Life along the Mekong

Discover what life is truly like along the riverbanks of Southeast Asia’s most famous river on this scenic 3-day cruise. Chat with Buddhist Nuns at the Phuoc Hue Buddhist Monastery in Sa Dec, stroll through quiet riverside villages in Long Xuyen and get a glimpse of rural life in Chau Doc. Complete the experience with a visit to the iconic Chau Doc floating market for a glimpse of life in the Mekong River Basin.

Destinations included:
Ho Chi Minh City – Sa Dec – Long Xuyen - Chau Doc Floating Market

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
  • Exploring the winding waterways of the Mekong River by traditional sampan boat
  • Meeting Buddhist nuns at a monastery in Sa Dec
  • Visiting a traditional Cham ethnic minority village
  • Experiencing the unique vibe of a bustling floating market
  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Long Xuyen - Chau Doc

In the morning, meet with our friendly driver and make your way to My Thuan Bridge in Ho Chi Minh City. Here, board your Song Xanh sampan and set off down the river whilst enjoying a re-freshing welcoming drink.

Arrive in Sa Dec and disembark for a visit to the Buddhist Nuns Monastery of Phuoc Hue. Take a stroll around this peaceful provincial monastery where young girls learn the teachings of Bud-dhism. Then, take a stroll around one of Sa Dec’s famous flower nurseries before heading back to the boat for a tasty Vietnamese lunch. Feast on a delicious selection of Vietnamese special-ties as you drift passed unspoiled landscapes and children playing by riverbank.

Stop half-way down the canal for a visit to a small local village. Here, get a glimpse of local life as you meet with friendly villagers and learn about their daily rituals.

Back on the boat; continue sailing down the river before disembarking at Vam Cong Jetty in Long Xuyen. From here, embark on a short car ride through the countryside to the country town of Chau Doc. Here, have the option to stop at either Victoria Chau Doc Hotel on the Bassac River or at Victoria Nui Sam Lodge, a charming retreat nestled on nearby Sam Mountain.

Day 2: Chau Doc market - Cham Village - Nui Sam Lodge

Rise early and board a smaller boat to head to the famous Chau Doc floating market in the Mekong Delta. Located at the intersection of winding waterways, lush paddy fields, life here is governed by the ebb and flow of Vietnam’s most iconic river. As you cruise through the floating market, see traders and farmers arriving from the surrounding countryside to sell their fruit, vegetables and fish en mass.

Continue past the floating fish farms on your way to a local Cham Village, where you will hear the story of one of Vietnam’s most fascinating ethnic groups. Afterwards, head back to your boat and continue cruising up the Vinh Te Canal towards the iconic Sam Mountain, built during the Nguyen Dynasty.

Arrive at the base of Sam Mountain and visit two of the iconic temples that draw pilgrims from around the region. Finish with lunch at the beautiful Nui Sam Lodge, savouring spectacular pan-oramic views of the countryside.

Day 3: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Disembark at the pier and board a speedboat to Phnom Penh.

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