The Mekong Eyes combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts to become the perfect holiday vessel to cruise the Mekong Delta travel in style. At 39 m long and 8.5 m wide, the Mekong Eyes river cruiser was built out of an old, traditional rice barge with the finest quality wood, and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta.
Why Mekong Eyes? – One of the traditional ceremonies performed on a newly constructed Mekong boat is the “eye opening”. The eyes are painted on the bow for good luck, a wide-awake crew and fast and safe journeys.
Our crew will do their utmost to provide you with all the services and comfort you need during your Mekong Delta cruise. The captain and his deck hand as well as the engineer are in charge of the technical details and the routing. An experienced chef and sevice staff will take you on a culinary journey through Vietnam. A local guide will explain the life and culture of the Mekong Delta to you and answer any questions you might have. Our staff also get regular safety trainings.

Brief Itinerary


1. Two days itinerary
Trip name: 2-day Mekong Delta River Cruise to the Floating Markets of Cai Be and Cai Rang
Trip code: VLV-61 (2D/1N)
Trip duration: 2days/1night 
Trip Operates: ODD date depart from Cantho; EVEN date from Caibe. Daily departures.
Trip price: Available upon Request 
Trip route: Caibe-Vinhlong-Cantho
Starts/Ends trip: Cai be/Cantho
Trip type: Nature, landscape & Cruising 
Brief program:
Day 1: Panorama River Cruise
Day 2: Cai Rang / Cai Be Floating Market 

2. Two days itinerary
Trip name: 3-day Mekong Delta River Cruise to the Floating Markets of Cai Be and Cai Rang
Trip code: VLV-61 (2D/1N)
Trip duration: 3days/2nights 
Trip Operates: ODD date depart from Cantho; EVEN date from Caibe. Daily departures.
Trip price: Available upon Request 
Trip route: Caibe-Vinhlong-Cantho
Starts/Ends trip: Cai be/Cantho
Trip type: Nature, landscape & Cruising 
Brief program:
Day 1: Panorama River Cruise
Day 2: Life on the water and floating markets
Day 3:An exotic world of its own

 

 

1. Two days itinerary
Day 1: Panorama River Cruise
In the morning we pick you up at your hotel in Saigon and take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board your comfortable wooden river cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The cruise boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.

Day 2: Cai Rang / Cai Be Floating Market 
Wake up well rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skillfully handcrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
In the afternoon after brunch / lunch, we will take you back to your hotel 

 

2. Two days itinerary
On this tour you have more time to discover the sights of the Mekong Delta and enjoy the river life. You can visit two famous floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be. On several land excursions you have the chance to see local handicraft production, colorful brick kilns, opulent orchards and peaceful villages. Take an excursion with a small rowing Sampan or a short bike trip to explore the small side canals of the mighty Mekong river.

Day 1: Panorama River Cruise
In the morning we pick you up at your hotel in Saigon and take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board your wooden river cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The cruise boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.


Day 2: Life on the water and floating markets
Wake up well rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
Later in the morning your can boat through the green water landscape on a little rowing sampan to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards. Alternatively you can discover the nearby town by foot or explore the small side canals of the Mekong river on a bicycle.
The cruise boat then resumes its journey as lunch is served. In the afternoon there will be another side trip to one of the exotic villages along the way.


Day 3: An exotic world of its own
After breakfast and an early start through the glorious morning atmosphere on the Mekong river we will visit another floating market. Be sure not to miss the great photo opportunities for authentic snapshots of the Mekong people and their life.
Take another sampan side trip right into the lush rural landscape, the fertile fields, the exuberant green. Then it’s time to pack up and return to the pier from which we started.
The Mekong Delta cruise boat tour ends at around 11.00 - 11.30h on the pier. After lunch, we will take you back to your hotel in Saigon.

 

Cabin & Fertilities
Class: River Cruiser
Max. length 39 m (125 ft.)
Max. beam: 8.5 m (27 ft.)
Draft: 1.8 m
Load: 400 tpns
Number of cabins: 15 (9 twins and 6 doubles). All are deluxe standard with private bathrooms
1 air-conditioned indoor restaurant with bar
1 indoor panorama lounge with air-condition
1 outside sitting area
1 sun deck
Main engine: Cummins 450 hp
2 electrical generators: Yanmar 100 kVA, 24h hour electricity supply
Toshiba central-controlled air-conditioning and ventilation
Heat and smoke detectors
Fire fighting system
The river cruise boat can comfortably accommodate up to 30 passengers on a large area of approx. 250 m2, it’s like a floating hotel:
There are 15 lavishly furnished twin and double rooms, each with a private bathroom with shower and hot water, wardrobe, air-conditioning and fan. The rooms are well insulated against climate and sound, and all offer a fantastic panoramic view of the Mekong river.
There is a large dining room in the lower deck, where you can enjoy culinary specialities of Vietnam or a sundowner in the cosy bar.
A stylish upper-deck inside panorma lounge invites you to sit back and take in the impressions of the fantastic scenery and the busy every day life on the river.
On the top deck you will find an open sitting area and sun deck with breathtaking views. While you are basking on the sun deck our friendly staff will pamper you with cool drinks and freshly cooked delicacies.

On Board Activities 

This is a great way to discover the fascinating Mekong Delta life off the beaten track. You can stop on the way to explore the small paths along the canals or the river islands. Our sampan will pick you up at the end of the tour to bring you back to the Mekong Eyes. This is a perfect combination: a relaxing river cruise as well as active exploring of the Mekong Delta by bike.
During your Mekong Delta river cruise, you can do side trips with our sampan to explore the small Mekong side canals - a unique perspective on life on the water and the scenery
To learn the secrets of real Vietnamese cuisine, we give you the possibility to take cooking classes from our chef. You will also have the option to buy the fresh ingredients for your own meal directly at the local floating markets.

Price Include:

• Road transfer from / to Saigon
• Accommodation in cozy double or twin bedded cabins
• savory meals
• Mineral water placed in your cabin
• Side trips on sampans as mentioned in the itineraries.
Drinks are not included in the price (except the mineral water in your cabin).
This tour is available with the wooden cruise vessels Mekong Eyes (15 cabins) and the exclusive Dragon Eyes (2 cabins).
If you are staying in Saigon, we will pick you up at your hotel in Saigon and will take you back there after the end of the Mekong Delta cruise tour.

Price Excludes:

 

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