dating from 1880.
In the afternoon, visit of Sa Dec charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets and beautiful old houses dating from the last century, among some old Chinese temples, ancient Dinh, including the primary school of Marguerite Duras famous writer. (See Marguerite Duras novel turned into a famous movie, “The Lover”).
The excursion will end at around 04pm. Your own private transportation vehicle will await you for your transfer back to Saigon or will proceed further to your next destination.
 
4.  Three days  Exclusive 3 days cruise in the Mekong delta
 
DAY 1: CAI BE - PHU AN - DONG HOA HIEP
The excursion starts from Cai Be town pier at around 10.30 am.
Upon embarkation on your river junk, you will be welcomed with fresh cotton towels.
The cruise will begin with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. We will then proceed to Phu An hamlet, an untouched beautiful area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer.
On the way, stop will be made at some local home factories to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other regional specialties are made.
A delicious lunch will await you at "Le Longanier" restaurant, a superb Indochinese villa located by the river, in a lush tropical garden surrounded by fruit plantations.
After lunch, your boat will cruise deeper into the country side along smaller rivers and canals. Visits on the river banks will allow you to discover some fruit markets and plantations such as bananas, water melon, coconuts, longans, and some very large paddy fields...
Occasion will be given to establish friendly contacts with the local population.
Along the river, local houses are still traditionally made of wood and palm tree leaves.
We will cruise under several small bridges traditionally made by wood and bamboos, passing by numerous suspended fishing nets, an ancestral way of fishing in the Mekong Delta.
Your river junk will proceed to Dong Hoa Hiep islet reaching an ancient mandarin house where you will disembark for the night.
Free time to discover the old house and surroundings.
Dinner and overnight.
 
DAY 2: Dong hoa hiep – An binh - Vinh long
(Overnight at local house by the river - basic accommodation)
After breakfast, back on board Cai Be Princess to proceed the excursion from Dong Hoa Hiep to An Binh and Vinh Long, a peaceful escape where you will be able to discover the rural life style and daily activities of the delta inhabitants such as roofs making with palm tree leaves, a bricks and tiles artisanal factory, net fishing..
Lunch will await you at a fruit orchard plantation near Binh Hoa Phuc islet.
After lunch, discover beautiful landscapes on the river banks, cruising along Dong Phu canal, and An Binh islet. 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.
After cruising for about 30 minutes on a small arroyo, we will reach your home for the night (Mai Quoc Nam or Muoi Dai), some traditional charming construction built by the river.
Disembarkation and check in. Rest of the day at leisure in a peaceful and romantic atmosphere. Dinner and overnight.
 
DAY 3: AN BINH - VINH LONG - SA DEC
After breakfast, back on board your private sampan for your last day cruise in the delta.
Crossing the large Co Chien River we will pass under the spectacular My Thuan Bridge.
A visit will be made at a beautiful fruits orchard plantation.
We will proceed the cruise up-stream on a beautiful canal. On the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one of the biggest bricks and tiles factory where we will you have an interesting visit. On both sides of the river, locals are recolting water jacinth, another famous Mekong delta product used for furniture and baskets.
Sa Dec is appearing like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals, with a lot of activity on the banks. You will disembark at the local market place, one of the biggest of the delta.
Lunch will be served at an ancient house (Nha Co).
Visit of Sa Dec charming and peaceful town, walking along its narrow streets and beautiful old houses dating from the last century, among some old Chinese temples, ancient Dinh, including the primary school of Marguerite Duras famous writer. (See Marguerite Duras novel turned into a famous movie, “The Lover”).
The excursion will end at around 4pm.
Your own private transportation vehicle will await you for your transfer back to Saigon or proceed to your next destination.
 

 

 

 

Price Include:

- 1 Day cruise on Cai Be Princess junk on private chartered basis, Complimentary fresh cotton towels, fresh fruits, hot green tea, mineral water during cruise, 1 Lunch at Le Longanier (as per menu described), Visits mentioned, Crew assistance (3), VAT and service charge,

- 2 Days cruise on private charter basis, 2 Lunches (days 1+2), 1 Dinner (day 1), 1 Night accommodation at local house by the river, Breakfast (day 2), 1 hour Bicycle ride (day 1), Complimentary fresh cotton towels, fresh fruits with hot green tea and mineral water during cruise, Visits mentioned, Crew assistance (3), VAT + service charges.

- 3 Days cruise on private charter basis, 3 Lunches (days 1+2+3), 2 Dinners (day 1+2), 2 Nights accommodation at local house by the river, 2 Breakfast (day 2+ day 3), 1 hour Bicycle ride (day 1), Complimentary fresh cotton towels, fresh fruits with hot green tea and mineral water during cruise, Visits mentioned, Crew assistance (3), VAT + service charges.

Price Excludes:

1. Road Transfers to / from Cai Be, Services not mentioned, Drinks during lunch.

2. Road Transportation, Supplements mentioned, Drinks during meals, Travel Insurance, Tipping / Crew during cruise, Personal expenses.

3. Road Transportation, Supplements mentioned, Drinks during meals, Travel Insurance, Tipping / Crew during cruise, Personal expenses.

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