Song Xanh Sampan Mekong cruise

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.

Brief Itinerary

Trip name: Song xanh - 2 days cruise Cai be - Sa dec - Can tho
Trip code: VLV-61
Trip duration: 2days/1night
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request
Trip route:Saigon- Cai be - Sa dec - Can tho-Saigon
Starts/Ends trip: Saigon/Saigon
Trip type: Nature, landscape & cruising

Day 1: Caibe- Cantho
The cruise starts at around from our pier in Phu An hamlet located next to Cai Be town, approximately 2 hours drive south from Saigon.
Upon embarkation on your sampan you will be welcomed by our crew. After your installation, the cruise will begin with the visit of some local home factories where you will be able to observe how rice paste, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made. We will then proceed to Cai Be colorful floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables.
Your sampan will take direction of Vinh Long and Sa Dec, cruising upstream on the Tien Giang River, one of the two large arms of the Mekong. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River bring about large networks of meandering rivers, criss-crossed with countless arroyos, and remain unknown to many people.
We will then cruise on a small beautiful canal through water jacinth plantations… You will disembark to take a small rowing boat for a cruise along a narrow canal passing by a local tiny village and fruit plantations.
Further on the banks, some dark smokes in the sky will lead us to one
of the largest artisanal bricks and tiles factory where you will have an interesting visit.
Sa Dec town will appear like a little “Venice” with numerous narrow canals.
You will disembark at the local market place for a guided visit of this charming town, walking along its narrow streets where beautiful French old houses and Chinese temples dating from the last century are numerous. Visit at an ancient house dating from 1890, home of Ong. Huyen Thuy Le, the “Lover” of Marguerite Duras famous novelist.
Back on board your sampan, your lunch will be served while we will be cruising down to Can Tho along a beautiful narrow canal, passing under several wooden “monkey bridges” and by tiny typical villages.
Some stops on the banks will be possible to establish contacts with the local population. A visit will be done at a Cao Daist temple. Before sunset, we will have our last stop on the banks arranged at a splendid ancient house or “Nha Co” dating from the early 19th century. After being greeted by the owners, we will cater a candlelight dinner for you, an unforgettable experience in a unique atmosphere.
After dinner, we will proceed the cruise for approximately one hour until Can Tho. We will moor for the night in a quiet place.
Your bed will be ready for your first night on the Mekong river.


At around 06am, your sampan will slowly start cruising.
Your breakfast will be served on board at approximately 07am, while approaching Cai Rang floating market, actually the largest in the whole Mekong delta.
We will pass by countless sampan boats carrying sand, rice, fruits and vegetables, fish, flowers… showing an intense activity on the river.
Your cruise journey will end at around 10am at Ninh Kieu pier after a visit at Can Tho local market.
End of the cruise and services.

Cabin & fertilities
Horizon is launching in November 2009 its fifth "Song Xanh" sampan.
With 23 meters long and 4,5 meters wide, the boat offers 3 spacious rooms of 16sqm each including 2 bedrooms and 1 living room (easily transformable into 1 more bedroom at night if needed). The large bathroom is equipped with shower, washbasin, wc, and provide a full set of deluxe amenities such as slippers, cotton bathrobes, bath towels, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, comb, cotton tips, shower cap, and sanitary bags.

On board activities

Unique in Mekong delta, the sampans "Song Xanh" offer a concept of fully private charter cruises for individuals, ideal for couples, or famillies with childrens.
The boats dimensions allow a deep discovery of the delta, its numerous canals and arroyos. Exclusive cruise itineraries have been designed away from touristic areas, and permitt an intimate approach of the authentic inhabitants life style and ancestral activities. While some meals are served onboard, others are catered at ancient houses along the river allowing cultural exchanges and priviledged contacts with the locals.
For those looking for a more active way to penetrate the delta, bicycles and a small rowing boat are also available.
On each sampan boat, a crew of 4 including an english or french speaking guide is pampering the guests. Exotic fruits, mineral water, green tea, and fresh towels are served on complimentary

Price Include:


- 2 Days & 1 Night cruise on private charter basis on board “Song Xanh” sampan

- 1 lunch, 1 candlelight dinner incl.1 small btle. of wine for 2 at an ancient house

- Breakfast on board (coffee, tea, juice, fresh yogurt, fruits, bread, butter and jam)

- 2 bottles of min. water/pers./day, Vietnamese tea, Fresh fruits, Refreshing cotton towels

- Visits mentioned as per cruise program

- Service Charge and Gvt. Taxes

- Crew assistance

- 1 English or French speaking guide

- Bicycles and “Xuong” rowing boat rides

-All rates subject to change without period noted
-All rates are available for bookings made through Viet Legend Travel only.

Price Excludes:

- Individual Traveling Insurance
- Personal Expenses during the cruise
- Drinks during meals & cruise (soft drinks, beer, wine)
- Tipping / Crew and Guide
- Road Transportation

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