Option 1: Cai Be - Sa Dec - Can Tho
Departure date: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be - My Thuan - Sa Dec (L, D)
07:30: Pick up at your hotel in Saigon. 11h00-11h30 boarding LE COCHINCHINE boat. Enjoy welcome drink. LeCochinchine continues sets sails to Cai Thia while lunch is served on boat. Embark on a lovely cycling excursion on the bank of the peninsula browsing several verdant villages. Visit of the gardens and orchards, local houses and ample opportunity meet with people and get insight into Delta life. Visit Cao Dai temple on the way to My Thuan. Continue our cruise toward Sa Dec, a nice and quiet town overlooking Mekong river Visit the lively Sa Dec food market and primary school headed by Magueritte Duras. Walks along the village path and get yourself acquaintance with rural activities as farmers farm their fields: rice fields, and vegetable farms, fish farms. Back to our boat for a cruise down stream. Relax on boat while sipping an aperitif. Dinner and overnight on board
Day 2: Cai Thia - Vinh Long - Tra On (B, L, D)
Breakfast on board on the Mekong. Visit Binh Hoa Phuoc island and go for walk walk through the islets, sampling native fruits viewing local handicraft production and meet the local people. Transfer to a local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floating market, the mazes of waterway, local pop-rice and sweets production. Visit of old houses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers. LeCochinchine continues its cruise to Co Chien. Lunch served on board Embark on a pleasant walk on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities. Visit a cottage industry, a local farm and sample seasonal fruits. Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Open bar and rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Le Cochinchine is cruising Mang Thit river. Dinner and night on board.
Day 3: Tra On - Can Tho - Saigon (B)
Breakfast on board The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day our boat set sails to Can Tho through tributary and canals. Transfer to Cai Rang: one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong. We go for a walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards, ship building yards, rural and water activities in full swing. Boarding back at noon, with a welcome-back drink. 11h00 Disembark in Can Tho. Transfer you back to Saigon. End of service.
Option 2: Can Tho - Sa Dec - Cai Be
Departure date: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Day 1: Saigon - Can Tho - Tra On (L, D)
07:30: Pick up at your hotel in Saigon City. 11h30 We embark on an excursion by small boat to explore the arroyos & canal of Cairang market, one of the most bustling floating markets in the whole Mekong Delta. We go for a walk through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards. Enjoy the drink served on our cruise while we set sails to Tra On. Lunch served on board. Leisurely cruise down the Mekong while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Visits of the fruit farm and walks amongst pleasant villages on the footpaths of the countryside. Opportunity to meet with local people. Boarding back at with an aperitif while enjoying the magnificent sunset on the Mangthit canal and Nicola river. Dinner and overnight on board
Day 2: Vinh Long - My Thuan - Sa Dec (B, L, D)
Breakfast on board over splendid sunrise on the Mekong. Walks /cycle amongst the lush vegetation to visit the fruit farm, the handicraft villages and meet with local people. Le Cochinchine set sails again to Sa Dec while lunch is served on board. Visit busy Sa Dec food market and primary school headed by Marguerite Duras. Walks along the village path and acquaintance with rural activities as farmers farm their fields: rice fields, vegetable farms, fish farms. Boarding back at with an aperitif while cruising down to Cai Thia. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 3: Cai Be - Saigon (B)
Breakfast on boat in the morning. Cycling on the bank of the peninsula for a visit of the gardens and orchards. Le Cochinchine continues its cruise toward Cai Be. Transfer to a local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floating market, local pop-rice and sweets production. Visit of colonial buildings, old houses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers. Boarding back at noon, with a welcome-back drink. 11 h00-11h30 Disembark in Cai Be. Transfer you back to Saigon City. End of service.
Le Cochinchine is a modern and tastefully designed river barge. Built in traditional style Le Cochinchine measures around 30 meters long from bow to stern and has two 420 HP engines, one in back up, making Le Cochinchine a very powerful and safe river vessel. Le Cochinchine offers an elegant, relaxing and fulfilling ways to explore endless water way of Mekong River. The cruise brings us into contact with people in different corner of the Delta. With Le Cochinchine, you will have ample opportunity to see Vietnam in its authenticity and sample local culture and food, in a one unpacking, unforgettable vacation where your "floating hotel" get you insight into Mekong Delta and quaint villages. Aboard Le Cochinchine you will enjoy the continuous and ever-changing scenery as you encounter a lively world of legendary waterways and picturesque landscapes, floating markets, lush bonsais garden, rice fields, villages, pagodas and temples, fruit-filled orchards, boat laden bazaar and a host of smiling children.
Each cabin has its own air-conditioning unit, which can be adjusted for your comfort. We recommend you do not over- cool your cabin as the sudden change from the outside temperature to a chilled cabin can bring on colds, respiratory illnesses and even stomach upsets. When you go out, we recommend you turn the setting to 'Lo Cool', set at about 4, and then when you return you can readjust the temperature to your preference without having to wait for cool air. At night you may prefer to use the fan only, and have the windows open. Insect netting covers the windows to enable you to do this. Please do not leave your air-conditioner on with the window open - this results in energy loss (the equivalent of switching on the heating and opening the windows in a cold country!
Meals on board Le Cochinchine are taken at one sitting. It is not necessary to sit at the same table each time and we have tables for individuals, couples right up to larger groups. We offer a mixture of local cuisine with richly flavor and taste and there are always vegetarian dishes offered. Passengers requiring special diets, such as vegetarian, low salt & low cholesterol meals, may make their requests to the chef when onboard. The chef will try to honor all requests. Exotic fruit, fresh organic vegetables, locally caught fish and prawns are the preference of most of our passengers.
The cruise bar is always open, it offers while selection of drinks including
famous wine French, Australian, Italian wine.
This play rooms will keep your baby busy with different games as chess, playing card, darts, dominos, toys, and reading, painting books.
The sun deck is located on the top of our boat, It is spacious for your relaxation and suntans. For your enjoyment, there are plenty of deck chairs.
- Bicycles on board
- Row boat on board
- Sight-seeing excursions
Bicycles are carried onboard. Crew will be happy to help you with bike adjustments and getting it on and off the barge. Please remember to use caution when riding along towpaths or into villages. A decision to engage in cycling during the cruise constitute the travellers assumption of all risks associated and an agreement not to make a claim against the barge owners for any personal injury, death or property damage that arises out of such activity.
Exploring the Mekong Delta with kayak along the small canal and arrayos.
An experienced, English /French -speaking Passenger Service Manager accompanies every departure. They are there to ensure your comfort, answer questions and make your vacation the most memorable trip ever.