Dragon Eyes Cruise
2 Days » Cruise between Sa Dec and Cai Be
- Enjoy the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
- Join a city tour in Sa Dec with local market and flower gardens.
- Have a guided walk around Cai Be, a beautiful Mekong Delta town with fruit orchards, a French church and many local handicrafts.
- Explore Cai Be floating market and some small canals with the sampan.
|Day 1||River Cruise to Sa Dec and visit of the flower gardens||Enjoy the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people; have a city tour in Sa Dec with local market and flower gardens.||Lunch, Dinner|
|Day 2||Cruise to Cai Be and visit of the floating market||Have a sampan ride to Cai Be floating market; go for a guided walk around Cai Be town; explore some small canals with the sampan.||Brunch|
River Cruise to Sa Dec and visit of the flower gardens
Activities: Enjoy the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people; have a city tour in Sa Dec with local market and flower gardens.
Meal: Lunch, Dinner
We pick you up at your hotel in Saigon (district 1 and parts of district 3) and bring you to the pier in Cai Be (approx. 2 hours drive) where you board the Dragon Eyes cruiser. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served on the top deck, the boat starts cruising. Sit back on the sun deck or in our air-conditioned lounge and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
After lunch we arrive in charming Sa Dec for a city tour. There you can see the busy and colorful local market, enjoy a coffee on the nice riverside promenade and visit a nearby flower village with orchards. The charming town still has a lot of colonial architecture, in particular the old market, the church and many old villas and trader’s houses. We visit one of them, a beautifully renovated traditional house of a Chinese trader’s family. This sumptuous building belonged to the main character of the novel „The Lover“ and indeed to the lover of Marguerite Duras (see below).
In the late afternoon we return to the Dragon Eyes vessel and enjoy a sunset cruise with more fantastic photo opportunities from aboard. If time allows there is a chance for a brief stop at a brick kiln or short bicycle ride before dinner is served on board and we moor for the night. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.
Cruise to Cai Be and visit of the floating market
Activities: Have a sampan ride to Cai Be floating market; go for a guided walk around Cai Be town; explore some small canals with the sampan.
Wake up well rested to the sound of the Mekong river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the Dragon Eyes 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 the tasty breakfast, we board a sampan boat to Cai Be floating market. 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. Please note that time does not stand still in Vietnam — modern forms of trading are pushing back the more traditional forms of trading; this also affects Cai Be floating market which is currently getting smaller and smaller.
After the floating market you have the opportunity to go for a guided walk around Cai Be, a beautiful Mekong Delta town with fruit orchards a French church and many local handicrafts. You can also opt for a bicycle ride on backroads to a small village along the Mekong canals. Or you can explore some small canals with the sampan before lunch.
Lunch is served at the famous Ancient House; traditionally build in wood and recently carefully renovated with the support of Japanese specialists.
In the afternoon we take you back to your hotel in Saigon.
- Road transfer from / to Saigon
- Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins on the Dragon Eyes
- 4 savoury meals
- English speaking guide on the Dragon Eyes (other languages available on request)
- Mineral water placed in your cabin
- All entry fees