Let the languid waters of the Mekong River take you back to days gone by on a three-day journey on a private sampan from Cai Be to Chau Doc, deep in the heart of the delta. See old French architecture faded by time, get amongst the hustle and bustle of a floating market, or moor your boat in a quiet canal where life remains unchanged.
Cai Be - Sa Dec - Cho Moi - Chau Doc
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Day 1: Cai Be – Sa DecStep back in time as you board your sampan for a journey along the winding waterways of the Mekong Delta. Start your journey at the Cai Be floating market, filled with barges teeming with fruit and vegetables. Then go ashore to visit an ancient house dating back to 1890, to meet the owner and hear stories of the past. Back on the water, see the home-based factories that dot the riverbanks as you cruise to a stunning Indochinese villa for lunch. Pass by picture-postcard scenery as you cruise towards Sa Dec, the ‘little Venice’ of the Mekong Delta. Experience the romance as you go back in time to visit the house belonging to the ‘lover’ of the famous French author, Marguerite Duras.
Day 2: Sa Dec – Cho MoiWake to the sound of the river and after breakfast take a stroll and explore this quaint town with its heritage French architecture and Chinese temples. Then head back to your sampan and cruise towards Cho Moi. Along the way stop off at Tiger Island and visit the Ton Duc Thang Museum, dedicated to the second president of Vietnam, where photos depict his role in the military and his internment on Con Son Island. Explore the riverside villages by bicycle and tonight enjoy dinner in one of the last remaining ancient houses.
Day 3: Cho Moi – Chau DocCruise to the sleepy riverside town of Chau Doc arriving late in the morning. Say goodbye to your boat crew and hello to Chau Doc.