July 13, 2017
Mekong Cruise 2 days
Written By Long Nguyen
DAY 1: SAIGON –CAN THO
Meet you tour guide in your hotel around 8:00 AM and take a 180 minute drive to the Bassac branch of Mekong river, across the endless green color of rice paddy field stretching to the horizon.
The Mekong cruise gets started by boarding at Ninh Kieu pier in Can Tho city at noon, get welcomed by the friendly crew, get introduction of the ship and then check into the cabins. Departure downstream of the Bassac River and tour near Tra On floating market. Lunch on board en route.
Enjoy more daily life as the ship turn into smaller canal towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien Rivers, the branches of Mekong river system. Rest on the upper deck or enjoy the open bar in scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks.
Change the atmosphere by making a visit to a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Make further walking into the orchard or rice fields nearby.
Get back to the boat, refresh by a complimentary drink. Open bar and rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the ship is cruising Mang Thit River towards her anchorage point for the night. The ship sets anchored for the night on river Mang Thit.
DAY 2: CAI BE – SAIGON
Early birds can get sunrise at the upper deck. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the banks when the ship departures towards Cai Be. The cruise changes your view as turning left and right into small canals then big rivers then small canals. The view is not only the daily life along the river and canal banks, but also the small boats of the local people with boat full of fruits on the way to the market.
As the ship arrives in Cai Be, make check-out of your ship and board of a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft to have even more close-up to this stunning view of boat world. Make drive back to Saigon in the afternoon.
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